In my quest, I have gotten the following samples
Noodler's Bad Green Gator: Poorly behaved - very runny, it gushes out, feathers and bleeds.
Bad Blue Heron: feathers a bit, weak washed out color
Bad Belted Kingfisher: feathers a bit, not very water proof
Bad Black Moccasin: pretty good, feathers a little on the cheapest paper
regular black: A little dry, but otherwise very well behaved, no feathering on even very cheap paper.
Heart of Darkeness: Quick drying, but feathers and bleeds worse than the other blacks.
Diamine Registrar: dry, pale gray instead of the blue black I was expecting.
PR Invincible Black: very smooth well behaved, bleeds a little on cheap paper.
The Noodler's regular black was the best behaved overall, followed closely by the PR Invincible Black. However, after all my testing, I found I don't really want a black ink.
I would prefer a blue, but it probably won't get used much - writing checks, addressing envelopes, signing documents and the like. Since it would be used infrequently, it would be nice if it didn't clog the pen after sitting around unused. This seems to eliminate iron gall inks.
I really only want to get 1 water resistant ink. I'm leaning toward either the Bad Blue Heron or Bad Belted Kingfisher. I like the BBK color better than BBH, but the BBK is not very water resistant. It might be good enough though.
I know about BSB, it is probably a little higher maintenance than I want. I frequently change inks, I don't really want to dedicate a pen to it.
Any other suggestions for a water proof blue?
Edited by Lazarus Long, 09 April 2011 - 16:13.