I, living in Germany chase Continental European inks....I've
not just got my basic 50 but not the needed 100, so I've not chased Diamine yet.
Pelikan, Herbin, Lamy, MB, R&K, the DA inks that shade (DA does make saturated inks too.), are to me as easy as Waterman. Because those are imported to the US, and have custom's duties, are more expensive than Noodlers or Private Reserve.
(Well I don't know what Pelikan 4001 inks cost in the States but they are the cheapest in Germany at @€3.80; Lamy is close to that price. Pelikan Edelstine, MB at €13....DA can be as high as 15 or low as 9.50 depending on the particular ink. Its been a few years since I ordered any Waterman, that was €7.50. )
If you think of the price of a cocktail or two, European ink is not that expensive and sure lasts longer.
Noodlers inks cost €9.50...of course they have larger bottles. I do have two Golden Brown and Apache Sunset. Ottoman Azure strikes my fancy, as soon as I get around to it.
I still have quite a large amount of inks and a few more Continental European inks that I don't have, like Aurora, Akkermann, a Swiss company, Omas, Visconti and that Famous Slovakian ink Sheaffers.
Richard didn't mention it, but he makes a safe ink too; Gateway I think it's called.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 18 June 2013 - 17:23.
Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I no longer use the term Easy Full Flex.
Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X. Those are not "Flex" nibs.
Odd, how many who should know better, compares Japanese F (which equals EF), with Western F, with out a second thought, but do not compare Japanese B with Western B.
Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens only; not the users of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.