Not exactly a fountain pen question but...
Posted 29 November 2008 - 00:38
For you dip pen users, what kinds of ink do you use?
Posted 29 November 2008 - 00:59
My recent favorite is metallic gold ink made with metallic powder (cheap from the craft store), a pinch of Gum Arabic and water. It's the best gold ink I've used so far.
Posted 29 November 2008 - 10:39
I would suspect that this is because of viscosity. Dip pen inks, not needing to flow through a feed, are more viscous than fountain pen inks. I would guess that this permits more to cling to the nib when dipped, allowing you to write more per dip.
I plan to buy some sip pen inks to play with. From what I've read, this is where you'll find the most high contrast and permanant inks available (much more so than fountain pen inks). There are india inks, which are shellac based. There are Sumi inks, made from carbon from charred organic material. There are true iron gall inks (which in a hundred or more years will eat holes in your paper). There are walnut-based inks. If color is your thing, then acrylic dip pen inks are the way to go. Try poking around here (http://www.johnnealbooks.com/prod_detail_list/9) to see what's available. Good luck,
Posted 29 November 2008 - 10:52
For black ink, Higgins (eternal) is a dependable, thick, inexpensive, jet black.
For red, I like the Calli brand, because they have a true match to the vermillion shade of Skrip Red I like.
And for gold, I use Alladine Or.
Posted 29 November 2008 - 20:36
Posted 30 November 2008 - 00:17
For 'normal' writing, you can use some, but only some, fountain pen inks. Many are just too 'runny' to work well with dip pens. Even then, not all dip pens will work well with the dip pen friendly inks.
Fountain pen inks that I have found to work well are Parker Quink Permanent Blue and PQ Permanent Black, Sheaffer Skrip Blue and SS Black, and Noodler's Ottoman Azure. The last is a beautiful ink you should have in your ink collection anyway.
Vintage dip pen nibs that work well with these inks are MacNiven & Cameron's Waverly Pen, the 'One Dip' pen and the Esterbrook 314 Relief Pen.
A modern dip pen nib that works well with pretty well all inks is the D.Leonardt's DP400 Ornamental nib --
I have one with the 1/2 mm nib size, and it is the only dip pen I have that gives me similar results to a fountain pen.
Don't forget that many dip pen nibs come coated with a fine layer of oil which prevents 'normal' inks from wetting it properly. Cleaning the nib with detergent and a toothbrush, and drying it with a tissue, fixes this problem.