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