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LAMY Black Ink – 5 Cartridges

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DescriptionSpecificationsQuestions & Answers
Model NumberLAMY LT10BKB
Cartridge Size Proprietary
Diameter – Max 7.0 mm
Fluorescent No
Ink Color Black
Ink Composition iTo learn more about ink composition, see this guide. Dye-Based
Quantity in Pack 5
Shimmer No
Size – Length 6.8 cm / 2.7 inches
Water-Resistant No
Weight – Item Without Packaging i

For a product that contains more than one of the same item, this is the weight of one single item.

0.08 oz / 2 grams
Weight – With Packaging 0.48 oz / 14 grams

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I do not understand why…

July 20, 2013

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I do not understand why people are complaining that it looks dark grey. I admit the first time I used it, the ink DID look grey. However, I realized that my pen wasn’t fully dry yet. When your pen is dry after cleaning, it is a very nice black. Of course, my standard nib is a medium nib. I also use it in my Lamy Joy 1.1. It really makes my handwriting stand out and gives even my cursive a calligraphic look.

It is MUCH darker than the ink in my Pilot B2P ballpoint or gel pen. It’s why I switched to fountain pens in the first place.

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I was apprehensive about…

August 18, 2012

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I was apprehensive about buying this after reading the other reviews of it being “light grey” but i really wanted black ink, so i went for it. I am very happy with it, it blends in well with my other dark ink pens, i see no problem with it.

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Probably one of my favorite…

September 9, 2011

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Probably one of my favorite basic black inks to put into my fountain pen. consisent good quality and excellent color

4 people found this helpful

November 22, 2020

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I adore Lamy pens and wish I were as enamored of their inks. This is…fine. Flows well but kind of a dry writer and not as intense a black as cartridge brands in other formats or bottled inks. I use these for their convenience and because proprietary cartridges for Lamy are so limited, but I save them and fill them with a syringe with better inks.

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I used these exclusively…

May 19, 2020

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I used these exclusively before I started using converters in my Lamy pens. They are not a very bold black, more of a dark grey.
It’s a smooth flowing ink, and I always keep a pack of them around because I found out they fit in my off brand aluminum fountain pen, surprisingly, so I’ll keep them around just for that.
For the price, these are great refills.

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LAMY T10 Ink Cartridge Refill

Giant ink cartridge for all Lamy fountain pens. 5 cartridges per pack.

Additional Information
Product Code:LM09841
Ink Type:Liquid Ink
Refill Type:Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Lamy have long been a favourite of pen enthusiasts all over the world, loved for their classically simple German designs as well as the build quality and reliability of their pens. The Safari is widely seen as one of the best fountain pens for anyone to start out with, and the Lamy 2000, in production since 1966, is regarded as one of the best fountain pens available.

They are an independent family firm, established in 1930 in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Lamy T10 Giant Cartridge | Unsharpen

The T10 is Lamy’s proprietary fountain pen refill. These cartridges has bean Lamy’s design for over 30 years and work with almost all Lamy pens, aside from the Lamy 2000. It has a 1.15 ml capacity and is made out of a hard plastic.

The T10 cartridge is generally sold in 5-packs, with the common colors being black, blue, dark blue, red, green, turquoise, and purple. Special editions colors are sometimes made and are sold in limited quantities. The 2019 special edition color is bronze.

All Lamy fountain pens aside from the Lamy 2000 are cartridge converter that will accept this cartridge or one of the brand’s converters (the Z24, Z26, Z27, and Z28 are the most current models). Choosing a Lamy fountain pen converter can be be confusing, but finding a cartridge is not because the T10 is the only cartridge that Lamy makes. This includes the popular Lamy Safari, Al-Star, Lx, and Vista in the entry-level and extends up to the Lamy Imporium, Scala, Dialog 3 and other premium, gold nib fountain pens.

The 1.15 ml capacity puts these cartridges at a very good size compared to a typical fountain pen converter. The Z28, the current converter for the Lamy Safari, has a capacity of just 0.8 ml, which is about a third less ink than the T10.

The T10 is made of hard plastic that is refillable with a fountain pen syringe. This is not a behavior that is recommended by Lamy but it’s a good way to use affordable Lamy fountain pen ink with cartridges, which are comparatively much more expensive when view on a per-milliliter basis. A Lamy 50 ml ink bottle (known as the T52) will currently sell for about $12 where a 5-pack of cartridges will sell for $4.50, both through an authorized deal in the United States. This puts the pricing as follows:

  • T52 ink bottle: $0.24 per ml
  • T10 cartridge: $0.78 per ml

That means that the T10’s ink is about three times more than that from a bottle, which makes a fountain pen converter well worth it, but Lamy’s cartridges have proven themselves to be reliable, leak-resistant, and high performance. As a result of these qualities, it’s not uncommon for long-time and frequent Lamy fountain pen fans to stick with the T10.

