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Best Bottled Ink 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Billy JacobsHi! My name is Billy Jacobs. After more than 55 hours of research and testing, which included using 21 different bottled ink in five cities and interviewing product teams at five major companies, I made a list of the best bottled ink of 2018

My main objective is to write article on these subject so that buyers like you can have the best assistance and education in making that next purchase. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best Bottled Ink of 2018

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you’re scouting for the best bottled ink. I must say I am quite a fan of bottled ink, so when the question “What are the best bottled ink available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable bottled ink. The “Total” indicates the overall value of the product. The above tidbits will bring you closer to selecting bottled ink that best serves your needs and as per your budget.

Test Results and Ratings

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Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
4 points
4 points
Size
5 points
5 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
4 points
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Price
4 points
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№1 – Waterman 1.7 oz Ink Bottle for Fountain Pens

 
Waterman 1.7 oz Ink Bottle for Fountain Pens

Pros
Bottled ink for all WATERMAN Fountain Pens.
Liquid ink produces an intense line in brilliant colors.
Like the tranquil echo of a dream, Serenity Blue brings peacefulness to the page, ready to awaken pleasant thoughts.
Cons
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this bottled ink win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Size
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Price
4

4star

 

 

№2 – Thornton’s Luxury Goods Fountain Pen Ink Bottle

 
Thornton's Luxury Goods Fountain Pen Ink Bottle

Pros
High-quality fountain pen ink
Suitable for all brands of fountain pens
Our rich, premium inks are made in Europe exclusively for Thornton’s Luxury Goods
Cons
A little more expensive than other brands.
Heavier and thicker.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this bottled ink come in second place?

The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Durability
4

4star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – PARKER QUINK Ink Bottle

 
PARKER QUINK Ink Bottle

Pros
Ink refill for PARKER fountain pens and other luxury fountain pens
High quality bottled ink with added lubricity for a smooth flow when putting pen to paper
Quick drying, richly pigmented ink makes a vivid impression on the page
Cons
Higher priced than many of our other picks.
Small size.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this bottled ink take third place?

This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Price
4

4star

 

 

Bottled Ink Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy bottled ink, right? No!

Barrel Width

AS a vague rule of thumb, pens get fatter as they get more expensive – consider the 13mm Parker Premier and the 14mm Laban Mento. The most popular pens measure 9-11mm, whilst the 6mm Ohto Slimline is ideal for tucking inside a journal or bag

Fashion meets function. Consider Parker’s iconic arrow, or the Laban set with Swarovski crystals. Brands such as Otto Hutt use spring-loaded clips which clamp down to prevent the pen getting lost

If your pen’s only to be used for the occasional signature, consider Platinum’s ‘Slip and Seal’ cap which prevents ink drying for up to two years without use.

Some Basic Definitions

I could write a whole glossary just on the terms and terminology used in the fountain pen world, but that’s not my goal here. My goal is simply to give you the most basic definitions you’ll need to understand the rest of this article. I want to focus on things that someone who doesn’t know much about fountain pens wouldn’t know, while not getting into details that are unnecessary for someone just getting started.

The nib

The nib is the part of the pen that touches the paper, and that the ink comes out of. On most pens it will be stainless steel, and on higher end pens it will be gold. By changing a nib, you can completely change the experience of writing with a pen. One of the first decisions you’ll have to make when buying a fountain pen is the size of the nib’s tip.

On most standard fountain pens, nibs can come in various points from extra fine to bold. The tip of the nib will determine just how much ink is released, and the thickness of the lines that you will put down. In addition to extra fine to bold, there are also a variety of other nib types like a cursive italic, or a stub. These special grinds are best suited for specific handwriting styles.

To further complicate matters, nib sizes aren’t standard. A “fine” nib on a Japanese pen, will tend to be finer than a “fine” nib on a German pen.

Certain nibs work better with certain inks, and certain handwriting styles.

Nibs made of softer materials, like gold, will wear in such a way as to adapt to the handwriting of the person using it. As such, if you have a very soft nib on a pen, and you lend it to someone else, the ink flow will seem strange to them, because the pen will have literally adapted itself to you.

Converter

A converter changes a cartridge filling system into refillable solution. There are various types of converters and filling systems, but the main purpose remains the same: a refillable reservoir that holds the ink that your pen uses to write. Some pens come with converters, others need to be ordered. For instance, a Pilot Metropolitan comes with both a cartridge and an empty converter, whereas a Lamy Safari comes only with a cartridge. If you want to refill a Safari, you either need to buy more cartridges, or you need to buy a converter plus ink.

Get Used to Writing With It

The day I got my Lamy Safari, I started using it immediately. Admittedly, my first impression was less than stellar. I found the pen scratchy to write with, and found that it was skipping. I began to wonder if I was doing something wrong, and then questioned whether getting a fine nib might have been a mistake.

I stuck to it, and a few hours into taking notes with my pen, somethign magical happened: the ink started to flow better!

This was my first fountain pen lesson. The way a fountain pen works is different from the way a ballpoint or a gel ink pen works. Pen doesn’t just start flowing automatically. The ink needs to work its way through the entire nib. In addition, if ink has been sitting in the pen for a while, it may have dried slightly, which will give you a less smooth writing experience. In general, using it will allow you to get through the drier ink and then it will start to flow.

As I continued to write with my fountain pen, the more I found I liked it.

Try it on Different Papers

As I started using my new pen, I began to notice something that I had never really taken stock of using my old ballpoints or gel pens: paper quality. I soon found that some papers worked great with my pen, while others made it feel scratchy, or caused the ink to bleed.

You can read exhaustive articles on which paper is the best to try with what ink and pen combination. However, my best advice is to try a bunch of different things.

Write on whatever plain pad of paper you have lying around the office. Write on post-it notes. Write in your favourite notebook. Write on scraps of paper.

You’ll soon get a feel for the difference that paper can make.

Brad recently wrote a great piece for Rhodia about how paper is like the tires on a car, and it’s true. You don’t really notice what kind of tires are on your car until you have a high performance car that can take advantage of them. The fountain pen is a little bit like the high performance car.

Returning to my car analogy, it’s kind of like having your every day tires for the commute to work, and saving your performance tires for the track on weekends.

Notice the Colours

One of the great things about fountain pens, and refilling them is the sheer variety of different colours. It’s not unusual for a single ink company to produce a few dozen colours. And before you think that after a few primary colours, all other inks are just variations of the same thing, you are missing a huge part of the ink experience. It is only when I started using fountain pens that I started to truly understand what it meant to appreciate an ink’s texture and depth of colour.

