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How To Fill A Fountain Pen

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Fountain pens tend to seem relatively self-explanatory, but that doesn’t mean the correct process for filling every pen is obvious. This article will out how to fill any common fountain pen we’ve encountered.

If you need some more explanation about the different types of fountain pen filling systems, check out our guide.

Universal Rules

Despite all the different types of fountain pen filling, there are some rules that always apply!

One important rule is to fully submerge the pen nib when filling it. Fountain pens have a nib and a breather hole, the latter of which isn’t usually very obvious when looking at the pen, but it’s where most of the ink will enter some pens when filling them. As a result, a pen won’t fill unless both of these things are fully submerged in your ink bottle.

Piston Fountain Pens

A piston-filling fountain pen has a piston — just like in a car — inside the barrel. This piston goes down to expel air or ink and then back up, pulling ink into the barrel.

The typical process is very simple, assuming the pen is clean and dry:

  1. Push the piston down, expelling any air in the barrel
  2. Submerge the nib, ideally up to the lower grip
  3. Turn the barrel and pull in the ink
  4. Turn the piston it’s open-most point, lock if possible

Twsbi Eco

How to fill a Tswbi Eco

Like most piston-fillers the Twsbi Eco has a knob on the top that turns to have the piston go up or down.

Twsbi Go

The Twsbi Go has a piston-filler that is spring-loaded, instead of twisting to go up and down. It’s fundamentally the same concept, but the push-button spring mechanism gives you less fine control of the fill.


A cartridge-converter is a fountain pen that takes a cartridge or a fountain pen converter, like Pilot’s CON-40. A converter is a device that attaches to a fountain pen, bringing the filling mechanism with it. The mechanism can be a piston, a squeeze sac, or any other number of fill types.

Pilot Metropolitan

How to fill a Pilot CON-40

The Pilot Metropolitan is a cartridge-converter fountain pen that usually uses Pilot’s disposable cartridges.

Working with a fountain pen cartridge is very easy. You simply open the pen, then get the cartridge and push it into the little stem on the inside of the fountain pen, at the top of the grip piece. There will be a firm click and you’ll notice that the cartridge is firmly stuck onto the grip piece, with no wiggle. The ink will start flowing on its own and soon the pen will be writing.

The number one thing to keep in mind is that not all fountain pens and cartridges are compatible. This fountain pen cartridge guide will help!

If you opt for a converter then you simply open the pen, then get the converter and push it into the pen firmly. Just like with a cartridge you’ll need to make sure the pen and converter are compatible!

Since there are all sorts of converters, you’ll have to figure out the type you have (or even the specific model) before you know how to fill in. Here are some popular options:


An aerometric filler is a rubber sac. Using it is very simple: open the pen, submerge the nib and breather hole, squeeze the sac or spring around the sac expelling the air inside, and then let go, all the rubber to go back into its original shape and pulling in ink.

A rubber sac or aerometric filler is the simplest mechanism in any fountain pen, short of an eyedropper — which has no mechanism at all! This method was very popular, having been found on pens like the Parker 51 and Aurora Hastil, but isn’t as popular these days.

Vacuum Filler

Vacuum-filling fountain pens might seem like magic, but they are very simple to use in practice. You simply need to:

  • unscrew the top of the pen
  • pull the top of the pen out all the way
  • submerge the nib and breather hole entirely
  • push the top of the pen down until there is a pop sounds or similar break in pressure
  • you will see the ink flowing in the pen and up the barrel as the vacuum area you created by pushing the top down is filled with ink

Note: This article is a work in progress and will expand as we get access to more pen documentation! Feel free to email if you have any you’d like to share.  

Filling a Pilot Vanishing Point – Goulet Pens Blog

This has been one of the most requested videos for me to do, so….here it is! Filling a Pilot Vanishing Point isn’t hard once you understand how the pen works. It’s quite different than most other fountain pens, so it does take a bit of studying and practice. Once you get the hang of it though, it’s as simple as any other fountain pen.

If you’d like to see an overview of the Vanishing Point collection, check out my other blog post, here.
If you’d like to see how the Vanishing Point compares to the Lamy Dialog 3, check out my other post, here.

Pilot Vanishing Point in Raden finish, retractable nib fountain pen.


The Vanishing Point in my larger-than-average hand.


The Vanishing Point nib unit removed from the pen body.


Exploded view of all of the ‘guts’ of the Vanishing Point.


Very skinny 18k gold nib, but writes surprisingly smooth and springy.


LOTS of choices of colors for these pens, and limited editions come out all the time.


Vanishing Point nib size comparison, done on 80g Rhodia dotpad paper.

Hopefully this helps clear some things up for you. Let me know what you think!

How To Fill A Fountain Pen

The parts of your fountain pen

Your fountain pen consists of four parts when assembled—the cap, the nib, the barrel, and the ink reservoir. Most reservoirs are either a piston converter, a cartridge or an ink bladder. The converter and ink bladder require fountain pen bottled ink. The cartridge is a self-contained, disposable unit filled with ink.

Removing the barrel

First remove the cap. Then remove the barrel by turning it counterclockwise.

1. Filling with a fountain pen converter

Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered (Figure A). Twist the piston converter counterclockwise at the top. This forces the air out of the converter. Then twist the top of the piston converter clockwise to draw the ink up into the converter. While holding the nib above the bottle of ink, slowly twist the piston converter counterclockwise until a bead of ink flows from the tip of the nib (Figure B). Gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lint-free cloth or blotter paper.