Lamy T10 Giant Cartridge Information

Street Price Check Price
Manufacturer Lamy
Pen Type Fountain Pen
Sizes Cartridge
Ink Colors Blue, Black, Red, Green, Turquoise, Orange, Pink
Acid-Free? No
Erasable? No
Pressurized? No
Archival? No
Fade Resistant? No
Fraud Prevention? No
Quick Drying?No
Water-resistant? Waterproof?No
Ink BaseDye-based
Tip ShapeConical
Tip Material
Refill StandardProprietary
Quantity Sold5
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Jane Blundell Artist: Lamy Fountain Pens

I have had Lamy Safari fountain pens for such a long time that I am not sure when I bought my first one. The Safari design is also available in pencils, ballpoint pens and rollerball pens, but it is the fountain pens that I use the most. You can see them all here, along with a video. They have been in production since 1980 and are a great design. They are lightweight at approximately 15gms and very comfortable to hold for writing and drawing and the calligraphy nibs add another dimension. In Europe many children learn to write with a pencil with this very comfortable grip, then move on to a student fountain pen called an ‘abc’. For drawing, I choose the EF nib. They come in EF, F, M, B as well as 1.1, 1.5 and 1.9 calligraphy nibs. There are three models – the Safari, with its plastic body in a range of colours, available for just under US$30 from Goulet Pens; the slightly heavier (19gms) and slightly more expensive Al-Star with an aluminium body in a range of colours, and the Joy with the extra long tail, in black or white or silver or sometimes a mix of two-tones among other configurations. The Joy weighs approximately 17gms. This is usually only available as a calligraphy pen but the nibs are all easily interchangeable so you can put any nib of the nibs on any of the pens. (See a great Goulet Pens post here which shows how to change the nibs between many Lamy pens using a piece of sticky tape. There are loads of terrific videos on the Goulet site.) As far as inks go, the Lamy ink that comes in a cartridge with each pen is not waterproof. It is fine for writing and it can be fun to use a non-waterproof ink for ink-and-wash effects. If you want to use watercolour and have the lines stay where you put them, I’d recommend getting a converter and using the De Atramentis Document Ink range. You can see the colours here. I love the Black and Brown, which I also mix with Blue to make a Grey. These are wonderful for drawing with an EF nib.

Below is my Al-star from 2006. It has a converter and I use it with my mixed grey Document Ink. Sometimes I switch it to the original Fog Grey regular ink, which is not waterproof, if I want a water-soluble line and wash effect. Working with a grey ink can be softer than a black and allows greater emphasis to be placed on the tones of the watercolour rather than just the line of the ink.

Next is the Copper Orange Al-Star with a metal EF nib. It is the special model for 2015, and was a birthday present. Each year a new colour is released and my daughter knows I adore burnt orange 🙂 It is very new and a particularly fine EF – quite lovely to use. I am using this with the MonteVerde cartridge ink in Brown, designed for use in Lamy pens. It is not waterproof but washes out to a lovely burnt sienna colour when wet. It is particularly good for quick pen and wash portraits or sketches.
Here is a close-up of the EF nib. These are easily removed and changed if desired. (Have a look at this video from Goulet Pens to see how easy this is.) Notice this is a metal one where the previous pen had a black nib.
The Lamy Joy model usually comes with a calligraphy nib but I changed it for the 14K gold nib for a little more flexibility. It is an unusual two-toned nib – you can see a closeup of the Broad model here. It has been well used and is lovely for writing and drawing but mine creates a thicker line than the newer nib above, even though they are both EF. Individual models do vary! This nib has some flex but if you go too fast pressing hard enough to flex it tends to railroad as you can see. I like the balance of this extra long tail though if you post the cap on the end of the other models you will have a similar length of pen. The Joy caps can also be posted but I never do. Without the cap, the joy is only 9gms, so very light in the hand for sketching, or writing of course.

I am not so interested in drawing with a calligraphy nib but they are great for writing, especially Italic and Gothic scripts. I use these pens for writing certificates.

I used to have a different coloured ink in each pen but as I am using them more and more for drawing rather than writing I have various black, grey and brown inks in most of them. I do have a blue Lamy with blue ink and an orange one with orange ink that I use in my journal (pen and ink match-ups are fun 🙂 and another Joy with water-soluble black ink. I’ve been a fan for a long time.

While the Lamy nibs are interchangeable between the various Safari models, they are also interchangeable with some of the other Lamy pen models, such as the Studio 2000 pictured here with a gold EF nib. This is a more expensive and heavier model at about 32gms (21gms without the cap) so may be too heavy for sketching for long periods of time.

To see my other favourite pens for drawing, see here. I have also added a photo of the blunt syringe I use to fill fountain pens completely.

Bottles or Cartridges — Rediscover Analog

That is how it usually is in the fountain pen world. There are plenty of fountain pen inks to choose from but the first thing that you would ask yourself is “should I get an ink cartridge or buy an ink bottle”.

I’ve asked the same question when I purchased my first non-disposable fountain pen. I’ve tried both ink cartridge and ink bottles and now I’m here to share what I think of both to help you decide on which would work best for you.

Pros of Cartridges

  1. Relatively cheaper – you can get 5 pcs of ink cartridges at $3-5. However, if you compare this in the long run, cartridges might be more expensive because it costs approximately $1/ml.
  2. Quicker and easier to refill since the cartridges are already filled with ink, all you need is to replace the empty cartridge with a new one and this is great for fountian pen beginners!
  3. Portable. Compared to bottled ink, the ink cartridges are safer to travel with because they’re sealed and are considerably lighter than bottled ink. 
  4. Disposable*. Once you have used up the entire ink cartridge, you can just throw it out as you would a printer ink cartridge

*Cartridges are disposable but if you want to use other brand inks, you would need to reuse the empty ink cartridge provided by the manufacturer and refill it using a syringe. Let’s say you have an empty Lamy cartridge and you want to try a J. Herbin ink, you would need to clean out the empty Lamy cartridge, take a milliliter of ink from the J. Herbin bottle and inject it into the Lamy cartridge.

Cons of Cartridges

  1. Not flexible. Depending on the brand of fountain pen, you are limited to the ink cartridge manufactured by the same brand – these are the “proprietary cartridges”. 
  2. Limited options. Only a few brands sell fountain pen ink cartridges such as Lamy, Pilot, Herbin.
  3. Volume. Cartridges typically only hold 1ml (like the Lamy Turquoise)
  4. If you want to change the color of your fountain pen ink, you will have to either use the entire ink cartridge or throw out the ink cartridge that’s currently loaded in your fountain pen.