Even the standard blue that came with my Lamy Safari had more variation and depth than any other ink I’d ever written with before.

The moment you start getting excited about watching the ink of your pen dry, that’s when you know you’re hooked. So, at this point, I would suggest that you buy at least one ink refill.

Try Different Inks

Before you spend a fortune on a Nakaya or some other crazy expensive pen, realize just how much fun you can have just by trying different inks.

In my mind, inks are a seriously under-appreciated part of the fountain pen experience. Most articles you will read about fountain pens focus on the pens (with good reason, it is what you’re using to write!). However, changing the ink in your pens is a more affordable way to get a great variety of experiences with your fountain pen.

Think about it. Instead of spending multiple hundreds of dollars on new pens, you can spend a few bucks on a new bottle of ink, ink your favourite pen, and boom, just like that, whole new writing experience!

Closing Words

At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself, this all seems like a lot just to buy a pen. And you’re right. It is. However, if you just want a pen that you can pull out at any time and it just works, then I’d suggest grabbing a roller ball or a gel pen. There’s a ton of great ones out there, and you can read through Brad’s reviews to find the best of the best. If you’re looking for a utilitarian tool, that’s the way to go.

However, if you’re approaching fountain pens as a piece of art, a hobby, or worse, a potential addiction, I think it’s worth taking the time to understand the basics with a few of the cheaper options before diving head first into the vast selection of premium pens that exist out there.

And then there’s using a fountain pen.

Putting aside one’s ballpoint and picking up a fountain pen is akin to making the switch from shaving with a cartridge razor to using a safety or straight razor. The nature of the tool requires more skill and attention on your part, but the experience is richer and the result sharper.

If you’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to literally get the ink flowing, this article offers an accessible primer on the basics you need to know to get started.

A Brief History of Fountain Pens

While the earliest record of a fountain-like pen dates from the 10th century, fountain pens as we know them today didn’t exist until the late 19th century. In 1884, an American named Lewis Waterman patented the first practical model after supposedly having a sales contract ruined by a leaky precursor. Before Waterman’s version, fountain pens were plagued with ink spills and blots, and were unreliable and inconvenient.

Waterman solved this airflow issue by cutting a series of three fissures in the pen’s feed. This created a capillary-esque mechanism that functioned by drawing ink into these small channels at the same time that air came back in over the fissures and entered the reservoir. The modern fountain pen was born.

Though Waterman’s innovation made fountain pens much more effective and convenient to write with, filling the pen remained a messy and tedious affair. You had to unscrew a portion of the barrel and use an eyedropper to fill the reservoir drop by drop. At the turn of the 20th century, companies began introducing self-filling reservoirs that allowed users to put the nib in the inkbottle and fill the reservoir by pulling a lever or twisting the barrel.

Despite the introduction of the ballpoint pen in the early 1900s, fountain pens maintained their dominance as the go-to writing instrument up until the mid-point of the century. It was not until the 1960s, when the ballpoint pen’s reliability increased, and its price decreased, that fountain pen sales began their long and steady decline in the United States. While they’re still widely used by students in private schools in England and the rest of Europe, in America the fountain pen is largely seen as more of a collector’s item, a status symbol, or the focus of a twee hobby. However, thanks to the internet’s ability to connect enthusiasts, the fountain pen has seen something of a resurgence in the U.S. Today you can find countless forums and blogs dedicated to the virtues of this classic writing instrument.

Why Write With a Fountain Pen

Think you might like to branch out from your ballpoint? Here are a few reasons to give fountain pens a try:

It feels better. Because you don’t have to press down as hard to write as you do with a ballpoint pen, writing with the fountain variety is much easier on the hand. It allows for extended periods of writing without fatigue. It’s easier to get in the flow, when using something that truly flows.

It’s better for the environment. With a ballpoint pen, once you use up all the ink, you toss it into the trash. While you can buy disposable fountain pens, most fountain pens aren’t meant to be thrown away. When you run out of ink, just refill the reservoir and you’re back in business.

More economical in the long run. I don’t want to think about the amount of money I’ve thrown away or lost in the form of half-used ballpoint pens. Because of their disposable nature, I’m pretty careless with them. If I lose one, oh well, I can buy a whole new pack of ‘em.

There’s something about a fountain pen that inspires you to take care of it. The hefty price tag of some models certainly has something to do with that. But the fountain pen’s storied tradition provides an aura of timelessness and permanence that encourages the owner to safeguard it; it may even become a family heirloom.

The result is that, besides the initial investment of the pen, the only recurring expense you’ll accrue is just buying more ink every now and then. Consequently, you save money in the long run with a fountain pen compared to a ballpoint.

It makes cursive handwriting look better. Besides reducing fatigue, the light touch and flowing hand movements that are necessitated by a fountain pen make your handwriting look better.

Notice the slit down the middle and the breather hole.

The nib is the metal tip of the fountain pen that touches the paper. Early fountain pen nibs were fashioned from gold due to the element’s flexibility and resistance to corrosion. However, most modern nibs are made with stainless steel or gold alloys because of their strength and durability.

If a nib is made from pure gold, it’s usually tipped with a hard-wearing metal like iridium or some metal from the platinum family. Steel nibs already have a hard tip, so tipping them with another metal isn’t necessary.

Along the center of the nib runs a small slit that helps bring ink down the tip by way of the aforementioned capillary action. You’ll also find a “breather hole” bored into the top of the nib to help bring air back into the reservoir to prevent a vacuum from forming. The breather hole also serves a structural purpose by acting as a stress-relieving point, which helps prevent the nib from cracking with the repeated flexing that occurs during use.

Nibs come in varying tip shapes and grades. The three basic shapes are round, stub, and italic. Round is the most common shape and provides a fairly uniform-looking line on the paper. Stub and italic nibs are typically used in calligraphy.

Nib grades designate the size of the tip. Five basic grades exist: extra fine (XF), fine (F), medium (M), broad (B), and double broad (BB). The most common nib grades are fine and extra fine.

