Build Your Own Highlighter Fountain Pen

Noah Krasser
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I want to use fountain pens for as much as I can. Unfortunately, there are some limitations. For example, issuing bills or highlighting text.

The latter has just changed though when I finally received the ingredients for my very own highlighter fountain pen.

That's what you will need:

  • A fountain pen of your choice with an interchangeable nib. I love the Jin Hao 992, so I ordered one in a transparent, orange color.
  • A compatible stub nib. The biggest one I found for the Jin Hao 992 was a 2.9. The size works very well for standard-sized text, but I wouldn't go lower than that. Bigger always works.
  • Highlighter ink. Pelikan is offering dedicated fountain pen highlighter ink in green and yellow. But I heard Noodler's got something similar in their range of inks.

Now slide off the original nib the pen came with and attach the stub nib. Fill the converter with the ink and you are good to go.

It really is a joy to highlight using a fountain pen.

Pelikan also offers green highlighter fountain pen ink. And as fate would have it, there is also a green, translucent Jin Hao 992:

Something I noticed is that you shouldn't highlight too much too fast. This is still a downside of using a fountain pen for highlighting. The 2.9 nib is letting out lots of ink, so it can easily happen that the ink doesn't flow fast enough and the pen stops writing. If that happens it's sometimes enough to wait for a few seconds or gently shake the pen. But I also had to press down new ink using the converter as well already.

Note that these specific observations only apply to the Jin Hao 992. Other pens will work differently.

I have yet to try to eyedropper the Jin Hao 992 for highlighter use. Maybe ink flow will improve. I will do this as soon as my transparent 992 arrives. The neon-yellow ink will look gorgeous in the pen. Really looking forward to it.

Update 08.02.2020

Enjoy the photos of this eyedroppered highlighter Jin Hao 992.

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One comment on “Build Your Own Highlighter Fountain Pen”

  1. Thanks for the information! I hate when normal highlighter nibs get discolored by graphite or ink from the notes they were highlighting, so using a fountain pen is perfect for me!


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