Pros of Bottled Ink

  1. Variety. There are so many fountain pen inks out there! What I love about using bottled ink is that when I want to switch colors, I can always flush the ink back to the bottle, clean my pen, and ink it up with another color ink.
  2. Versatility. Owning an ink bottle means that you can use it with ANY fountain pen that you own. 
  3. Volume. Of course, if you purchase by the bottle, you buy more ink. Some ink brands, like Noodler’s, sell 4.5oz (130ml) bottles for as low as $20!
  4. Beautiful bottles. Some bottles are simply just gorgeous.

Cons of Bottled Ink

  1. More expensive (kind of like an investment) because you pay a bigger amount upfront. While you can get ink samples at around $1 for < 5ml, not every store has that. When you’ve settled with the ink that you like, you would need to buy a bottle which would at least cost you $7 for 30ml. Some inks are even more expensive than some fountain pens – like Colorverse or Caran d’Ache.
  2. Higher maintenance. Compared to ink cartridges, it will take more time to refill or ink up a fountain pen with bottled inks. After refilling it, you would also need to clean it afterwards as well (wiping the nib and grip with a paper towel).
  3. Not as portable. Of course, you can always transfer ink from a bottle to a small vial but that is extra step and vials need more extra care compared to sealed cartridges.

Which Do I Prefer?

While ink cartridges are more convenient, I prefer the bottled ink. I don’t mind how high maintenance it is because I’m usually working on a desk and not as on-the-go as others. The variety and versatility is really what wins me over.

I don’t like how I’m unable to use the Lamy Turquoise cartridge (which is such a beautiful color) in other pens! Easily one of the things that I regret buying. As of writing, I’m thinking of how to extract the ink from the cartridge and moving to a vial instead just so I can use it in other pens. 

Oh look I did it

While bottles are more expensive, it’s really worth it. Just make sure you get the best ones, and if you’re still unsure, try looking for samples from stores like or try your local fountain pen retailer, do your research or connect with the fountain pen network – maybe someone is willing to share a few milliliters of ink!

Ink Review: Lamy Bronze – The Well-Appointed Desk

Lamy Bronze is the limited edition ink Lamy released in 2019 to accompany their Lamy AL-Star Bronze pens. I’m going to clear the air right now and say this should be renamed Lamy Orange. It’s a lovely orange. It is not, by any stretch of the imagination be called Bronze. I checked the swatch I made last year from the cartridge I received and that cartridge was a little darker but the bottled ink proves otherwise. I’ve been messing around with the ink for a week.

I did some really questionable illustrations (no judgement, okay!) using the ink on different papers to see how the color behaved and no matter what I did, the ink was orange.

This is the collage illustration I did. I wasn’t going to share it because I thought it turned out really wonky. Bob convinced me to post it anyway. I combined the Lamy Bronze with my favorite black ink, Platinum Carbon Black.

My AL-Star Bronze isn’t really Bronze anymore but I inked it up anymore — in the spirit of consistency. It has an EF nib on it. That’s not really what you want to know about though, is it? It’s my EPIC urushi sparkly, shell pink Carolina Pen Co custom Lamy AL-Star. Whatever you do, don’t ask for one of your own. It’s one of four priceless urushi Lamy Safari/AL-Star fountain pens he has ever created and will probably ever create.

When compared with other orange inks, Lamy Bronze is very similar to Montblanc Lucky Orange, Monteverde Topaz, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin, Sailor Jentle Kin-Mokusei, and Robert Oster Pen Addict Fire on Fire. It’s similar in price to Topaz but the other inks are more expensive so Lamy Bronze is a good alternative.

I did discover the perfect use for Lamy Bronze: painting a portrait of our newest rescue cat, Ollie. Thee drawing is based on his first adventures on the couch. He is all legs and very orange. I don’t like the water droplet under his chin though. Sigh, my drawing mojo is WAY off this week.

In the end, while I would like Lamy to be a little more experimental with its limited edition inks like the Petrol, this specific color is a nice addition to the Lamy line-up.


DISCLAIMER: The items included in this review were provided free of charge by Goldspot Pens for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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Summary of previous series.

In a galaxy far, far away, inkjet printer manufacturers still keep high prices for consumables. Attempts by ordinary users to reduce the cost of owning an inkjet device and print photographs at home are met with vigorous engineering opposition from printer manufacturers.

Nevertheless, ordinary users have successfully learned to refill cartridges, and the most advanced even equipped their printers with ink supply systems.

And now users get one more opportunity. Will it mean strategic success or will it modestly take its place among the rest of the decisions?

It would seem that there are already so many recipes to reduce the cost of printing on a color inkjet printer that the manufacturers of these would have to fly into the tube. But no – the market for color inkjet printers is growing steadily, and vendors are not going to go bankrupt yet.

As such, we are releasing a new article on cost reduction.How will we reduce the cost of owning a color inkjet this time? It seems that everyone knows about refilling cartridges, and a lot has been written about ink supply systems . ..

So what new can you think of here?

Well, fundamentally new, maybe nothing. But to significantly improve the old – yes, it is possible.

Our article will focus on refillable cartridges.

That is, about those cartridges that are initially produced without ink, but are designed for repeated use and refueling.

– However, – the thrifty reader will ask, – why would I spend my hard-earned money to buy cartridges, when I can use my family without significant alterations? Another thing is the ink supply system …

– However, – we will answer, – let’s talk about everything in order.

