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Posted 07 October 2011 - 08:52

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Figure 1.
Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb.
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Figure 2.
Ink Blot on paper towel.
Shows separation of iron-gall from Blue dye components.

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Figure 3.
NIB-ism ✑
Paper: HPJ1124.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness.

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Pens: L → R: Prera, 440+XF, M400, PPP, Parker Insignia?, Carene, Waterman 52V1/2.


WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Ruling: 8mm.
Relative Humidity: 60 - 70%

Figure 4.
Paper: HPJ1124.
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Figure 5.
Paper: Rhodia.
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Figure 6.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
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Figure 7.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
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Figure 8.
Paper: Staples 20 lb. multi use.
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Figure 9.
Paper: G Lalo Velin de France.
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Figure 10.
Paper: Clairefontaine Triomphe.
Includes the Waterman
52V1/2 + flexi nib.
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Figure 11.
Grocery List
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
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OTHER STUFF

Figure 12.
Smear/Dry Times.
Opacity.
Wet Tests. ☂
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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Type:
  • FP ink containing iron-gall.
Presentation:
  • Soft plastic 'tanker' bottle.
  • Kindly consider decanting into non-permeable [glass] bottles for dispensing and storage.
Availability:
  • Available when Topic posted.
  • Soul source: LINK
Daily writer?
  • Of course.
A go-to ink?
  • When a high performance classic Blue-Black iron-gall ink is desired.

USE

Business:
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
  • With little doubt.
  • A surfeit of gravitas appropriate for certificates of birth and death, and marriage licences.
  • Those working in less formal operations than a Registry may prefer to have an alternate ink of a more convivial nature to hand. (I would not, but Visconti Blue has its charms.)
  • ESSRI presents no issues for personal work product; and is not likely to be mimicked.
  • Easily read, yet those who write extensively may prefer an ink that is a bit more fleet of foot. (I would not, but Damson has its charms.)
  • Physical resistance to common hazards makes it a contender for those working in an untidy environment.
  • Exceptional line quality and low potential for bleed- show though make this a likely work-around for the shortcomings of 'lowest bidder' copy papers and other FP-hostile papers; and a good pick for marginalia - especially if using hairline nibs.
  • Editing, mark-up, error correction or grading of assignments would best be done using other more colourful ink/s. (NBsBl has its charms.)
Illustrations / Graphics:
  • I would run this from metal nib pens, avoiding brushes, etc.
  • The ink's highly malleable colour and density call for a fair bit of sampling and experimentation.
  • From a pen, the line quality is exceptional, though it will not hide a nib's flaws; and if shading can be suppressed it can be called upon anywhere a taut narrow line is required.
Students:
  • Easily.
  • ESSRI has a very readable appearance, so is well suited to general notes.
  • Study notes may well require a more animated energetic ink to keep the [under-caffeinated] reader alert.
  • Water resistance is impressive, so should withstand most rigours of student life at less than 451℉.
  • Performance on 20 lb. bond was outstanding, so two-sided use of 'lowest bidder' papers seems a very realistic expectation.
  • A good pick for hand-written assignments. Although when/if a noteworthy paper may be generated, consider an ink with higher velocity.
Personal:
  • For all its formality and gravitas, I would use ESSRI for personal writing to the extent that I use other inks considered rather formal. e.g. Montblanc Midnight Blue, Pelikan Blue-Black, PR Midnight Blues, Visconti Blue. I am quite sure that others have their own notions, so please chime-in.
  • How would you respond upon receiving a letter written in this ink?
  • That said, if ESSRI did not have the charisma of an i-g ink and the supple shading, I may well decline to use it for 'personal' personal writing.
  • A shoo-in for pro forma personal business writing, enduring documents, signatures, etc.
  • I have spent a bit of time fiddling about with this ink. My direction is to run it at somewhat modest density, and accentuate its interesting line - whether by shading or line width from flex / shaped nibs, or a combination of all. ESSRI appears to be an ink well suited to nibs that have an Italic-Stub shape and some flex, but the flexi nib used, (52V1/2), ran a bit dark for my taste.
  • Historical role players and writers of olde style romantic verse may come to embrace this ink. (A good match for those using wax seals?)
  • Billets doux? Impossible for yours truly.

