About Buying Fountain Pen Converters11/29/2013
Fountain pens that use converters need fewer repairs than other types of filling systems. If that converter fails, just pop in a new one. No need for a trip to a repair person and that saves time and money.
However, a single converter plus shipping can be ridiculously expensive. Buying extras for back-up is a good investment, especially if you own multiple pens from a manufacturer. My stock of Pilot converters will fit any of my Pilot pens. Same goes for my Lamy pens and Levenger True Writers. For single pens, I buy two converters since the occasional one will leak even fresh from the box.
Stocking up on those extra converters is a good way to push an order of ink up to the free shipping threshold offered by Vanness Pen Shop, Jet Pens and other retailers. If your company offers such a deal or you know of a company that does, please add that info to the comments. Thanks fellow inkophiles!
Update: Pen Chalet has one of those free shipping offers, too.