The online store from its huge assortment provided us for description and testing of five different sets of cartridges for different models of inkjet printers and plotters. These are:

  • cartridges for Epson R200, R220, R300, R320, RX500, RX600 printers;
  • cartridges for Canon Pixma 3000;
  • cartridges for Canon Pixma 8500, i9950;
  • for HP DesignJet130;
  • and also for wide Epson 7600 plotter.

They are available in different configurations. Different cartridges have their own design features and operational features that deserve a separate description.

And I’ll start with refillable cartridges for very common models of photo printers and MFPs – Epson series R200, R300, RX500, RX600.

The cartridges themselves are made of a material most similar to polyethylene, only much more durable. The set includes 6 pieces, which differ only in the color of the marking stickers and rubber caps.

There are two holes in the top of the cartridge. One is the filling, and the other provides air flow into the cartridge.

Two black cartridges in the printer, differences and interchangeability

Your printer uses five cartridges, two of which are black. Why are there two cartridges? Do they need different inks? Why in 90% of cases they sell 4 cans of ink for 5 cartridges? How to determine which ink to fill in which cartridge? What to do if the ink is confused? Questions are raised frequently, in most cases by telephone. We decided to write a separate article, a cheat sheet for the client.


What are the two black ink cartridges?

For printing texts and for printing photos in printers using five or more cartridges, different cartridges are used.

Text cartridge (usually thicker) – uses pigment ink (explanation of the difference: Pigments or dropsy, what to choose?), And is only used when sending texts, graphics, etc. to print. Not used for photo printing.

Photo cartridge (usually thinner) – used when printing photos, not used when printing texts, unless special modes are set, in many models with 4 cartridges this cartridge is removed, and black is obtained by mixing cyan, pink and yellow colors.

Cartridges use different inks, they have different printheads (meaning droplet size, etc.), to summarize, regarding the topic: the cartridges use different inks, and if you fill the pigment cartridge with water-soluble ink, you will lose documents in print quality , on the contrary, having filled the photo cartridge with pigment ink, there is a huge probability of “killing” the print head. Be extremely careful.

Do I need to be puzzled by buying different inks, spend extra money and so on, to buy two black ones?

No, it is not necessary, if the quality of the texts does not matter to you, but it is significantly lost when switching to dropsy. Not necessary if you do not need moisture resistance of your text print.

I have repeated and will repeat many times, fairy tales about the death of the printing head on pigments – fairy tales. The seller either has no pigments at all, or he is not aware of the processes taking place inside the printer.Another option is the personal experience of Uncle Vasya (everyone has a friend who will help with advice, let’s call him Uncle Vasya) whose cartridges or the entire printer died, since he was refueling with pigments. But I switched to dropsy, everything is super. It’s just that Uncle Vasya firstly saved a lot when buying, and secondly, he poured into the printer what was sold in the nearest store. And this, in most cases, is the same ink for all printers, plus the cheapest, consumer goods. As a result, do not save, fill in branded ink, check the buyer on official websites and catalogs for compatibility of the ink offered to you with your own printer.Demand guarantees in the end. And your printer will print perfectly.

Which ink to fill in which cartridge?

So you have already bought a set of refillable cartridges (we do not take CISS into account, this is a narrowly specialized device for those who print 100 or more photos per day) with ink, inside 5 cylinders, the time has come for refueling, black in a set of 2 pcs. Which ink to pour into which cartridge? The ink is not the same, you cannot mix. It is necessary to fill in strictly the type of ink that is intended for your cartridge.We will consider the latest, currently relevant models, as new models are released or questions arise about old models, the article will be updated.

Canon PIXMA printers: many models with five or six cartridges, of which 2 are black

The black thick (pigment, text) cartridge is filled with pigment ink, filling them into a thin cartridge, you will surely ruin the print head of the printer.

In black thin water-soluble, photo ink, filling them in a thick cartridge, you will lose the quality of text printing.

Epson printers: with five cartridges, two black cartridges

The black thick cartridge is filled with pigment ink, filling it with a thin cartridge, you will surely ruin the print head of the printer.

In black thin water-soluble (photo) ink, filling them in a thick cartridge, you will lose the quality of text printing.

The ink is confused, what should I do?

You need to change the cartridges, throw the old ones together with the ink.Rinsing will not work, the foam is very heavily saturated with ink. If experience permits, it is necessary to rinse the print head of the printer with a cleaning liquid.

Print-Service :: device inkjet cartridge

Design features of inkjet printer cartridges.
Based on the design of inkjet printer cartridges, they can be conditionally divided into three types:
1. A cartridge that combines a print head and an ink tank in one body (replaceable unit).
2. A cartridge having only an ink tank in the form of a replaceable unit. The print head is not removable, it is installed directly in the printer.
3. Cartridge in the form of a plug-in unit. The ink tanks are removable from the print head. The print head is also removable.
To ensure long lasting performance of your printer and to get the most out of your consumables, care must be taken to store, use, and refill inkjet cartridges (CKs).
It should be noted that the technology of inkjet printing is based on the use of special inks that dry quickly upon contact with air. Normally, the thin channels of the print head are filled with ink. If the ink in the cartridge runs out, air enters the channels of the print head and becomes clogged due to the drying out of the remaining ink.
Most often, problems arise due to untimely replacement of the cartridge, as well as when refilling them. Therefore, in order to prevent the loss of a sufficiently expensive cartridge, you should adhere to the following recommendations:
Recommendations for the operation and maintenance of type 1 cartridges
one.The cartridge must be filled with ink in advance (before the ink runs out).
2. If it is not possible to immediately replace the empty cartridge with a new one so that the cartridge does not dry out, proceed in the following sequence:
– remove the old cartridge from the printer;
– seal its nozzles with a special tape (nozzles on new cartridges are glued with this tape). If there is no special tape for gluing the cartridge nozzles, wrap the cartridge in a napkin abundantly soaked in water;
– place the cartridge in a plastic bag and close it tightly.Cartridges packed in this manner can be stored for several days.
3. Do not use office tape or electrical insulating tape to seal the cartridge nozzles.
4. If the cartridge is stored empty, then before refueling, a napkin moistened with a special flushing liquid is applied to the nozzles for several hours.
5. Do not touch the contact pads and nozzles on the cartridge with your fingers.
Recommendations for the operation and maintenance of cartridges of the second and third types
Do not ignore the information from the printer about the low level of ink in the cartridge.In this case, measures are taken to replace the cartridge or refill it.
You can remove the cartridge from the printer to replace it only for a short period of time (about one minute). During this time, the spare cartridge must be reinstalled, since when the cartridge is removed, air freely penetrates into the thin channels of the print head and can dry out the ink in it.
It is necessary to have a spare cartridge in order to quickly replace the exhausted one if necessary.