2. Inserting a fountain pen cartridge

Remove the piston converter by gently pulling it away from the nib. Insert a fountain pen cartridge into the nib and push firmly until the cartridge seats itself. You will hear a small click. You can easily switch between bottled ink and cartridges by rinsing the nib and piston converter with cool water periodically.

3a. Filling with a standard ink bladder

Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered (Figure A). Press the metal bar to deflate the bladder (Figure B).

Slowly release the metal bar to draw the ink up into the bladder (Figure C). Remove the nib from the ink and gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lint-free cloth or blotter paper.

3b. Filling with a crescent ink bladder

Turn the locking ring to the opening (Figure A). Place the fountain pen, nib first, into the bottle of ink until the nib is entirely covered. Press the crescent in to deflate the bladder (Figure B). Slowly release the crescent to draw the ink up into the bladder (Figure C). Then turn the locking ring back into place so that the crescent cannot be pressed down (Figure D). Gently blot excess ink from the nib with a lintfree cloth or blotter paper.

Remember to replace the barrel after you fill up

Twist the barrel of the fountain pen onto the nib section.

Now you’re fueled to write.

How To Fill a Fountain Pen – Goldspot Pens

Converting fountain pens into an eyedropper-fill pen

Some acrylic resin fountain pens are capable of being converted from a cartridge/converter to an eyedropper-fill fountain pen. A pocket pen like the Kaweco Sport, for example, only accepts an international ink cartridge or the Sport piston converter, which does not contain much ink. If the pen is converted into an eyedropper, the ink capacity is multiplied.

We caution to say that not all cartridge/converter fountain pens can be converted to eyedropper. How to find a good candidate for eyedropper conversion? First, check the inside of the pen barrel and the section threads that attach to the barrel. If there is any metal that would come in contact with the ink, then you can’t eyedropper convert it. Most likely, the metal will corrode due to constant ink exposure. Second, you would have to test the barrel to see if it can hold water. Some pen barrels are made in separate parts. They may have a finial that is not completely watertight. Fill the pen up with water and let it sit for a day on a paper towel. If you see leakage, it’s a no-go. To verify your own findings, look up your particular pen model and the words “eyedropper conversion” on google to read up on the trials of fellow pen enthusiasts before you.

The key to eyedroppering a fountain pen is using 100% silicone grease. The section threads need a little coating of this grease to create a watertight seal where the section attaches to the barrel. When writing with an eyedroppered pen, be mindful of any drastic changes to air pressure or temperature, especially as the ink level drops below half the total volume of the barrel. Such atmospheric changes can cause air to expand inside the barrel and force out ink through the nib, causing a “burp” of ink on the page as you write.

Other (Vintage) Filling Systems

While the aforementioned methods are the most common filling systems you will find on modern fountain pens, you may stumble across unusual types in vintage pens, such as lever, crescent, vacumatic, safety, snorkel, aerometric, touchdown, and so on. Each has its own unique design, filling instructions, benefits, and drawbacks. If you’re interested in vintage fountain pens, we suggest looking for them at a pen show. Talk to the dealer to find out more information about the pen and its filling system.

The type of filling system that best suits you is a decision that weighs convenience versus ink capacity. If you want a high ink capacity and don’t switch colors often, then a piston, vac or eyedropper will work well for your writing habits. A writer that lives out of their suitcase might find cartridges more convenient than carrying glass bottles of ink. If you change colors often and have 10 to 20 pens inked at one time, you may like the option of a cartridge converter so your pens do not sit with a full barrel of ink for months at a time.

Filling a fountain pen should not be a hassle. It’s one of the fun aspects of owning a refillable writing instrument that will last you decades instead of being thrown in the trash when it runs dry. We hope the information in this article helped you fill your fountain pen or find a filling system that meets your writing preferences. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to help.

How To Fill Your Fountain Pen (Step-By-Step) – Truphae

We’ve all seen them, and many of us enjoy them on the daily, but the question we are asked most often is: how do you even use a fountain pen?

With so many different options on the market today, it can be overwhelming if you’re a beginning pen-thusiast that wishes to get your hands a little inky. Where would I even begin?

Well, the first step in taking the plunge is to determine which filling method your pen uses.


Determining The Filling Mechanism Of Your Pen 

If you’re looking at a fountain pen and don’t know where to begin, it’s naturally easiest to ask the sales representative what filling mechanism your pen uses.

But, if you’re shy like me and don’t feel like asking, you can tinker around and find out quite easily on your own.

Start by placing one hand on the barrel, and the other hand on the grip section, just above the nib. Gently twist to see if the piece comes apart.

If these two pieces do not come apart, this likely means that your pen has a built-in filling mechanism. If they do twist apart, go ahead and take apart the pen. Make sure none of the guts fall out when you’re doing this.

Once inside, you may see nothing at all! This is a sign that your pen uses either cartridges, or a piston converter.

It may also have a piston converter installed already, which means that you can use ink from a bottle. The other, less common option that we have seen is called a squeeze converter. See the images below to determine which option you see when unscrewing your pen.

Once you have determined which method your pen uses, just click the below links and jump straight to find how to fill your pen:


Built-in Filling Mechanism

Piston fillers

These are a bit complicated to manufacture, so they are typically seen on more valuable fountain pens, such as a Montblancs or Montegrappas.

They involve internal mechanisms that can suck ink straight into the pen, typically by turning the piston knob on the back, or butt-end of the pen. To start, fully untwist the piston. If it shatters, you’ve twisted too far! Just kidding, this definitely shouldn’t happen – stopping at the resistance point is recommended.