Reservoir or Filling Systems

The reservoir is the cavity inside the fountain pen that holds the ink. This part has seen the most innovations over the course of the pen’s evolution. We could devote an entire article to the various types of reservoirs and filling systems that you can find on antique fountain pens, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll stick to the most common ones you’ll find in modern models:

Cartridge. This is the most common type of reservoir in fountain pens today. A cartridge is a small, sealed disposable plastic tube that holds the fountain pen ink. When a cartridge runs out of ink, you simply remove the old cartridge and put in a new one. The main benefit of cartridge reservoirs is the convenience. The downside is that you often have to rely on the propriety cartridge made for your particular pen. Consequently, your choices of ink will be more limited. Also, there’s the cost factor. While cartridges aren’t too expensive, refilling your pen yourself can save you money in the long run.

Converter. If you don’t like the idea of having to buy new cartridges every time you run out of ink, consider buying a cartridge converter for your fountain pen. A cartridge converter looks pretty much like a cartridge and can fit most cartridge pens, but it has a filling mechanism that allows you to refill it with ink whenever you run out. The upside is that you open yourself up to a variety of inks to use, the downside is convenience; while it’s not hard to fill your cartridge converter, it’s certainly more of a hassle than simply throwing away an old cartridge and installing a new one. Here’s how to fill a cartridge converter.

How to Write With a Fountain Pen

Post your cap (or not). Posting your cap means putting the cap on the end of your pen while you’re writing. The pen usually feels more balanced in the hand when you have it posted. Of course, some folks prefer to write with the cap set aside. Experiment and find what works for you.

Hold it at the correct angle. The pen should make a 40 to 55-degree angle with your writing surface. A fountain pen’s “sweet spot” is usually in this range, as ink flows more easily at these angles. The exception is a pen with a round nib; in this case, you want the nib’s top to point straight up and not be rotated to either side.

Use less pressure. You don’t need to press down to get the ink to flow like you do with a ballpoint pen. In fact, too much pressure can prevent the ink from flowing properly or can damage the nib. Keep your strokes light.

Use your arm. Most people are “finger writers,” meaning that they just move their fingers to write. Finger writing has a tendency to cause you to apply too much pressure to the pen, which rotates it and in turn causes ink flow problems. Instead, focus on using your shoulder and arm more while you’re writing. It will feel weird at first, but this style of writing keeps your nib steady and helps reduce the pressure on it.

How to Take Care of Your Fountain Pen

Don’t let others borrow your pen. As you use your pen, the nib will adapt to your writing style. If you let someone else borrow it for extended periods and apply their own style to it, the nib can get out of whack. If they just need to sign something, let them borrow it; it’s a gentlemanly gesture. If they need to write an essay, lend them a cheap-o ballpoint.

Give your pen a regular flush. It’s recommended that you give your fountain pen a flush once a month. It ensures proper ink flow by removing any build-up in the nib or feed. Here’s how you do it.

In addition to flushing, you might consider soaking your nib in a cup of cool water overnight to remove any stubborn ink build-up.

The Fountain Pen Network.

A forum dedicated to fountain pens. The folks there are super helpful with beginners, so if you have a question, ask. They also have lists of groups, meetings and events dedicated to fountain penning (yeah, I just used fountain pen as a verb), as well as a marketplace where you can buy or trade new fountain pens.

Sailor 1911L Large

Length Capped : 5.5625″Length Uncapped : 4.875″Length with Cap Posted : 6.125″Diameter at Section : 0.45″Diameter at Cap Band : 0.63″Weight : 0.9ozNib : 21k GoldFilling Mechanism : Cartridge / Converter

Take a hands-on look to see how the 191Standard and Large match up with one another in our video comparison below. 

In the video, Tom uses a Pelikan M600 to compare against the 191Standard. Hopefully, this would help in establishing a point of reference for those who are unfamiliar with the Sailor brand. Although the 1911L is “larger” than the Standard, the size is still quite manageable for both men and women to handle and write with.

Choosing a Nib Size

As with any Sailor fountain pen, the main attraction is the NIB. The Japanese pen maker is dedicated to the finely crafted art of writing. Each nib is given the proper attention to ensure that writing quality is consistent and exceeding expectations. Seven different types of nibs are available standard.

With many pen manufacturers paring down their nib selection to 2-choices (usually fine, medium or broad), it might seem a little intimidating that you would have to choose between possible nibs. Hopefully, we can shed some light on the subject so you would be able to make an informed decision on which nib is “write” for you.

In general, Japanese nibs tend to run thinner than their Western counterparts. That means a Western extra-fine is equivalent to a Japanese fine/medium.  With that being said, Sailor offers extra-fine, fine, medium-fine, medium, broad, music, and zoom nibs. Watch our nib comparison video below to see these nibs in action and compared with some Western-style nibs to see the subtle differences in line width.

Approximately, this is what you could expect from a Sailor nib if you are familiar with Western nibs:

Western Broad -> Sailor ZoomWestern Medium -> Sailor BroadWestern Fine -> Sailor MediumWestern Extra-Fine -> Sailor Fine

The extra-fine size is so thin, it does not have any Western analog. The Zoom is also a unique offering, as it lays down a different line width based on the angle that the nib touches the paper. Writing at an acute angle produces the thickest, wettest line possible, which is thicker than the Sailor broad. Writing at an angle that is perpendicular to the page will yield a line of medium thickness. 

The Music nib is not a traditional, three-tined music nib. It does have a thick downstroke that results in the broadest line possible with a Sailor pen, while the horizontal line is a thinner, medium size. Although the original intention of the Music nib is to write music, most writers who opt to own one of these pens seldom use it for that purpose. The shape of the nib instantly gives your handwriting a flair of line variation it did not have previously. The nib performs beautifully upside down as well, laying down a drier, thinner line for more concise writing.

Times You Might Not Want to Use a Fountain Pen

As much as we love fountain pens and think everyone should try them, there are times when they may not be the best choice. That doesn’t mean you can’t use them in these situations, just that you’ll need a bit more foresight and the right choice of pen and ink.

You might not want to use a fountain pen when you need a pen……that works perfectly on all papers.

Like we said earlier, fountain pens work best on fountain pen friendly paper and notebooks. There are some fountain pen inks like Noodler’s Black and Waterman Serenity Blue that work well even on most non-fountain pen friendly papers, but if you don’t want to worry about it then it’s probably best to stick with a tried-and-true gel or ballpoint pen….that dries instantly.

Fountain pen ink takes longer to dry than most other inks. There are some ultra-fast-drying inks like Noodler’s Polar Blue that can match the drying speed of a gel pen, but they generally feather quite badly even on fountain pen friendly paper….that’s waterproof and archival.

