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I have a Preppy EF which i enjoy writing with. Actually I bought it a few days ago, the black ink which came with it writes so well with the Preppy, but when i refilled it with Sheaffer Skrip Blue, it skipped like hell, nor was the ink flow good when the ink came out (occasionally). I have refilled it with my Quink Black for the time being, well it writes a bit better, but still it writes too dry and the line it writes is too light. Any recommendations for a good ink? (except iroshizoku inks or extremely costly inks)

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Any recommendations for a good ink?

Sigh. What counts as a good ink?


(except iroshizoku inks or extremely costly inks)

Too bad. Most of my Platinum Preppy and Plaisir pens are filled with Iroshizuku inks, Platinum and Sailor pigment inks (which I imagine aren't cheap for you to get if you aren't in Japan — and neither am I), and uncommon inks such as Rubinato writing inks.

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I do not have a Preppy EF, but I have a Pilot desk pen with an extra-fine nib, and it works very well with Pelikan 4001 Violet, which is an inexpensive ink in many parts of the world. I realize that people always describe Pelikan 4001 inks as dry, but Violet writes smoothly enough that I have used it in relatively dry pens for decades.

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In India, it would be Waterman, Lamy, Pelikan, Parker and Private Reserve. Others are hard to get/expensive.


You can try the local Krishna inks.


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I am going to put my vote forward for Noodlers (in general).


I believe they have a reputation for being some of the wetter inks out there (not-so-pro-tip - never try to use a glass dip pen with Noodlers for this very reason, you'll just end up with a big splodgy mess).


On the subject of Noodlers, they also do their Eel series of lube inks for pens with stubborn flow.

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I use my preppy for urban sketching and watercolour and have Noodler's bullet proof in it. I've had no problems even though I he ink has been in a while (I converted it to an eye dropper so it has loads in)

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+1 on the Noodler's inks. I have used them in some of my Preppys and the ink and pen worked fine. There are a lot of Noodler's inks to choose from.

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I will second some of the Noodler's inks, though I have also run R & K, Diamine, and several other brands through mine as well. The iron gall part doesn't work like it does in the other pens since it is a dry writer, but the line is still smooth. Just keep it squeaky clean. (I also had a weird build up in mine for some reason. Probably a bad mix.)

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