Then, simply insert the nib into a bottle of ink, and twist the piston the opposite direction. This draws that precious liquid gold inside the internal reservoir by retracting the piston, which also seals it from leaking. You can wear that white dress shirt with confidence now!

After you have filled your pen, you may want to dab it on a cloth to remove the excess ink on the nib, unless you enjoy getting a little messy. Now it’s time to write!


Vacuum fillers

Used by brands such as Visconti on their top of the line Homo Sapiens, and Opera models.

They are highly complex to produce, but are pretty darn fun to use! To start, twist the knob at the end of the pen out completely. You’ll feel that the knob is loose once it has been completely untwisted.


It may be a little tight, but now you can pull the knob towards you. This pulls the plunger up the barrel, which creates a low-pressure environment inside the chamber of the pen.

Insert the nib into an ink bottle, and now push the knob all the way back in. It’s important to allow 5-10 seconds for the chamber to fully fill with ink.

Then you can twist the knob back into place, and your fancy new pen is ready to manifest your visions!


Crescent filler

Used on some Conklin pens. It consists of a crescent-shaped metal piece that must be pushed inside of the barrel.

It’s kind of awkward at first, but super easy once you figure it out. There is usually a plastic piece that goes underneath the crescent.

You can twist this piece around until the opening lines up with the crescent, which allows it to be pressed into the barrel. This piece prevents you from accidentally discharging ink in your pocket.

When depressed, this collapses the ink sac inside the pen. Then, simply insert the nib into your favorite ink bottle, and let the crescent piece go and the pen fills with ink.

The crescent can also act as a roll stopper for that crooked desk in your office!


Cartridges and Converters

Cartridge Filled

If your pen is cartridge filled, you have the easiest job of them all!

Simply unscrew the grip section from the barrel of the pen. If you look inside the grip section, there is a small piece that protrudes.

The job of this piece is to puncture the cartridge so that ink goes directly into the feed of the pen, allowing for quick and easy writing.

The main downside to cartridges is that many manufacturers use proprietary cartridges that don’t work with all pens, so your selection of ink colors is quite limited.

You can get around this, on most pens, by installing a converter!

Ah, the freedom…now you can use whatever magic potion you want!

Piston Converter Filled

The quickest and easiest way to use ink from the bottle, a converter filled fountain pen has the same installation technique as a cartridge filled pen.

You must first push the converter into the grip section. Then you should twist the top of the converter so that the internal plunger reaches the bottom.

Insert the converter into a bottle of ink, and twist the plunger back to the top. Then, re-install the barrel to the pen, and you’re ready to go!

Now you can use black ink, blue ink, pink ink, yellow ink, blood, Windex, whatever you want! (just kidding, please don’t use Windex)

Squeeze Converter Filled

If your pen has a squeeze converter already installed, simply push in the button on the side, insert the nib into an ink bottle, and release the button.

You will want to release the button slowly in order to get the maximum amount of ink to suction into the converter.



Cartridges vs. Converters

So why would I choose to use a cartridge over a converter? There are a few reasons. Some converters require long stems that you must twist in order to move the plunger inside.

This means that it only holds enough ink to fill the bottom portion of the unit. With a cartridge, the entire unit is filled with ink, which means that you sometimes have double the amount of ink in a cartridge that you would have in a converter. If you’re a nerd like me, though, you’ll probably want a converter, even though it holds less ink. Hey, you can trade out ink colors more often this way!


Built-in vs Hand Installed Mechanisms

Some fountain pen lovers prefer built-in mechanisms due to the fact that they hold such a large quantity of ink. This means that you won’t have to keep refilling your pen all the time if you are a heavy writer. The downside is that these pens tend to be a bit more expensive, and they cannot be used with ink cartridges, so you have to spend that Starbucks money on bottled ink.

Here are a few of our favorite pens from all fill types!

1. Piston fillers:

– Montblanc 149 – an all time classic, the Montblanc 149 is a must for any serious collector.

– Montegrappa Monte-Grappa – good enough to be named twice, so that’s good enough for me.

– Aurora Optima – refined, elegant pen with a little Italian flair.

2. Vacuum fillers:

3. Crescent fillers:

– Conklin Mark Twain – well, it’s the only one we know of.

4. Cartridge/Converter fillers:

– Visconti Breeze – gorgeous Italian designs, and available in brilliantly vibrant colors.

Fountain Pen Refills Glossary – RefillFinder

Most modern fountain pens are crafted to accept either a disposable ink cartridge or a ink converter. These are referred to as cartridge/converter fountain pens (c/c for short). Ink cartridges are usually offered in two sizes – long and short (international size). The most widely compatible ink cartridge is the international size, which can be used for 90% of all cartridge-using fountain pens. The cartridges themselves are transparent, allowing the writer to see the color in the cartridge and how much is left of it after writing. The international cartridges have a smaller ink capacity and only last a few days to a week per cartridge, depending on how much you write. The larger size cartridges may differ in shape and length from manufacturer to manufacturer. They can hold more ink for about 1-2 weeks worth of use.

A fountain pen ink converter looks like an empty ink cartridge with a turning knob (or screw) at the back-end. Inserting the converter into the front section of the fountain pen allows you to suck up the bottled ink through the nib by turning the knob, pushing the plunger up and down, like a medical syringe. Converters, if cleaned often after fills of ink, can be reused for many years and do not need to be replaced often.

Pros: Fountain pen users have the luxury and convenience of choosing between two filling options. Cartridges are easier and less prone to creating a mess while converters are more cost effective and provide a sense of nostalgia for old-fashioned pen users. Cons: Disposable ink cartridges have to be replaced more often and are less cost effective than a bottle of ink. Filling using a converter and bottle of ink can be messy for the novice fountain pen user and requires more cleaning and maintenance.

