Buying the correct pen refill can be tricky with so many options. The first step is to identify your writing type, particularly if you aren’t sure if it’s a ballpoint or rollerball. If you have a fountain pen, do you want to use cartridges or an ink converter? We recommend, where possible, choosing the same brand for your refill as your pen. If we don’t stock your brand, we offer a standard sized refill that can fit many pens. Some refills have options for different nib widths (e.g. fine to broad). Use our refill finder.
Refills & Nibs
Ink CartridgesA convenient way of re-filling your fountain pen, ink cartridges come in a wide variety of colours - read our ink colour comparison. We stock the major brands (Lamy, Cross, Sheaffer) compatible with their pens only, and an international standard short ink cartridge for all other brands such as Otto Hut, Coles Deluxe, Diplomat. This international cartridge is the same shape as the Kawecocartridges, and could also be used. Lamy occasionally release special edition ink colours to match their special edition pens.
Ink BottlesFilling a fountain pen with bottled ink reminds us of the good old days, when the pace of life was slower. Whilst filling the converter can feel onerous, a bottle of ink goes much further than an ink cartridge. A good quality ink should offer richness of colour, permanence, smooth flow, no clogging, no unwanted deposits and fast drying. Read our ink colour comparison. Sheaffer offers a good quality ink with good saturation, whilst Platinum's mix free inks can be combined with each other for unlimited shades.
Ballpoint RefillsA good ballpoint refill has a smooth, consistent line without blotching or smudging. We offer refills from all the major brands in fine, medium and broad point. The major pen brands are only compatible with their own refills (e.g. Parker, Lamy, Waterman, Sheaffer). Our more niche brands such as Otto Hut take a Parker refill, which is the same as a standard refill. Our Monteverde Parker style refill offers a wide variety of colours, and the Parker gel ink refill is exceptionally smooth. How to revive a dead ballpoint >
Rollerball RefillsOwing to their liquid based ink, rollerball refills are much smoother than a ballpoint (but can’t be used interchangeably). Those from the big brands such as Parker, Cross, Lamy and Waterman are only compatible with their own pens. If your rollerball is from a niche brand such as Otto Hut or Coles Deluxe, choose our Monteverde standard rollerball refill which fits most pens and is available in eight colours. Cross rollerball refills are particularly smooth due to their gel ink. Try our interactive refill finder.
Fountain Pen ConvertersFeel the sense of history as you fill your converter with bottled ink. Practical benefits include the massive array of ink colours, which can be mixed to create any shade and hue (see Platinum mix free inks). We stock a selection from the major brands, as well as a standard converter that can be used with any fountain pen that takes international ink cartridges e.g. Otto Hut, Coles Deluxe. Read our blog post on how to use a fountain pen converter.
Fountain Pen NibsHas the nib become damaged on your favourite fountain pen, or perhaps you want to try a different width such as broad or oblique? We stock replacement nibs for Parker, Lamy and Laban fountain pens. Parker nibs are available for the Sonnet range only in gold plated (matches gold trim), 18k rhodium plated and chrome (matches silver trim). Lamy nibs are suitable for all ranges, and are available in an extra fine, left handed and unique ‘beginners’ version. See our comparison of nib widths.
Pencil LeadsPencil leads are available in a variety of widths for making different thickness of marks including; 0.5mm, 0.7mm, 0.9mm. Check what lead width your pencil was designed for as most pencils are only compatible with this width, otherwise the mechanism cannot grip the lead (although brand doesn’t matter). Our revolutionary ergonomic Yoropencil has 2B refills to prolong its life, and we also stock the wood encased pencils for Graf von Faber Castell’s ‘Perfect Pencil’. Guide to lead sizes >
Journal InsertsWe stock refills for our refillable leather journals and diaries in all sizes; small (A6-A7), medium (A5-A6) and large (just over A5) in both lined and plain paper. We also offer a collection of inserts for Filofax including 2016 diaries, contacts and notepaper. Make sure you enjoy continued use out of your Journal.
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Choosing the correct refill for your pen is important, but sometimes it hard to know which is right. Some brands have specific sizes and profiles to fit their pens, some take standard sizes, some brands even do refills designed for other brands. Pen Heaven have come up with this easy to use refill guide to help you navigate your way through the many options available.