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS

Flow Rate:
  • Dry.
  • Very controlled and even.
  • About the same as the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue, which is quite a pleasant surprise for an i-g ink.
Nib Dry-out:
  • As with some other i-g inks, the nib tips became dry sooner than dye-based inks, but the ink in the feed was ready to go.
  • No virga was encountered preparing the Written Samples.
  • There is a temptation to 'nudge' the nib prior to the first stroke, but I'd rather just cap the pen when not in active use.
  • If it becomes a nuisance, a pen with a slip-on cap, a very good collector in combination with a hooded nib may be just the thing. e.g. Parker 51.
Start-up:
  • From all capped pens, the start-up was immediate and with confidence.
Lubrication:
  • Not inviting, but not a fingernails-on-a-blackboard sort of thing either.
  • I found the lubrication was spot on when doing some tiny detail using an Asian XF nib - no slipping at all.
Nib Creep:
  • Not seen.
Staining:
  • Not seen after three days contact.
Clogging:
  • Not seen.*
Bleed- Show-Through:
  • Not seen.
Feathering / Woolly Line:
  • Not seen.
Smell:
  • Mild.
Hand oil sensitivity:
  • Not seen.
Clean Up:
  • Thorough and rapid with plain water.*
Mixing:
  • No stated prohibition.
  • I would place this and other i-g inks on the list of 'increased diligence' for mixing.
  • Definitely do not mix with Sailor nano inks! ☣
Archival:
  • Claimed, "... the special Blue-Black archival quality ink. ... required for official documents ..."
Smear/Dry Times & Water Resistance:
  • As depicted in Figure 12 above.

☛ That, dear reader, is a divine performance profile. :clap1:

* Typical of iron-gall inks, pens used with ESSRI require higher maintenance than simple dye-based inks. Consequently, one should bring their 'A' game to the clean up regimen, including internals of caps & barrels.
Opinions on the time between cleanings when using i-g inks vary a great deal, and are dependent on pen usage during that time. I am not one to let any ink linger unused in a pen.

THE LOOK

N.B.

From a fresh bottle, and used from pens very recently inked-up, there is a pronounced and rapid shift from a Medium Blue to a quite dense Blue-Black. (May impress ink aficionadi, small children and fish.)
As time passes, the ink continues to gain density, and seems to top-out within ten days.
(The oxidisation effect is most obvious from i-g inks without dyes. e.g. Deatramentis 'Irongall' dip pen ink. That ink goes down nearly clear as water, then goes grey-black; its final density depending on amount of ink deposited.)

The linked photos below were taken about one minute apart. The first photo shows wet ink.
Photos courtesy of Cathy-Next-Door

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Presence:
  • In full regalia.
  • Highly stable.
  • Charismatic subtlety.

Saturation:
  • Moderate.
Shading:
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  • Evident from even the narrowest nib on even the most absorbent paper.
Variability:
  • Pen+nib combos used:
    • A bit more than expected.
  • Papers used:
    • More than expected. (Hence the extended sampling.)
  • Malleability:
    • High.
    • Contrary to typical practice, the wily practitioner would choose the paper first to set the basic Look, including exact ink hue (!), then select the writer to establish density and line shape.
    • Getting the exact Look may be frustrating to some, but it is highly unlikely that ESSRI will misbehave or deliver a flawed result. That task is exacerbated by the need to wait for the ink to 'cure' while it reacts with the paper (sizing) and oxidises. I was disinclined to run samples using paper treated with gum sandarac or talc - that being more of a dip pen calligrapher's process.

Hi-Res Scans:
Originals are 60x30mm

As I do not wish to be known as 'Queen of the Bandwidth Bandits', these are Links only.

Prera on HPJ1124

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Pelikan on Rhodia

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PPP on G Lalo

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Carene on Royal

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PPP on G Lalo Velin de France.

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52V1/2 on Clairefontaine Triomphe.
The odd size sample area was cherry-picked to show the tonal variation within the line where the nib flexed. Go for it Bo Bo!

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FIDELITY

Is the name appropriate?
  • Clearly.
Are swatches accurate?
  • None available - a matter of faith really.

