Amber is one of my favourite colors. It's defined as a mix of red and green.
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:
or like this:
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 )
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).
2. Ink splashes (2 drops of ink)
3. Swabs and splashes (is it correct english term?) on a photo
4. Trace of ink left by the nib on the paper (from left to right: Ambre de Birmanie, Inti, Amber, Arima Amber):
5. Text written with Pilot 78 G with B nib on Oxford paper:
6. Text written on cheap notebook
(from top to bottom: Ambre de Birmanie, Inti, Amber, Arima Amber)
7. Text written on cheap copy paper (Lyreco) printed with dots:
8. Are they waterproof?
9. Dry times:
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 )
AMBRE DE BIRMANIE
I'm curious which one is your favourite?