Before fountain pens came dip pens. These pens had to be constantly re-dipped in ink to continue writing. The fountain pen ended this frustration. But, which fountain pen fill mechanism is best for you? The quest for the perfect fill mechanism is as old as the fountain pen itself. Over the years a great number of fill mechanisms have been invented and mass produced but in this article we will focus on a few of the most common among fountain pens still produced today. I will also share some pros and cons of each mechanism.
1) Cartridge-filled pens
2) Converter-filled pens
3) Aerometric/press bar-filled pens
4) Piston filled pens
5) Eyedropper-filled pens