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    Building on an infographic I saw on the internet, I started this research to find all the commercially available fountain pen inks out there. Iím not the first to do this, and Iím sure there are errors and omissions (which I would appreciate your help to correct).

    Many of these are house brands that were made by other companies. This list only contains currently available fountain pen ink, not technical or drawing inks.

    Please let me know any brands I missed. I wish you health to use them all!

    ++++Australia
    Blackstone (out of business but still somewhat available)
    Robert Oster
    Standard Bindery (out of business but still somewhat available)
    Tintex/Toucan
    Van Dieman's

    ++++Austria
    Montblanc
    Seitz Kreuznach

    ++++Canada
    Ferris Wheel Press

    ++++China
    Ancient Song/Ancient Charm
    Ban Mi
    Banmi
    Bookpens
    Color Station
    Dryden Designs
    Hero
    Jinhao
    Karkos
    Medici
    Ninaís House
    Ostrich
    PenBBS
    Shanghai Stationary
    Solar Terms
    Yookers

    ++++Czech Republic
    Inkebara
    Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth

    ++++France
    Cartier
    Jacques Herbin
    L'Artisan Pastellier/Callifolio
    Parker
    S.T. Dupont
    Waterman (manufactured in Switzerland)

    ++++Germany
    Berlin Notebook
    Bethge
    Cleo Skribent
    Cross (bottles only by Pelikan)
    De Atramentis
    Diplomat
    Fritz Schimpf (by Diamine)
    Graf von Faber-Castell
    Gutenberg Museum
    Herlitz (cartridge only by Pelikan)
    Kaweco
    Lamy
    Lindauer
    Manufactum
    Octopus Concept
    Online
    Pelikan
    Rohrer & Klinger
    Rotring
    Saarpen Tinte
    Schneider
    Seitz-Kreuznach (by R&K)
    Staedtler
    Standardgraph
    Super 5 (by R&K)
    Waldmann

    ++++India
    Bril
    Camlin
    Chelpark
    Daytone
    Glare
    Krishna

    ++++Italy
    Aurora
    Campo Marzio
    Delta (out of business but still somewhat available)
    Leonardo Officina Italiana
    Montegrappa
    Omas (out of business but still somewhat available)
    Pineider
    Rubinato
    Scribo
    Stipula
    Visconti

    ++++Japan
    Atman (by Sailor)
    Bungubox
    Bungukan Kobayashi (by Sailor)
    Color Traveler
    Delta Style-D (by Sailor)
    Hakase
    Hankyu (by Sailor)
    Hirayama mannendou (by Sailor)
    Hougado Pen Gallery (by Sailor)
    Ishida Bungu (by Sailor)
    Itoya (by Sailor)
    Izumi (by Sailor)
    Joyful-2 (by Sailor)
    Kingdom Note (by Sailor)
    Kobayashi Bungukan Bechorism (by Tono & Lims)
    Kogyokudo (by Sailor)
    Kuretake
    Kyo No Oto
    Kyoto TAG
    Maruzenís Athena (by Sailor)
    Mimoink (by Sailor)
    Mitsukoshi
    Nagasawa Kobe (by Sailor)
    PellePenna (by Sailor)
    Pen & Message (by Sailor)
    Pen House/Pent Pen
    Pen Land Cafť (by Sailor)
    PenPoint (by Sailor)
    Penlux (by Sailor)
    Penne19 (by Sailor)
    Penís Alley (by Sailor)
    Pilot/Namiki
    Platinum
    Sailor
    Sankodo (by Sailor)
    Shinpuku (by Sailor)
    Shosaikin (by Sailor)
    Showbundo (by Sailor)
    Shumibu (by Sailor)
    Taccia Ukiyo-e
    Takashimaya (by Sailor)
    Takeda Jimuki
    Tamaoki (by Sailor)
    Tayama Bungu (by Sailor)
    Tsutaya Books (by Sailor)
    Usagiya (by Sailor)
    Voice (by Sailor)
    Wancher
    Yotsuba (by Sailor)

    ++++Netherland
    Akkerman (by Diamine)
    La Couronne du Comte

    ++++Pakistan
    Dollar

    ++++Philippines
    Troublemaker
    Vinta

    ++++Poland
    Cresco
    KWZI

    ++++Romania
    Pennonia (manufactured in Hungary)