The vast majority of fountain pen inks aren’t waterproof or archival. Even most fountain pen inks that are touted as water-resistant can’t compare to a gel or ballpoint pen. There are some waterproof fountain pen inks like pigment-based inks and Noodler’s “Bulletproof” inks, but they tend to be slower-drying and more susceptible to smearing than archival markers like the Sakura Pigma Micron and pigmented gel pens like the Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo, or Zebra Sarasa Push Clip….that writes for reams without refilling.

If you do a lot of writing, you’ll probably need to refill your fountain pen every week or so. Lawyers and graduate students who write from dawn to dusk may even need to refill their pens every day or two. Cartridges are small and easy to replace—and pens with built-in filling systems can last longer between fills—but if the need to refill your pen that often is a turn-off, you may want to stick with a ballpoint pen….on an airplane.

You may have heard that fountain pens leak if you take them on an airplane. That’s rarely an issue with pens made nowadays, but to be safe we recommend keeping your pen either completely full or or completely empty when flying. Also, if you plan to use the pen during flight we recommend storing it with the nib pointing up and waiting until the plane has reached cruising altitude before opening it.

The reason for all this is that as an airplane ascends, the air pressure inside the plane decreases. The reduced air pressure causes any air trapped inside a pen to expand. If the expanding air doesn’t have a clear pathway to escape through the nib, it will push out any ink in its way….in freezing weather.

Except for Noodler’s Polar inks, all fountain pen inks will freeze and burst their pen or bottle if you leave them exposed to icy temperatures for long enough. A ballpoint pen—especially a pressurized one like the Uni Power Tank or Fisher Space Pen—is your best bet in frosty weather….that writes upside down or on glossy surfaces.

This one there’s really no working around. Fountain pens are for writing on paper on a reasonably level surface. For other jobs, stick to a space pen or multi-surface marker….that never needs maintenance.

This is another one you can’t really work around—sooner or later all fountain pens need to be cleaned. But there are some you don’t have to clean as often. The Platinum Preppy, Plaisir, and 377Century fountain pens all feature a special “slip and seal” cap design that can keep the ink inside the pen fresh for a year or more without use.

Choosing Your First Fountain Pen

Our two favorite beginner-friendly fountain pens: the Pilot Metropolitan and the Platinum Preppy.

We recommend the Pilot Metropolitan to all first-time fountain pen users due to its fantastic combination of smoothness, reliability, build quality, and affordability. Both the medium and fine nib sizes are very smooth and easy to write with. If you’re not sure which one to get, though, we’d recommend the medium. The Metropolitan includes an ink cartridge as well as a converter for using bottled ink. For beginning users, we recommend trying the sample size bottles from Diamine, J. Herbin, and Pilot Iroshizuku. These smaller bottles let you try out a wide selection of inks without committing to a full-size bottle.

For more advice on choosing your first fountain pen, check out our guide to Great Beginner Fountain Pens That Won’t Break the Bank.

Tip Size

The tip size of a nib determines how wide a line it will make. They are typically rated from narrowest to widest as extra fine, fine, medium, or broad. Japanese fountain pens typically write about a size finer than an equivalent pen from a non-Japanese brand. For example, a Pilot medium nib will write about the same as a Kaweco fine nib. People with smaller handwriting should choose a fine or extra fine nib, while those with larger handwriting may prefer a medium or broad nib.

Tip Shape

Nib tips can be either round or shaped. Most are round, meaning that they create the same line width in any direction—just like a regular ballpoint pen. Shaped nibs will have different line widths depending on the direction of the stroke. The most common type of shaped nib is italic, which makes wide vertical strokes and a thin horizontal strokes. If you are new to fountain pens, we recommend picking a nib with a round tip.

Built-In Filling System

Other fountain pens use built-in filling systems like a piston or vacuum mechanism. These pens can be filled straight from a bottle and typically have a much larger ink capacity than a cartridge or converter. On the other hand, they can’t be used with cartridges, so you’ll need to have an ink bottle on hand when they do run out of ink.

Eyedropper

With eyedropper pens, the barrel of the pen itself serves as the ink reservoir. As the name suggests, eyedropper pens are filled using an eyedropper or syringe. They can hold far more ink than any other type of pen. Very few pens are built to be used as eyedroppers, but many cartridge fountain pens can be converted into eyedropper pens by following a few simple steps.

For an in-depth, hands-on look at the different kinds of fountain pen filling systems, check out our video here.

Going Deeper

These pens are ideal for anyone who has used fountain pens for a while and is looking for something a little nicer or more interesting. This is the point where fountain pens really start to branch out and take on their own distinctive styles. They can offer better styling, better build quality, and other cool features like a built-in filling system or all-metal construction.

How to Improve Handwriting

If you have your fountain pen and ink ready, it is time to start working on your handwriting.

Many people buy a fountain pen in the hopes it will automatically fix their handwriting.

However, a skilled user of the fountain pen can produce much more attractive writing than anyone with a regular ballpoint pen.

Basic Penmanship Practice

Some of these points probably will sound a little like a no-brainer because you might have learned them in school already when you were younger.

But most of us have acquired a few bad writing habits while growing up and paying some extra attention to the following points may make a bigger impact than you expect.

Warming Up: the best way to quickly improve your handwriting is to do a little warm up before you start. Most of the letters in the alphabet are build up out of circles and lines. It can be helpful to practice these basic shapes by filling a piece of paper with a variety of different circles, lines and loops before any serious writing.

Writing Speed: many times we write something down it is just a quick reminder and we try to write it as fast as possible in an almost mindless state. During this process, many letters become smaller or are only written partially. If you want to change your handwriting for the better, allow yourself the time to write at a pace that allows you to consciously focus on the letters while you are writing them.

Posture: if you are writing a longer letter or document, bad posture can quickly make you feel uncomfortable and deteriorate your handwriting. Make sure your desk and table are adjusted to you personally and follow the natural movement of your arm while writing.

Holding your Pen: if you are holding your pen in a comfortable position you will be able to write for hours and produce neat handwriting while doing so. If you hold your pen wrong, it might result in bad handwriting and pain in no time. Most people hold the pen around 1/from the bottom between index and middle finger. Keep your fingers relaxed and let the end of the pen rest against the web of your hand.

