Feb 28, 2019504 views

Is it safe to use India ink in a fountain pen?

I was recently gifted a small bottle of India ink and I used it for a glass dip pen. I wanna know if I can use this ink for a fountain pen. I'm not sure of this because ink for dip pens are chemically made to dry out faster, while fountain pen ink is made to stay dry longer so it doesn't all dry up in the converter. I'm just not sure if India Ink is specifically dip pen ink. I used this to refill one of my Pigma Micron Pens, and it works fine.

Johnny Hu, russelltdog, and 3 others

For the sake of your pens, please don’t. It’s not meant for fountain pens and will destroy the nib and feed. Use only dip pens with this ink.
As they say in videos - you do this on your own risk. I wouldn't do it, at all. I'm even hesitant to get Iron Gall inks that ARE OK for fountain pens since even they need to be cleaned out regularly according to the makers of the ink to be sure nothing bad happens. My main question would be why use it in fountain pens at all? Ink is fairly cheap, or you can find really good quality no flares everyday use ink around 5-10$ that will make it a struggle to end, so don't cheap out. You want to use this, get a fun dip pen and some different tips and fool around with instead. :)
By all means--especially in the pens you wish you'd never purchased, but haven't had the nerve to toss out up to this point.
Pigma Micron pens use pigment ink. They did much research to make the pigment particles very small. I wouldn't use India ink in those. Read about their inks: https://sakuraofamerica.com/images/com_mediagallery/document/23_44_13_Pigma_brochure_web.pdf Fountain pens use dye based inks. There are some pigment based inks, mainly from Japan. If you know how to take the nib and feed off your pen and clean them, and set them back correctly, you will have no problem. I sometimes have left Platinum Carbon Black ink in my pen and it dried out, it took me at least 72 hours of soaking in pen cleaner and using an Ultrasonic cleaner. See https://www.gouletpens.com/products/platinum-carbon-black-60ml-bottled-ink
Please never do this! India ink does not play well with fountain pens AT ALL! DOn't even risk dipping it! You wouldn't to damage the wicking action required for the feed to work.
India ink has a shellac in it which is helpful for dip pens, but will gum up the insides of a fountain pen, rendering the pen useless and impossible to remove.
Defiantly not suitable for fountain pens. Made for dip pens.
No. Never.
Never use India ink in a fountain pen. Never.
Most inks made for dip pens are shellac-based, or contain larger (microscopically) particles. Most inks made for fountain pens are water-based, with smaller particles. There are iron gall inks and other ink formulas designed for fountain pens, but the vast majority are water-based. Shellac will "gunk up" fountain pens (blocking the feed), and can eat away at some materials used in fountain pens. Water-based inks, on the other hand, aren't good for dip pens, as they can cause the nibs to rust. You can use water-based inks with dip pens, but must dry the nibs quickly to prevent rust. There are pigment inks safe for fountain pens, but they require more frequent (and thorough) cleaning. Noodler's Boston Safety Pen is apparently safe for use with india inks and shellac-based inks, if you are super determined to go that route. http://noodlersink.com/boston-safety-pen/
I forgot to mention in my earlier reply - you can find some really great colored inks, specifically for fountain pens, that are inexpensive. All different shades of blue, blue-black, without even venturing into the browns and other more exotic colors.
Do NOT put this ink into the pen. If you must, you can dip the nib and use it as a dip pen. Don’t let it sit on the nib. Clean that nib immediately and thoroughly after using!
Not recommended.
If you just dip it, it’s fine. Just clean the pen thoroughly and immediately after use.
Fountain pens rely on capillary action through tiny fissures to feed ink to the nib. Any ink called "India" has 2 components that will plug up those fissures, and potentially permanently destroy the pen. India inks are made with pigment - colored particles that will clog the feed. There are some pigment inks that are safe for fountain pens, but inks like you show here have particles that are too large for a fountain pen. The other component is a drying agent - usually shellac (which comes from India, hence the name of the ink). Once dry, shellac is very difficult to remove, and cannot be completely cleared out of a plastic fountain pen feed. It just isn't worth the risk to use it - there are many fine and even inexpensive inks out there that you can use which are harmless to your fountain pen. There are literally hundreds of them in a mind-blowing array of colors and properties.
It depends on how much you value the pen/pens that you want to use the India ink in, and the specific ink. Jet Pens has this to say about "Speedball Super Black India Ink" the specific ink pictured with your query - ""This ink is for dip pen use only. Do not use it inside fountain pens."" My brief internet searching finds that there are some 'India inks' that are specifically formulated for fountain pens - but unless the container specifically says ok with fountain pens, I wouldn't even dip the nib of a pen into it. I don't know Pigma Micron Pens, but unless they are specifically designed for use with India ink I would be attempting to clean the pen out ASAP - and hope against hope that no harm was done. Calligraphy ink would probably be equally fatal to a fountain pen.