Is it safe to use India ink in a fountain pen?
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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.
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LisaCordovana
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May 4, 2019
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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.
May 4, 2019
F00lw0lf
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Apr 25, 2019
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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. :)
Apr 25, 2019
RayF
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Apr 1, 2019
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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.
Apr 1, 2019
djringjr
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Mar 31, 2019
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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
Mar 31, 2019
BrooklynBeka
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Mar 18, 2019
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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.
Mar 18, 2019
Maliajwebb
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Mar 17, 2019
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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.
Mar 17, 2019
pumpkin
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Mar 12, 2019
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No
Mar 12, 2019
Luke5403
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Mar 11, 2019
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Defiantly not suitable for fountain pens. Made for dip pens.
Mar 11, 2019
Theroc
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Mar 10, 2019
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No. Never.
Mar 10, 2019
DocRadar
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Mar 9, 2019
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Never use India ink in a fountain pen. Never.
Mar 9, 2019
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