OTHER INKS

For the Blue-Black inks that I have recently reviewed, an effort was made to use several of the same papers, one or more of the same pen/s, and Written Sample format to support side-by-side comparison through manipulation of web browser windows. I hope this is sufficient to meet most ad hoc comparison requirements; if not, I welcome your request via PM.

Swab Comparisons:

N.B. This is quite a bit more flakey than usual for i-g inks.

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  • Rows 1, 3 & 5 show ESSRI from 3, 2 & 1 passes respectively.
  • Rows 2, 4 & 6; Columns Left ➠ Right show Montblanc Midnight Blue c/w i-g, Lamy Blue-Black c/w i-g and Pilot Blue-Black from 3, 2 & 1 passes respectively.
  • The weeshapes are included to provide simultaneous contrast to a Black [sumi-e] ink.

PAPERS

Lovely papers:
  • All.
  • An exceptional range of density is possible.
Trip-wire Papers: ☠
  • None seen.
  • It seems that if it is writing paper, ESSRI will do the necessary.
Tinted Papers:
  • Absolutely.
  • Due to the ink changing colour and density over time, it would seem wise to run samples well in advance of committing to a specific pen+paper combo.
Pre-Printed Papers:
  • Forms, etc.
    • Born to it, but I would choose a dry narrow Stub or CI to ensure differentiation between the printed form and what's written. (Then again, with my handwriting, that's moot.)
  • For charts & graphs:
    • May be used as an alternative to Black, so should not be used in conjunction with Black.
    • As mentioned above, suppression of shading seems required for narrow lines.
Is high-end paper 'worth it'?
  • Very much the preference of the author.
  • Smooth hard-surfaced papers may be called upon to generate more shading, and to show-off the high line quality with shading - especially for those using narrow nibs.

ETC.

Majik:
  • So very likely - certainly more than the usual routine marvels.
Personal Pen & Paper Pick:
  • Carene on the G Lalo Velin de France.
  • The base-tint of the paper is just into the grey, which establishes a very subtle contrast to the Blue aspect of the ink. The paper also has a very slight texture which sets off the ink's high line quality.
  • The nib generates a quite high density, but I would cast about for a pen that is a bit less wet to accentuate the shading every so slightly, and maybe a nib an iota more narrow - more like the Sheaffer Prelude Stub. (Fussy enough?)
Yickity Yackity:
  • Zombies beware!
  • When the big show comes to town, Papa Legba will have an all areas pass waiting for you.
  • Ah kushbaby, so we do not have the snazzy blotter paper roll, nor the adorable dimpled-bottom bottle. Can you manage without such trifles?

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NUTS & BOLTS

Pens:

Written Samples:
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  • Pilot Prera + steel M nib.
  • Sheaffer 440 + steel XF nib.
  • Pelikan M400 + 14C M nib.
  • Platinum President Purist + 22K B nib.
  • Parker - unknown; perhaps a UK 51 Insignia. Please chime-in if you recognise this wee rascal.
  • Waterman Carene + 18K factory Stub nib.
  • Cameo appearance from the Waterman 52V1/2.
  • Lines & labels: Waterman Havana from a Pilot Penmanship + EF nib.
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Papers:
  • HPJ1124 24 lb. laser copy.
  • Rhodia.
  • G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
  • Royal, 25% cotton rag.
  • Staples 20 lb. multi use.
  • G Lalo, Velin de France.
  • Clairefontaine Triomphe.
  • Pulp. One-a-Day Calendar page.
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Images:
  • 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 post-capture, other than dumb-down by Photobucket and IP.Board s/w.
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Densitometer Readings (FWIW)
On HPJ1124:
  • Red 109
  • Grn 120
  • Blu 147
  • Lum 123
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Fine Print:
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel 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 I used, and that 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.

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Tags: Fountain Pen Ink Review Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies ESS Registrars Blue Black Blue-Black iron-gall Sandy1

Edited by Sandy1, 07 October 2011 - 16:08.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 14:05

Very nice. Looks very similar to MB Midnight Blue. However, with a name like Registrars, I wonder if it's rebottled Diamine Registrars Ink ? Your Soul (Sole?) source link doesn't seem to work, but I have seen Diamine Registrars sold under different labels.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 14:57

Very nice. Looks very similar to MB Midnight Blue. However, with a name like Registrars, I wonder if it's rebottled Diamine Registrars Ink ? Your Soul (Sole?) source link doesn't seem to work, but I have seen Diamine Registrars sold under different labels.

