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What is a Fountain Pen Converter

The question of “What is a fountain pen converter?” is a very common one, and an important one. Fountain pen converter is one of the three main methods that fountain pen craftsmen deploy for modern fountain to refill and store ink. The following are the 3 methods as well as the pros and cons of each method. After the article you will have an idea of which mechanism is best suited to your need. This guide applies to conventional fountain pens from makers such as Parker Pen and LAMY.

Disposable Ink Cartridges

Cartridges are small disposable ink capsules containing ink. They are the ultimate in convenience and speed. To refill the ink, simply unscrew the pen, pull out the used cartridge, throw, put in a new one and screw back. Advantages: Disadvantages:

Re-fill-able Fountain Pen Converters

Converters have similar dimensions to cartridges but with inbuilt ink pumping mechanism. They are inserted into the pens in an empty state via the same method as cartridges. After insertion, users will twist the pumping mechanism of the converter to draw up ink from the ink bottle through the nib. Most brands designs their own proprietary disposable ink cartridges and converters. One example is the Lamy Safari Fountain pen which uses its proprietary T10 ink cartridges or the Z24 converter. Advantages: Disadvantage:

Piston-operated Fountain Pen

These are pens that can only be filled from the ink bottle. The filling mechanism is inbuilt instead of residing on removable converters. Advantages: All the advantages of converters, but with a bigger storage capacity. This will allow you to write longer in between refills. Disadvantage:

Recommendation

We recommend that newcomers start with converter filling pens. That is fountain pens that are able to use ink cartridges and converters. This way we can have the best of both worlds. And while you are rocking your fountain pen, consider getting a Moleskine sketch book to complete your fountain pen and sleek notebook combination.




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