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Favourite Inks For Flex Pens...

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#1 inkspot



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Posted 16 October 2011 - 00:18

I've taken my first step into the world of flex pens and am anxious to get the most out of my nib. What are some of your favourite inks to use in your flex pens?

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 00:39

I do not have much experience with flex nibs, or the inks. However, I do know of Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses and Black Swan in English Roses, both of these inks were made to have amazing qualities with flex nibs. I know numerous people that bought both of these inks to use in the Noodler's flex pens, and the inks are absolutely stunning.

There are numerous ink reviews in the review section, I highly recommend that you check them out.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:05

Due to the copious flow most flex pens have, I tend to favor iron gall inks, since they are on the dry side, dry quickly, and have beautiful shading. Other than that...any ink looks markedly improved coming out of flex.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:16

Both of the Noodler's Black Swans and the new Blue Nose Bear are good for flexies... I also love Noodler's Apache Sunset. Pretty much anything that shades well would be a good candidate for a flex pen. Or drier inks, as WillSW said, since they do put out so much ink when you flex.


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:23

Vert Empire is great. PR Arabian Rose, BSIAR... I'm trying Bouquet d'Antan in my Symphony next.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:52

As noted by others, black swan in Australian roses is a must. Just ordered another bottle.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:58

Waterman South Sea Blue
Noodler's Golden Brown
Noodler's Turquoise American Eel
Diamine Sepia
Diamine Raw Siena
Diamine Light Green
Diamine Turquoise
Diamine Aqua Blue
Diamine Royal Blue
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:52

Namiki - Blue
Aurora - Blue
Sailor - Blue, Blue Black
Montblanc - Royal Blue, Blue
Omas - Sepia
Pelikan 4001 - Royal Blue, Turquoise
Noodler's - Ottoman Azure
Waterman - Blue Black, South Seas Blue, Florida Blue
Sheaffer Skrip - #22 Blue Black, #52 Royal Blue, #112 Peacock Blue {Turquoise}


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 03:58

Diamine Jade,
Noodler's Green Marine is OK.
Diamine Turquoise,
Noodler's Habanero - dependent on the flow of the pen.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:17

I've only recently started to get serious about flex, but so far I have been impressed with R&K Verdigris and Alt Goldgrun. Both have controlled flow and lovely colors. Stipula Verde Muschiato is also nice.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:43

Vert Empire is great. PR Arabian Rose, BSIAR...

+1 !

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 08:13

Writing regular, not flexing the nibs, in semi-flex and maxi-semi-flex/'flexi'. I don't use my easy full flex or dip pen nibs much.

Pelikan Jade was nothing much in BB, crisp italic M, in the '90 400 M started. Danced very well in Semi-flex M and F.

MB Winter Green, I really like it in in semi-flex F and maxi-semi-flex/'flexi' OF.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:43

I would like to second the Noodler's Apache Sunset, just filled my Noodler's flex with it last night, beautiful shading although a bit drier than the Diamine red/black I was using.
As stated previously any ink that shades well will look even better when used with a flex nib.

Edited by GeeBee, 16 October 2011 - 09:43.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:40

Herbin Lie de The shades very well. I also like Waterman South Sea Blue.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 14:00

Diamine Turquoise is awesome in a flexy nib. I also love Caran d'Ache Storm and Herbin Poussière de Lune. Herbin Vert Empire is a beautifully shading green that flows perfectly (just enough but not too much) in a wet flexible nib. Herbin Lie de Thé is an interesting olive-brown. Actually, most any Herbin ink is great for flex.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 14:58


+1 for the iron-gall inks.


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 15:17

I am currently infatuated with Noodler's No. 41 Brown. It must be the new formula as the bottle says,"2012." Lovely range of brown shades, not too wet and gushy or too dry and scratchy works just right in two different flex nib pens from different manufacturers. Happy experimenting.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 19:02

I have to second the suggestion for Iron Gall inks, they are lovely performers in flexible nibs!

Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses, Golden Brown, and Sailor Jentle Grenade (AMAZING!) are a few non Iron Galls I think are great used with a flexible nib.

Edit: I just got a bottle, but I have noticed the performance of Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng is great, although I wouldn't expect much shading from it.

Edited by Gobblecup, 16 October 2011 - 19:05.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 13:39

[duplication error - wish I could just delete!]

Edited by januaryman, 20 October 2011 - 14:01.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 13:52


thanks - I was looking for a pen that my PR Arabian Rose would look good in
I hadn`t thought of using the flex

and another +1 for Iron Gall

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