    ++++Russia
    Raduga

    ++++Singapore
    Straits Pen

    ++++Slovenia
    Sheaffer
    Nemosine

    ++++South Korea
    3Oysters
    Colorverse
    Egoistar
    Tono and Lims

    ++++Spain
    Antiguaís

    ++++Switzerland
    Abraxas
    Caran d'Ache
    Hieronymous (manufactured in Germany)
    Landolt-Arbenz

    ++++Taiwan
    Carpink
    Gazing Far
    Ink Institute
    Kala
    Lennon Tool Bar
    TWSBI
    iPaper

    ++++Turkey
    Scrikss (cartridge only)

    ++++United Kingdom
    Beaufort (England)
    Bespoke British/Conway Stewart (England) (by Diamine)
    Choosing Keeping (England)
    Cult Pens (by Diamine) (England)
    Diamine (England)
    Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies (England)
    Mabie Todd/Blackbird (England)
    Manuscript Pen Company (England)
    Nick Stewart (England)
    Onoto (England)
    Pure Pens (Wales)
    Roberson Penman
    Yard-O-Led (England)

    ++++United States
    Anderillium
    Anderson Pens
    BIC (cartridge only)
    Backpack
    Birmingham
    Carter
    Chesterfield (by Private Reserve)
    Colorado Pen
    Dr. Ph Martins
    Everflo
    Fahrney's
    Fountain Pen Network (by Noodlers)
    Fountain Pen Revolution
    Franklin Christoph
    Higgins
    Hippo Noto (by Robert Oster and KWZ)
    Karas Pen
    Levenger
    Monteverde (manufactured in Austria)
    Noodler's
    Nostalgic Impressions
    Organics Studio
    Papier Plume
    Private Reserve (out of business but still somewhat available)
    Thornton's Luxury Goods
    Vanness

    Thanks to the amazing knowledge of this group, our list now totals inks from 25 countries!
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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    My unstated goal is to use an ink from each country.. have any of you done that? I'm three or four away.

    The biggest surprise for me on this list is I couldn't find any ink made in Ireland. Could that be true?

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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    Blackstone and Bookbinders are both defunct.

    China has Hero inks.

    Germany has Gutenberg Urkunden

    UK has ESSRI.
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    added to the list, thank you silverlifter

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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    TWSBI is Taiwanese, not Chinese.

    Ink Institute, Lennon Tool Bar, and iPaper for Taiwan; Color Traveler for Japan; Van Dieman's and Standard Bindery for Australia; and Tono and Lims for South Korea.

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    added to the list, thank you inkguesser

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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    Germany:
    Seitz-Kreuznach (most likely made by R&K)
    Fritz Schimpf (Shop ink made by Diamine)
    Lindauer
    Rotring
    Schneider

    Czech Republic:
    Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth

    France:
    Cartier (donˋt know who manufacture it)
    S.T. Dupont

    Side note:

    ESS (Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies) is the manufacturer of ESSRI which means ESS Registrars Ink
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    UK - Cult Pens (Diamine)
    - Manuscript
    - Roberson Penman
    Pakistan - Dollar
    Germany - Super 5 (R&K, at least it used to be)
    In the words of Paul Simon, you can call me Al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grainweevil View Post
    UK - Cult Pens (Diamine)
    - Manuscript
    - Roberson Penman
    Pakistan - Dollar
    Germany - Super 5 (R&K, at least it used to be)
    According to their website Roberson Penman inks are: "All the colours are water-soluble and intermixable, for use with reed pens, dip pens, ruling pens and brush" Their Classic Transparent inks can also be used in "fountain pens except Montblanc."
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    Default Re: 92 brands from 19 countries

    Add
    Switzerland - Hieronymous
    Italy - Aurora & Rubinato
    ? - Cross inks - have been made in various countries
    Japan - Pen & Message (made by Sailor)
    France - S T DuPont
    America - Dr. Ph Martins

    Note: Bookbinders isnít technically out of business. They became Standard Bindery. Their original Bookbinders inks are indeed discontinued.

    Not sure if you intend to include all the shop/exclusives made by major manufacturers like Sailor & Diamine (you have included a few already). There are a lot of those to include.......

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    I believe that both Montblanc and Monteverde inks are made in Austria, not Germany. Sheaffer inks are no longer made in the USA but in Slovenia. Parker inks are made in France.

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    Have you check the list of ink brands that Vanness Pens have?

    They probably have the most complete stock of ink brands. This is why I don't buy inks from anywhere else.
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    These days, where the brand is 'from' and where the ink is made can be complicated.
    e.g. Birmingham (US) inks used to be made by (I think) Seitz-Kreuznach in Germany but have now moved to in-house production.

