Now that we covered our top, bestselling inks of 2024, many of you will have additional questions based on how you prefer using your pens and inks. Below, you’ll find our most current answers to the popular questions posed by today’s pen enthusiasts.
Our favorite black ink for 2024 has to be the Platinum Chou Kuro as mentioned above. In the conversation of the best waterproof black inks for artists, we have always recommended either Platinum’s Carbon Black or Noodler’s Bulletproof Black. Chou Kuro is a darker alternative that, while being more expensive, provides the richest and deepest black. Chou Kuro has a longer-than-average dry time. But, once it dries, it’s not going anywhere!
Best Fast-Drying Fountain Pen Ink
For those who write left-handed, or need an ink that dries quickly so you can close your notebook after jotting down ideas, a fast-drying ink like Graf von Faber-Castell is a must-have in your ink arsenal. Although Graf hasn’t introduced any new ink colors this year, we’re still giving them kudos for having such a great selection of colors that all dry relatively quickly.
Best Value Fountain Pen Ink
One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing with a fountain pen is the near-limitless choice of ink color. Although inks are not as expensive as fountain pens, buying a bunch of bottled inks could quickly close the cost gap. Thankfully, there are several options to grow your ink collection without having to break the bank.
Ink Samples - Although the cost per ml volume is higher than buying a full bottle of ink, trying out a color is the more cost-effective option in trying a large variety of colors.
Diamine 30ml bottles vs 80ml. Diamine offers dozens of their inks in either the 30ml plastic bottle or 80ml glass version. The $8 30ml bottles are very reasonably priced and the bottles are smaller so they take up less space if you collect a bunch.
Noodler’s Ink offers the best fountain pen ink cost per ml for their fountain pen inks. However, most of their bottles contain 90ml (or more) of the color, which might be more volume than you can handle in a lifetime, especially if you have a variety of colors.