- Please take a moment to adjust the brightness & contrast of your monitor to accurately depict this Gray Scale.
- As the patches are neutral gray, the colour on your monitor should also be neutral.
Swabs: Waterman Florida Blue. Private Reserve American Blue 300% to 33%.
Swatch: Drawn with Prelude CI + B.
Paper: HP1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
To more accurately depict how narrow nibs are used, a 4mm row height is used for 2 rows: one written in mixed case, and the other printed in upper case. The third row is the normal 8mm height used for the wider nibs. It does look dreadful, but I hope it is useful.
Paper: HP1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Note: The Clairfontaine 'Triomphe' was not used. It seems to be far too similar to Rhodia to add much useful information about the ink.
Paper: G Lalo Verge de France, Ivory.
Paper: Pulp from a one-a-day cartoon calendar.
Wet samples, Smear / Dry Time.
Paper: HP1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Quite possible. May be a bit too animated. (Well, what do you expect from one who uses Quink BlBk as my standard office ink?)
- If seeking an extra bit of 'oomph' to depart from a standard Blue, such as Waterman, MB, Pelikan, etc., then PRAB may be for you.
- It seems to lack gravitas, but is well animated.
- May be dismissed as too flashy / shouting.
- Or welcomed as being fresh & invigorating. (??)
- Very much depends on the density achieved.
- For larger areas such as charts, graphs, where the ink may be used for cross-hatching, or loaded into a hi-liter, parallel pen or similar, it will claim and occupy space without having to cover it entirely.
- One must be careful that this ink does not overtake other less vibrant colours.
- High saturation, and lack of feathering & shading make this a candidate for narrow tight lines.
- May do nicely as a 'Dark Blue'.
- In the lighter densities I could easily go for this.
- In the darker densities, it is a tad too business-like, but still can be used for friendly but not 'personal' personal correspondence.
- It has an interesting hint of wholesome mischief. (So sorry BDSM enthusiasts - just use PRCC, OK?)
- Tends to be pretty good - although it failed from the Charleston on the G Lalo.
- Reasonable manners.
- Ten minutes uncapped: Prompt start-up on all pens.
- Better than most.
- Not seen.
- Unknown, but being so saturated there may be longer-term problems, especially if ink is kept unused in the pen for extended periods.
- Wouldn't leave in a pen longer than is useful.
- Not on any of the papers used, but watch out for lighter, lesser quality stock.
- On the papers used, one could write on both sides.
- Fruit / berry esters - not unpleasant or over powering. Unscented.
- None noticed.
- Likely no more or less than any dye-based FP ink.
- Rather OK. Less than 5 seconds on HP1124.
- Some concerns were expressed about 'fully dry' times of the PR inks. So I drew some wee circles to be 'scrubbed' with my thumb: one circle every 5 minutes. They're not shown because after 5 minutes the ink was 'scrub-proof'. Paper was the HP1124. Perhaps the ink was reformulated to address that issue. (?)
- Makes no such claim.
- Much slower than expected, but thorough with plain water. (Plileas slowest again!)
- No stated prohibition / limitation.
- I have no inclination to mix with it. (Well, maybe 1/2 drop of Solferino.)
- I have taken the liberty to dilute it with still bottled water to 80%. This is a personal preference to ensure the ink is positioned more forward, so that the animated quality of the ink is more apparent. As such, it is not part of the Review proper, but may be of interest. Comments in the Review do not address this sample.
- Little. Depends on nib+feed.
- Next to none.
- Really quite consistent, all things considered.
Is colour name appropriate / accurate?
- Name is not informative.
- The litho-ed label on the bottle and the box sports a tiny swatch-like thingy, which is quite close to the colour & density of a 1-pass swab.
- The PRAB is the innermost circle, and alternates with the comparison ink.
- The circles are drawn counter clockwise; with the same pen+nib throughout.
- Others? Please chime in.
- Crisp white paper, without optical brighteners.
- None apparent. This could handle bottom tier dirty whites, such as pulp - see Figure 6.
- The high saturation and animated colour give this ink a pretty good chance at looking good on tinted papers.
- If one wants shading to be evident, then a smooth white paper such as the Rhodia or Clairefontaine 'Triomphe' may be considered.
- 50ml. bottle.
- Not stated.
- A squat oval-esque glass bottle, 53mm tall.
- The centred round opening is 33mm in diameter.
- The text on the label & box is in English language only.
- Single tank, no filling aids, no sediment collector. Tsk.
- The hard black plastic screw cap has OK grip, but is only 10mm high so may not be so easy to grasp.
- The cap is not child-proof.
- The cap seal is the dreaded coated card stock. (>_<)
- Nicely coated.
- Labeled on front of box c/w swatch.
- All bits easily recyclable.
- Available from several online sources based in UK & North America.
- In North America, it may be available from fine stationers & pen shops.
- Other areas: Please chime in.
- Possible, but would take more than ivory dice & a crow's wing to get this going - it's just not sufficiently 'complex'.
- From what we see in the written samples, I'd pick the Charleston + M on the Rhodia.
- I mostly use this ink from a UK Duofold F nib, and enjoy it a fair bit.
- I was expecting a colour a little more evocative of the Blue stripes as in 'stars & stripes'.
- While this ink does have the animated confidence that is an 'American' trait, this ink somehow falls just a tad short - off the rim. (Erhm - maybe I shouldn't use it from a UK Duofold. Ooopsie!)
- When this pot's empty, it may well be replaced.
- Ah kushbaby, this is too simple, it is en face. Another ink that's not for you. So sorry. May your asa-gao keep you amused.
These pen+nib combos:
- Pilot Human Engineering + XF steel nib - mostly for lines & labels; loaded with Visconti Bordeaux.
- Pilot 78G + F g-p steel nib.
- Phileas + F steel nib.
- Pelikan M200 + M series M g-p steel nib.
- Waterman Charleston + M 18K nib.
- Sheaffer Prelude + stock CI Stub B nib.
- HP 1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo 'Verge de France' ivory.
- Pulp: one-a-day cartoon calendar page.
- I use only papers, pens & nibs that are readily available, not too pricey and 'stock' - not customised. If some pens/nibs are not currently produced, I'll use them if there are NOS or restored pieces readily available at OK prices. As appropriate, I'll include an implement outside of those guidelines, which will be ID-ed as a *Dealer's Choice*.
- Figures were produced on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted. Originals scanned at 150 dpi & 24 bit colour to produce .jpg files.The image was not adjusted other than cropping and straightening using iPhoto on a MacBook.
- Scanner Densitometer Readings were generated from the Drawn Swatch in Figure 2: Red 28; Green 69; Blue 197; Luminosity 86.
Edited by Sandy1, 05 May 2010 - 20:14.