A great way to get into the daily practice of improving handwriting is by starting a daily journal. Set aside minutes in the morning or evening to practice by writing down what has happened. You can also copy pangrams or inspirations quotes to practice penmanship.

Good reasons to take good care of your fountain pen!

The first thing you want to keep in mind is to always put the cap back on as much as possible. This protects you pen in two ways. Obviously, it will keep your pen safe if you accidentally drop it. But just as important, it prevents the ink from drying up on your nib. If you frequently store your fountain pen without its cap on, you will end up with a blocked fountain pen in no time.

Diamine Pumpkin

For those who find black and blue a little boring, Diamine Pumpkin is the solution. This ink is my daily driver. It’s consistent and dark enough for note taking, but bright and colorful. Life’s too short to use boring ink, and Pumpkin pops on the page.

Peripherals

The best inkjet and laser printers including all in ones around

Looking for the best printer money can buy in 2018? You’ve come to the right place, as we’ve listed the top printers for home and office use. You can rest assured that only the very best printers are in this list, and we regularly update it with the latest models, so we’re here to make things easier when choosing the best printer for your needs as 201begins.

There are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices these days, so you’re spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer. This is where our list of the best printers comes in, as we cut through the jargon to make buying your new printer as easy as possible.

We’ve also split this list into the best inkjet printers and the best laser printers, and we include standard printers as well as multi-function ones. No matter what type of printer you’re after, we have one for you, and our price comparison tool makes sure you get the best deals on the printer of your choice as well.

Check out what printers made it into our top best business printers roundup

Basic paper handling

The Deskjet 3630 is a decent printer for the price, offering reasonable print speeds and the ability to connect to mobile devices without breaking the bank. Just be wary as its ink cartridges can be priced when picked up from shops. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of HP’s more expensive Envy models, but if you’re looking for an initially cheap model that catches the eye when sat on a shelf, the Deskjet 3630 is a great option.

Uninspiring design

The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.

Expensive to run

Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use, printing photos or using the scanner function. It’s a bit pricey to buy – and to run – but the flexibility and quality of the printouts is excellent.

Slow to print

If you’re looking for a great all-round printer which doesn’t skimp on print quality for your photographs, then we don’t think you will be disappointed by what the PIXMA TS9150, Canon’s flagship printer, has to offer.

While it’s certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it’s not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at Aor below.

Best of all, the print quality here is stunning, and it also has an attractive design. While the looks of your printer may not seem that important, it does mean you don’t feel the need to try and hide it away out of sight if you’re using it at home.

Bulky design

This is a big and bulky printer, that would look more at home in an office than a house – but it’s a fantastic performer that can handle both Aand the larger Asizes. It’s cheap to run, and most importantly, the print quality is very good, making this a worthwhile investment if you’re looking for a fast and flexible printer.

Expensive for mono printing

We’ve come to expect simple setup and operation from Envy printers, and this one is no exception. It’s quiet, packs in a lot of features and delivers excellent print quality, especially on photo paper. We particularly like the ability to use smartphones as well as computers, and to connect wirelessly without a router.

Slow print speed

Once you’ve got the PM-400 up and running, you’ll have a ton of fun running off image after image. Although the print quality won’t win any awards for print quality, you’ll be proud to hang any of its prints on your wall or sit them on your desk.

The PM-400 is a delight to look at – not that this should heavily factor into which printer you should buy. It’s got a pretty bone white frame that tucks away neatly, and the 4-pound printer can be easily transported wherever you go.

No wireless

You won’t get fancy features like wireless printing, duplexing or scanning, but if you don’t need all the frills of an all-in-one printer, the HP DeskJet 10offers solid print performance and quality at an unbeatable price in a compact package.

Fiddly control panel

This temptingly priced printer offers 28ppm printing at up to 4,800 x 600 dpi (effective, rather than optical, resolution). With wired (Ethernet/USB) and wireless (Wi-Fi/NFC) connectivity, duplex printing, decent eco settings and support for a wide range of media, the Samsung is an excellent all-rounder, although the multi-purpose tray can only handle one sheet of media at a time. The main cassette has a more useful capacity of 250 sheets.

Epson EcoTank and SuperTank Printers

Along with substantially lowering the running costs on some of its standard business inkjet all-in-ones, Epson has tried another tack: providing ink in bottles that you can pour into reusable tanks attached to or (more recently) built into the printer. It launched its first EcoTank printers in 2015, and continues to introduce new models, including everything from basic home units (the Epson Expression ET-2550) to honking wide-format behemoths (the Epson WorkForce ET-16500). The highest-capacity models use, instead of semi-rigid plastic bottles, bags of ink that resemble IV drip bags, the tops of which attach to clips in a bay designed to fit them. Unlike the bottled ink, you don’t have to pour any ink; you just have to make sure that the ink bags are securely in place.

Whether the ink comes bottled or in bags, it provides an exceedingly low cost per page, about 0.cents per black page and 0.cents per color page. A caveat is that the initial purchase price of these printers is very high considering their features and performance, so even though they come with enough ink to last a long while, you’re paying a substantial premium up front. My advice is that because of the high initial investment, you carefully check to make sure that the printer you’re buying is the most suitable model for your needs. Fortunately, we haven’t seen any lemons among them; we have ranked most of them at 3.stars, and the Epson WorkForce ET-4550 earned stars.

With the need to pour ink from bottles into tanks onto the printer comes a risk of spill, but in practice the ink ends up where it is intended. In the several EcoTank printers I’ve reviewed, the worst that has happened is that I’ve gotten a drop or two on my hands, a small price to pay for the astonishing ink cost savings you can achieve once you’ve run through your initial ink allotment.

Low-Cost Ink Is the Future

Readers of our printer reviews still complain about the high cost of printing, but the clamor has been reduced over the past few years, thanks to printer manufacturers’ strategies such as Instant Ink, INKvestment, EcoTank/SuperTank, and MegaTank. Market pressure should continue to keep ink costs down, at least in select printer lines, and printer makers are likely to extend the savings to a wider variety of models But even with what’s available today, there are models with low ink costs available to suit a wide variety of users, from home and home-office users (including photo buffs) all the way to small-to-midsize businesses. With any luck, it won’t be long until complaining about ink prices is a thing of the past.

Ballpoint Pens

The pen we all know and love. Ballpoint pens are probably the most widely used type of pen and are known for their reliability, availability, durability and reasonable prices. The pen functions with a small rotating ball – usually made from brass, steel or tungsten carbide, which ink clings to. The ball rotates as you write, leaving the ink on the paper while at the same time cleverly preventing the ink inside the reservoir from drying out.