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Refilling inkjet cartridges

Manufacturers of inkjet printers do not recommend refilling cartridges and, when ink runs out, recommend using original cartridges. But the realities of our reality are such that refueling inkjet printer cartridges is quite acceptable, subject to several rules. If you are going to refill a cartridge for an inkjet printer, you should know that Epson printers rarely go through this procedure painlessly.The devices of this manufacturer are critical of the use of products of independent manufacturers, and if you do not want to change the print head, which costs 2/3 of the cost of the device, then you should not risk it. Cartridges for Hewlett Packard devices require accuracy and certain knowledge when refilling, since they have a complex device. Cartridges with a foam sponge that absorbs ink are better tolerated. Important rules for the operation of ink cartridges Cartridges of inkjet printing devices are conventionally divided into two types depending on the design of the cartridges: 1) A cartridge that has both a print head and a container for ink, in the form of a single non-detachable replaceable unit. A distinctive feature of such a cartridge is the presence of several dozen golden metal contacts on its body. 2) A cartridge having only an ink capacity, in the form of a replaceable unit. (The print head is not included in the cartridge; it is independently installed in the printer.) To ensure long-term operation of the printer and get the most economic value from consumables, the user must pay sufficient attention to the cartridges, both when using and storing cartridges and when refilling ink.Regardless of whether you are using a genuine cartridge, a cartridge made by an independent manufacturer, or a refilled cartridge, strictly follow the rules of operation below, based on the technological specifics of the inkjet printing process. Inkjet technology is principally based on the use of special ink that dries quickly upon contact with air. During printing, the thin channels of the print head are filled with ink. Air – the printhead’s worst enemy – if it gets into the channels of the printhead, it can dry out the ink in these thin channels, clogging them. This applies to any cartridge and any ink for any model of inkjet printing devices. Therefore: It is important for a cartridge of type “1” with a print head: at the first refueling, it is necessary to develop the original ink as much as possible, up to whitish stripes when printing solid fillings; at subsequent refills of the cartridge, it is necessary to refill it IN ADVANCE, before the end of the ink in it; · If the cartridge was not refilled in time and the ink in the cartridge still ran out, the empty cartridge must be filled with ink immediately; If you are unable to immediately refill an empty “1” cartridge with a printhead, it is recommended that the cartridge does not dry out: Important for a “2” cartridge that does not have a printhead: do not ignore your printer’s low ink signals in cartridge – the printer warns you that a tiny amount of ink in the cartridge remains only to isolate the thin channels of the print head filled with ink from contact with air.Unplug the printer immediately and take care of replacing or refilling the cartridge; you can remove the cartridge from the printer to replace it only for a very short period of time – no more than one minute! During this time, the spare ink cartridge must be installed back into the printer, since when the cartridge is removed, atmospheric air freely penetrates to the thin channels of the print head; Always keep a new or refilled cartridge in stock so that you can quickly replace an empty one if necessary. Specifics for installing ink cartridges Immediately before installing a NEW cartridge in an inkjet printer (or fax, or copier), REMOVE the special adhesive stickers from the body of the NEW cartridge that temporarily seal the air vents on some cartridge models. These adhesive labels on a NEW cartridge are often labeled “REMOVE” (remove). If a dotted cut (tear-off) line is drawn or carved on such a sticker, then the sticker must be removed strictly along the indicated line.For correct installation, it is strongly recommended to open the “User’s Guide” on your printing device and install the cartridge carefully, step by step, in order, in accordance with the chapter “Replacing the cartridge” of the manual. After installing an ink cartridge (new or refilled) in the machine, activate a special “cleaning cycle” (priming cycle, cleaning cycle), during which the surface of the print head is cleaned and ink is supplied to the head. Then print a test sheet to evaluate the print quality.If it is unacceptable (unprinted areas are visible), repeat the cleaning cycle until the desired print quality is obtained. In some cases, when shipping a new cartridge or refilling a cartridge, an air bubble may form inside the cartridge and prevent ink from escaping from the cartridge. To restore the cartridge’s functionality, it is enough to spread several layers of newsprint on the table, take the cartridge in your hand and with the other hand vigorously hit the side of the cartridge several times in order to displace the air bubble to another place.

90,000 Everything about PIXMA and even more

1 What are
and ink

Today’s Canon PIXMA printers use a hybrid ink system that uses pigment inks to print text documents and water-soluble inks to display color elements in documents and photographs.

Pigment ink is water resistant, has less bleed on paper and is therefore ideal for producing crisp text on ordinary office paper. Canon Pigment Ink Cartridges are easily recognizable by the letters PG in the name.

Water-soluble ink is better suited for photo printing on special photo paper, when interacting with which the image is fixed.