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    Hippo Noto inks are made in the USA
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    Thank you all for the great insight, this is fun! Iíve incorporated the above knowledge as best I can. A few questions follow
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Pterodactylus - I'm familiar with Rotring's technical and calligraphy inks, but have not found a true fountain pen ink from them. Do you know of any?

    ++++++++++
    grainweevil
    Manuscript Pen Company (England) makes beautiful pens and nibs, but I couldn't find any fountain pen ink. Have you seen or used some?

    ++++++++++++++
    migo984
    I see what you mean about Cross. Apparently, the best current thought is their bottled ink is made by Pelikan in Germany, so I went with that. ďTheyĒ also say Cross cartridges are made in USA by Chad Labs.

    Not sure if you intend to include all the shop/exclusives made by major manufacturers like Sailor & Diamine (you have included a few already). There are a lot of those to include.......
    Was not my intention to include all the shop exclusives by major brands, (that is WAY too big a rabbit hole to drop down), but Iím ok that there are some on the list. After all, this is just for fun anyway.

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    I believe that both Montblanc and Monteverde inks are made in Austria, not Germany.
    My recent Monteverde is stamped Made in USA, so unless something changed in the past couple weeks, I think they are still manufacturing ink in America.
    Montblanc is still a German company of course, and I couldnít find anything about them moving ink manufacture to Austria. Do you have some insight into that?

    Keep the adds/corrections coming, this is really interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooth View Post
    Thank you all for the great insight, this is fun! Iíve incorporated the above knowledge as best I can. A few questions follow
    ++++++++++++++++++
    Pterodactylus - I'm familiar with Rotring's technical and calligraphy inks, but have not found a true fountain pen ink from them. Do you know of any?

    ++++++++++
    grainweevil
    Manuscript Pen Company (England) makes beautiful pens and nibs, but I couldn't find any fountain pen ink. Have you seen or used some?

    ++++++++++++++
    migo984
    I see what you mean about Cross. Apparently, the best current thought is their bottled ink is made by Pelikan in Germany, so I went with that. ďTheyĒ also say Cross cartridges are made in USA by Chad Labs.


    Was not my intention to include all the shop exclusives by major brands, (that is WAY too big a rabbit hole to drop down), but Iím ok that there are some on the list. After all, this is just for fun anyway.

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    carlos.q
    I believe that both Montblanc and Monteverde inks are made in Austria, not Germany.
    My recent Monteverde is stamped Made in USA, so unless something changed in the past couple weeks, I think they are still manufacturing ink in America.
    Montblanc is still a German company of course, and I couldnít find anything about them moving ink manufacture to Austria. Do you have some insight into that?

    Keep the adds/corrections coming, this is really interesting!
    Yes they sell FP ink cartridges (for the Artpen) in Blue and Black

    https://www.rotring.com/de/bleistift.../farbe-schwarz

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooth View Post
    Montblanc is still a German company of course, and I couldnít find anything about them moving ink manufacture to Austria. Do you have some insight into that?

    Keep the adds/corrections coming, this is really interesting!
    No insight, but three Montblanc inks pulled at random from a drawer all have 'Made in Austria' on the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooth View Post
    grainweevil
    Manuscript Pen Company (England) makes beautiful pens and nibs, but I couldn't find any fountain pen ink. Have you seen or used some?
    Seen, yes - used, no. But evidence they do exist.

    I have a bottle of rotring fountain pen ink, fwiw. But these days they've been swallowed up by Newell and it seems to be cartridges only now. They also devoured Parker and Waterman of course, so maybe they should all count as French as they are all (mis)managed together from there?

    Montblanc inks have "made in Austria" on them for... well, a while now.

    I suspect if you plump for country of manufacture rather than country of brand the list will get much shorter. For the UK at least, if you go by manufacturer rather than brand, it will largely boil down to Diamine and ESS. Manuscript may be an outlier.
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    Itís not a big range, but Straits Pen of Singapore makes a line called ďHonest InksĒ. They are distributed in the US by Lemur Inks and can also be ordered from Straits. They launched at the 2018 SF Pen Show and I believe there are 8-10 colors. Just offering for your completeness.
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    I am in absolute awe at the knowledge contained within this group, and the willingness to share. This is fantastic, thank you. All above suggestions now incorporated. Next inky entry?

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