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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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