The ink used in a ballpoint is generally oil-based viscous ink which is quick drying, will write on most surfaces and comes in a wide range of colours. The thicker ink in these pens can sometimes dry out on the ball when not in use but a quick scribble will usually get the ink flowing again.

Ballpoints come in a range of tip sizes – fine, medium and bold to suit your needs and satisfy your personal preference whether in the office, at school or for personal use at home.

Both disposable and refillable ballpoints are available.

Rollerball Pens

Rollerballs work in the same way a ballpoint does, but using thinner water-based ink so that the effect on paper is similar to that of a fountain pen. The low viscosity ink in a rollerball flows freely with little pressure required whilst writing. This helps reduce the risk of tired or aching hands after a lengthy writing session.

Ink from a rollerball tends take a little longer to dry and may bleed through some of the more absorbent types of paper so a little extra care may be needed, although that’s a small price to pay for the superb, professional looking lines that can be created with these pens. As the ink in a rollerball flows more freely than the ink in a ballpoint, the lifespan of the refill may be shorter.

Rollerballs will either be retractable or they will come with a lid. Ensure the lid is placed on the pen when not in use, to prevent the pen from drying out. Rollerballs start off at a reasonable price and many are refillable so you never need to be parted from your favourite pen. Tip sizes vary from super fine to bold. Which size you choose simply comes down to personal preference and depends on the type of work you will use your pen for.

Fine liners

Fineliners have a fine tip which is ideal for creating those slightly more delicate lines. Whether it’s sketching, illustrating or writing that you’re into – or anything else which requires attention to detail, for that matter. A fineliner gives handwriting a crisper, clearer look, especially small handwriting. Fineliners come in a range of different colours and the line widths tend to be under 0.7mm, with the finest being 0.3mm.

Technical Pens

If you’re looking for that perfect finish, technical pens are available to do just that. These pens are favoured by architects, draughtsmen and engineers. They give a precise line and are ideal for use on a range of surfaces, including tracing paper, vellum drawing paper and line board. Most technical pens are refillable with replacement nibs often available. They come in a variety of line widths ranging from the superfine 0.mm to a much thicker 1.0mm. You could opt for one of our Rotring sets which contain the basics to get you started.

Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are viewed by many as being one of the most luxurious ways to put pen to paper. They work using gravity and capillary action to get the ink through the feed and onto the paper via the nib. Fountain pens offer a smooth continuous ink flow and very little pressure is needed when writing.

The nibs are usually made from stainless steel or gold and are available in a range of sizes: fine, medium and bold. The more expensive fountain pens come in beautiful designs which are often considered treasured items by their owners.

The methods of getting ink into a fountain pen vary, although the easiest and most convenient way is via a replaceable cartridge. Other refill methods use bottled ink which, although they offer a wider range of inks and colours, are less convenient for using on the go. When you’ve found the fountain pen you wish to purchase, it’s always a good idea to research which method it uses to ensure it is compatible with your lifestyle and requirements.  

Disposable fountain pens are also available and are suitable for everyday use. These pens are not refillable but still provide you with a smooth, enjoyable writing experience. They come with an iridium ball nib and sizes range from 0.7mm to 0.3mm. The Pentel JM20 has a duel sided nib in sizes from 0.3mm to 0.4mm, allowing you to adjust it to suit your own personal preference and style.

Highlighters

These pens are used for highlighting text and come in bright fluorescent colours, bringing text to the attention of the reader with ease. Most highlighters have a chiselled tip which produces a broad line through the text but can be used to achieve a finer line when underlining. Line widths range from 1mm to 5mm, making highlighting text of any size an easy task.

OHP Pens

Over-head projector (OHP) pens are designed to write on OHP film but are also suitable to use on most other glossy surfaces.

OHP pens offer both a permanent and non-permanent option. If you’re looking to make your presentation colourful and eye-catching you could opt for one of our assorted colour packs which include some, or all, of the following colours: black, blue, red, orange, green, brown, purple and yellow. You can choose from a wide range of line widths, including: 0.4mm, 0.6mm, 0.8mm, 1mm and 3mm.

Pencils

Pencils are made from a mixture of graphite and clay which is then placed into a protective casing, most commonly wood, or in the case of a mechanical pencil – plastic or metal.

However, a pencil is not just a pencil. Any artist who uses pencils regularly will be interested in the hardness of the lead, which ranges from hard (2H, 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H, 7H, 8H, 9H,) to black (B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9B). HB is the most common type of pencil, used for most everyday writing tasks. 9H is the hardest and will leave the lightest mark on paper, while 9B is the softest and will leave the darkest mark on paper.

Colouring pens and pencils

A popular drawing tool for both children and adults, colouring pencils are available in either round or hexagonal barrels. You can choose from the standard colouring pencil or the blendable colouring pencil which helps you create those softer edges, and water colour pencils which give your creations a stunning water colour paint effect when brush strokes of water are added.

We also stock long lasting felt tip pens that come in both broad and fine tips, available in a vast range of colours.  These are washable, making them the ideal choice for school children, whether in the classroom or at home.

Crayons are particularly suitable for children as they are hard wearing, cover large areas and will not create any unwanted mess. They can be sharpened so you can keep them in tip top condition and are also erasable. They are available in a range of bright, eye catching colours …. Let those imaginations run wild.

Refills

Everyone has their one special pen – their first choice when they dip into the pen pot. Once you’ve found yours, you’ll want to know how to refill it so that you can use it for ever and ever and ever….

We stock a selection of refills including Parker, Waterman, Cross and Rotring. Refills are available for ballpoints, rollerballs and technical pens. Fountain pen refills are available in the form of both cartridges and bottled ink.

Either check the packaging, or look at the refill inside your pen to find out which type your pen requires. Most ballpoints, rollerballs and gel pens simply need to be unscrewed for refill purposes. Take care when refilling so you don’t lose any springs or other small parts that the pen may contain.

Refilling a fountain pen which uses a disposable cartridge is straight forward. The cartridge is simply pushed on, piercing the top and allowing the ink to escape. Check the packaging to find out which cartridges are compatible with your pen.

The refill process can sometimes be a little more complicated (or more fun, depending on how you look at it) with a fountain pen which uses bottled ink. These fountain pens may need to be filled via the piston mechanism, which uses suction, or manually via a syringe.

