There are several filling mechanisms used in fountain pens today. Here I show you how to fill each of 4 types, as well as the pros/cons of each one:

  • Cartridge (:28)/Converter (1:20)
  • Eyedropper (2:30)
  • Piston (4:08)
  • Vacuum (5:28)
There are certainly some other filling mechanisms like bulb, lever, crescent, blow, and button fillers, but those are mainly in vintage pens and not my area of expertise. This video should cover about 95% of pens you’ll see, especially newer ones.Check out some Wikipedia filling mechanisms here.Check out my other FP101 video on pen maintenance here.

See how to convert a pen to an eyedropper here.

See what uses you can have for an ink syringe here.

See how to get the most ink into your pen here.

Learn about the feed saturation filling method for your piston pen here.

See my full review of the TWSBI VAC-700 here, and how to fill it to the max here.

See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Photos of common Filling Mechanisms and how they work. Showcasing Kaweco, Lamy, TWSBI, Noodler's, and Pilot.

Write On,
Brian Goulet