In inkjet printers for color printing, four dyes are usually used, as in printing – cyan (Cyan), magenta (Magenta), yellow (Yellow) and black (Black, in printing it is called a key – Key), and the corresponding cartridges are designated as C , M, Y and BK.Some printer models also add gray (GY) to these dyes. When mixing different dyes on paper in certain proportions, one or another color is obtained.

The entry-level PIXMA printers use only two ink cartridges: Black with pigment inks and Tri-color with water-soluble inks. On the one hand, it is convenient, since you only have to purchase and replace one or two cartridges. On the other hand, if some of the color inks run out earlier than others, you will have to replace the cartridge with the remaining ink of other colors.

More advanced PIXMA printers use separate ink tanks, one for each color. Here, when some ink runs out, only one corresponding cartridge needs to be replaced.

PIXMA split-cartridge models use a pigment ink cartridge (PGBK) to output text documents, while photo ink is used in limited quantities for printing color elements (logos, graphics, etc.).P.). Some printers use an optional gray cartridge for more accurate grayscale in photographs.

2 More cartridge capacity –
more savings!

For any PIXMA printer, you can reduce your printing costs by purchasing the high-volume consumables. These cartridges are labeled XL.

Cost-per-page savings are shown below for various PIXMA series and models, based on Canon’s suggested retail prices and consumption (ISO / IEC 24711) of XL cartridges compared to their standard counterparts of the corresponding volume.

For entry-level models with two cartridges, purchasing XL cartridges over standard cartridges will save 45 to 60% per text page and 25 to 50% per photo print.

In PIXMA units with separate cartridges, XL-ink tanks save 30-35% of the cost per text page, and 25-35% – on a photo print compared to standard ones.In addition, some PIXMA models can also use the even larger XXL black pigment ink cartridge, which provides savings of up to 55% per text page.

For PIXMA printers, the purchase of the so-called multipacks also provides a tangible increase in the cost of printing. For dual-cartridge devices, this is a black and color cartridge package. Multipacks for split cartridge models contain a selection of cartridges of different colors.

In both cases, multi-packs provide a print cost benefit of approximately 20% compared to purchasing the cartridges individually. Multipacks also provide ease of ordering and storage due to their compactness.

3 Original CISS – for those who print a lot

For those users who regularly print more than 100 pages of documents per month (including in color), and who are ready to compromise a little the quality of photo printing that photo printers with separate cartridges provide, the most suitable and profitable solution would be to purchase one of the printers with the system continuous ink supply (CISS), which are combined in the PIXMA G.

The ink supply in the built-in tanks of such a system can be visually monitored and at any time replenished without getting your hands dirty from ink containers made in the form of bottles.

The ink supply in them is 10 or more times higher than in XL-cartridges for printers of other series, and the cost of printing one page is ten times lower.

4 Driver Setup
for Economy Print

You can save on printing documents not only by the above methods, but also by using special printer settings before printing.We all know that printed documents are often needed only for one reading, after which they are sent to the trash. For such cases, printing with high quality is not required – as long as the text is legible.

Choosing one of the options “Fast” or “Draft” in the printer driver settings under “Print quality”, you will just get such readable text, but at the same time save up to 50% of ink.

5 Unofficial and questionable
ways to save

One way still popular with some users to save on printing is to buy so-called compatible cartridges. At first glance, this is the most effective way to save money, because such consumables are usually somewhat cheaper than the original ones. However, third-party products can not only disappoint with lower print quality, but also lead to printer failure, since they have not been tested for compatibility with the printhead. This will require expensive repairs or even the purchase of a new printer, which means that the stingy user will receive large unforeseen expenses instead of benefits.

Why is this happening? Third-party manufacturers do not have legal access to Canon technology and produce ink based only on their own guess as to what properties they should have in order to print with the proper quality and not cause damage to the device.

In modern thermal inkjet printers, which include Canon devices, printheads with a large number of tiny nozzles are used, from which ink, due to heating, is shot onto the paper in the form of microscopic droplets of 1-2 picoliters.

Non-genuine ink will most likely not form droplets of the required volume and will not be able to fix on the paper and create dots of the required size, and this will reduce print quality.But the most dangerous thing is that such “compatible” ink can burn and clog the nozzles, as well as lead to their burnout, which will inevitably disable the print head. How serious is it? The price of this critical component, plus the cost of replacing it, for some models is more than half the cost of the entire device – in which case it is sometimes more profitable to buy a new printer.

Another reason for an unscheduled purchase of a new printer may be ink leaked from a non-original cartridge, which will lead to contact closure and burnout of the printer’s electronic filling, i.e.e. to its failure.

If those who like to save money decide to replace the original cartridges with refillable containers or try to refill the original ones, then they need to take into account the risk of staining the surrounding objects and clothing, as well as the danger of chemical solutions getting on the skin.

The conclusion is simple: in the long term, it is most profitable to buy only original cartridges.

Everything about PIXMA and even more

Any complex device requires careful handling, and the printer / MFP is no exception. He is like a pet or a houseplant – the better you take care of him, the longer he will delight and serve you conscientiously. It is about how to properly care for the printer that will now be discussed.

1 Where to place

Gone are the days of bulky home printers.Canon’s designers have long understood that every person wants a printer to be not only functional, but also beautiful. Relatively small size, streamlined shape, noticeable buttons and versatile body color – all these are the distinguishing features of the devices of the Canon PIXMA family. Definitely, they will decorate any interior.

If you plan to use your printer frequently, we recommend placing it in a spacious area within arm’s reach. It is best not to place it on a bookshelf or in a cramped niche – space will be needed for the cables and the paper feed tray.Typically, the power and USB cables are connected to the rear of PIXMA printers, and it is best not to bend the cables too much – you don’t want to damage them, short out them, or even fire them, do you?

