As the patches are neutral grey, their colour on your monitor should also be neutral grey.
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Depicts nib line-width and pens' relative wetness.
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Narrow nibs: 6mm.
Other nibs: 8mm.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Quo Vadis, Habana journal, ivory. (Swan song for this sub-normal paper.)
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
'HAPPY!' on Glossy Card.
Smear/Dry Time on Glossy Paper.
Smear/Dry Time on HPJ1124.
Wet Tests on HPJ1124.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Unfortunately not.
- Of course.
- This is a quite neutral but warm brown.
- Very much depends on the nature of the business.
- As the colour Brown has many connotations, consideration and care is required, especially for external correspondence.
- Lacks the gravitas of even a medium-pale Blue, but it cannot be dismissed as a spineless or whimsical colour.
- It is very suitable for editing and mark-up,
- For corrections / grading, it may be just a bit too warm & fuzzy.
- May be seen by some (not I) as an alternative to dark greens, teals, etc. (e.g. Legal Lapis, Verdigris.)
- An obvious choice, as it is neutral-but-warm and has very good performance.
- Due to shading, it may not be suitable when lines of uniform density are required.
- Would be a very good choice for labels, annotations, etc.
- Not so much.
- While fine for personal notes, I'm not sure if it is currently generally acceptable for assignments. (Readers: Please chime in.)
- It is very easy on the eye, so for condensed study notes, which may be read numerous times, (especially if you're as blonde as yours truly), it may be just the thing.
- It is not so very robust.
- What are you waiting for?
OrderGo buy some right now, when it arrives, then write someone immediately - a far better use of your time than reading the rest of this Review.
- This ink would welcome any size or shape of nib.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS:
- Pretty good, without pushing or pulling.
- Very good manners, and just might compensate for pens with a balky/uneven feed.
- Not noticed.
- Really good, but not outstanding.
- Provides enough feedback so one may keep the nib running on its sweet spot.
- Could not quite overcome the rough ride on the textured G Lalo paper.
- None after 3 days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely.
- A bit on the Quo Vadis 'Habana' journal with blank ivory paper.
- ((This seems to be common with that paper, so that Journal will get i-g ink - likely Scabiosa. That paper is FP-hostile - worse than Pulp for goodness sake!))
- A bit on the Quo Vadis 'Habana' journal.
- On other papers, both sides of the sheet may be used.
- Glossy: 5 - 7 seconds.
- HPJ1124: 12 - 15 seconds.
- -3- on the 4S Scale.
"All legible, but either very faint and/or has heavy staining from re-deposit of soluble dye.
Needs recovery/restoration for anything beyond personal use."
The colour that remains is Blue. (Might make for an interesting graphic effect.)
- Next to none.
- Slight. (Evident on the Rhodia: lower-centre left margin, just above the Phileas block.)
- Not claimed.
- Extremely fast and thorough with plain water.
- No stated limitation.
- As this colour has a fair bit of yellow, tungsten light sources may invoke a perceptual colour-shift. To off-set that shift, there may be a temptation to add a hint of dark red/purple or even gray to keep the appearance, and to keep it anchored to the page. Please try to resist that temptation.
- Very classy.
- Inviting, but with a bit of sang_froid. (How is that done with a warm-neutral ink?)
- Being a lighter density warm colour, it resides in front of the page surface; and is very comfortable there.
- This is not a saturated ink.
- And really - why bother with a saturated brown?
- Nicely done, and very eloquent. (Pardon the surfeit of images, but my subjectivity is showing.)
Variance depending on pen+nib combos used:
- A fair bit.
- While this is good news for those who like to tune The Look with various ink and paper combos, it may be frustrating to other practitioners.
- Please chime in.
- Off-white, natural and buff papers.
- Optically brightened whites, too-yellow tints of ivory or cream.
- Stick with the pale neutral browns.
- Anything too warm will unseat this ink.
- Not a blue tint - ugly green tinges will appear.
- Grand Canyon does very well on all FP-friendly papers, so using high-end paper is more a matter of preference over performance.
OTHER THAN INK:
Is the name appropriate?
- IIRC, the Grand Canyon itself has an overall warmer feel - away from the yellow tint and well into ochre / red browns.
- One cannot capture ALL_OF_THIS in a 30 ml bottle:
- 30ml. bottle in a box.
- Infers Switzerland, which may or may not be the case.
- A heavy clear glass square-based bottle, 48mm on each side, with a maximum height of 65mm.
- The centred round opening is a mere 18mm.
- Single tank, no filling aids, no sediment collector. Bah! 2xBah for such a *nasty_word* shallow ink tank.
- The Label does not include the word 'ink', not does it carry a graphic that indicates ink.
- The 'Bakelite' screw cap has a pronounced grippy shape.
- The cap is not child-proof.
- The cap seal seems to be the better sort of coated card stock.
- Nicely coated.
- Includes a cut-out to display the bottle label, which can be a minor nuisance to make sure the appropriate face of the bottle is shown.
- Includes the word 'ink' in several languages.
- All bits easily recyclable.
- Cap likely benign.
- The brand seems to be a global player in the luxe niche.
Amongst similar inks, what sets this ink apart?
- Fairly neutral-though-warm colour.
- Excellent performance and manners.
- Very nice shading.
- Afraid not - the ink doesn't have the latent energy to be conjured.
- At arm's length, I'd pick the Safari + the G Lalo.
- At common reading distance, its the Sonnet + the HPJ1124.
- While I usually enjoy Brown ink, I've never been a great consumer of that colour. My bottle of Parker Penman Mocha was only recently replaced with a pot of the Pilot yama-guri. But I thought (in my inky way) that I'd use Brown more often if I had more choice. (No poking the fun at me, OK?) It might work-out that way - so maybe baby.
- And it takes an ink such as Grand Canyon to be a viable alternative to yama-guri.
- Ah kushbaby, this one I think could find a place in your array.
To be relevant to most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available. For the pens, I paid $100 or less, and are 'factory stock' - not customised.
These pen+nib combos were used:
- Pilot 78G + steel F
- Pelikan P99 + steel F
- Pilot Custom 74 + SMF
- Parker Sonnet + M
- Waterman Phileas + steel B
- Lamy Pink Safari + steel 1.1i
Lines & labels:
- Pilot Penmanship + steel XF with Noodler's Lexington Grey.
On these papers:
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- Rhodia, Pad 18.
- G Lalo, 'Verge de France' white.
- Quo Vadis, Habana journal, ivory.
- Pulp. (One-a-Day cartoon calendar page.)
- Glossy paper.
- Glossy card.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at 96 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans went straight to the file sharing thingy.
Edited by Sandy1, 01 August 2010 - 03:41.