Hi,

Thanks for the heads up about the link. It is now working as expected, and repeated here:
http://www.registrar...strars_ink.html

I do not care to speculate on the provenance of the ink within this Review. I will confirm that the bottle label does not include the manufacturer's details; and at £8/110ml including postage, the cost is significantly less than Diamine RI or MBMBl. (Perhaps it is made by flesh & blood Registrars in their off hours for pin money, or is a proficiency requirement for rookie Registrars.)

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Edited by Sandy1, 07 October 2011 - 15:04.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 15:39

I have both Diamine and ESS Registrar's Inks and I would say that the ESS Registrar's Ink is not rebottled Diamine. They have similar behaviors, both being "heavy duty" iron-gall (ferro-gallic) inks but the water soluble dye component is not the same. Diamine's is a darker or higher concentration blue than the ESS. They also smell a bit different, with Diamine being a bit more intense, so I suspect differing biocide formulations or concentrations. Both do, however, end up looking pretty similar once the i-g completes the darkening process. Both are very good inks IMO.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 23:29

I have ESS as well as MB Blueblack and pretty much only ESS. It is a lovely ink that performs perfectly in my pens, especially vintage flexers. It is currently very happily providing my Waterman 54 with fuel and looking beautiful doing it. Plus, it's so cheap!

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:29

I have both Diamine and ESS Registrar's Inks and I would say that the ESS Registrar's Ink is not rebottled Diamine. They have similar behaviors, both being "heavy duty" iron-gall (ferro-gallic) inks but the water soluble dye component is not the same. Diamine's is a darker or higher concentration blue than the ESS. They also smell a bit different, with Diamine being a bit more intense, so I suspect differing biocide formulations or concentrations. Both do, however, end up looking pretty similar once the i-g completes the darkening process. Both are very good inks IMO.

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Hi,

Thanks for chiming-in on the differences between the Diamine RI and ESSRI. And a very important similarity: "Both are very good inks IMO." :thumbup:

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 03:42

I have ESS as well as MB Blueblack and pretty much only ESS. It is a lovely ink that performs perfectly in my pens, especially vintage flexers. It is currently very happily providing my Waterman 54 with fuel and looking beautiful doing it. Plus, it's so cheap!

Hi,

Thanks for broadening the suitability of this ink to suit 'vintage flexers'. :thumbup:
Clearly, my sample from the 52V1/2 is barely suggestive of the ink+pen combo's maximum potential. It is an aspect of my IRs that is sadly under-represented. :(

Also encouraging that you consider ESS sufficiently benign to use with your vintage pens!

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 13:45

ESS Blue-Black is made by the German firm Trodat. This was established a while back by a member emailing ESS.

I must say, I last time I tried it, I found it to be indistinguishable from Lamy BB, very similar colur, lovely shading and a bit pale. It is also the only iron gall I have ever had any kind of trouble with - it blocked up a Pelikan M1000 I was using it with (nothing to worry about though, a quick swoosh with water cleared it out completely) and that put me off a bit.

Your superb review has made me want to get it out and try again, with something juicy and flexy, Sandy1 :happyberet:

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 14:32

John

Interesting on your experiences with ESS. I wonder if there is some batch variation. My ESS is definitely a brighter shade of blue initially than the Lamy BB. It also has a higher concentration of i-g components than the Lamy and I find that it darkens more, though that may take a few hours to a day or two. So far I have had no clogging problems in a variety of pens but I've only had the ink for a month or so. I'll have to give it a try in a Pel 1000 and see what happens.

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 18:40

ESS Blue-Black is made by the German firm Trodat. This was established a while back by a member emailing ESS.

I must say, I last time I tried it, I found it to be indistinguishable from Lamy BB, very similar colur, lovely shading and a bit pale. It is also the only iron gall I have ever had any kind of trouble with - it blocked up a Pelikan M1000 I was using it with (nothing to worry about though, a quick swoosh with water cleared it out completely) and that put me off a bit.

