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#1 coolguy684

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:17

So this ink is discontinued, and I wanted to try it because I have a Waterman Skywriter that writes beautifully, just too wet. All I'm looking for is a drier ink, preferably blue, burgundy, or any sort of darker color like that. So is it illegal for me to order the ink from Niche Pens in the UK? If it happens to get checked by customs, will it get seized? Just trying to be a good citizen in my quest for a drier ink...

Or if I'm looking for a drier ink, does it matter which Pelikan ink I use? Will any suffice?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:04

I can't see anything wrong with ordering from Niche Pens to the USA, except for added shipping fees and the risk of paying customs. I doubt anybody would even raise an eyebrow.

I believe all the 4001 inks are fairly dry. My only experience with the series is the Brilliant Black and Royal Blue, and they are indeed quite dry. The Edelstein inks are wetter from what I've heard.

#3 Chrissy

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:21

coolguy, I can see no possible problem in ordering an ink from the UK. I have never known a US buyer pay customs fees for an item shipped to the US from the UK.

If that's the one ink that you want and you can't buy it cheaper within the US then get it from wherever you can.

I found this US web-site when I typed Pelikan 4001 ink US into Google.

There are previous posts on here about this ink:

http://www.fountainp...e-black-in-usa/

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#4 The Good Captain

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:50

So this ink is discontinued, and I wanted to try it because I have a Waterman Skywriter that writes beautifully, just too wet. All I'm looking for is a drier ink, preferably blue, burgundy, or any sort of darker color like that. So is it illegal for me to order the ink from Niche Pens in the UK? If it happens to get checked by customs, will it get seized? Just trying to be a good citizen in my quest for a drier ink...

Or if I'm looking for a drier ink, does it matter which Pelikan ink I use? Will any suffice?

There are a myriad of comments about this wonderful ink on FPN but I must say that it is NOT discontinued as such. It's just not being imported into the US for sale. Have a look for posts by FPN member Daisy as she's bought it from Niche without much of a to-do, I believe.
It's one of my favourite inks of all time and I've found it particularly good on Moleskine paper.


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#5 Eyedoc

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 14:25

I can't comment on the customs question, but I have recently turned to the 4001 ink due to my Pelikan M625 being too wet with Edelstein (and almost every other) ink. It has worked a treat. I am not sure how to link the thread here, but you can find it by searching 'flooding M625' in case any of the replies are helpful to you.
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#6 coolguy684

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 23:54

I can't comment on the customs question, but I have recently turned to the 4001 ink due to my Pelikan M625 being too wet with Edelstein (and almost every other) ink. It has worked a treat. I am not sure how to link the thread here, but you can find it by searching 'flooding M625' in case any of the replies are helpful to you.


So it wouldn't matter very much which 4001 ink I used? I have no super special preference for blue-black, I'm just looking for a drier ink to control my Waterman's wet nib.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:17

I am using Royal Blue without any problems - so I don't think so.
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#8 Runnin_Ute

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:02

If you are lucky you can find it stateside, (I was able to get a bottle from a fellow FPN'r) but Daisy had no problems with I think it was cultpens.com in the UK with Pel 4001 BlBlack.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:30

I've recently placed a couple of orders with Niche, the last which included the ink you are looking for. A great company to deal with. Shipping was fast and I think their prices are very good. I am in Canada so i don't know how the US would handle duty. Here, I never have issues with duties on products from UK.

It's a great ink, btw, and addressed my requirement for a drier ink as well. I also bought some Edelstien and like it as well. It is wetter but i don't find it too wet. Brilliant colour though.