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Poll: AMBER (34 member(s) have cast votes)

And the winner is

  1. AMBER (13 votes [38.24%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 38.24%

  2. AMBRE DE BIRMIANIE (15 votes [44.12%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 44.12%

  3. ARIMA AMBER (2 votes [5.88%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 5.88%

  4. INTI (4 votes [11.76%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 11.76%

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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 08:32

Amber is one of my favourite colors. It's defined as a mix of red and green.
 
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However in the nature we rarely see "clean" colors. That's perfectly OK - that's why nature is so fascinating :) Amber can look like this: 
 
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or like this:
 
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Amber has been appreciated by artists for its color and natural beauty, howevet it inspires not only artists but also ink manufacturers. Three of four compared inks were named after amber. Inti produced by L'Artisan Pastellier in France was named after ancient Incan sun god; given its color is really close to these ink ambers, I've decided to compare it with them.  
 
 
 
Please, take a look at scans and photos I've prepared.
 
All text was written with Pilot 78G with broad italic nib. 
 
1. Swabs on Mondi paper ( 90 g )
 
Scan:
 
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PHOTO (notice: the pictures were taken on a sunny day. These inks will NEVER look like that in artificial light. The picture shows intensity of the inks and nuances that are lost on scans).
 
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2. Ink splashes (2 drops of ink) 
 
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3. Swabs and splashes (is it correct english term?) on a photo
 
 
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4. Trace of ink left by the nib on the paper (from left to right: Ambre de Birmanie, Inti, Amber, Arima Amber):
 
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5. Text written with Pilot 78 G with B nib on Oxford paper:
 
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6. Text written on cheap notebook
 
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(from top to bottom: Ambre de Birmanie, Inti, Amber, Arima Amber)
 
7. Text written on cheap copy paper (Lyreco) printed with dots:
 
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8. Are they waterproof?
 
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9. Dry times: 
 
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SUMMARY
 

I really like two colors Amber and Inti. Amber is great however it’s not really waterproof, besides it shows tendency to clogging on some of my nibs. That’s why I consider INTI to be number one. Ambre de Birmanie has beautiful color, but it is NOT practical: it’s difficult to read text written with it in bright light. Arima Amber is boring – it flows well and seems to be OK, but it just doesn’t have wowo factor.

 

Below you’ll find photos of each swab (I wish the colors were so rich on scans and in every-day use :)  )

 

Amber
 
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AMBRE DE BIRMANIE
 
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ARIMA AMBER
 
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INTI
 
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I'm curious which one is your favourite?

 



#2 fountainpagan

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 09:11

Thank you very much for this test.

 

I love Ambre de Birmanie. I use it regularly.

I didn't know Amber. This ink has very interesting shades...


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:23

Thank you! What a lovely review. This is also one of my favourite ink colours, maybe even the colour of anything. But why did you compare only four? Actually, my very most favourite Amber is AMBER LEA.

 

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:06

Great review! I have all 4 of these, but my favorite is Ambre de Birmanie, followed by Inti. AdB stays brighter and has more pop on the page after several days. Inti and Edelstein Amber both look a little flat and dull after a few days. Arima Amber is more of a Terra Cotta color, which is a nice color, but I was hoping for something more like AdB when I ordered it. I use a lot of AdB!


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 11:37

Thank you! Great comparison. The Pelikan is my fave.



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Posted 02 April 2014 - 13:40

Great reviews / comparisons!  

 

I've used the Pelikan Edelstein Amber and enjoyed it. I have samples of a couple of others - I may need to have a closer look at them after seeing them presented so beautifully here.


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Posted 02 April 2014 - 14:15

Thanks for the awesome review!

I have the Edelstein Amber, I think it captures the essence of Amber perfectly.


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#8 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 12:25

I don't know Inti....ah ha, the Paris ink/art company that ships in little foil bags to cut mailing costs.....

 

I'd not thought of buying Pelikan Amber...now I do.

I was very pleased at seeing the shading of the Pelikan and the Inti.

 

Don't like the 'dullness' factor mentioned.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 17:06

Edelstein Amber is a lovely cooer, but I've also noticed that it has a very flat/matte appearance when dry.

 

Diamine Ochre is in the same colour-space and well worth considering.



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 16:11

I'm swaying between the Ambre and the Inti. They are beautiful colours.

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 17:22

I own a bottle of the Pelikan. But, the more I've used it, the less I like it. It seems to have a bluish/greenish component that becomes more visible on cheaper paper or a wider nib. I notice your swatches don't have that, so maybe I got a bad bottle?


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 17:51

Thank you! What a lovely review. This is also one of my favourite ink colours, maybe even the colour of anything. But why did you compare only four? Actually, my very most favourite Amber is AMBER LEA.

 

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 17:53

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 17:55

I'm surprised by the warmth of the Callifolio ink, the ones I have tried are all cool colors and rather washed out. I think of the INTI as the color I most associate with amber, although this Amber has hair the color of the Sailor ink.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 00:13

Amber truly is a beautiful substance. The different colors are fascinating. Thanks.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:28

Wow, this was an excellent comparison!  I look forward to more.