Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reader Question: Ink for Drafting Pens

I recently received this email from a reader:
"I just uncovered my old Faber Castell TG1 drafting pens. This set of 4 pens was never used once.... I was told not to use the ink that is in this set under any circumstances because it will damage or at least create a nightmare for cleaning. Any advice as to what ink I should buy?"
I don't know much about drafting pens, so can you help him out with some ink suggestions?


  1. Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Ultradraw Waterproof Ink
    The challenge is to find fresh bottles if shopping locally, for I fear that many drafting ink bottles on shelves have been sitting there for a while as well.

  2. I agree with B2-kun, Rapidograph ink is what is most often recommended for drafting pens because it dries to a waterproof finish -- perfect for painting over it. but it also means that if the ink is left in the pens it will dry and clog something awful. So, if the plan is to just play with the drafting pens to get a feel for them, then I would suggest using any fountain pen ink. If the goal is to use them in their permanent ink variety, than attempt to purchase some Rapidograph ink from Dick Blick or Utrecht where the stocks should turn over pretty quickly.

  3. When I revived my old Marsmatics, I just used Herbin Perle Noire in them - as others have said, it's fine unless you need to over paint the lines.

    If you do use drawing ink, be scrupulous about cleaning the pens, and don't let them sit unused and filled for long.


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