As the patches are neutral gray, the colour on your monitor should also be neutral.
Calibrate Mac LINK
Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
Swabs: Waterman Florida Blue. R&K Salix.
Shows relative nib width & wetness
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Note - Narrow Nibs:
First two rows are 5mm in height; the last two rows are 8mm in height.
Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
Paper: Clairefontaine Triomphe.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, white.
Paper: Pulp - from a one-a-day cartoon calendar.
Paper: Glossy card stock.
Smear / Dry Time. Wet samples.
Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
- Iron-gall fountain pen ink.
- Oh yes baby.
- Will do incredibly well for those who prefer a dark blue or blue-black, and/or must use poor paper.
- Has visual weight commensurate with dark tone.
- This ink is known to be dry to the point of being 'dusty', but it performed with aplomb with all sampled pens and papers.
- This might be a 'Must Have' for anyone who uses MB Midnight Blue (née Blue-Black) and wants to lighten up, cut loose, and have some reckless fun while wearing a belt & braces.
- A good alternative to all dark blues and blue-blacks.
- Can be used without hesitation for internal and external correspondence.
- Posting and anything that requires tiny writing with very narrow nibs.
- Does well on glossy stock, so can be used for marginalia.
- Not snappy enough and too dark for mark-up, editing, revision, correction, etc.
- In terms of colour, it will substitute for Dark Blue.
- Lack of feathering and the i-g tight clean lines supports its use for extremely narrow lines/labels in drawings/diagrams.
- Due to the shading, it is not a candidate when even tone is required. e.g. Large areas to be blocked-out, though cross-hatching will compensate.
- Not quite.
- This is a bit too dark and not all that convivial. However, with suitable pen & paper, the ink generates sensual shading, so it cannot be dismissed outright as a personal ink.
- Also, with the unique look of i-g inks, (impossible to convey in a scan - I tried), it cannot be mistaken for a rollerball, gel, or some implement other than an FP.
- A very suitable ink: easy to read, durable, good for hand-written assignments, does well on poor paper. (Pay more for ink and save on paper; or save on ink and pay more for paper.)
- Widely considered to be dry / dusty.
- However, no problems were encountered while preparing the Written Samples. And this Review includes pens used in my other Reviews: this is not a set of cherry-picked ultra-wet writers.
- OK with all sampled nibs & feeds.
- Just a tiny bit after about 10 minutes uncapped: the dry-out is the nib tip - not the entire nib.
- Lean, but adequate. (Similar to Herbin.)
- A little more would be welcome on the hard textured G Lalo.
- Typical of an i-g ink.
- Not noticed in the short term.
- Not on any of the papers.
- Both sides of paper may be used without a problem.
- Very faint.
- Reminiscent of green (unroasted) walnut meat.
- Not noticed.
- Dry within 10 seconds.
- Not claimed.
- Quick & thorough with plain water. :-)
- *One should cleanse pens completely, including the innards of the cap.
- Looks boring in the wash, so bring a crossword, or do some journal jotting.
- As with other inks, I flush and cleanse a pen after use. I-G inks are not of the sort to let dry-out in a neglected pen. However, other practitioners have reported that pens inked with i-g ink start right up after not being used for months on end. Not I; use 'em then clean 'em.
- No stated prohibitions / limitations, but from personal experience do not mix with Sailor nano inks: the likelihood of a precipitate / sludge forming is very real.
- I have used this ink to bring the ultra-wet Private Reserve 'Tanzanite' into normal wetness range. I dubbed that mix as 'Tarzanite': the mix is mostly Tanzanite but is strengthened and made less flabby by the Salix. Also a mix of MBMB I dubbed SalixX that makes Salix a bit darker and improves flow.
As mentioned above, i-g inks have a different look to them than purely dye-based inks. The i-g inks seem to reside slightly behind the plane of the writing surface; and Salix, with it's light-dark shading, almost seems to make 'ripples' on the page as it goes above and below the plane of the page. Very unusual.
- Has good density.
- A wet-ish writer may be used to suppress shading, without inducing feathering.
- Saturation LINK
- None noticed
- N.B. As this ink is highly unlikely to feather or bleed through, a wet writer may be used.
- Tight line Link
- Ink pool LINK
Variance depending on pen+nib combos used:
- Maintains 'The Look' across the sampled pens & papers.
- Even with the narrow nibs, the shading is visible. Carumba!
Is colour name appropriate / accurate?
- No idea.
- Name is unlikely to be a by-product of Happy Hour libations.
- This ink should look good on all white papers.
- Could overcome paper with optical brighteners.
- Can't think of one.
- The shading generated could provide the opportunity to generate a two-colour impression: Salix where saturation is high; and a mix of Salix and the tint of the paper where ink saturation is low. I think the G Lalo Ivory is too yellow/warm for this, but perhaps a buff or pale brown paper for an 'antique' look.
- Very much a Dealer's Choice:
- Salix is going to do what it does pretty much without regard for the paper. However, good paper does allow Salix to do its thing more easily and consistently.
- Also, due to the lean lubrication, a very smooth paper may be preferred by some practitioners.
- 50 ml. bottle.
- A very simple cylindrical brown-tinted glass bottle, 40 mm diameter and 78 mm tall.
- The centred round opening is an adequate 22 mm.
- The text on the label is in four European languages.
- The hard white plastic screw cap has adequate grippy nodes, and is easy to grasp. Note: I heard the plastic lid was replaced by a metal cap.
- The cap is not child-proof.
- The cap seal is 'foam' plastic.
- Single tank, no filling aids, no sediment collector. Another Tsk!
- The label obscures the ink level / surface. No fun for snorkel fillers.
- Pleasantly absent.
- Bonus Points for not using a box
- Various on-line outlets
- The high degree of shading, and tight lines provides the basis for conjuring.
- Tough one, so I'll pick two: the C74 + SFM nib on the HPJ1124; and the Notorious Pink Safari + B nib in a body stocking on the Triomphe.
- Runner-up: Skyline + F nib on the Lalo: an unexpected and impressive performance of a narrow nib on a hard textured paper.
- A tour-de-force from an ink that I've used mostly for special purposes, and not so often for general writing.
- Was this an 'ugly ducking' / black swan ink?
- This is definitely moving forward on the ink shelf.
- Ah kushbaby, not your colour, but you can make the stretch ...
These pen+nib combos:
For Written Samples:
A. Esterbrook J + 9550 steel Posting XF.
B. *Eversharp Skyline + 14K firm F.
C. Pilot Custom 74 + SFM
D.Waterman Carene + 18K M
E. The Notorious Pink Safari + steel B nib + body stocking.
F. Sailor Demonstrator + 14K MS nib.
For lines & labels:
- Pilot Plumix + steel XF nib; inked with Visconti Bordeaux.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- Clairefontaine Triomphe.
- G Lalo 'Verge de France', White
- Pulp - One-a-day cartoon calendar page: Esterbrook J + XF.
- Glossy card stock: Sailor + MS.
To be relevant to the most members, I make an effort to use papers, pens & nibs that are readily available, for which I paid $100 or less, and are 'factory stock' - not customised.
If I use something outside of my guidelines, it will be ID-ed with an asterix to denote a *Dealer's Choice.
Scans were made on an Epson V600 scanner; factory defaults were accepted.
Figures shown were scanned at 150 dpi & 24 bit colour.
Images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
Scans were not adjusted other than cropping and straightening using iPhoto on a MacBook, but most went straight to the file sharing thingy.
Scanner Densitometer Readings were generated from the 'N' in 'Ink Review' in Figure 2: Red 33; Green 134; Blue 210; Luminosity 129.