De Atramentis Dokument Tinte Blau / Document Ink Blue
Dear FPN friends,
This time an ink review of a very special ink. De Atramentis Document Blue.
This ink is mentioned for doctors, lawyers etc. and for all who need a permanent ink for official Documents
To be qualified as a document ink the ink has to meet certain standards. The standard in Europe is ISO 12757-2. This means that the ink has to be lightfast and may not be influenced by any outer influences.
To show you the resilience of the inks I have poured several aggressive Fluids over it and…
Nothing happened. It is like if the ink was carved in stone…. Amazing…
It is not only bulletproof but also bombproof … I believe the ink even survives a nuclear accident or bomb attack (sorry for not testing that )
The ink is extremely lightfast. This is tested and certified with the Woll-Skala, wool scale in English.
This may sound peculiar, but isn’t that strange on second glance. In history quite often the same pigments used for Dyeing wool where used for inks as well.
The Woll-Skala reaches from 1 not lightfast over 5 extremely lightfast to 8 extreme lightfast. The ink “of course” is WS 8.
There are other resilient inks like inks based on iron gall or soot. The problem is that iron gall inks are very aggressive to both paper and nib. (the paper of old Dutch documents from the golden age are often eaten away partially by the ink) Both iron gall and soot inks may also clog the feed of your fountain pen.
The De Atramentis inks are, as far as I understand, made with nano-particles. According to the noble Fountain Pen King Sire Richard of Binderheart. Nano-particle inks can be safely used in Fountain pens.
I always have one Fountain Pen filled with the ink for work and flush it once every 2 months… No problem at all
Down here are the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007)
points 1-5 1 = Bad : 5= Excellent
Fountain Pens: Sheaffer Targa F, “online Best Writer 0,8 Italic, Lamy Joy 1,5 Itaic
Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,average quality school note book made in Austria
Drying time: Quicker than a camel’s bottom during a desert stroll points 5
Flow: like a Hippie on LSD points: 5
Wetness: very wet still drying fast points 5
Lubrication: very smooth points: 5
Bleeding: medium on average quality paper with ‘normal’ nib points: 3
Shading: almost none points: 1
Waterproof: what do you think points 5000000
Package: bottles only Points: 3
Availabilty: EU Excellent points: 5 USA/ASIA ???
Quality: Handmade everlasting points 5
A very good dark blue ink, it is a bit too dark for my taste. Funnily the dark blue obiously even darker but I find the colour nicer.
Shading is absent.
Verdict: a very nice bombproof ink for all official purposes.
Next time; De Atramentis dark blue. I will ask Dr Jansen for some technical specs and ask him why the ink probably survives all mankind…