In addition, heavy photo paper, and on some models ordinary office paper, is loaded into the printer through the rear vertical tray. So you need free space above the printer. How many? About A4 sheet.This also applies to MFPs – after all, you have to open the cover to scan and copy.

Please do not place your printer on the aisle, on the edge of the table or in any other dangerous places where it is easy to touch the wires or trays connected to it, or even the device itself.

Heat from sunlight or heaters, strong electromagnetic fields, vibration and shock will not be useful for the printer.Also, do not leave it outdoors – extremely high or low temperatures, precipitation and direct sunlight will definitely not benefit the printer.

We are confident that by following these simple rules of technical feng shui, finding the coziest and most comfortable place in the room for your PIXMA will not be difficult.

2 How to replace

Canon PIXMA inkjet printers and MFPs use liquid ink for printing, which, horror, periodically runs out.To replenish the stock, in most models it is necessary to replace special ink containers – cartridges, and in some (PIXMA G series) – to top up branded ink into the containers built right into the body. It is very easy to find out when ink is low – the printer itself will tell you about it. Of course, not by voice, but by a special message on the computer screen or on the device itself.

How do I know how much ink is left? The software on your computer or the on-screen display on the built-in screen, and for some models, the Canon Print Inkjet / SELPHY mobile app will help you with this.In addition, you can open the cover or lift the scanning unit of the device and look at the printhead with the cartridges inserted into it. The ones that are low on ink will flash the red indicator slowly at intervals of about 3 seconds.

When the ink is completely empty, you will see a message stating that printing is no longer possible, and the red light at the end of the empty ink tank will flash at 1 second intervals.

Replacing the cartridges is easy.First, you need to move the printhead to a special service position on the carriage. How to do it? On some PIXMA models, you will need to send the command via the PC software or OSD. In other models, it is enough to just lift the top cover or the scanning module and fix them in a slightly open position.

After that, the print head will automatically move to a certain position and stop – the magic of automation.

How do you know which cartridge needs to be replaced? If in PIXMA printers, two cartridges are used – black and color – then the one you need is easy to recognize by marking.

In models where separate cartridges are used, the same fast blinking red light will help to find an empty one.

It is better to prepare a new cartridge in advance. To do this, simply unpack it according to the instructions and put it somewhere nearby.Then press the release lever on the empty cartridge and pull it up and towards you – a couple of light movements, and the old cartridge is already in your hands. Now place a new cartridge on the vacant place and press it down with your finger on top until it clicks. If the cartridge is functional and full, then a red light will light up on it.

Here’s how to do it:

If the indicator is off or blinking rapidly, it means the following: either the cartridge is defective, the function for detecting the remaining ink supply is disabled, or the cartridge is not installed correctly.Take it out and reinsert it.

You may face a situation when the ink ran out not in one, but in several cartridges at once. When replacing, do not remove all of them at once, otherwise confusion may result. Well, if this happened, it doesn’t matter. Brightly colored markings on the cartridge and on the printhead will help you know where which belongs.

By the way, in the models of the PIXMA G series, the ink level is visible to the naked eye – right on the front of the case through transparent windows.And ink is added in three movements – open the printer lid, open the lid of the built-in ink tank and fill the container. No manipulation of the print head is required here.

This video tutorial will help you fill in the ink correctly.

Well, the ink supply has been replenished, now you can close the lid. Just a few minutes for the preparatory steps – the printer will do them itself – and you can continue to work.

3 Where better to buy


We recommend buying only original Canon cartridges from large retail chains, specialized computer or trusted online stores. You don’t want to get a fake and further problems with the printer, do you? The miser, as you know, pays twice. And in this case, maybe three times.

Which cartridges are suitable for your device? See the Canon website http: //, on your device’s web page or user manual. And who is better to buy them from, you can find out on the company’s website

And remember that only genuine products and consumables will provide the most reliable device performance and the best print quality.

4 How to care

So, you have settled your PIXMA in the most convenient place in the house, you regularly change cartridges and use only branded inks, you print a lot on it and you will not get enough of it.But one day this idyll can be broken. Suddenly, you will notice thin white horizontal streaks or irregularities in some colors on your prints. Do not be alarmed – some of the print head nozzles may be clogged. To test whether this is the case or not, print a special test page that contains print samples for each ink color. This simple test will not only confirm the blockage, but it will also help you see which ink colors are causing problems.

This procedure is provided both in the printer driver on the PC and in the menu of the device itself – you will find it in the “Maintenance” section.If the check page confirms that any of the nozzles are clogged, your next step is to clean the printhead.

Is it difficult? Not at all. Cleaning is started from the computer or from the menu of the printer itself and takes about one minute. Cleaning the print head nozzles uses a small amount of ink of the color that clogs the nozzles. They dissolve and flush out dried dye residues.It all looks like a print, so be sure to insert a draft A4 sheet of paper into the tray.

And after the procedure, carry out another verification test. If there are gaps in color and thin white lines on the samples, repeat the cleaning of the nozzles. Usually two times is enough. But if this does not help, there is also a deep cleaning of the print head. Of course, more ink will be needed here than with the usual one.

Sometimes print quality deteriorates not only because the print head is dirty, but also because it has moved.For example, this can happen after replacing cartridges. You will most likely see shifts in straight lines, pictures, or letters on your printouts.

In this case, there is only one solution – to align the printhead. To do this, insert one sheet of A4 office paper into the tray and run “Automatic Head Alignment” in the “Maintenance” menu item. The printer then prints a page with special head alignment patterns. What’s next?

