FP101 – Ink Cartridges

Ink cartridges are a very convenient way to use fountain pens, and are something that most new users run into right away since they usually come with a new pen. But if you don’t know how to install and use them, it can be a little confusing. So that’s why I created this video. Here I cover:

  • What are ink cartridges (:21)
  • How to install them (2:55)
  • Ball Agitators (4:42)
  • Standard International Cartridges (5:54)
  • Storing, Cleaning, and Reusing Cartridges (7:37)
We’ve also set up a Cartridge/Converter Guide on GouletPens.com, to help you to figure out which cartridges fit your specific model of pen. 
Pens I used in this video:

I’m sure this video will help a lot of you to figure out how those cartridges work! I’d love to hear what you think, just ask whatever you want in the comments 🙂

See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet
2017-10-11T13:45:51+00:00 June 29th, 2012|Fountain Pen 101|8 Comments
  • foo

    that passaporto is so cute (but, wow, they're expensive). how does it feel posted? is its balance more like an unposted full-size pen, or a posted full-size pen?

  • JR

     Such a small pen has to be posted unless you have super small hands. There is a very small and cheap chinese pen called Lanbitou Pocket Missile, though it doesn´t use any cartridges or a converter.

  • anon

    i thought you just put the cartridge in the body of the pen then screw the nib section on, and that will puncture the cartridge.

  • Even with small hands, this pen is still tough to use unposted. It's just so small! When posted it feels about like a normal pen unposted, a normal small pen that is.

  • That works on most pens, but not all pens are made so that the back of the pen forces the cartridge onto the back. This is especially true with the standard international cartridges, you can tell in the video how much shorter the cartridges are than the standard international converter. 

  • anon

    Ah, Thanks. I think some pens take 2 international cartridges (the second one upside down) and they will still push the cartridge to the section when it is screwed in.

  • That's very possible. I've seen some pens that come with two cartridges stored in the body like this, but I can't recall one that actually locks down a cartridge in place by having another backwards cartridge behind it, but that's very feasible in my mind.

  • Janice

    Is it possible to push too hard when inserting a cartridge? I’m new to fountain pens and I just got the Pilot Kakuno to play around with but I notice that ink seems to “leak” out of the breather hole and the slit. It doesn’t leak a substantial amount (definitely not enough to be dripping onto the paper) but I was wondering if this is just a normal occurrence or if I somehow messed up putting the cartridge in. Thanks in advance.