My goal in this round of tests was to choose a dark red or burgundy ink to use in my new Visconti Cosmoplitan. The pen is made of stacked red and clear celluloid, and I plan to use it with a reddish ink so that any staining will blend into the overall colour of the pen. After having reviewed the results for all the inks tested, I've revised my conclusions for some of them; therefore, where my typed and handwritten comments conflict the typed comments supercede the handwritten ones.
- Ink samples purchased from Goulet Pens (http://www.gouletpens.com/)
- Visconti Cosmoplitan purchased from Chatterly Pens (http://www.pentime.com)
- Veruna Rajan purhcased from AllWriteNow (http://www.allwritenow.net)
- OMAS 360 purchased from Classic Fountain Pens (http://www.nibs.com)
As expected Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses was the shading champion. Depending on ambient lighting conditions, this ink looks like either dusty rose with black shading or burgundy with black shading and pink highlights. Either way, it looks great when used with either test pen. I did not observe the black swan effect with either the Visconti stub nib or my OMAS 360 with semi-flex nib. This ink exhibited some gushing and skipping when used in the Visconti, but was well behaved in the flex nib OMAS 360, and is my favourite ink for that pen. I'll definetly by buying a full bottle of BSIAR.
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