International Size Ink Cartridge Refill

The smaller, international size ink cartridge is an adaptable fit for most cartridge or converter filling fountain pens. The slightly tapered end of the cartridge sports a collar and small bubble that is punctured when the cartridge is inserted into the front section of the fountain pen. The opposite end is usually white or an opaque material. It is common practice to “piggyback” these size cartridges inside the barrel of the pen to ensure proper fit and a readily available replacement. “Piggybacking” a cartridge involves inserting one cartridge to write with and putting another cartridge in the bottom of the pen barrel as a reserve and to keep the active ink cartridge securely in place.

Pen Brands that fit International Size ink cartridge Refills : Aldo Domani, ACME, Aurora, Bexley, Brossert & Erhard, Caran d’Ache, Colibri, Conklin, Conway Stewart, Delta, Diplomat, Edison, Elysee, Faber Castell, Foray Focus, Hauser, Inoxcrom, Itoya, Jac Zagoory, Jean Pierre Lepine, Krone, Libelle, Marlen, Metropolitan Museum of Art Pens, Montegrappa, Monteverde, Nettuno, OMAS, ONLINE, Pelikan, Porsche Design, Retro 51, Rotring, Schmidt, Schneider, Sensa, Taccia, Visconti, Waterford, Waterman, Yafa, Yard-O-Led.

International Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge Refills: ACME, Caran d’Ache, Diamine, Monteverde, Parker, Pelikan, Waterman, Schmidt, Visconti

Standard (International) Schmidt Ink Converter

This size converter is most common to fit full-size fountain pens. The Standard Converter looks like an empty ink cartridge that has a turning mechanism on the one end. Screwing the knob will raise and lower the plunger to draw up / expel ink from the converter. The one compatibility issue that may lead to a misfit (and inky hands) is the collar that fits to the front end of the fountain pen.

Pen Brands that fit Schmidt Converter : ACME, Conway Stewart, Delta, Edison, Laban, Libelle, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monteverde, ONLINE, Pelikan, Retro 51, Sensa, Taccia, Waterford

Standard Fountain Pen Converter : Schmidt, Parker, Pelikan, Visconti

Other Manufacturer – Specific Fountain Pen Cartridges & Converters

Lamy LT10 Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Cross Standard Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Waterman Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Sheaffer Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Parker Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge (also compatible with Aurora pens)

Pilot / Namiki Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

Cross Standard Fountain Pen Ink Converter

Cross Townsend Fountain Pen Ink Converter for Townsend Pens

Pilot Fountain Pen Ink Converter (for Vanishing Point & Other Models)

Waterman Fountain Pen Ink Converter

Sheaffer Fountain Pen Ink Converter

Lamy LZ24 Fountain Pen Ink Converter for Safari & AL-Star

Lamy LZ26 Studio Fountain Pen Ink Converter

How To Fill A Fountain Pen

If you’ve just bought a fountain pen, you will need to know how to fill it with ink. You can choose to use liquid ink or ink cartridges for your fountain pen; neither is necessarily better than the other – cartridges are probably easiest to use but converters give you a larger selection of ink colours. The choice of ink filling system often comes down to personal preference. Below you will a guide on how to replace your cartridge and how to use a fountain pen converter.

Just a quick note before we get into the filling instructions, if you do want to use liquid ink you may need to buy a fountain pen converter. Check to see if your pen comes with one first. Certain fountain pens will have specific cartridges or converters so always check for compatibility before purchasing.

How To Change a Fountain Pen Cartridge

If you want to use an ink cartridge for your fountain pen, you will first need to check what cartridge size your pen requires. You might notice ‘standard size’ or ‘international size’ available for purchase; these cartridges do fit a few different types of pen, but they won’t fit every fountain pen. Always check the type and size of cartridge that your fountain pen allows.

Once you’ve got your ink cartridge sorted, you will need to disassemble your fountain pen. This is not as difficult as it sounds, and only involves pulling apart a few components. Remove the cap from the pen and then unscrew the barrel (the part of the pen you hold in your hand). Check there’s nothing in the barrel before you put that to one side. Sometimes pens include a cartridge with them when you buy them – these cartridges won’t already be installed, they will just sit inside the barrel. You would need to connect them when you’re ready to start using your pen.

Once you’ve opened your pen pick up the section or the grip, this will have a plastic tube inside. Gently push the cartridge into the plastic inner tube, you will hear a click when its connected. This plastic tube will pierce the cartridge ready for your ink to flow. You can then put your fountain pen back together. If there is additional space in the barrel you could also store a spare cartridge in there for easy changeover when your pen runs out. Screw the barrel back on the pen and you’re ready to write.

If your fountain pen doesn’t write immediately that’s normal and there’s no need to worry. It can take a bit of time for the ink to first come through. Hold the pen vertically with the nib pointing downwards. This will get the ink flowing.

What Is A Fountain Pen Converter?

A converter allows you to use liquid ink for your fountain pen. It’s essentially a cartridge that has a mechanism connected to it, that allows you to draw ink inside from the bottle. A converter attaches to your fountain pen just like a cartridge but it allows you to use a wider range of ink colours. Ink cartridges are disposable and once you’ve used up your ink, you simply throw them away. A pen converter can be reused multiple times, although you will have to clean it properly before using a different ink.

As fountain pen converters attach in the same way as cartridges, you can use either of them interchangeably, depending on your preference. To make sure your converter fits your pen shop by your fountain pen brand when purchasing one. You also have a choice between push and screw fit, although this choice might be determined by what your chosen pen brand stocks.

