- Kindly adjust the brightness & contrast of your monitor to accurately depict this Gray Scale.
- As the patches are neutral gray, the colour on your monitor should also be neutral.
Paper: HP1124 Laser Copy.
Swabs: Waterman Florida Blue. Caran d'Ache Blue Night
Swatch: Drawn with Pelikan M200 + BB.
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Note - Narrow Nibs:
In a break from previous practice, 4mm row height with written and block printed samples were not used. The examples with narrow nibs were written using 6mm row height. I believe this reflects the most likely and appropriate use of this ink.
Paper: HP1124 Laser Copy.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white
Paper: Pulp - from a one-a-day cartoon calendar.
Wet samples, Smear / Dry Time.
Paper: HP 1124 Laser Copy.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Quite possible, especially if one appreciates small luxuries, and likes to share them with others.
- Sits very comfortably upon the page.
- This ink has normal wetness; and displays a considerable range of density and shading.
- This might be a 'Must Have' for anyone except mstone.
- An interesting alternative ink.
- Quite dynamic for such a dark ink.
- Internal & external correspondence.
- Not snappy enough for mark-up, editing, revisions, etc.
- For charts, graphs, etc., it is too dark - too easily mistaken for Black or Dark Blue.
- May be used as a substitute for the dreaded Black. And if a lighter 'Dark Blue' is used, then the difference in colour and density will be OK - even welcome.
- Even on lower tier paper, this ink holds together and does not feather, so long as nib+feed is not overly wet.
- For such a dark ink, there is a tremendous amount of character available from the variation in shading; which is best expressed through careful selection of writing implement and paper.
- If one uses Dark Blue as a 'personal' ink, then this may be a most welcome addition to your ink array.
- Tends to be very neutral.
- OK with all sampled nibs & feeds.
- Watch out for too dry writers.
- Immediate start-up after 10 minutes uncapped:
- Very good.
- Enhances the writing experience.
- Makes XF nibs tolerable for me.
- Not on any of the papers.
- Both sides of paper may be used without a problem.
- A rather 'rounded' ester aroma.
- Makes no such claim.
- Dry within 5 seconds.
- Makes no such claim.
- Quick & thorough with plain water. :-)
- No stated prohibitions / limitations.
- There may be a temptation to lighten or 'open-up' this ink. If so, I'd stay within the Cd'A range, using a bit of the Cd'A Blue Sky.
- Not so much, but due to the dark tone it may appear to be more saturated than it is.
- Oh yes. Apparent even from the rigid nibs of the Parker 25 and the Carene.
- Only when excessive ink is laid down.
- Reasonably consistent. Quite responsive to changes in the writing implement and paper.
Is colour name appropriate / accurate?
- This ink should look really good on most white papers.
- This ink should be able to handle any writing paper. If it looks bad - it's the paper, not the ink.
- Not really. Perhaps a pale pale powder blue.
- I don't really care for the look on the off-white G Lalo. (??)
- Not necessarily. Very dependent on the nib+feed.
- 30ml. bottle.
- Not explicitly stated, but infers Switzerland, which may or may not be the case.
- Note: I've seen an unsubstantiated rumour / loose talk / speculation that Caran d'Ache inks are made in France by Herbin. Who knows or cares if that's true or false - the ink's great.
- A heavy clear glass square-based bottle, 48mm on each side. with a maximum height of 65mm.
- The centred round opening is a mere 18mm.
- The Label does not include the word 'ink', not does it carry a graphic that indicates ink.
- The 'Bakelite' screw cap has a pronounced grippy shape.
- The cap is not child-proof.
- The cap seal seems to be the better sort of coated card stock.
- Single tank, no filling aids, no sediment collector. Bah! 2xBah for such a petite shallow ink tank.
- Nicely coated.
- Includes a cut-out to display the bottle label, which can be a minor nuisance - one more task in a busy day. Tsk
- Includes the word 'ink' in several languages.
- All bits easily recyclable.
- Cap likely benign.
- Seems to be a global player in the luxe niche.
- Oh yeah, baby! Even before one opens the bottle.
- From the few samples shown, my pick is the Pilot Custom 74 with the SFM nib on the Rhodia.
- This is a premier ink, which I should use more often.
- Doing this Review was a pleasure because the ink is wonderful. I won't wash the pens, as I usually do after preparing a Review, but will write them dry.
- Ah kushbaby, finally an ink for you! (I still pack my own chute.)
These pen+nib combos:
- Parker 25 + an Australian steel XF nib.
- *No_Name*: An old lever filler without loop or clip; 12mm wide cap band; 111mm capped; sporting a Conklin No. 3 nib w/o hallmark.
- Pilot Custom 74 + 18K Soft Fine Medium (SFM) nib.
- Waterman Carene + 18K M nib.
- Sheaffer Prelude + stock steel stub B nib.
- Pelikan M200 + M200 series gold-plated steel BB nib.
- For lines & labels: Pilot Human Engineering + steel XF nib; loaded with Visconti Bordeaux.
- HP 1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo 'Verge de France' white.
- Pulp - one-a-day cartoon calendar page: Parker 25 + XF nib only.
- I use only papers, pens & nibs that are readily available, not too pricey and 'stock' - not customised. If some pens/nibs are not currently produced, I'll use them if there are NOS or restored pieces readily available at OK prices. As appropriate, I'll include an implement outside of those guidelines, which will be ID-ed as a *Dealer's Choice.
- Figures were produced on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted. Originals scanned at 150 dpi & 24 bit colour to produce .jpg files.The image was not adjusted other than cropping and straightening using iPhoto on a MacBook.
- Scanner Densitometer Readings were generated from the Drawn Swatch in Figure 2: Red 31; Green 55; Blue 142; Luminosity 67.
Edited by Sandy1, 09 May 2010 - 07:28.