So today I’m going to talk about cartridges and converters. In regards to fountain pens, of course.
I should hope that we all know what an ink cartridge is, right? Did you know that they come in two sizes – short ones and long ones? Now you do. Some cartridges are compatible with almost all fountain pens that can take cartridges. Some pens, on the other hand, only take special cartridges. Take the Lamy pens for example. They will only take Lamy branded cartridges.
That leads me onto converters. To my knowledge; there are two types. There’s a converter that allows a pen that normally can take a certain type of cartridge (like the Platinum Preppy) to be able to take any type of cartridge. (The converter for the Platinum Preppy for this purpose is here.)
The other type of converter is one that allows a cartridge taking pen to use bottled ink. (Examples of these types of converters are here.)
There are, of course, positives and negatives to each side, to each choice.
A converter, normally holds more ink than a cartridge. On the other hand, not many people carry bottles, often glass bottles, of ink around with them in case they need to refill their pens. In that respect, cartridges are less messy (because refilling a converter can be messy, especially when you’re still getting used to it). Cartridges also take less time to “install” and they’re more practical for travelling, for a beginner or for a youngster. The colour range for cartridges is limited; although it is expanding. The colour range for bottled ink is much more diverse and you can even get scented ink if you’re that way inclined. Some people say that bottled ink works out cheaper in the long run. However, I say that it depends on where you shop; where you buy things from.
You can, of course, refill empty cartridges with an ink of your choice and then reseal them. Then you have the best of both worlds. It’s all a matter of personal preference really. Cartridges are more convenient, but bottles of ink have more of a ‘colour range’.
Those are the main points I can think of; all in a nutshell. I may have missed a point or two so feel free to add anything else in the comments.
Oh! While I remember – in regards to converters that allow bottled ink use. If the company that makes your pen makes a converter too, then your best bet is to use that converter. If they don’t, then ask around, use Google, or email a website (CultPens‘ staff are pretty knowledgeable). Please ask before you spend your money.
Yeah… Those are all the points I can think of right now. As I was saying earlier, feel free to add anything else you can think of in the comments.
Until next week!
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