Your superb review has made me want to get it out and try again, with something juicy and flexy, Sandy1 :happyberet:

John

Hi John,

I pulled the samples from my Review of Lamy BlBk, LINK, which show a considerable difference between the two inks when run from the same pens onto the same paper. Lamy BlBk is also included in the Swab Comparison in this Review; MB Midnight Blue being much closer in appearance to ESSRI. (I have yet to post comparison exemplars for MBMBl - they are 'curing'.)

How very unfortunate that you experienced a stoppage; but good to know that was simple & fast to clear away.

So you want to use this again! Please let us know your most recent impressions. Images from something 'juicy and flexy' would be most welcome!! :D

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Off-Topic:

I googled Trodact - they appear to be in Austria. (Up sticks from Germany?)
Also, http://www.fountainp...ost__p__1182747 -

Edited by Sandy1, 08 October 2011 - 18:40.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 01:21

accckkk, I get all hot and bothered to use this superb ink (thank you Sandy for the as-always-fabulous-review) and find it is not available in the USA. Whine.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 14:08

accckkk, I get all hot and bothered to use this superb ink (thank you Sandy for the as-always-fabulous-review) and find it is not available in the USA. Whine.

Hi,

You're welcome!

As mentioned in the Review, (under 'General Description | Availability'), the ink is only available from ESS in the UK. There is no mention of restrictions on purchaser location. (?)
  • Site: http://www.registrar...strars_ink.html
  • Postal / Street address: ESS | STP Stationery | 1 Rookwood Way, Haverhill | Suffolk, CB9 8PB | UK
  • Tel: 01440 760360 or 011440760360
  • email: ink@kerbury.co.uk
However, if you should encounter difficulties placing an order, please let us know.
(Yet I will not dissuade others from trying to order: Even if orders are declined, ESS may become aware of the potential income stream that is not being exploited, and may take steps to fulfill all orders.)

Bye,
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Edited by Sandy1, 12 October 2011 - 15:21.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 14:48

I sent an e-mail to the firm explaining I was in the U.S. and would like to buy two or three bottles of their ink (what can I say, I like i-g inks and was willing to gamble). They arranged that I could pay for four bottles of ink and they would ship three with the overage used to cover the shipping costs. I received the ink in about two weeks. ESS does have a parent company (much larger) that you can link to on their site that also lists the Registrar's Ink but I don't know if they are set up for overseas shipping or not, might be worth a look-see.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 17:21

I sent an e-mail to the firm explaining I was in the U.S. and would like to buy two or three bottles of their ink (what can I say, I like i-g inks and was willing to gamble). They arranged that I could pay for four bottles of ink and they would ship three with the overage used to cover the shipping costs. I received the ink in about two weeks. ESS does have a parent company (much larger) that you can link to on their site that also lists the Registrar's Ink but I don't know if they are set up for overseas shipping or not, might be worth a look-see.

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I checked their website just a short while ago and under the 'About ESS' tab they state that they offer 'fast worldwide shipping' for their registrars ink, separate and distinct from their other products for which they do not offer the same service. I took them at their word and ordered two bottles. Let's see what happens.

Sandy1, a fabulous review, as usual. This ink's shading is outstanding and it looks like an excellent choice for the office. I ordered a bottle for my wife, too. She's pursuing a Masters in Theology and I'm sure she'll find this ink quite appropriate for her examinations.
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Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:40

I bought mine while in the US, I seem to remember buying one bottle, which involved a shipping fee, and then they sent me two bottles and I sold one for cheap on here.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 11:12

✃ snip ✁
I checked their website just a short while ago and under the 'About ESS' tab they state that they offer 'fast worldwide shipping' for their registrars ink, separate and distinct from their other products for which they do not offer the same service. I took them at their word and ordered two bottles. Let's see what happens.

Sandy1, a fabulous review, as usual. This ink's shading is outstanding and it looks like an excellent choice for the office. I ordered a bottle for my wife, too. She's pursuing a Masters in Theology and I'm sure she'll find this ink quite appropriate for her examinations.

Hi,

You're welcome!

I would dearly love to hear from you and your better half about your experiences with ESSRI.

And good luck to her on her studies!

