Filling a fountain pen is the dangerous, messy, not-terribly-convenient part of ownership that we get through in order to enjoy what makes it worth it all: the wonderful writing experience.
So until recently, much to the horror of ink fans, I’d just buy a bottle of black ink that came in either clear plastic or glass. The tops were large, the sides could be viewed through and getting the nib submerged well enough to fill could be reasonably accomplished. I think it was a bottle of Levenger sold ink that came in a glass bottle with a very clever mini-reservoir that when you turned the closed bottle over once, would capture a small amount of ink close to the top making filling much easier to see and accomplish. This, I loved.
So now I’ve purchased a half dozen, small-sized plastic containers of Diamine ink which contain lovely inks (I can see how the ink fetish begins) but the small opening and the not-clear plastic container makes it impossible to see where the ink line sits. Filling is literally a shot-in-the-dark. I hate when I dunk the pen up to the section and have to clean up the mess.
i purchased some ink syringes which will solve this problem for convertors, but I have a growing assortment of lever and button filler vintage pens. These require a dunking.
What do you do with your ink containers that have small apertures and opaque sides? Any clever workarounds or do you just embrace the messiness of life?