The wetter writing fountain pen inks are definitely more popular than the dry and standard writing inks right now and the smoother writing experience that they offer seems to be gaining them more and more popularity with each passing year. Due to this, we have noticed more and more people reaching out to ask for advice on the wettest fountain pen ink on the market that they are able to use in their fountain pen.
Although our regular readers will be fully aware that we are massive fans of the Pelikan range, when it comes to the best wet writing fountain pen ink, we have to go with the Pilot Iroshizuku ink with it being a very popular option amongst the community. Coming from Pilot, you can rest assured that you are getting an outstanding product for the lowest possible price that will offer you the best possible performance.
Throughout the rest of the article, we will be going over why we feel that the Pilot Iroshizuku ink deserves this title as well as what effects the wetness of your pen nib when writing as well as some advantages and disadvantages of wetter inks. This should help our readers get the best possible product for their fountain pen as well as get a better idea of what they are in for when using a wet writing fountain pen ink.
The Wettest Fountain Pen Ink On The Market!
The Pilot Iroshizuku ink is one of the most popular fountain pen ink products all around the globe due to it offering outstanding performance. Although it does have an intermediate level price tag, we feel that the performance of the ink is better than what many of the competing inks are able to offer while also being a very wet writing ink with the vast majority of fountain pens.
Due to the wet writing nature of the ink, it is the ideal option no matter the nib size that you are using too helping it score points over most of the other wet writing fountain pen inks on the market right now. Although there are some other excellent ink products out there that can write wet, they tend to have issues when you use them with a fine or extra-fine nib and not write as wet as they would with a medium nib or wider.
Although the Pilot Iroshizuku is a Pilot ink, it works very well in fountain pens from all brands that use a piston filler, vacuum filler or cartridge convertor opening up the number of pens that you are able to use with the pen drastically. On top of this, the ink is currently available in 44 different colors ensuring that no matter what you are planning to write, you should easily be able to find the perfect ink color for you amongst the Pilot Iroshizuku range.
What Effects The Wetness Of A Fountain Pens Nib?
As we briefly touched on above, the nib of your fountain pen can come into play with how wet it will be able to write with some “wet” inks performing well with double-broad, broad, and medium inks but having problems with ink flow to maintain their wetness with fine and extra-fine nibs. This is the main reason that we recommend that our readers go with Pilot Iroshizuku ink over what their competitors are offering as it writes wet with all nib sizes without issue.
Another factor that can effect how wet your fountain pen will write is how often you clean your pen. Although using a cheap flush kit for regular servicing and cleaning is recommended by all fountain pen brands, very few people actually do it. This results in dried ink and dirt building up in the feed and ink path of the nib restricting how much ink is able to transfer to your paper when writing. It only takes a few minutes every month or two to correctly flush your pen and prevent this so we would recommend you get into the habbit if possible.
Although rare, another issue with fountain pens that can prevent it from writing wet even when using a wet writing fountain pen ink is misaligned tines. The misalignment in the tines on the nib of your pen can cause it to write wetter or drier than expected depending on if they are inward or outwardly misaligned. Thankfully, this is a quick and easy fix that you can do right at home in under a minute using the method in the video below.
Advantages Of A Wet Fountain Pen Ink!
The main advantage of a wet writing fountain pen ink is that it tends to offer a much smoother writing experience on pretty much all types of paper due to more ink being available to help improve your writing experience. This can even help to turn a nib that is usually scratchy into a relatively smooth writing fountain pen too and actually make it a pleasure to write with it.
This tends to be a great way to get an excellent writing experience out of a cheap, entry-level fountain pen as the wetter ink helps to smooth everything out. This is why many people will use a sub-fifty or sub-one hundred dollar fountain pen but use a higher quality ink with it when writing to get the best writing experience possible.
Although this tends to be situational, one of our favourite advantages of using a wet writing fountain pen ink is that it does not fade when writing on a more absorbent paper. Many popular bullet journals tend to use a higher GSM paper that can absorb large amounts of your ink and cause it to fade. Due to a wetter writing fountain pen releasing more ink, this tends not to be an issue and it ensures that you are always able to get a clear, un-faded writing experience on absorbent paper.
Disadvantages Of Wet Fountain Pen Ink!
The main disadvantage of a wet fountain pen ink is bleeding, ghosting and to some extend feathering but this tends to only happen on cheaper, lower GSM papers so going with a high GSM paper can be a quick and easy way to stop your wet fountain pen ink from bleeding or ghosting. If you are limited to only writing on a sub-ninty GSM paper then bleeding will tend to be an unavoidable issue with a wet writing fountain pen.
Depending on your budget, going with the intermediate price point Pilot Iroshizuku ink, especially in a medium or wider nib size may have an effect on your budget. This is due to the ink being used up at a faster pace meaning that you have to re-buy bottles more frequently pumping your overall costs up slightly.
Although this tends to be a minor issue and usually only happens with cheaper fountain pen nibs when used on flaky paper, wetter inks can tend to clog more often. This is due to more ink being available ink the nib to collect the paper flakes and clog or clump but this can easily be cleaned with some spare tissue and only tends to occur in some very specific situations.
That brings our article going over the wettest fountain pen ink on the market to an end. In our opinion, the majority of our readers will be making the right choice by going with the Pilot Iroshizuku ink no matter what fountain pen brand they use. It is one of the best inks on the market and has an excellent reputation amongst the fountain pen community with the benefit of it also being a wetter writing ink than the majority of other popular inks on the market right now.