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Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
Depicts nibs' line-width and pens' relative wetness. To enlarge, please click the thumbnail.
Pens: L → R:
F. M200 stub
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Row Width is 8mm
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Paper: Staples Pastels Creme 20 lb.
Paper: Basildon airmail.
Pardon me, I did not label the bottom sample - it is from the M200.
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.
Smear/Dry Time - extended sampling.
A '4' was made every ten seconds up to eighty seconds, then a finger was dragged across the row with enough force to emulate making a fold - not a sharp [origami] crease.
Two sets were executed per paper.
Figure 10-B. Rhodia.
Figure 10-C. Royal - 25% rag.
Figure 10-D. Staples general purpose 20 lb. (Not used for Written Samples.)
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- For me, Ms Blue-Black, it would be a considerable stretch.
- Yes - when a warm but firm ink is desired, and one controls the pen and paper to be used.
- An excellent choice for mark-up and editing, error correction, and grading of assignments.
- I cannot envisage GCEO for internal or external correspondence; but for one's personal work product, go for it!
- Rather tricky.
- An astute choice for counterbalancing animated Blues. e.g. PR American Blue.
- If GCEO is used as a gradient or transitory colour, please be mindful to address the vibrancy of other colours.
- Line quality is very paper-dependent, so unless one is using smooth hard papers, e.g. Rhodia, I would look elsewhere when narrow tight lines are required.
- If one carries pens inked with different colours, GCEO could be a viable second colour to use in combination with one's daily writer.
- Not the best choice for hand-written assignments.
- Show- bleed-through on 'lowest bidder' papers and lack of water resistance may be show-stoppers.
- Of course.
- I feel very comfortable with this colour - more so than anticipated.
- At fairly high density it appears lustrous.
- I think that any sort of nib could be used; but with an elegant ink, an elegant hand is a considerable advantage. (Ah me.)
- Perhaps the recipient of items written in GCEO may believe that the ink was chosen - not that it just happened to be in a pen which was to hand. i.e. This is an 'on purpose' ink.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Slightly dry.
- The tips became dry quite quickly, but not the ink in the feed.
- On the lean side, but certainly acceptable.
- Nibs were not slippery on Rhodia.
- Not noticed.
- The BCHR Conklin was stained.
⊕ [rude_word.mp3] ⊕ [fancy_cussing.avi] ⊕
I wrote to Santa about this, using GCEO; he wrote back, using Scarab Beetle, to say that certain people are to join me on The Naughty List.
- Not seen.
- On HPJ1124: Defender, Slimfold & M200.
- On Staples Creme: M200.
- On Royal: Defender, PPP & M200.
- On Basildon airmail: Defender & M200.
- As for Bleed Through above.
- Outright feathering was not seen.
- Woolly and plump lines were typical.
- This sample shows a down stroke using the same pen of WFB bracketed by GCEO on HPJ1124:
- Kindly run samples to reflect your conditions and materials.
- To lower S/D times, dilution is a common work around. I've done some dilution samples, which showed a sweet spot around 80%; (four volumetric units of GCEO mixed into one volumetric unit of water; stirred not shaken). Those results are planned to be posted and linked as time and tides permit.
Water Resistance: ☂
- -0- on the 4S Scale:
- Nothing left but wrinkled paper.
- Industrial grunge.
- Not noticed.
- Fast & thorough with plain water.
- No stated limitation.
- GCEO does not appear to need fine tuning of the colour.
- Not claimed.
* One ink is claimed to be permanent by being compliant with an ISO standard for BP inks. That ink is not GCEO.
- Attracts attention, but may not hold it for too long.
- Animated, yet sits comfortably on a plain white page.
- Reminiscent of juice, fruity juice; not too sweet.
- Slightly high.
- Seems to require a smooth hard paper.
- When shading appears, it is subtle and quite attractive.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Less than anticipated.
- Papers used:
- Less than anticipated.
- Not so much.
To enlarge, please click the thumbnail.
Conklin on HPJ1124
Defender on Rhodia
Slimfold on G Lalo
PPP on Royal
M200 on Creme
M200 on Basildon airmail Blue
Is the name appropriate?
- Vague, but I can live with 'Orchid' as well as I can live with the other floral ink names.
- At time of writing, online only : http://www.gatecitypen.com/ink.htm ; which is a fair representation.
- Waterman Violet. (GCEO is less warm.)
