Posted 19 January 2013 - 18:46
Picked Apache, Black Swan, 54th, Navy, North African. Have all. For me they are well behaved, flowing, different, keepers. Don't know if they are different enough to be a well rounded collection start, but am certain these will not be your last.
Instead of Zhivago I prefer Aircorps. I hardly use Zhivago except to use it up drawing. Many love it, me not so much. I prefer and use more often Lexington Grey vs Black, but one should have a solid permanent Black at some point, maybe not today if you get another adult-ish permanent ink like 54th.
Apache is bright, shades, so different.
Black Swan changes even in the same pen, will shade in wider nibs.
54th nice blue/green and is permanent, or whatever the correct term.
North African another violet shade, different from Swan with permanent properties.
Navy, some permanent, has green in there, interesting, not the Navy you think of in clothes.
Can think of pen inks in 8 basic colors vs three primary colors. -black, blue/black, blue, green, purple, red, brown, turquoise. Noodler's and other brands have all variations and crossovers. Some have said you can make most colors with Noodler's Yellow, Shah's Rose, Navajo Turquoise, Black and ?? White Whale. Nathan can do the things he does because it more than just straight color mixing, but chemicals and such.
Enjoy the trip and shopping.