How To Use A Fountain Pen Converter

There are two types of fountain pen converter you should be aware of before attempting to fill with liquid ink. Essentially both converters look the same and act the same. The key difference is a piston converter involves a rotating mechanism to draw up the ink, and a squeeze converter works by releasing the vacuum when absorbing the ink. The rest of instructions are the same but we will cover both in the guide below.

Start by taking the pen apart. Just as you would when inserting a cartridge, remove the grip from the barrel. Attach the converter to your pen grip – how you do this will depend on the pen and converter you have. Some push into the grip and some screw in. Once attached, draw any air out of the cartridge. You can either do this by turning the top of the piston anti-clockwise or by squeezing the vacuum. It’s important to remove the air as this will dry the ink out quicker and possibly clog up your feed.

After you’ve removed the air, open your bottled ink of choice and insert the fountain pen nib inside. When you insert the nib into the ink, make sure you completely cover the breathing hole on your fountain pen with the ink.

If you have a squeeze fountain pen converter keep squeezing the cartridge until the nib is emerged in ink. Then let go once and your cartridge will start filing ink.

If you have a piston converter, you will need to start rotating the end of the converter clockwise. This will start filling up the cartridge inside the converter. Once you’ve filled the converter about half way, stop and point your nib towards the ceiling. Turn the converter anti-clockwise to force any air out of the ink. You might notice a few bubbles escape. Once done, insert the nib back into the ink and repeat until the ink is full. Make sure to release any air again after you’ve finished.

Your converter sits inside the barrel like a cartridge does so once you’ve got the ink stored, put your fountain pen back together and you’re ready to write.

How to use the fountain pen converter. Instruction

Ink is the lifeblood of any fountain pen! The ability to correctly fill your writing instrument with this power depends on how long it will serve you.

The form of refilling ink is of two types: disposable ink cartridges and bottled ink. The cartridge system is the most modern and most convenient solution. But there is one key drawback – the color palette is usually limited to a few basic colors: black, blue, red, dark blue.And if your ideal black is “Bamboo Charcoal” and blue is “Deep Sea” you should choose ink in bottles and refill it using a converter.


Converter is a small cylindrical device with a suction mechanism that allows you to refill the fountain pen with bottled ink rather than ink cartridges. Converters give you access to ink from any manufacturer and allow you to choose from a wide range of colors. This is especially useful if your fountain pen is limited to one brand of cartridges that only offer two or three colors.

The converter fits into the nib unit in the same way as the cartridge. However, in order to use the converter, your fountain pen is:

1. Must have a cartridge / converter refilling mechanism.
2. Must be compatible with the converter model.

As a rule, all consumables must be selected within the same brand. The exception is the International standard cartridge / converter pens. In our online store, on the page of each product, in the description, it is said in detail which refueling system a particular pen has, as well as all compatible consumables are listed.

The most popular type of converter is piston, which is now chosen by most manufacturers. In this tutorial, we’ll take a closer look at how to refill the fountain pen with a piston converter.

We will need: a fountain pen, converter, ink bottle and paper napkin.

1. Push the air out of the converter by turning the rotary mechanism counterclockwise.

2. Remove the protective cap from the pen and unscrew the barrel (body) from the pen.

3. Insert the converter into the fountain pen feed channel until it stops.

4. Turn the pen upright with the nib down and immerse it in the ink bottle. The nib should be fully immersed, and try to leave the base of the nib above the ink surface. Begin to turn the converter rotary mechanism clockwise so that ink begins to fill its reservoir. If ink has not completely filled the reservoir, turn the mechanism counterclockwise to release air and then rotate the mechanism clockwise again.This action can be repeated several times until the converter reservoir is completely filled with ink.

5. Wipe the pen with a dry paper towel, check that the converter is securely installed and reassemble your pen. She is completely ready to go!

Advice! Before refilling the fountain pen with ink, it must be thoroughly rinsed under running water and dried. It is especially important to do this if the tool has not been used for a long time, and the ink inside is dry, or if you are using a new ink color.

If you are having difficulty refilling using the method described above, you can detach the converter from the pen and refill it with a regular dropper or syringe.

Parallel Pen: secrets of the device and refueling

Parallel Pen (or, as they are also called, parallels) is a special calligraphy tool with a unique nib design, which is an exclusive development of the Japanese corporation Pilot.

A parallel foam nib consists of two parallel steel plates welded to one another with serrated ends.There is a small gap between the plates through which ink flows to the writing part.

This writing instrument allows you to make continuous lines of any length and provides an even flow of ink across the entire width of the nib.

Moreover, you can write or draw both with the cut of the pen and the angle of the cut of the pen. If the pen is applied to the paper along the full width of the nib, the line will be thick, if one edge is thin. With a regular pen, the thickness of the lines is controlled by pressure, which is much more difficult.

The Parallel Pen is available in four different cap colors: 1.5mm (red), 2.4mm (orange), 3.8mm (light green) and 6mm (blue).

Parallels are very light and easy to use: they have a simple plastic body and a secure cap screwed onto it. A special rib on the body of the handle prevents it from spinning and rolling on the table.

To prepare the pen for use, you just need to remove the cap.The pens have an understandable refueling system using disposable cartridges (two are included with the set – with black and red ink). The kit includes a small instruction on how to use the pens.

For those who like to experiment with different inks, the Con-40 (Pilot) converter can be purchased additionally to the Parallel Pen. It allows you to refill the Parallel Pen with any fountain pen ink.

