10+ Best Fountain Pen Inks for Illustrators and Letterers

Best Fountain Pen Ink

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Both hand-letterers and illustrators love fountain pens for their objective beauty and their expressive line variation. And since most fountain pens are refillable, that means you can try all kinds of different inks, from black to shades of blue to other colors in the rainbow. We've made your search easier by collecting the best fountain inks to try.

Before you start looking at inks, it's important to consider what you want to make and analyze the fountain pen you'll be using. If you're using your utensil to produce artwork, for instance, you might prefer to have a black waterproof ink that will allow you to go over your drawing with water-based media without worrying about bleeding. Similarly, if you're more interested in traditional hand-lettering, you might be inclined to purchase a variety of colorful inks to create more intricate calligraphy. Another thing to keep in mind is whether your fountain pen has a converter built into its design, or whether you need to purchase attachments to try bottled inks.

Our pick for the best overall ink is the Platinum Carbon Black ink. Not only is it resistant to water and fading, but it also does not bleed through ordinary copy paper, making it an ideal first choice for illustrators and hand-letterers alike. Scroll down to see more picks for the best fountain pen inks in black, blue, and other colors.


Check out our picks for the 10+ best fountain pen inks.

Best Fountain Pen Ink

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Best Black Inks


Platinum Carbon Black

Platinum Carbon Ink

Platinum | $16.78


Noodler's Black Waterproof Ink

Noodler's Black Waterproof Ink

Noodler's | $12.50


J. Herbin Perle Noire 

Perle Noire Black Fountain Pen Ink

Herbin | $11.99


Best Blue Inks


Waterman Serenity Blue 

Waterman Blue Ink

Waterman | $10.07


Rohrer & Klingner Salix


Best Colorful Inks


Diamine Fountain Pen Ink Sherwood Green

Diamine Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine | $19


Noodler's Fountain Pen Ink Saguaro


Dryden Designs Fountain Pen Ink Luscious Pink


Pelikan Fountain Pen Ink Brilliant Red

Pelikan Fountain Pen Ink

Pelikan | $7.75


Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Fountain Pen Ink Set (15 ml bottles)

Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Fountain Pen Ink

Pilot | $24.28


Monteverde Gem Ink Set

Monteverde Colorful Inks Set

Monteverde | $50.31


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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