Choosing the line width

The line width you choose for your pen will depend on personal preference and the type of work you intend to use your pen for. Line widths range from a very thin 0.1mm on fineliners, all the way up to a 14.8mm on pens such as markers. The average size of a medium point pen is around 0.7mm or 0.8mm, so that’s a good starting point when deciding how thick or thin you’d like your lines to be.

Dip nibs

Ana Reinert is The Chair at The Well-Appointed Desk, a blog dedicated to paper, pens, office supplies and a beautiful place to work. To the pay the bills, she works in a beige cubicle at Hallmark Cards designing greeting cards and drawing typefaces and lettering, dreaming of a better workspace

MUJI Aluminum Fountain Pen

One of the few fountain pens with a fine tip, Modern look and feel

Parker Urban Black and Gold Fountain Pen Kit with Ink – Editors’ Choice Winner!

Curved barrel of the pen provides a custom grip that helps to balance weight in your hand

Things We Didn’t Like

You must replace cartridges to use it over time or screw in a cartridge for drawing bottled ink into the pen.

Sometimes the ink does not flow well and requires the user to shake the pen in a downward motion before getting a consistent ink flow.

HP PageWide Pro 477dw

Another fast-developing trend in inkjet AIOs, though, has been the idea of bulk ink, as well as direct-by-mail ink. All of the major inkjet makers are now toying with different means of selling you bulk ink supplies up front, bundled with certain AIO models, or automating the provision of ink. The idea is to lock in more profit outright by selling you more ink when you buy the printer, or by turning ink into a subscription-style service. 

With Epson, the bulk-ink approach is called EcoTank, in which you buy a given EcoTank inkjet model bundled with enough ink to last a typical user months or years. Depending on the model, the ink may be in bottles that you drain into onboard ink reservoirs; in other EcoTank units, the ink is in foil “saddlebags” that resemble big bags of juice. (Just don’t stick a straw in them.)

Canon, meanwhile, recently debuted a series of inkjet and stand-alone-print AIO models that have EcoTank-style ink reservoirs, under the MegaTank brand. They’re similar to EcoTank in that you refill the reservoirs from bottles; in some of the MegaTank models, you can view ink levels through clear panels in the front of the chassis.

Canon Pixma G4200, with ink bottles and reservoir windows

Brother is going a simpler route with its INKvestment printers; with these, you get cost-efficient ink cartridges, and with certain “XL” models, you’ll get several full sets of them in the box to keep you going for a while. The idea: The cost per page gets driven down by buying ink in bulk.

A key consideration, therefore, in all of these ink schemes is the cost per page of printing. You’ll want to check out our individual reviews for our page-cost calculations, which can have a great bearing on whether one of these printers, as opposed to one using ordinary ink tanks, makes the most sense for you.

Whichever type of AIO you’re considering, here are a few essentials to look out for.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY & MOBILE PRINTING. Some of the best AIO printers may be cheap, but none of our top models is truly small. Because of that, you may need to place your AIO somewhere you can’t stretch or run a USB or Ethernet cable. Wi-Fi connectivity is quite common, but it’s not a given in all printers, so look for it in any model you’re considering.

Built-in Wi-Fi seems to be most common in consumer and small-business inkjet-based AIO printers. Wireless connectivity can sometimes be an expensive optional feature on all-in-one lasers (sold as an extra-cost card or module), and in a few cases, not an option at all. Even if you don’t need it now, you may need it someday if you change around your workspace, so look out for its presence or absence.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One Printer

Some of that mobile printing support (iOS or Android, or both) may be subsumed into the vendors’ branded suites and not explicitly stated, so be sure to examine the details of those, especially for printing from Android devices. Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint and Brother’s iPrint&Scan are examples of this.

COMFORTABLE CPPs. As we mentioned above, cost per page (CPP) is a key factor in whether a printer is a good value or not. But it can be tricky to determine, so check out our reviews for estimates.

Most printer makers now rely on page-yield estimates generated using ISO-certified documents and procedures, so you can feel confident in relying on their numbers if those documents match the kind of printing you do. But bear in mind that the kind of content you print is the biggest factor in ink consumption. Full-page borderless photos (which cover the whole page in ink) drink a lot more ink than simple monochrome text documents with or percent page coverage.

Brother MFC-J5930DW

If you’ll use the printer only sporadically, you don’t need to think about CPP all that much. But for a model that’ll be churning out plenty of prints, definitely pay attention to it. A high CPP can quickly erase the price difference between a cheaper printer and a pricier one that has a lower CPP. Do the math based on how much you estimate you’ll print.

DISCRETE INK TANKS (FOR INKJETS). Most inkjet AIOs, barring the most basic, use separate ink tanks for each color. A few (usually the very cheapest in a line) still merge all the color inks (cyan, magenta, and yellow) into one partitioned cartridge. That means you need to replace the whole thing when only one color runs out. 

In the process, that wastes ink, and these models are best avoided. Four-, five-, or six-cartridge designs are the preferred ink-delivery solutions for inkjets used for light business printing or photo work. Models with six inks or more are almost always geared toward photo printing. The bulk-ink models we discussed earlier, on the other hand, are usually four-ink designs. 

Ink-tank loading zone in Brother’s MFC-J5830DW

A RIGHT-SIZE LCD. With inkjet AIOs, a big-enough LCD is important if you intend to print images directly from USB flash drives or camera memory cards. (That assumes the printer has slots or ports for those; look for “PictBridge” support for attaching a cam directly via a USB cable; “wireless PictBridge” is also an option, usable if both camera and printer support it.) A bigger screen will more easily help you distinguish your images from one another, or possibly do minor onscreen crops or edits right from the printer.

The screens in different AIO inkjet models vary not only according to size but according to whether touch input is supported. Generally speaking, cheaper models (and many monochrome-only models) will tend to come with smaller, less functional screens, and the more a printer is geared toward “walk-up” use (that is, tasks you can do from the AIO without the help of a computer), the more elaborate the LCD will tend to be. 

Brother and Epson Printers

Brother gives people a link on its website that will generate a return shipping label to print. The company suggests reusing the new ink toner’s packaging to return the old one, so you don’t have to hunt around for a box. And many new toner packages come with return labels inside for sending back the old.

But the Epson ink-recycling program is even more limited than Canon’s. To send back old cartridges for recycling, you have to supply your own envelopes and pay the postage fees. Lest you think Epson does nothing, the company oh-so-kindly provides its address at this recycling details website.