Bye,
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 16:33


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I checked their website just a short while ago and under the 'About ESS' tab they state that they offer 'fast worldwide shipping' for their registrars ink, separate and distinct from their other products for which they do not offer the same service. I took them at their word and ordered two bottles. Let's see what happens.

Sandy1, a fabulous review, as usual. This ink's shading is outstanding and it looks like an excellent choice for the office. I ordered a bottle for my wife, too. She's pursuing a Masters in Theology and I'm sure she'll find this ink quite appropriate for her examinations.

Hi,

You're welcome!

I would dearly love to hear from you and your better half about your experiences with ESSRI.

And good luck to her on her studies!

Bye,
S1



Indeed, we will share our impressions and experiences. We eagerly await delivery.

My beautiful bride conveys her thanks for your kind wishes. She has her Omas Jerusalem pen at the ready . . .

All the best,

JLT
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Posted 22 October 2011 - 17:27

An update for anyone in the U.S. interested in ordering this ink . . .

I ordered two bottles on October 12 and they were delivered yesterday - no muss, no fuss, no bother. Nine days for delivery from the UK? That's better than USPS from California to Massachusetts. Clearly, ordering from the U.S. is not a problem and this ink is a tremendous bargain at less than US$13 per bottle, delivered.

I'm going to fill my Sailor Professional Gear and my wife's Omas Jerusalem pen this afternoon. They're both wet writers and I'm eager to to see how this ink performs in them.
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Posted 02 November 2011 - 13:50

Sandy1, your review of that ink was so well documented and thorough that I immediately ordered a bottle.
Generally, I am not a lover of blue inks, but this one... well... It moved a chord in me, lets say! :embarrassed_smile:
I am planning to use this with my Stipula model T with the Titanium nib, which has some flex and I can really see the ink in its glory.
Will let you know how it went soon, Greece is not too far from the UK and I read here that their postal service is fast.

Thank you gain for this informative review. :thumbup:

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 06:24

Sandy1, your review of that ink was so well documented and thorough that I immediately ordered a bottle.
Generally, I am not a lover of blue inks, but this one... well... It moved a chord in me, lets say! :embarrassed_smile:
I am planning to use this with my Stipula model T with the Titanium nib, which has some flex and I can really see the ink in its glory.
Will let you know how it went soon, Greece is not too far from the UK and I read here that their postal service is fast.

Thank you gain for this informative review. :thumbup:

Aris

Hi,

You're welcome!

I must say that I went into a bit more detail than usual with this ink. In part, that was due to the ink having a low presence on FPN: occasionally mentioned, but no readily available samples or Review; also, as the ink takes time to 'cure', I did not want to wait months to re-do and/or add samples if the first lot was deficient.

I do hope I was able to convey some of the charisma of an i-g ink - the sort of thing that is not seen on a monitor.

I think the T Flex nib + ESSRI combo will be interesting! I look forward to hearing/seeing how that combo goes for you.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 14:52

We at ESS are delighted to read that our Registrars Ink is performing to everyone’s satisfaction and giving so much pleasure. A few points need clarification.

1) Our ink is a UK product, it is not made in Germany

2) We know our price is lower than comparable products from other suppliers, this does not mean our product is of a lesser quality (as is confirmed by the reviews), it is our policy to sell a quality product at a reasonable price.

3) We will be pleased to supply world wide. Our web site now includes an “Export” button where we are now showing an all inclusive worldwide export price.


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Posted 03 November 2011 - 15:21

We at ESS are delighted to read that our Registrars Ink is performing to everyone’s satisfaction and giving so much pleasure. A few points need clarification.

1) Our ink is a UK product, it is not made in Germany

2) We know our price is lower than comparable products from other suppliers, this does not mean our product is of a lesser quality (as is confirmed by the reviews), it is our policy to sell a quality product at a reasonable price.

3) We will be pleased to supply world wide. Our web site now includes an “Export” button where we are now showing an all inclusive worldwide export price.


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Posted 03 November 2011 - 15:49

We at ESS are delighted to read that our Registrars Ink is performing to everyone's satisfaction and giving so much pleasure. A few points need clarification.

1) Our ink is a UK product, it is not made in Germany

2) We know our price is lower than comparable products from other suppliers, this does not mean our product is of a lesser quality (as is confirmed by the reviews), it is our policy to sell a quality product at a reasonable price.

