FP101- Sampling Ink Part 2

Sampling inks is one of the most enjoyable things about using fountain pens for me, and I know it is for a lot of other pen fans. If you live a ‘sampling lifestyle’ like I do, then you’re sure to be quite familiar with the ink sample vial, in some form or another. These are great little containers for sharing small volumes of ink, but there are some challenges when filling from these with certain types of pens. This video is a continuation of the first Sampling Ink video, and is intended to address just about every possible scenario you can face when filling from a sample vial.

Topics I cover in the video:

  • Filling from a sample in ideal circumstances (0:39)
  • Tilting the sample (1:12)
  • Filling a Noodler’s Konrad/Ahab (2:30)
  • Filling a converter directly in the sample (4:17)
  • Ink syringe filling a converter/cartridge (5:40)
  • Ink syringe filling a piston pen (6:13)
  • Feed saturation method (6:40)
  • Ink Syringe filling an eyedropper pen (7:12)
  • Dumping it in! (7:39)
  • Special treat! Blooper reel (9:00)

These tips should help you to get the most out of your ink sampling experience! If you have any other tips or ideas, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

Check out all of the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

These are the materials I use in this video:

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:05:53+00:00 August 24th, 2012|Fountain Pen 101|14 Comments
  • I didn't know there were so many ways to refill a pen!I've always used a syringe for refilling converters/cartridges. Seems like the easiest way for me.
    Thanks for the vid 🙂

  • I felt like a bought a DVD with director's cut 🙂 Back scenes are great. Maybe you should add a disclaimer "No ink was wasted during the production of this video"

    Thank you!

  • The syringe is kind of the ultimate, which is why I built up to it toward the end. But I wanted to cover all the bases here!

  • Haha….I'd be lying if I said that though, I rarely finish a video like this without getting my hands covered in ink, especially this one!

  • Carole

    I kept hearing a David Letterman intro, 'Tonight's Top Ten category is: 'How to Fill from an Ink Sample Vial" And presenting tonight's Top Ten List, Mr. Ink Drop himself, Brian Goulet!'

    (I almost did a re-edit just for fun, but that would be wrong, because CBS and Ink Nouveau rightfully own the footage. Sure would be nice though….maybe with a special 'Sample Vial of Death' Challenge'. … 😉

  • Freddy

    Brian, thanks for this great video because it will come in handy not only for the ink sample vials but also for those awful J. Herbin ink bottles. Once the ink goes down a certain amount in those bottles it is all but impossible to refill a pen by just sticking the nib and feed into it so these sample vial demos you showed us will be good for weird bottles of ink as well. 😉

  • Haha, yeah, I didn't quite have 10 tips here but it was close…I even cut some stuff out too, my original edit was 18 minutes long!

  • Oh, definitely. There are several terrible ink bottles out there. Usually for that situation I recommend doing the direct converter-into-the-bottle filling, or using an ink syringe. Ink syringes just rock.

  • David in Jakarta

    HI Brian,

    Things you should sell:

    1. Small plastic funnels normally used for filling perfume bottles.

    2. Eye droppers. I get hassled trying to carry even a blunt syringe on a plane and need an eye dropper for ink. An option for an eye dropper and the little bottle that goes with it would be even better.

    Here's a site I found in twenty seconds that has this stuff pretty cheap…


    Thanks for the vid…


  • Tina Hammonds

    You do know you are an enabler… b/c of these two videos, I finally gave in and ordered a glass dip pen from y'all this morning… ! That said, offering the ink samples is a tremendous service for your customers – we thank you all very much for doing so!

  • Muhahahaa!!! 😉 jk

    I'm glad you like what I'm doing! You're very welcome…I'm glad we do the samples too, for my own sake as much as everyone else's : ) I'm an inkoholic, as you can see!

  • Gwyneth Swann

    Thank you for the fun learning experience! ; )

  • Gwyneth Swann

    Thank you for the fun learning experience! ; )

  • Barbara Catterton

    submerge, immerse