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#1 chkuo

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:21



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Posted 02 April 2009 - 18:41

I wish it was just a little bit lighter... I like the idea of a dark, rich green-black, but not if it often just looks black.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 18:43

Every time I see somebody else's sample of Zhivago, I covet it again! But when I had this ink, it just looked plain black in all my pens, and the green was visible only when the ink smeared or got wet. Now what's the use of that?... I sold my bottle, but continue to think it looks nice on other people's scans!

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 18:59

And I always wish it were almost black, but I have a hard time telling mine apart from MB Racing Green.
Why, sometimes I'd like to take a switchblade and a peppermint and a Cadillac and throw it all in a fire.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 19:02

I love this ink! I agree that straight out of the bottle it is almost black. The trick I do is to rinse my pen out with water, empty it, then fill it with ink while it is still a bit wet. That little bit of dilution makes the color more of a deep olive green than black.

Edited by Triplet Mom, 02 April 2009 - 19:04.

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 19:05

*Want!*

Thanks for the scan and reminder that I want this ink, chkuo!

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 19:19

It was waaay to dark for me. I also couldn't tell it from black most times. I also had a problem with it smearing and being very slow to dry.

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QUOTE (QM2 @ Apr 2 2009, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every time I see somebody else's sample of Zhivago, I covet it again! But when I had this ink, it just looked plain black in all my pens, and the green was visible only when the ink smeared or got wet. Now what's the use of that?... I sold my bottle, but continue to think it looks nice on other people's scans!


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Posted 03 April 2009 - 10:13

QUOTE (MattN @ Apr 2 2009, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish it was just a little bit lighter... I like the idea of a dark, rich green-black, but not if it often just looks black.


Noodler's Spirit of the Bamboo is your ink, then. It's bulletproof too!


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Posted 03 April 2009 - 13:44

Zhivago was my go to ink a while ago. It's a lovely color, the most professional business greens I think Noodlers makes.

I have a Hunter Green Edison Pearl in the mail and I can't figure out if i should be inking it with Noodlers Marine Green (my current favorite ink) or Zhivago. I plan on using the Pearl as a daily pen and Zhivago would probably fit that bill better for me!

Nice review as well.

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 19:02

QUOTE (QM2 @ Apr 2 2009, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every time I see somebody else's sample of Zhivago, I covet it again! But when I had this ink, it just looked plain black in all my pens, and the green was visible only when the ink smeared or got wet. Now what's the use of that?... I sold my bottle, but continue to think it looks nice on other people's scans!

In a broader pen, it looks like a happy marriage between army green and used motor oil. I never thought I would care for it, but I actually like it a lot. Call this an "atypical" color prefrence for me.

I'll be starting my ink scans this weekend (in preparation for selling some ink) and I'll use a music nib for it.
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#11 xmattxyzx

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 19:30

Zhivago looks significantly different in every single one of my pens. It's pretty cool.

Edited by xmattxyzx, 03 April 2009 - 19:30.


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Posted 03 April 2009 - 19:30

QUOTE (MikaLa @ Apr 3 2009, 03:13 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (MattN @ Apr 2 2009, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish it was just a little bit lighter... I like the idea of a dark, rich green-black, but not if it often just looks black.


Noodler's Spirit of the Bamboo is your ink, then. It's bulletproof too!

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind!

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 19:36

QUOTE (Deirdre @ Apr 3 2009, 09:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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I'll be starting my ink scans this weekend (in preparation for selling some ink) and I'll use a music nib for it.


ooooh
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Posted 03 April 2009 - 20:13

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QUOTE (QM2 @ Apr 2 2009, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every time I see somebody else's sample of Zhivago, I covet it again! But when I had this ink, it just looked plain black in all my pens, and the green was visible only when the ink smeared or got wet. Now what's the use of that?... I sold my bottle, but continue to think it looks nice on other people's scans!


I know you did! smile.gif

I like the black with hints of green (which perhaps would show up more in wider nibs), but I noticed it dried very slow. On some simple 4x5 pads some letters seemed to stay wet for minutes!

I thought perhaps it's just not "wetting" the paper fibers fast enough so it was not absorbing into the paper. When my first piston fill was almost empty I refilled the ink chamber with water, allowing the ink to be greatly diluted.

Now it does dry faster (though still slow I think) but the color has become a deep, deep forest green. Still almost black but much more obviously green especially in day light. If you write over the same line a few times (as you might in a drawing) it gets blacker and blacker, which makes me think that in an italic nib this will shade nicely. I may try that out just to see for sure.

Whenever I see a review of these colors I wish a wider nib was included as thin fine or medium lines really don't offer a dark color like Zhivago enough room to show the subtleties possible. Conversely, if there are no subtleties or shading then that's made obvious too and good information to share.

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 21:33

QUOTE (Deirdre @ Apr 3 2009, 03:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (QM2 @ Apr 2 2009, 11:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every time I see somebody else's sample of Zhivago, I covet it again! But when I had this ink, it just looked plain black in all my pens, and the green was visible only when the ink smeared or got wet. Now what's the use of that?... I sold my bottle, but continue to think it looks nice on other people's scans!

In a broader pen, it looks like a happy marriage between army green and used motor oil. I never thought I would care for it, but I actually like it a lot. Call this an "atypical" color prefrence for me.

I'll be starting my ink scans this weekend (in preparation for selling some ink) and I'll use a music nib for it.



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Posted 03 April 2009 - 22:25

You know what? I was totally in need of more coffee today. Forget what I said above, I was thinking El Lawrence. I don't have Zhivago.
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#17 Peter from Sherwood Park

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 23:13

Is there anyone who can compare PR Ebony Green with Zhivago?

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 16:08

I wish it was just a little bit lighter... I like the idea of a dark, rich green-black, but not if it often just looks black.


I had the same thought, and although I'm not much of a mixer I blended Zhivago with Whiteness of the whale to get an excellent deep green.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:48

This ink is funny. At first I was pretty disappointed by how much it looked like just another black. The more I used it, the more I liked it. It's slight olive cast became like a secret between me and the ink.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 13:21

Is there an equivalent of Noodler's Zhivago, but red instead of green?
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