Aphoto printers

When it comes to making high-quality photo prints at home, the inkjet market has narrowed to a two-horse race. HP and Lexmark have become more oriented towards document printing, leaving Canon and Epson to slog it out in the photo arena. 

For printing up to Ain size (8.5x1inches in the USA), most recent models follow Canon’s lead of combining a pigment-based black ink for crisp document printing, with four or more dye-based inks for premium photo output on glossy paper. Moving up to larger format A3+ printing (13x1inches), there’s a choice of printers based exclusively on dye or pigment inks. 

List of Vegan Tattoo Ink Brands

If you’re looking for inks for your next vegan tattoo, or you’re a tattoo artist who wants to better serve vegan clients, look no further! We’ve compiled an extensive list of vegan-friendly tattoo inks, so you can spend more time sketching and less time shopping!

Kuro Sumi Outlining Tattoo Ink

Kuro Sumi inks are made in the United States and are best known for their bold, bright colors. The product has origins in Japan, and the color is derived from burnt plant material.

Artists and buyers both love the long life of this ink. It is easy to use, heals beautifully, and stays a true black for a long time.

What We Love

Kuro Sumi is committed to ensuring customers aren’t fooled into buying counterfeit inks. They make special designations about their packaging that helps buyers easily detect the real thing versus a cheap knockoff. With tattoo ink ultimately being injected into the body, we’re impressed by the company’s commitment to safety.

A Lasting Animal-Friendly Impression

When you’re getting or giving a vegan tattoo, you want to ensure the ink being used is 100% vegan-friendly. Luckily, many companies are seeing the demand for vegan tattoo ink, meaning you get the luxury of choice when it comes to your next tattoo.

As the vegan stuff is just as efficient and long-lasting as animal-based inks, there’s really no reason to choose the product that uses animal suffering and cruelty. It’s possible to express yourself through body art without having to rely on cruel, outdated products.

For your next tattoo, consider talking to your artist about using our favorite vegan-friendly inks. By choosing these inks, you can express your veganism on the outside, while remaining 100% vegan on the inside, too!

Included in the matrix are columns

Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier. So many manufacturers and models exist that there is no way that I could have listed everything. However, many exceptional pens are included at every price range and from a wide variety of quality makers. The best fountain pen is out there.

Why buy a pen, and how to go for the best fountain pen?

Fountain pens are often seen today as luxury items and in some cases as status symbols. These pens may also very well serve as everyday writing instruments, like the regular ball pen. A good quality steel and even gold pens are easily available and can be inexpensive.

In Europe the use of fountain pens is well spread. Students in primary and secondary schools in France and Belgium are still required to write all exams in ink. To avoid mistakes special black and blue ink that can be made invisible by using an ink eraser.

Fountain pens are used for artistic expression. Some famous writers today use fountain pens for a whole manuscript, including Stephen King. Others use them for such as expressive handwriting, pen and ink art and professional design. Fountain pens can even be a unique piece of art. Ornate pens have precious metals and beautiful gems and other mineral stones. Some pens are designed with inlaid lacquer.

A fountain pen can be favored over other writing devices for many different reasons. It can be out of a desire of personalisation like other accessories like watches or handbags, it can be for pure elegance because some of these objects are truly beautiful, or for sentimentality because emotions and feelings will be reflected in your handwriting and computers and ballpoint pens simply can not provide this dimension. Finding your best fountain pen is a unique experience.

Fountain pens are back

How To Find the Best Fountain Pen That Meets Your Needs

Above you will find an interactive comparison chart of a broad selection of fountain pens, some of the best and most are on the market today. Choosing one can be daunting, so do have a look at the different criteria in there. Every person has his own criteria of choosing. Your best fountain pen is a unique choice.  The options and criteria will help you make the appropriate buying decision. So, above you will find the Best Fountain Pen Comparison Guide to help you find the perfect pen for you.

I was hesitant in providing my Top because these pens are so different and you are as well. So please see these very simply as only my favorites. Below you will find my top picks for overall best fountain pen along with more a more detailed review of each.

Your Turn

Ultra-low cost printing

EcoTank ITS printers offer an ultra-low cost per page that could reduce your printing costs by up to 90%That’s not surprising when you discover that they come with up to three years’ worth of ink included in the boxWith specific EcoTank printers, you can print up to 14,000 pages in black and 11,200 in colour4.

Lock and fill system

Epson’s next generation of hassle-free EcoTank ITS printer comes with an enhanced ink filling system that minimises the risk of spills and mess. At every stage it minimises spills with bottles that are easier to open, easy to pour and feature a mechanism that ensures the right tanks are only filled with the corresponding colour.

Printer panic

8,000 people from across Europe were asked about their biggest ‘printer panic’ concerns when they run out of ink. You can read the findings of the survey by clicking the links below, or scroll down to see some key facts and figures because of a low or no ink situation at home7

out of parents find the process of buying new ink cartridges for the home printer inconvenient7

The best printer I have ever owned. I absolutely love my new printer! It’s so practical, cheaper and far more eco friendly using ink bottles to fill up the tanks, as opposed to constantly buying ink cartridges! The print quality is fantastic, images print beautifully, even photographs print pretty well! My favourite printer!!

The perfect family printer

Having tried many different printers over the years, I am really very impressed with the L56It looks good, it is very easy to set up and I have found it to be extremely user-friendly.

We are a large family who all use a printer a lot and the printer responds very quickly and is easy to connect to via our different computers and devices. The print quality has been excellent so far and I have also been impressed with the quality of the copier.

The refillable tanks are a genius idea. We filled up when we set up the printer and after three weeks of daily use, hardly any ink has been used and I like the idea of the bottles of ink as it makes refilling the tanks easy and you don’t have to worry about buying expensive ink cartridges as the ink bottles are very good value as they will last a long time before needing to be replaced.

Setting the printer up took around forty minutes and you follow instruction on the printer and the computer and filling the tanks takes a few minutes. Set up is helped by the good sized display panel and easy to use controls and unlike other wireless printers that I have used, I have been able to connect to this printer each time, straight away with all devices which has been really helpful.

The printer is quite big but it looks good and the refillable tanks are tucked away under a cover so that younger children won’t be able to mess with them.

 

 

 

 

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You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Bottled Ink by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Bottled Ink wisely! Good luck!

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