Picking the right fountain pen can be overwhelming enough, but we also have over 700 different ink colors to choose from on GouletPens.com! How do you narrow down and commit to an ink with so many options? We’ve taken the guesswork out of it and came up with 10 must-have fountain pen inks:
You need to have a sheening ink in your collection! You won’t find one much better at that than Nitrogen from Organics Studio. Just look at that splatter! It’s basically red despite it being a blue ink. Manages to sheen on nearly every paper and every nib.
What’s better than sheen? Sheen and shimmer! This iconic ink from Jacques Herbin does exactly that. Emerald of Chivor is a teal ink with red sheen as well as gold shimmer! Added bonus; the bottle is fantastic and tells the world “I use fountain pens!”
Looking for a classic yet versatile ink color? Diamine Oxblood is for you! It’s a rich, blood (hence the name) red ink. This ink is a great black ink alternative for a professional setting and was featured in our Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks list.
Sometimes, you just need a black ink. Simple, classic, and ready to write; Noodler’s Black is exactly that. This ink features permanent properties, so it’d be a great option for any official documents. Ready to fully commit? Noodler’s Black is also available in a large 4.5oz bottle as well.
How about shading inks? Let’s give them some love too! You’d be hard pressed to find a better option than Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This unique ink can go from red to orange to yellow/gold all in one sentence! This ink really shines with broad, stub, or flex nibs.
Newest ink on the scene, LAMY Azurite was introduced in 2019 with the LAMY Crystal inks (the first additions to their regular ink line in years). Azurite is a vibrant purple ink with unique green sheen under the right conditions. Such a great ink, it’ll make you forget about that other LAMY purple ink…
Monteverde inks have been a bit under-the-radar in the ink world in our opinion! California Teal is one of the more popular options and is looking to put Monteverde on the map. A vibrant greenish-teal ink with red sheen, this ink is also lubricated, so a great option in any pen.
Great inks for any space or science fan in your life (yourself included!), Colorverse really knocks it out of the park with its unique theming and design of inks. Colorverse Quasar is that blue ink you’ve been dreaming of. It really stands out on the page yet is super easy to clean. Plus, you get 80ml of ink total including a smaller 15ml bottle that’s perfect for traveling.
Pilot Iroshizuku inks are some of the most well-behaved inks around. Very few issues with feathering, ghosting, or bleedthrough despite the paper quality. Kon-peki is a deep cerulean blue which is one of our most popular inks around.
Noodler’s really rocks the shading inks as Black Swan in Australian Roses is also a must have ink! Shading from pink to magenta to a dark purple, this ink is always bringing something new.
Obviously, this is by no means an exhaustive list. There are plenty of great inks from each of these brands and more from brands we don’t carry! Do you have a favorite ink you think everyone should own? Leave us a comment and let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company Team