- Readers, please chime in.
- As these things go, I believe that GCEO is quite close to the Dark Violet depicted in Wikipedia. My link
- Not so easy!
- A smooth hard-surfaced FP-friendly paper, (e.g. Rhodia), will extend the smear/dry time, but give a good line quality.
- Absorbent papers reduce the smear/dry time, but cause show- bleed-through and degrade the line quality.
☠ Those which are too hard/slick surfaced / ink repellant.
☠ Those which are too absorbent.
- Most reasonable tints; natural, creme & blue are shown.
- I would be reluctant to commit to a lavender or rose tint without running samples. (Am I picking a posey?)
- (GCEO is not opaque, so the tint of the paper upon which it is used will be added to the overall perception of the colour of what is written.)
- Not the best choice: Against the black text of most forms, GCEO tip toes forward, and generates unwelcome contrast to the black and white of a form.
- For charts & graphs:
- Quite possible.
- Watch for discordance with the colour of the preprinted lines.
- Should be very nice on WhiteLines. (Not sampled.)
- If one wishes to work on both sides of the sheet and/or generate shading and good line quality, a top-tier smooth surface paper seems mandatory at the cost of smear/dry time. Phooey!
OTHER THAN INK:
- 3 ounces by weight (approx. 85 ml.) bottle in a box.
- No HazMat warnings.
- A tall 38mm square clear glass bottle, 88mm tall when capped.
- Proportions are not conducive to stacking, and are 'tippy'.
- Ink level can be easily determined.
- The centred round opening is 23mm ∅.
- Single tank, no sediment collector, no filling aid. Bah!
- The screw cap has adequate grip.
- The cap seal seems to be some sort of laminated/coated card. !(>_<)!
- The cap is not child-proof.
- OK OK, reality check: It's a tanker. Kindly use a different bottle / ink well to ink-up your parched pen/s.
- Lightly coated card stock.
- No swatch.
- Ink name is written on top. Tsk Tsk Tsk
- No kidding: Useless when inks are stacked, or at/above eye level.
- Use some of the ink to label the box. (Watch out for s l o w dry time.)
- Ask the widely beloved Biffy Beans to create an amazing design. Really!
- All should be recyclable or benign.
- I'm afraid not.
- GCEO is animated, but lacks the malleability and robust performance profile to survive attempts at conjuring.
- Sheaffer Defender on the Rhodia.
- I like the %-age coverage, and the appearance from a firm narrow nib. The narrow line and higher density somewhat suppress the colour, but after some time I imagine I will gladly use GCEO from a dry-ish M-B nib. e.g. Esterbrook 9968.
- GCEO seems to have enough faults which, when combined, fall short of reasonable expectations.
- It is up to the practitioner to decide if the attractive appearance and satisfactory writing experience overcome performance issues with smear/dry time, line quality, show- bleed-through, nib-tip dry-out, and lack of water resistance.
- Even though I consider GCEO to be for personal use, I wish it had more work[wo]man-like core properties to yield better results from a wider range of pens & papers - I do not care to be hemmed-in to this extent.
- Yet, when I was writing a note with my narrow-nib Tuckie, I did like the ink. So, I'll enjoy what's in the bottle within its constraints, and cross fingers that Orchid will be reformulated by the time the bottle runs dry.
- Oh, maybe next year I'll be on Santa's Naughty-But-Nice List.
- Ah kushbaby, I won't awaken you for this one.
To be relevant to most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available.
Pens are those for which I paid $100 or less, and are factory stock - not customised.
- The Conklin remains self-conscious about the stain, so appears capped.
- Written Samples:
- Conklin BCHR + #3 nib.
- Sheaffer Defender + two-tone Feathertouch #5 nib.
- Parker UK Slimfold + 14K [unmarked] nib.
- Platinum President Purist + 22K B nib.
- The Notorious Pink Safari + steel B nib.
- Pelikan M200 + g-p stub 1.0mm nib.
- (The nib is a stock item from richardpens; it is not customised.)
- For lines & labels:
- MBRG from Pilot Penmanship + XF.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal - 25% cotton rag.
- Basildon Bond, airmail, blue.
- Staples 20 lb. bond.
- Glossy paper.
- Glossy card.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- Figures shown were scanned at 150 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted, so went straight to the file sharing thingy.
Edited by Sandy1, 05 December 2010 - 23:16.