Best Everyday Fountain Pen Ink

Here’s a sneak peek at what bottled inks other readers are buying. I thought I’d review the stats on what inks readers have purchased most often after clicking through from this site then round it out with Amazon’s bestselling fountain pen inks.

Answers to the most common questions readers have are under this chart in INK FAQs.

Best Everyday Fountain Pen Inks – Reader’s Choice:

Noodler’s Bulletproof Eel – Black

Noodler’s – Eel Blue
Pilot Iroshizuki Kon-Peki (Blue)

Pelikan 4001 Ink – Royal Blue

Diamine Amazing Amethyst (Deep Purple)

J. Herbin – Poussiere de Lune (Dusty Purple)

Amazon Stats: Best Everyday Fountain Pen Ink…

Namiki Iroshizuku, Cerulean Blue

Waterman Serenity, Blue

J.Herbin Anniversary Hematite (Blood Red)

Parker Super Quink Permanent Ink, Black

Pelikan 4001 Ink – Royal Blue

Genuine Montblanc – Royal Blue

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FAQs: Best Everyday Fountain Pen Ink – Care and Feeding of Your Inks

“How do you care for bottled inks? Is there anything special I should do?” 

Bottled ink should be stored in a cool, dark place. Think of it as a fine wine for your pen.

“What is your favorite ink and why?” 

Oh, it changes over time. It’s funny that my favorite of the moment didn’t make my own list, Diamine Sargasso Sea is the best everyday fountain pen ink for me.

I love it because the viscosity is perfect, it’s never clogged a pen and the shade of midnight blue is beautiful. I’m a huge fan of blue-black inks. Another perenneial favorite is any shade by Waterman. Again, the viscosity is perfect, not too thin and not too thick, and the color variety is fabulous.

“Why do you always seem to use manufacturer’s ink in their pens in reviews?”

I like to show you what you’re going to get from the manufacturer right out of the box. They ship their pens to me with their own ink 95% of the time, so I use what you get when you buy the pen so you can see how the combination works together as it would if you’d bought it yourself.

“Do you have to dry a fountain pen after cleaning, between inks?”

It’s not a bad idea to dry your fountain pen between inks, but as long as you get most of the water out, you can load it right away. Fountain pen inks are water based so it may make your first strokes a little on the watery side because any water left in the converter/nib/feed assembly will dilute the new ink, but a tiny bit is barely noticeable. I like to rest the nib on a towel I use only for fountain pens for a while to draw most of the water out before refilling. You can see my process here.

“Why do some inks have expiration dates?”

This is a great question. It could be planned obsolescence on the manufacturer’s part. I’ve only heard of this from Montblanc, but I’m sure others will follow suit. If ink is in an unopened cartridge, stored in a cool dark place, then it probably won’t hurt your pen even if it’s years past the date. But, kind of like expired medications, why take the chance? Most bottled inks do not have expiration dates, because they can last decades if unopened and stored in a cool dry place. But watch for gunk…

“What is the gunk floating in my bottle of ink?”

Bottled inks have mold inhibitors as part of their formulations, but there are tiny gunky bits of things flying through the air (mold spores) all of the time and some will land in your ink when you open it to use it. Over time, the spores can win the war in the bottle and mold begins to form.

I have a mantra, “if in doubt, toss it out.” Many pens cost 10 times or more what one bottle of ink does, so just keep a few back up bottles and toss it when a bottle turns.

Okay, now that you have your questions answered, here’s the list. Drumroll please! Interestingly, Pelikan Royal Blue is the only one to make both lists, and who knew so many of you loved purple ink? This was fun to compile…

Thank you for visiting, your readership is a constant gift and I hope you start your pen collection today; you’ll love them as much as I do! (Don’t forget to check out my pages on Journals & Inks.)