We have prepared a video to show you how to refill a pen using a converter:

Learn more about the technique and application of these wonderful pens in our article 5 Reasons to Love Calligraphy with the Pilot Parallel pen.

How to refuel Pilot Vpen – penmania.ru

The Internet is evil! Well, not really, of course, but in the sense that the readily available “OK Google!” and other search engines make our life so much easier that instead of thinking and trying to come up with it, we are looking for ready-made “proven” solutions. But the solution to your problem can be much easier, literally around the corner, just look around this corner …

Some time ago I shared here my “entertainment” of refilling the Pilot Vpen disposable fountain pen.The method itself was found through a web search, tested on its own and described in detail. Quite elegant, but not at all simple, for he is somewhat sophisticated.

Some time ago a reader asks in a local micro FAQ “Is it possible to refill Vpen and Bic All in One?”. Well, he answered, from experience, that it is possible to refill, but it is not easy.

And then again I “scoured” the network for “Or maybe there is another way?” And I found it! And this method does not require anything special, literally your hands are enough! But he could have guessed this himself! Well, let’s not stir up the past and regret what was not done.I will just share the “new” experience.

Disassemble Vpen

So, to safely refill an empty Pilot Vpen, you need to have:

  • the handle itself Vpen
  • a small medical syringe, for the refueling itself, and ink in a bottle
  • any rubber sheet to create friction

Remark. I use an anti-skid mat for the rubber sheet. They can be found in the departments of automotive products, as well as in the departments of kitchen products (rugs in the cutlery drawer).You can also use a piece of rubber from a bicycle or car camera. Moreover, you can generally get by with a simple paper napkin folded several times, but this is less convenient.

The pen itself, in general, can be removed (moved outward) simply by hand, but it is sharp at the edges, you can scratch your fingers.

Therefore, we take a sheet of rubber, wrap a feather with a feeder. thumb on the pen, index finger on the feeder. And we pull it out. The feather will likely come off quickly. We put it off.

Now, with the help of the same rubber sheet, we pull out the feeder itself. He gives in badly. Actually, the feeder itself is held in the body by an inner annular protrusion of the body, almost at the end of the handle. A little more effort – and he jumps out of the body.


Now we rinse the body from the old ink (optional), rinse the pen and feeder (preferably). Normal running water from the tap. Don’t lose your pen!

Dry all the washed parts a little.

Refuel and collect

Now we immediately put the pen on the feeder, it is inserted on the guides, until it stops.

We take a syringe, it is possible without a needle, we draw 2 ml of ink into it (a little more is included in the pen, but it is better not to overdo it, because the “extra” ink will splash out when assembling the pen). Fill the ink from the syringe into the pen body (hold the pen vertically, upside down).

We take the

feeder with the feather on, you can just use your hands (we continue to hold the handle vertically), insert it into the handle, and with a little effort push it inward until it clicks.

Done! Now shake the pen with the pen down a little (over a sheet of paper to catch the ink drops) or just wait until the pen with the cap put on stands with the pen down for a while.

Now you can write and enjoy a nice pilot’s letter.

To be fair, it should be noted that this filling method wears out the annular stop that holds the feeder inside the handle. And the previously tested refueling option is more humane – the handle does not wear out.But it is not known how quickly the handle stopper from removing and inserting the feeder “grinds off”, it is quite possible that not very quickly.

Well, life will show! In the meantime, those who wish can use this simple method of turning a disposable pen into a reusable one! Almost forever!

Pilot Vpen – Forever! 🙂

P.S. The Bic All in One disposable fountain pen did not appear in the deposits, therefore, we have not yet been able to try the same method on it. Probably later.

Maybe you can try?

90,000 About ink cartridges – on penmania.ru

At the moment, the vast majority of fountain pens are manufactured with a cartridge / converter type refill system.

Today we will talk about cartridges.

The fountain pen cartridge is a plastic (polyethylene) cylinder with straight or rounded walls.

The ink for fountain pens is filled inside the cartridge at the factory (ink cartridges for calligraphy are also produced, they are filled with different inks and, in general, such cartridges are undesirable to use for fountain pens).

On the one hand, the cartridge has a blind end, and on the other, a flange of a specific shape, which is put on the needle of the fountain pen feeder (or simply inserted into the pen).

Inside this work flange there is a simple device that locks the ink inside the cartridge until the cartridge is used in the pen. Two types of constipation are used here:

1. It is a thin membrane that is molded in a mold along with the entire cartridge (ink is poured through the blind end of the cartridge).

When the cartridge is inserted into the handle, the receiving needle of the handle feeder literally pushes such a membrane, it is partially detached from the cartridge body and bent inside this cartridge. Everything, ink freely flows to the feeder and, then, to the pen nib.

2. Inside the cartridge working flange there are two annular protrusions, inside of which a small ball is placed, which locks the ink in the cartridge until the moment when the feeder needle pushes this ball into the cartridge. The ball then moves freely inside the cartridge, simultaneously stirring the ink and preventing them from sticking to the walls due to surface tension.The balls in these cartridges are made of plastic and sometimes metal.

The main difference between the cartridges (besides the color of the ink that is charged into the cartridge is their different physical dimensions and, most importantly, the shape of their working flange.

Many manufacturers have adopted the rule of earning not only on the sale of pens, but also in the future, on the sale of ink cartridges. Accordingly, some of them develop their pens for their own corporate standard of cartridges, so that the cartridges are bought from them.

Further – about the standards of cartridges known to me for refilling ink pens.

