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#1 stefanv

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:28

I recently purchased a Pelikan M640 Polar Lights Special Edition pen, with a fine nib, from Pam at Oscar Braun Pens, and decided I'd like a nice "serious" dark green to use in it. I think I've found it on my first try. Here's a quick review:

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:41

Good combination choice there. I find PR Ebony Green to be a good, solid green which is, as you've said, dark enough to be taken seriously. Nice review!
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:57

I find that I need to use a medium nib or possibly wider to let the green out from behind the black. It's that dark and saturated. I would agree that it is a dark, "serious" green ink.

I'm curious if anyone has tried diluting it and if so, what results one might expect.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 07:17

i love this ink! love the flow! thx for the review!
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 14:51

Thanks stefanv! I too am a fan of PR Ebony Green and have been following your saga of the Polar Lights. Great choice.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 00:22

Very nice ink color. How waterproof is this ink?

Beautiful pen... Thank you for the review.

#7 stefanv

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 12:17

It's somewhat water resistant. After 10 seconds of running cold water over it, and then letting it dry for a few hours, you can still read it (unlike Parker Quink Blue for example, which is almost completely gone).

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Posted 04 August 2011 - 02:07

Thank you, Stefanv. I may have to pickup a bottle.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 18:23

I purchased a bottle and I loaded it today in my Lamy Vista (EF). I am liking it so far. This is my first green ink.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 15:29

I find that I need to use a medium nib or possibly wider to let the green out from behind the black. It's that dark and saturated. I would agree that it is a dark, "serious" green ink.

I'm curious if anyone has tried diluting it and if so, what results one might expect.


I found exactly the oposite. An EF nib lets the green show and a broader/wetter nib makes it get darker.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 16:09

I think it's more of a case of wetter vs. drier nib instead of wider vs. narrow. A drier nib puts the ink on thinner so you can see the colour. The thicker it goes on, the darker it gets.

I've just started experimenting mixing this ink with other inks. So far, I've tried 1 part Ebony Green to 2 parts Lamy Blue. It changes the colour a little, reduces the saturation a little (making the colour more visible), and reduces the flow a little (also making the colour more visible, and improving the behaviour on cheap paper).

I'll post some scans once I've done some more experimenting (I want to try mixing it with Lamy Green too).
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 17:11

I've experimented with diluting Ebony Green, and I've found that the green stands out nicely. If you're looking for a true green that can give you a range of darkness/saturation from the undiluted, near black ink to a terrific straight green to lighter kelly green, give it a try. 20% dilution is a good place to start, and it gets lighter and greener the more you dilute. I'll try to post some scans soon.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 15:22

I've never liked too many greens until seeing this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
What I'm looking for: Montblanc 132, 234 1/2, 235, 422 and 432. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 15:30

I've never liked too many greens until seeing this one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.



I have to agree. This green is really starting to grow on me. :clap1: I am also finding that it works well with Moleskine paper.

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#15 stefanv

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 23:36

That it works well with Moleskine paper surprises me, since I've found almost nothing that works well in my one-and-only (and last) Moleskine except Pelikan Royal Blue. Now I'm going to have try the PR EG in it.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 15:16

I like this green, especially in a fine point. Thanks for the review!