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#1 rochester21

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:58

This is my first ink review, so don`t expect too much from it. I`m reviewing a Koh-i-Noor ink, black colour. These can be found in eastern Europe and they sell for about 2 usd for a 50 g bottle. As you might know, this company is located in the Czech republic and they specialise in writing- related items and accessories. And now, to the actual review.

I never bothered much ink reviews, simply because reviewing a ink is much more difficult than rewiewing a pen. This is because ink behaves differently according to the pen and paper that are used. I have even noticed that the ink saturation varies a lot in different pens, making the ink look quite different.

For instance, I know some parker pens, like the vector, have the tendency to run very wide, making the ink look brighter than it really is.
I have been pleasantly surprised by this ink, which seems to be quite a competitor for better known inks, such as the pelikan ink or even quink. The water resistance test results was somewhat of a surprise, the ink resisted quite well to water drops, and it has almost no feathering on a medium nib.

In this regards, think it surpasses the ink made by pelikan which I often use and which dissapointed me on some ocassions. Also, the ink made by koh-i-noor has responded well when used on several pens I have(c/f, imperial, 51, 45, and others), and all wrote well when filled with this ink. The only drawback that I can see is that the black version is not very saturated, but that`s not an issue for me. It`s a good ink for the money.

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#2 CaptainGroovy

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:40

I see the markings on the bottle to lead me to believe it a recently made in but I am wondering if it been exposed to a lot of Sunlight or something? Back in the early 1980's Koh-I-Noor made a fountain pen in that to my memory was a nice saturated black on par with their drawing ink. I use to buy it at a college book store and use it in my piston filler Rapidographs (Saturation difference could I was using it in Rapidographs or maybe memory fade) . It was a good alternative to India ink if you did not need properties because it did not dry out in the pen. I still have my old Rapidographs and now fill them with Noodler's Bulletproof inks, noting like a 3x0 for writing very small.
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#3 rochester21

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:11

The only place where it could have been exposed to sunlight is the store, but that is still unlikely. It may appear less saturated because of the scanning process. If i take a photo of the sheet of paper, the colours will be slightly different.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 19:30

The only place where it could have been exposed to sunlight is the store, but that is still unlikely. It may appear less saturated because of the scanning process. If i take a photo of the sheet of paper, the colours will be slightly different.


A point well made about the difference between a scanned item and a photographed one.
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#5 yliu

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:08

Interesting review! I really like Pelikan inks and might give these inks a shot. Though their red ink looks very transparent...

#6 rudyhou

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 05:37

this is my first time learning of the ink brand. thank you for sharing.
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#7 iceboom

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:53

Just got a bottle of their blue. Has the same characteristics, the only thing is I wish it were a little more saturated and darker... but it behaves well on a Leuchturm 1917 journal so I can't really complain. Super cheap too, may have to find an extra bottle to take home with me.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 01:32

Great review!
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 13:56

Really informative review!

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 23:55

Thank you for the review. I use K_N coloring pencils and had not seen the ink.

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