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How long does ink last in the bottle?


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#21 UltraMagnus

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:04

As others have said, most inks will last for decades. One thing that concerns me is noodlers reactive inks though, since I have read cellulose reactive dyes will slowly loose their reactivity over time. It wouldn't harm pens, but would no longer be a waterproof ink.
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 14:48

The general consensus seems to be "indefinitely". Unless the ink is contaminated with something and SITB (stuff in the bottle) grows or exposure to light causes chemical changes in the dyes, then the ink should remain usable. I have a bottle of some Montblanc ink I bought 20+ years ago and it is as poor today as when it was new. <img src="http://www.fountainp...>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> Other folks report using 50+ year old ink happily.

The symptoms that may indicate bad ink are sediments, cloudiness, stuff floating, or a bad smell.


Me too re the MB ink; I bought 4 of the large bottles 20+ years ago when an art supply store was going out of business. I'm on the 3rd bottle now, they've all been just fine. I keep them in a drawer out of the light, just in case.
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#23 SJH

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:39

Greetings All,
I recently bought a bottle of Mont Blanc from Zoli and the box had a use by date on it for Feb 2013! But I'm sure it would actually be usable far longer than this.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 23:49

Has anyone ever experienced stringy or gummy ink?



#25 Waski_the_Squirrel

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:49

The first ink I used was several decades old: Parker Quink that my father had in his desk drawer. Sadly, although he had 2 Parker 51s there, he never bought any Superchrome ink!


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 12:17

Greetings All,
I recently bought a bottle of Mont Blanc from Zoli and the box had a use by date on it for Feb 2013! But I'm sure it would actually be usable far longer than this.

Best regards,

Steve.


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Posted 29 March 2015 - 00:00

I'm currently using a bottle of Skrip V-Mail Black ink. That ink was made during WWII, years 1941-1944 only. I can't say whether it's as good as new or not, but it certainly writes well. It is, however, a bit on the grayish side and not as black as I would really like. Whether it was that way back in the 40's I have no idea.


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