3) We will be pleased to supply world wide. Our web site now includes an "Export" button where we are now showing an all inclusive worldwide export price.



Your Registrars Ink is a wonderful product. I've used it in a variety of pens since my order was delivered a few weeks ago and I'm very happy with its performance. It even tamed the flow in my M1000 from 'geyser' to 'garden hose'. I'm particularly pleased with the results from F and XF nibs.

I'll be back for more, I'm sure. Thank you.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 16:22

We at ESS are delighted to read that our Registrars Ink is performing to everyone's satisfaction and giving so much pleasure. A few points need clarification.

1) Our ink is a UK product, it is not made in Germany
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3) We will be pleased to supply world wide. Our web site now includes an "Export" button where we are now showing an all inclusive worldwide export price.

Hi,

:W2FPN:

Thank-you for confirming the ink's provenance. That was previously mentioned, but not in this thread: http://www.fountainp...ost__p__2143425

Please let us know if the VAT will be deducted from the price when exporting to countries whose residents are not required to pay VAT.

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Edited by Sandy1, 03 November 2011 - 16:36.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 23:05

We at ESS are delighted to read that our Registrars Ink is performing to everyone’s satisfaction and giving so much pleasure. A few points need clarification.

1) Our ink is a UK product, it is not made in Germany

2) We know our price is lower than comparable products from other suppliers, this does not mean our product is of a lesser quality (as is confirmed by the reviews), it is our policy to sell a quality product at a reasonable price.

3) We will be pleased to supply world wide. Our web site now includes an “Export” button where we are now showing an all inclusive worldwide export price.

Ordered and paid. And yes, I know I'm violating my own rule of no iron gall ink!
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 22:05

I've been using ESS IG for a bit more than a week now and I'm very pleased with it. I do find the rapid color shift from rich looking blue to dark blue-black most entertaining.

Thanks to ESS for a great ink and thanks to Sandy1 for an awesome review :thumbup:

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 14:10

I've been using ESS IG for a bit more than a week now and I'm very pleased with it. I do find the rapid color shift from rich looking blue to dark blue-black most entertaining.

Thanks to ESS for a great ink and thanks to Sandy1 for an awesome review :thumbup:

Hi,

You're welcome!

I think its grand that people are chiming in with their experience with ESSRI - it really helps to build a well-rounded profile of the ink. :thumbup:

Have you found any pen+paper combos to avoid? Or any combos that excel?

Bye,
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 17:27


I've been using ESS IG for a bit more than a week now and I'm very pleased with it. I do find the rapid color shift from rich looking blue to dark blue-black most entertaining.

Thanks to ESS for a great ink and thanks to Sandy1 for an awesome review :thumbup:

Hi,

You're welcome!

I think its grand that people are chiming in with their experience with ESSRI - it really helps to build a well-rounded profile of the ink. :thumbup:

Have you found any pen+paper combos to avoid? Or any combos that excel?

Bye,
S1


Sandy1,

I have had particularly good results with the finer nibs, especially a Sailor Pro Gear F (a Western XF) and a Sheaffer Triumph 1750 XF. ESSRI shades very well in both of these pens, perhaps a bit more with the Sheaffer as it is not quite so generous with ink flow as is the Sailor. Lubricity is on the low side but far from objectionable.

As for paper, I have yet to find anything that is unsatisfactory. I've been using this ink daily at the office and it performs very well on the lowest-bidder copy bond stuff we use. It has also completed a few crossword puzzles on newsprint (I usually use Noodler's Black for that, but I thought I'd give it a try) without any feathering or bleed-through (!). So far, ESSRI has produced a very nice, tight line on the lower quality papers. Needless to say, it handles the paper in my Black 'n Red journals very well and the feel on finished papers is very good.

Very good stuff indeed and remarkably versatile when matched with the proper pen and nib.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 20:32

I just ordered not one but 2, bottles of ESS IG ink because of you Sandy. This broke not only my self imposed moral high ground of prudent spending but also my ink embargo. Sandy and IG inks, the combo is to much to resist. PLEASE STOP, for all goodness sakes, please......................... don't stop. :cloud9:
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 00:54

BTW, Does anyone know what the ETA might be to Seattle?
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