Please take a moment to adjust your gear to accurately depict the Grey Scale below.
As the patches are neutral grey, that is what you should see.
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Swabs & Swatch
Paper: HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Royal - 25% rag.
Paper: Staples 20 lb. multi use.
Paper: Pulp. One-a-Day calendar page.
Wet Tests ☂
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Available when Topic posted.
- Not so much.
- When a luxurious high-performance purple ink is desired.
If using a Blue, Blue-Black, or a [neutral] Brown as a daily writer ink, CdASt may do well as a complementary colour.
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- As with other inks with a significant Red component, CdASt might be as 'shouting' or as inappropriately personal. Please consider your corporate culture and its protocols when using this beautiful ink.
- I would not be comfortable using this as my primary or default ink; and I would not want to see the expression on my face if I received more than a single sheet note written in CdASt.
- The colour may be considered as lacking in gravitas; definitely not for upward communication or for dour topics.
- May well be limited to inner-circle colleagues, hence reserved for sub rosa subjects.
- CdASt has a stable vibrancy on the page, and a great performance profile, making it worthy of consideration for those who routinely use an array of inks.
- Should be OK for mark-up, editing or grading of assignments - so long as the colour is not submerged.
- Another welcome addition.
- Use in pens or from watercolour brushes seems most inviting.
- CdASt seems very much itself at various densities, including modest dilution.
- Written Sample line quality is high, and better than most on the hard textured G Lalo. However, the usefulness of the line quality is compromised by this ink's high propensity for shading.
- Tight lines of uniform density, (e.g. diagrams, labels, crosshatching), are best allocated to another ink.
- If one's primary ink needs to be water resistant, then the water-resistant CdASt is a good pick for mark-up or editing.
- Good for slightly emphasised text, cross references, etc.
- Not sure about study notes - is it too animated to support confident concentration?
- As there is some risk exposure to bleed- show-through, a dry-ish writer may be needed on lesser papers.
- Likely unsuitable for hand-written assignments.
- Without a doubt!
- Definitely a 'personal' personal ink.
- Once again, the recipient will know that I picked this ink on purpose, (with lots of hand-wringing), as it is not one of my usual Blue-centric inks.
- Good choice for invitations to casual come-as-you-are occasions.
- Not in my top
ten twenty fiftyone-hundred for pro forma personal business writing - I would use whatever defaut Blue that is to hand, or try to use-up the Lamy Green.
- I have found that it takes some time & effort for me to pick just the 'right' nib, (more hand-wringing). With the high potential for shading, I tend to steer clear of wide Sharp or Cursive Italics, though a rather narrow CI or a wide Stub or Asian MS is grand.
- Billets doux are well within scope, so I carefully consider the recipient to avoid sending mixed messages.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- Not seen.
- With confidence.
- Not seen.
- Not seen after three days' contact.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely
- HPJ1124: C74.
- Royal: C74.
- Staples 20lb: Waterman.
- Could not use both sides of the sheet from the C74 on HPJ1124 or Royal.
- Some from the 'ink pools' from the C74 on the Royal.
- (See HiRes scans below.)
- Not noticed.
- Quick and thorough with plain water.
- No stated prohibitions.
- I see no reason to mix into this ink.
- Not claimed.
- See Figure 9 above.
- Smooth and supple.
- Reminiscent of a person I would love to order my meal in their favourite restaurant.
- Oh yes indeed!
- Pen+nib combos used:
- More than expected.
- Papers used:
- Slightly less than expected.
- Quite high.
- The wily practitioner is likely to choose their writer first to set the overall appearance, then choose the paper to fine tune the Look - especially the nature and extent of the shading.
- If one uses a single daily writer, Storm will appear to be much itself across a range of papers.
As I do not wish to earn the sobriquet 'Regina dei Banditi di Larghezza di Banda', these are IMG-thumbs only.
Estie on HPJ1124
Safari on Rhodia
Waterman on G Lalo
C74 on Royal
Is the name appropriate?
- The Cd'A site invites one to "Protest in Storm". LINK Really! How goofy is that?
- The 30ml bottle seems an unlikely place for Thor to stow his hammer.
- Please feel free to chime-in with helpful / playful suggestions as to this inks' alt name.
- Not so much.
- Fit for purpose, only if that purpose is to differentiate between inks in the Cd'A 'Colors of the Earth' series.
- Crisp pure white.
- Natural à la G Lalo.
- Those which are prone to bleed- show-through.
- It seems that even though the ink is not opaque, the colour remains quite constant / persistent across different base tints.
- May do well on Champagne and Ivory, or a pale to medium Blue.
- If a dusky rose tint could be found, it may be very nice.
- Buff to Brown tints have no appeal.
- Forms, etc.
- OMG don't do it! Use up the Diamine Indigo!!
- For charts & graphs:
- The colour makes it attractive, but the shading makes it unlikely. (Use up the Everflo™ Orchid.)
- High-end papers may well be in the mix if one wants to exploit the line quality, (especially from very narrow nibs), and/or is intent upon a specific manner of shading.
- Very possible.
- Sufficiently robust and malleable.
- C74+MS on HPJ1124.
- The nib width and wetness generate a high % coverage, which CdASt can manage without getting bogged down or appearing clunky. The exquisite shading is emphasised by those characteristics, and is well depicted by the paper.
- With the combo of wide wet nib and a high lubrication ink, the slight bit of tooth of the HPJ1124 was chosen to give me more control than a smooth paper such as Rhodia. (One may also consider the maruman P143 report pad.)
- Have something of interest to write about when using this ink - otherwise the reader may only remember receiving a letter written in a beautiful ink.
- Ah kushbaby, so very appealing. Could almost make one forget about the Zombie Apocalypse.
NUTS & BOLTS
- Esterbrook J + steel 2550 XF
- Rotring 600 + steel F
- Safari + steel F
- Waterman + g-p steel M
- Parker UK 51 Insignia (?) + 14K
- Pilot C74 + 14K MS
- For lines & labels: R&K Sepia from a Pilot Penmanship with EF nib.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
- Royal, 25% cotton rag.
- Pulp. One-a-Day Calendar page.
- Staples 20lb. multi use.
- Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
- NIB-ism was scanned at 400 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- HiRes Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Scans were not adjusted post-capture, so went straight to Photobouquet.
Densitometer Readings (FWIW)
- Red 158
- Grn 121
- Blu 171
- Lum 138
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel used.
Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc.
As always, YMMV, not only from materials, methods, environment, etc., but also due to differences between the stuff in the bottle I used, and that you may have.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.
Tags: Fountain Pen Ink Review Caran d'Ache Storm 3S Sandy1
Edited by Sandy1, 28 October 2011 - 09:20.