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Fountain Pen 101: Sampling Ink, Part 2




Sampling inks is one of the most enjoyable things about using fountain pens for me, and I know it is for a lot of other pen fans. If you live a 'sampling lifestyle' like I do, then you're sure to be quite familiar with the ink sample vial, in some form or another. These are great little containers for sharing small volumes of ink, but there are some challenges when filling from these with certain types of pens. This video is a continuation of the first Sampling Ink video, and is intended to address just about every possible scenario you can face when filling from a sample vial.

In this video, I talk about:
  • Filling from a sample in ideal circumstances (0:39)
  • Tilting the sample (1:12)
  • Filling a Noodler's Konrad/Ahab (2:30)
  • Filling a converter directly in the sample (4:17)
  • Ink syringe filling a converter/cartridge (5:40)
  • Ink syringe filling a piston pen (6:13)
  • Feed saturation method (6:40)
  • Ink Syringe filling an eyedropper pen (7:12)
  • Dumping it in! (7:39)
  • Special treat! Blooper reel (9:00)
These tips should help you to get the most out of your ink sampling experience!

These are the materials I use in this video:
  • Goulet ink samples
  • Goulet ink sample vials
  • Lamy Vista
  • Lamy Z24 converter
  • Edison Nouveau Premiere Cobalt
  • Standard international converter
  • Noodler's Konrad Flex Pen, Roaring 20's Brown Tortoise
  • Noodler's Ahab Flex Pen, Clear
  • No. 2 Pencil
  • Goulet Ink Syringe Set
  • TWSBI 540, Clear
  • Pelikan m800 Italic 1.5mm
  • Platinum Preppy, Black
  • 3"x5" index card
  • Clear tape
  • Pilot Vanishing Point Nib (blooper reel)
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