I’ve talked about ink cartridges and filling mechanisms already in the Fountain Pen 101 series, and I want to build upon that with today’s tutorial on refilling empty ink cartridges.

Why would you refill ink cartridges?

  • To save money, so you don’t have to buy a converter for your cartridge/converter pen
  • Higher ink capacity, some cartridges have higher ink capacities than their matching converters
  • More ink options, as some pens only take cartridges like the Kaweco Sport and J. Herbin Rollerball pen
There are just a few things you’ll need to refill your ink cartridges:
  • A pen that takes cartridges
  • Empty ink cartridges (you’ll need to save these, as you usually can’t buy them empty)
  • At least one ink syringe, two make the process faster
  • Water
  • Bottled ink

That’s it! You’re essentially just flushing the dirty cartridge out with water and refilling it with ink. This process isn’t quite as convenient as filling a pen with a converter, but it can be really helpful in certain situations!There are also a lot of other great uses for ink syringes, see my video on them here.

Let me know what you think about it in the comments :) See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet