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#1 JC107

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 22:24

I wrote the samples in the image below on a page of Rhodia 80 g/m 5 mm grid white paper using a Pelikan M400 14K fine point nib.  (The original photo is 3.9 Mb so I had to save it as a TIFF file to get it below the 1.95 Mb limit - no noticeable loss of color or detail.)  I cut the page vertically and kept the left half in a notebook, and placed the right half in the sun for approximately 50 hours.  The inks used in their order of appearance in the sample writing were: J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche; Pelikan Royal Blue; Levenger Cobalt Blue; J. Herbin Bleu Azur; and J. Herbin Café des Îles.  

 

Some observations I thought you might find useful:

 

The Pelikan Royal Blue ink faded the most, and the Levenger Cobalt Blue seemed entirely unaffected.  The J. Herbin Bleu Azur was second most affected and the J. Herbin Café des Îles was second least affected.  I was surprised at how the Pelikan Royal Blue faded almost into invisibility, and was not surprised about the J. Herbin Bleu Azur being strongly affected by light.  I was very pleased that my favorite inks, the J. Herbin Café des Îles and the J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche were nearly unaffected and can therefore be expected to last indefinitely under normal document storage conditions.  I wonder if the Pelikan Royal Blue is more susceptible to fading from other environmental conditions as badly as it is under bright light? 

 

 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 00:53

Very nice.  That JHerbin Cafe lasted much better than I would have expected.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 10:27

I seem to recall that the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue has a reputation for fading anyway - eventually even in books. It probably takes a while though.


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 08:13

What a pity for the Pelikan royal blue... Both that and the Café came as a surprise to me.

I'm not crazy about archival quality but such fading as the royal blue exhibits is definitely an issue for me...


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:28

I did an 8 month on my inks.  Only had one that totally disappeared.


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 20:30

Which one was that?


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Posted 30 September 2013 - 11:06

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 18:44

Which is totally sad because it was my favorite.


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