1. The most common standard is the so-called international. The name is unofficial, precisely because many manufacturers (Europe, America, India, China) produce pens specifically for this standard and produce cartridges of this standard. Among them: Waterman, MontBlanc, Pelikan, Kaweco, Diplomat, Bexley, Rotring, Platignum (UK), Montegrappa, Omas, Danitrio

The so-called short international cartridges are the most common, and they are most often found in office supply stores.

Some companies, such as Waterman and Platignum, make regular international cartridges that are about 2 times the length of the short cartridges. It should be noted that regular (long) international cartridges are not suitable for all pens that are successfully used with short international cartridges. It is because of their increased length and design features of the inside of the handle.

2. The next popular standard is Parker. Parker standard cartridges are available in 2 lengths – regular and short.

Also the Parker standard is used in Lamy pens. But the shape of the back of some Lamy pens does not allow the use of regular Parker cartridges, only short ones.

3. Sheaffer has its own standard of cartridges.

Many Schaeffer cartridge pens can be successfully used with international standard cartridges (usually short cartridges). And, although they “sit” only on the feeder needle of the Sheaffer pen, not resting on the entire width of the cartridge, as in the original Sheffer cartridges, they hold very well.

4. The American company Cross produces pens for its own brand, different from others, standard of cartridges. The stepped shape of the cartridge working side successfully counteracts attempts to use cartridges from other manufacturers in Cross pens.

5. Pilot (Japan) produces cartridges of its own format. In addition, Pentel manufactures Pilot standard cartridges. (Although it is likely that Pilot is the one making the Pentel cartridges).

Plus, Pilot produces special shortened cartridges for its mini pens that differ in size from the main Pilot cartridges.

6. Cartridges from Platinum (Japan) differ from other manufacturers not only by their own standard, but also by the fact that only in Platinum cartridges the locking ball is made of metal. And when the cartridge is empty, the knock of the ball quietly lets the owner know about the need to quickly replace the empty one …

7. Sailor also keeps up with its fellow Japanese Big Three and develops pens to their own cartridge standard.

In addition to the above, the author also knows at least a couple of types of cartridges:

Waterman cartridges for model C / F (and some others)

“double height” (or twin) cartridges from Pilot.

These cartridges were used for some models produced in the 2nd half of the 20th century and, today, are not produced and are not used for modern fountain pens.

Perhaps something else has not been mentioned in the article – comments are open for you!

Why cartridges were created at all?

About this and that the cartridges can also be refilled …

… in the following numbers of PenMania 🙂

Pilot Metropolitan must-have fountain pen

An overview of the inexpensive (in its price segment) Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen.In short: I recommend buying it as a must.


Hello everyone!
I decided to dilute the reviews of inexpensive Chinese pens (and expensive ones too). And the time has just come: I took out a pen that had been lying in oblivion for about six months and remembered how good it was.
Actually, the Pilot Metropolitan is the first fountain pen consciously bought. Why “the first one, bought deliberately”? Because a long time ago (damn it, almost twenty years ago), when I was in grade 10-11, I saw a fountain pen on the counter of a stationery store, something twitched inside me, and I bought it.What kind of pen it was – I do not remember at all. I only remember that there were wild attempts to fill this pen with “Rainbow”, there were attempts to write – but nothing came of it, and the pen is now lying around for many, many miles from me.

This is not the first pen review on this site, if anyone is interested in an alternative opinion – welcome!

The pen is available in several versions:

Classic Collection:

Animal Collection:

Rerro Pop Collection:

In addition to the three collections, there is also a regional division of the pens:

  • Pilot Metropolitan – for the American market
  • Pilot Cocoon – for the Japanese market
  • Pilot MR – for the European, Asian (excluding Japan) market, and rarely found in America

At the same time, Pilot Cocoon and Metropolitan are 100% twins, but Pilot MR has the following differences: it is sold without a converter, and accepts “standard” International cartridges / converters.While the Pilot Cocoon / Metropolitan only accepts native Pilot cartridges / converters. And at the same time, if I’m not mistaken, regardless of the market, all nibs are designated in the Japanese system.

By the way, you can buy not only a fountain pen, but also a gel pen and even a pencil. Not a bad set, I think.

We delayed something with the introduction, don’t you think?
The pen is on sale in a gift cardboard box (lost), inside which there is a beautiful metal box.Inside the box is a paper booklet (lost), a cartridge, a pen with a CON-20 pipette converter inserted into it (which has successfully migrated into the pocket Pilot Elite).

An excellent gift option, when no less beautiful (and reliable) filling is hidden behind a beautiful packaging.
The handle is made of metal, almost the entire finish is matt, except for a small shiny middle part. Which (like the grip) collects prints well. I have the same pen in silver – and there on the shiny middle part of the prints are not visible at all.

CON-20 converter in all its glory. I must say, I was very surprised to see this type of converter when I opened the handle.

Converters CON-40 and CON-50 are suitable, by the way. CON-40 is partly visible in this photo:

The pen has an elegant and elegant steel nib, which indicates the manufacturer, country and thickness:


Brand: Pilot
Converter type: Pilot (see.(See also introduction with a regional reference)
Material: metal
Weight: ~ 30 g filled
Feather: M
Length: ~ 14 cm
Length without cap: ~ 12.5 cm
Length with cap: ~ 15.5 cm

The handle has a “classic” cigar-shaped shape, there is nothing superfluous in the design – everything is clear and verified. The clip is beautiful, to the point, tight.
The handle has weight, which is good news. I haven’t decided for myself which pens I like more – light or heavy, but I’m definitely not against heavy pens (with a small caveat: I did not have really heavy pens, so that 50-70 grams).You can write for a long time, and the hand will not get tired.
The handle fits perfectly in the hand due to its shape. I like to write more without a cap, the cap changes the balance, but at the same time it keeps just fine. By the way, the cap snaps perfectly, juicy and secure.
The grip may seem narrow for people with thumbs, the grip works great for me, but due to the fact that it is shiny (not matte), I sometimes get the feeling that the grip is sliding between my fingers. Physiology =).
What you might not like (besides the slippery grip) is the step between the barrel and the grip. Someone does not like them, these steps, so I can not help but note. The step does not bother me at all, neither the fingers (tactile), nor the eyes (visually and aesthetically).

