As the patches are neutral gray, that is what you should see.
- This Ink Review is for Pilot Blue-Black. The word 'Namiki' does not appear on the packaging.
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Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Row height is 8mm.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Staples 20lb multi use.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Very possible.
- Yes - when a high performance pale Blue-Black ink is desired.
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- A solid robust work horse ink.
- Suitable for all types of correspondence, notes, personal work product, etc.
- Of the Blue-Black inks that I have seen, this is likely the most pale, so is a bit more convivial than other BlBk inks.
- Not likely to distract the reader, but they are likely to notice it is an FP ink.
- Not enough zip for editing / mark-up.
- Not enough zap for error correction or grading of assignments.
- The neutral character seems to relegate PBlBk to acting as a ground, not a figure.
- Has the stability to hold space, but not the energy to command that space.
- The relatively short dry times enable rapid reworking.
- Line quality is very crisp and tonality is most often quite even, so narrow tight lines and labels can be generated.
- Will handle tasks requiring a robust Blue to Blue-Black with aplomb.
- It is a bit calm for hand-written assignments deserving a high mark, so perhaps something a bit more animated and eye-catching for such events when/if they occur.
- This is rather too close to my daily writer ink, (Quink BlBk with SOLV-X), for me to use for 'personal' personal writing.
- Really fits the bill as an off-duty utility / pro forma ink.
- When a robust ink is required, this is a nice side-step away from Pelikan BlBk, and the higher maintenance i-g, np & bp inks.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- A bit higher than average.
- Not seen.
- Very nice feel in all pens used.
- Narrow nibs ran smoothly even on the coarse & textured papers; wide nibs were sure-footed - very welcome with the 'slippery when wet' MS nib.
- Not seen after three days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely.
- Staples 20lb : barely enough to remark upon.
- Not seen.
- HPJ1124: 5 - 10 seconds
- Rhodia: 15 - 20
- Staples 20lb: <5
④ on the 4S Scale:
"All legible, can be easily read and/or have light staining from re-deposit of soluble ink.
Use as-is for work papers & internal use.
Adjustments to a scanner may drop-out the stain."
- Very faint; sharp nose.
- Not seen.
- Prompt and thorough with plain water.
- No stated prohibitions.
- I see no reason to mix into PBB.
- Not claimed.
☞ Now that, dear friends, is a very impressive performance profile.
- Almost too subtle; veiled.
- A bit too stable to be an action figure.
- Pleasant when it appears.
- Seems to favour narrow nibs. (!?!)
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Given the extreme range of writers used, I must say far less than expected: it looks very much itself throughout.
- Papers used:
- Less than expected.
- Not so much.
- That characteristic makes PBB an excellent choice as a daily writer ink, especially when combined with its good manners and excellent water resistance.
As I do not wish to be dubbed 'Queen of The Bandwidth Bandits', these are links.
78G on HPJ1124
Slimfold on Rhodia
ATX on G Lalo
Sailor on Royal
Is the name appropriate?
- Tricky one, this.
- The way I see the colour is just inside Blue-Black, on the imaginary boundary with Blue and Royal Blue.
- I would not bother to debate the point: You say 'to-mah-toe'; I say 'po-tay-toe'.
- Colour, yes; density, no.
Ad hoc Comparisons:
These may be made by having two concurrent FPN browser windows open with the desired images displayed, then reorganising the desktop to support side-by-side viewing at the same reproduction ratio.
- The image below is included to support side-by-side comparison to the M200+EF Written Samples in the One Of The Ten Ink Reviews.
- The image below is included to support side-by-side comparison to the Platinum Presidential Purist Written Samples in my Reviews of Blue-Black inks.
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- Crisp bright white.
- Ran well on all papers used.
- None encountered.
- I would try to stay clear of dirty white papers, and warm tints.
- Only when at middle to high density; on pale blue / grey tints.
- Forms, etc.
- Of course.
- Brings a bit of weighty authority.
- The dark tone goes well with forms printed in Black - close to the same visual plane, so are easily read.
- For charts & graphs:
- Not for daily use.
- If one tries to find a pen+paper combo that consistently generates shading, then high-end paper may be in the mix.
OTHER THAN INK
- 70ml glass bottle in a box.
- No HazMat warnings.
- An attractive oval-esque clear glass bottle with a wee pedestal, 80mm tall when capped.
- The centred round opening seems narrow at 18mm ∅.
- Includes a 'widget' filling aid, similar to those found in Penman and Jentle inks, which can be removed.
- While I like this type of filling aid, there is risk of rousing any sediment - akin to shaking/stirring/whisking.
- The hard blue plastic screw cap has OK grippy bits.
- The cap seal is plastic. Should be sufficiently secure for inversion, but do not do so over animal companions or other loved ones. (Trust me on this OK?)
- The cap is not child-proof.
- Nicely coated.
- Labelled on front, back & top of box.
*** Now how hard was that? Other Co.s take note!
- Not too wide.
- Well stocked pen shops, some online retailers.
- Not possible - too busy working.
- Targa on the HPJ1124.
- Another Journeyman ink that runs on rails.
- A fair look with an impressive performance profile - Bob's your uncle!
- Ah kushbaby, another one for only when on-the-job?
NUTS & BOLTS
To be relevant to most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available. Pens are factory stock - not customised.
- Written Samples:
- Pilot 78G + g-p steel F
- Pelikan M200 + g-p steel EF
- Parker Slimfold + hint of flex 14K
- Cross ATX + steel M
- Sheaffer Targa + steel M-B (Sticker=M)
- Sailor 1911 + 14K MS
- For lines & labels: Pilot 'Lady' + F with Noodler's Burgundy.
On these papers:
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal, 25% cotton rag.
- Staples 20lb. multi use.
- Pulp. One-a-Day Calendar page.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- HiRes Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted, so went straight to Photobouquet.
Densitometer Readings (FWIW):
- Red 103
- Grn 127
- Blu 194
- Lum 135
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of materiel used. Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc. As always, YMMV, not only from materials, methods, environment, etc., but also due to differences between the stuff in the bottle I used, and that in bottle/s you may have.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.
Edited by Sandy1, 19 April 2011 - 16:31.