The Fountain Pen Inks Infographic – A Categorization of Fountain Pen Inks

Fountain Pen Inks Infographic

Fountain Pen Inks Infographic

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Fountain pen ink come in many different brands as well as a multitude of colors but is that all that makes them different? The answer is no. In fact, there is many more differences when it comes to fountain pen inks than just color or brand. In our fountain pen inks infographic we have categorized many popular inks into some of the properties that make the inks different. These various properties make the inks better for use in various applications. What are these properties and which ink is best for me? For instance are you looking for an ink that drys fast, one that is good for signing important documents, or one that works well in cold weather? These are just a few ink properties to consider when selecting an ink.

Waterpoof Inks

Are you looking for an ink that does not wash away when your paper gets wet? These fountain pen inks are created to be waterproof.

  • Noodlers Ink Polar Black, Polar Blue, Lexington Grey, Air Corp Blue, Walnut, Heart of Darkness and others.

Water Resistant Inks

Water resistant inks are not completely water proof but they are close. These ink resist water and washing out.

Pigmented or Carbon Inks

These inks contain small particles that darken the ink when applied. One disadvantage of this type of ink is they may clog some pens.

Permanent Inks

Inks specifically designed to last. These inks are made to resist forgery tactics such as bleaches, UV radiation and water.

Lubricated Inks

Fountain inks with additives for a smoother performance.

  • Sailor Jentle Ink Black, Blue, Blue/Black, Doyou, Miruai, Nioi-Sumire, Oku-Yama, Shigure, Souten, Tokiwa-Matsu, Yama-Dori.
  • Noodlers Ink EEL Series.

Freeze Resistant Inks

Fountain pen inks that have a lower freezing point. These inks work well in cold climates.

Fast Drying Inks

These inks dry faster on the paper after writing for less smudging.

Fluorescent Inks

Inks that are transparent bright colors. Great for highlighting.

  • J Herbin Perle Noire.
  • Pelikan Ink Duo Hightligher Ink in Yellow and Green.
  • Noodlers Ink Blue Ghost, Dragons Napalm, Dragon Catfish, Atlantic Salmon, Firefly, Hellfire, and others.

Comment below and let us know what you think. What categories and inks are we missing that you like? What are your favorites inks? We would love to hear from you.

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Katie Lyn
9 years ago

This is a great chart, but my question is, which is the best ink to use for documents like checks and things you sign that kind of need the signature. Can you get by with ‘Water Resistant’? Or do you need to use water proof or permanent?

9 years ago
Reply to  Katie Lyn

The water based nature of modern fountain pen ink makes it such that there is really not a permanence to it like oil based inks in ballpoint pens. Pigmented inks like iron gall or India ink are better, but do not work in fountain pens with a feed system. That said, Noodlers recently developed an ink pigmented with nanoparticles so small they can flow through the feed. They call those in that line their Bulletproof inks.

9 years ago

I would have liked a continuation of the lists instead of “and others”.

Tommy Petty
9 years ago

Thanks Drew for a great answer to Katies question. Also thanks to Pen Chalet for making this great infographic. I learned quite a bit and its nice to look at. Well done.