Refill Ink

Fountain pen refill inks are generally water based and come in either bottles or plastic cartridges. Bottled ink is the most common form of refill ink and is preferred by fountain pen enthusiasts as a wider choice of colours are available and prices are cheaper than replacement ink cartridges.

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Category Guide

Parker Quink is the main type on fountain pen refill ink we supply. The name is taken from 'Quick' and 'Ink' and it is also known as Parker 51 Ink or Double Quink. Parker Quink is water resistant, will not fade and is quick drying. Developed in 1928, it is still one of the most popular inks on the market today.

Inks, surprisingly, can be ‘wet’ or ‘dry’. This has nothing to do with how quickly the ink dries on the paper but is to do with how ‘free flowing’ the ink is. Some nibs and pens work better with ‘wet’ ink and some with ‘dry’. A free flowing nib coupled with a ‘wet’ ink might ‘puddle’ ink on the nib, especially if you write slowly.

As well as ink in bottles, refills for fountain pens, or cartridge pens as they are sometimes known, come in cartridges which are pushed into place and the act of pushing it in, opens up the cartridge to release the ink.

In addition, many rollerball pens and ballpoint pens, especially the more expensive ones, provide refill ink cartridges.

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