Japanese size M nib writes at five plus, juicy and wet. I’m starting to wonder why, in fact, I only write F and EF? It looks like some of the handles will have M =). We must also try Broad and Italic. As the pen with F wrote – I don’t remember anymore, because a colleague dropped my pen directly on the nib, I changed the nib to Chinese, but I don’t really like it, my native one was 100% better.I remember that the line was thin, that the pen did not scratch, there were no gaps or other problems. Forget about the skips and hard starts with the Pilot Metropolitan altogether, the pen lay for at least six months – and wrote it down right away. Overall, the writing experience is excellent.

Size Comparison

I think it would be useful to compare the size and shape with other handles: Wing Sung 3008 (top) and Muji Aluminum (bottom).


Great pen for the money.I recommend to purchase. There are no downsides (except for the steps described above and the (possibly) slippery grip).

Z.Y. For some reason, many are advised as the first “serious” Lamy Safari pen. I strongly disagree with this, the safari is very specific. I recommend Pilot Metropolitan =).

I restored the pen, pen F, so I will add a comparison of M with F, although this comparison will not be very correct due to different inks. The F nib feels a little “scratchy” after rebuilding, although I may be picking on the smoothness of the M nib.

PILOT 78g 78g + 22k gold original iridium fountain pen calligraphy practice, for students ef f m nib ink cartridge con50 converter | pilot 78g | iridium fountain penfountain pen

100 years of brand history, heritage and technology,

Sold in over 180 different countries and regions.

Endowment technology, high quality does not harm the ecology of product materials, which is unmatched by other brands.

Pilot – Uncompromising Master Spirit

Model: 78g / 78g +

Country of origin: Japan

Length: 132mm

Package weight: 10g

Feather size: F / M

Penholer Material: Resin

Feather Material: 22k gold fill

Product characteristics:

1.Japan original, assembly and packaging in China

2.Clip and do not touch the tip is 22k gold fill

3. High strength Resin handle body, durable

4. The body of the handle is made by FRP water softener tank clip and the tip for gold-plated, pleasant to the touch and light, caps and the body of the handle to rotate between the interfaces. Economical and practical, beautiful and generous

Please pay attention:

The pilot of the company updated packaging design, the new box is too large too heavy, when sending them, will require transportation costs, The old packaging transparent protective film is currently sold out, In order not to increase the price of the handles, We do not send the original shoe box, but use the following plain packaging, in cases where you place an order, you believe that you agree with it.We do not accept claims related to this.

78g + enhanced clip design, more convenient to carry.

The cap adds a logo, there is a better brand,

Reflect the pilot of the company brand culture of confidence.

78g + using con40 rotary ink converter upgrade, better use experience,

Also prevents the possibility of aging deformation after prolonged use.

78g logo + nib changed in shape by engraving,

Change to large print in order to make the brand more clear, which provides a wide viewing angle.

78g + updated color, new, blue and red more fashion,

More agreement with young people,

Both black and green remain the same, suitable for business people.

78 g + more improvements in packaging, larger, more upscale,

More suitable as a gift for other students, friends, colleagues…

78g + Writing skills are still 78g firm and smooth,

General view of shoes in retro style, ink from the uniform,

Write more fluently, then 78g, and also make your handwriting richer.

Suitable for general sketches, paintings, and calligraphy.

Lightweight body design is more suitable for a long time to write.

Wings 659 original tip, ideal for 78g / 78g +

Compatible with PILOT 78g, 88g sports kids smile t-shirts, hero 659, such as pen.Do not touch the tip after hand polishing, writhing is very smooth.

The EF wings are equivalent to the F pilot (0.38 mm), and the F wings are equivalent to the M pilot’s jacket (0.5 mm).

Original IC-50 pilot ink, made in Japan, suitable for: FP – 50r, 78g, and mDKP »Other pilot ballpoint pen, Each pack includes 6 Pcs.

Original pilot ink device, fits most pilot fountain pen.

Pilot Bureau fountain pen – DPN-70 – Extra fine nib / fine nib / medium nib



Tip length: 18mm

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge – Patented, Converter

This elegant fountain handle is on your desk. Its elongated body and gold-colored very thin tip bring a touch of sophistication to your daily writing assignments.

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  • Length – Unsurprised : 17.7 cm / 7.0 inch
  • Diameter – Maximum : 11.3 mm
  • Name : Pilot
  • Type Nib : Standard Type
  • Material Nib : Stainless Steel
  • Model Number : DPN-70
  • : Free
  • Handle Diameter : 10.5mm
  • Top Length: 18.6cm / 7.3in
  • Converter Included : REF
  • Body Material : Plastic
  • Type : Fountain Pen
  • Fountain Pen’s Tip Material : Other Metals
  • Brand Name : Pilot
  • Lead or Retractable : Lead – Snap On
  • Color : 05mm Black, Black 038mm, Black 03mm, Red 05mm, Red 038mm, Red 03mm
  • Weight : 8.

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