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    Default Bakelite ink wells

    Can any of the knowledgeable folk on this forum tell me if a Bakelite inkwell should have a glass or ceramic liner or is it ok to put the ink directly into the Bakelite reservoir?

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    Default Re: Bakelite ink wells

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    Default Re: Bakelite ink wells

    I was sure I'd answered this.

    Bakelite is completely waterproof, and generally doesn't stain too badly either, so I can't think of any reason you shouldn't use it directly - some vintage 'travel' style inkwells were designed to be used in just this way.

    They are also seen with glass liners, either just to the base, or for travel versions as a complete bottle.

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    Default Re: Bakelite ink wells

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    I was sure I'd answered this.

    Bakelite is completely waterproof, and generally doesn't stain too badly either, so I can't think of any reason you shouldn't use it directly - some vintage 'travel' style inkwells were designed to be used in just this way.

    They are also seen with glass liners, either just to the base, or for travel versions as a complete bottle.
    I think you're spot on.

    The only thing to add is that if it started life with a liner then it probably won't close and/or seal properly without a replacement one being fitted.
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    Default Re: Bakelite ink wells

    Many thanks for the replies.

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    Default Re: Bakelite ink wells

    Either glass or ceramic liners.
    Almost all inkwells use and need liners, it makes it easier to clean....even if bakelite.
    Even glass inkwells need liners, there glass would be best. For marble or brass ceramic could be uses............they seem much much cheaper.

    Fred dropped some good info on that; two places to find on Ebay.


    Porcelain: https://www.ebay.com/itm/112396427327

    Glass: https://facetsglass.co.uk (or the same via eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/362966765040)

    They explain how to measure for the correct size.

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