Q: What is the difference between the Pilot Fountain Pen Ink Catridges and the Pilot Namiki Fountain Pen Ink Cartridges?
As far as we can tell, there is no difference between the Pilot and Pilot Namiki fountain pen ink cartridges besides the packaging and number of cartridges per package. The Pilot cartridges are packaged for the Japanese market, while the Pilot Namiki cartridges are packaged for the North American market.
These are the cartridges you need to refill the Plumix. I got the blue-black
refill cartridges and thought ink came out looking a bit too gray.
You could also flush out the empty cartridge and refill using your choice of
bottled fountain pen inks (which come in a huge variety of colors) with a blunt
tipped syringe (I went to the local pharmacy and asked for a syringe with the
sharp removed). I have heard that you do need to keep the little purple disc in
the cartridge to maintain proper ink flow.
Got these as part of a gift for a friend. Though I have not tried the ink
myself, he told me that he really enjoys using them with his Pilot Metropolitan
and that the ink color and quality are very good, and behaves pretty well with
I like the convenience of cartridges. The blue is okay, but it's not great--I
don't love the color. I do like that it stands up to coffee spills and is a good
consistency. Just wish Pilot would put a few of their bottled inks into
cartridge form because the other blues are much, much prettier.
I have used black ink most of my adult life but buying the new fountain pen I
decided to use blue ink. (It's the color I used when I was younger) I am glad I
did. It is a nice change from black. I have convinced my grandson to try a
fountain pen. Great purchase.