Manual alignment can be performed.To do this, use the driver on the PC or the built-in menu to tell the device the numbers of the highest quality samples. Based on this information, the printer will correct the head position. This cycle can be repeated to improve the tuning.

Many MFPs have a semi-automatic head alignment procedure. All you need to do is print a sample page and scan it, and the MFP will complete the print head alignment by itself.But the most advanced PIXMA devices are able to read information from the page right at the time of printing. Miracles, and nothing more.

Take care of your PIXMA, and your collaboration will be long and fruitful.

PARKER refills: refills, cartridges, converters, inks

Parker writing instruments are professional craftsmanship, craftsmanship and impeccable quality worthy of kings and you. Ease of use, which has its own aesthetic price.Starting from construction, materials, finishing and finishing with the technology of manufacturing ink and writing units. In order for your Parker to serve you as long as possible and give you incomparable emotions while writing, you should respect the tool and choose the appropriate consumables, and he, in turn, will pay off with interest, offering a high level of the writing process every time.

In this article we will look at which refills are suitable for different models of Parker pen and what is the functional difference between them.Ballpoint, rollerball, fountain pens and Parker type 5 pens with a stylistically and technically new style of writing. Let’s start with the most common and popular type of nibbler, the ballpoint pen.

Parker Ballpoint Refills

As the name suggests, designed for ballpoint pens. The ink supply is due to light pressure on the ball, which actually controls the flow and saturation of the writing line. Providing a constant flow of quick-drying ink, ball refills provide convenience and reliability, easily switching for quick, clean consumable changes.

Each Parker ballpoint model comes with an original refill, immediately inserted into the pen. The color of the ink in different collections is different (for information on the color of the ink, check with your consultant).

You can personalize the color of the ink and the size of the nib (ball) according to your preferences by purchasing separately a refill with a thin (F = 0.8 mm) or medium (M = 1 mm) writing line; with classic black, blue ink or red, green. At the same time, the ink supply in ballpoint refills is designed for a line of about 3.5 km, so ballpoint pens are ideal for those who love or have to write a lot and often.Summaries, work reports or your creative pen – you can fully focus on work.

Please note that regular Parker QUINK ballpoint refills and Parker GEL refills are compatible with Parker ballpoint pens from all series: from Duofold to Vector. I offer an alternative writing feel with a silky smooth line. Available with thin (F = 0.55 mm) and medium (M = 0.7 mm) nibs.

Parker Rollerballs for Rollerballs

Rollerballs are a relatively new type of writing, which, while being most similar in ink supply technology to ballpoint models, still has differences in ink composition and line thickness.Rollerball pens feature a trail that resembles a fountain pen, yet offers the convenience of a classic ballpoint pen. With a roller tip (small diameter ball) that evenly delivers ink directly onto the paper, PARKER Roller Refills offer leak-free writing and easy consumable replacement. Roller ink is made thinner (gel or water based) to pass smoothly over a thinner nib.FreeInk technology known for consistent, flowing lines and long lasting colors.

Parker Rollerballs are available in two sizes: Fine (F = 0.5mm) or Medium (M = 0.7mm), as well as two ink colors: Black and Blue. The ink supply is sufficient for a line length of approximately 800 m.

All Parker rollerballs come with one original roller refill (ink color depends on the collection you choose).

Nibs for Parker 5TH

Parker 5TH technology is a flexible nib that interacts with a metal stylized nib and a finely engraved Parker symbolic arrow to deliver exceptionally fluid writing with intense and sharp pigment saturation.Intuitively adjusts to the user’s style in just a few words. Innovative technology for a clean and easy refueling process.

The peculiarity of this type of writing is difficult to compare with classic pens and rather it reminds you of using a capillary pen: a thin tubular nibbler with a fibrous filler for the most controlled and dosed ink supply. At the same time, the unusual design of the replaceable refill and stylized nib unambiguously distinguishes the Fifth pens among their “congeners”.

PARKER 5 TH Refills are available in small or medium sizes and are designed to eliminate leaks caused by pressure, shock and temperature changes.

Replacement fountain pen cartridges

Easy and quick replacement of the Parker pen with ink cartridges is done in seconds. Parker ink cartridges are designed to be used exclusively with Parker fountain pens. Available in standard or mini format.To avoid being caught off guard when the ink runs out, the cartridges have a “strategic” ink supply that can be easily released by pushing down on the end of the cartridge.

Introduced in 1931, PARKER QUINK inks are manufactured to high quality standards. QUINK is a fast drying ink specially formulated for optimal writing performance.

PARKER Fountain Pen Converters: Standard (Piston) and Deluxe (Threaded / Rotatable)

A converter is the best way to feel at one with your new Parker pen, because it lets you enjoy refueling to the fullest.Parker offers two versatile converters to fit all brand fountain pens.

The standard, aka piston, PARKER Fun converter (Z 12) draws can ink in a manner similar to using a syringe. As fast as possible, convenient and easy. Easy to operate.

The second type of converter is PARKER Deluxe (Z 18). Thanks to the special thread, you draw ink into the reservoir from the bottle with rotary movements. It is stronger and more durable thanks to, so it will last you much longer.Parker’s luxury and iconic collections such as DUOFOLD, PREMIER and premium SONNET pens include a Deluxe converter along with a replacement ink cartridge.

You can buy any of the two types of converter in our brand store Parker Ukraine with guaranteed professional quality.

PARKER Bubble Ink

High quality QUINK ink in a 57 ml glass jar with a tight screw cap to prevent ink drying out.They offer the classic style of refilling fountain pens using the converter, the types of which we discussed above. The quick-drying ink formula allows you to use your nib pen with the utmost efficiency and comfort, avoiding blots and stains. The noble aesthetics of writing is guaranteed to you.

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