As the patches are neutral gray, the colour on your monitor should also be neutral.
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Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
Swabs: Waterman Florida Blue. R&K Scabiosa.
Depicts relative nib width and wetness.
WRITTEN SAMPLES: Moby Dick
Note - Narrow Nibs:
First two rows are 5mm wide; the last two rows are 8mm wide.
Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
Paper: Clairefontaine Triomphe.
Paper: G Lalo, Verge de France, White.
Paper: Pulp - from a one-a-day cartoon calendar.
Out of curiosity.
Paper: QuoVadis journal with ivory paper (Clairefontaine?)
HAPPY ! On glossy card stock.
Smear / Dry Time.
Paper: HPJ1124 Laser Copy.
- Iron-gall fountain pen ink.
- Afraid not - for me anyway. (This is Ms Blue-Black speaking; I am not channelling Walter Cronkite, OK?)
- Will do very well for those who seek a very unique ink: shading and colour are without peer.
- The visual weight and presence are a bit odd: having a warm tint, the colour wants to come forward, but somehow is bound to the plane of the page.
- This might be a 'Must Have' for someone who has an itch they can't scratch.
- While this is the least 'red' of all warm colours I can recall, it is still not quite a colour that might find its way into the conference room.
- The grey-rose may well seem conflicted or indecisive. (?)
- And with it being so unique, it may actually be distracting. (??)
- Signatures. (It's yours!)
- Not snappy enough and too dark for mark-up, editing, revision.
- For correction / grading, it does not have enough zip & zap to stand out.
- Can be paired with either warm, cool or neutral colours and would complement them all. (Throw away the Colour Wheel for this one!)
- Lack of feathering and the i-g tight clean lines supports its use for extremely narrow lines/labels in drawings/diagrams; and the colour should provide eye-relief even when saturated, (no edge-effect).
- 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.
- This is the arena for this ink.
- It is a unique ink, so I suggest exploiting that by using a somewhat wet, but not saturating writer. As this ink seems to run at the 'true' width of a nib, I'd think a M-B nib would to it - not just a plump M.
- While I think it certainly wonderful for notes, (good on poor paper, robust, etc.), it may not be acceptable for assignments.
- Widely considered to be dry / dusty, which it is - in spades.
- Problems were encountered while preparing the Written Samples on the G Lalo. *expletive*
- Other than the hard textured G *expletive* Lalo, Scabiosa did well.
- Not noticed.
- Lean, barely adequate. (Seek a smooth nib & paper.)
- 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 blanched almonds.
- Not noticed.
- Very likely.
- Dry within 25 seconds.
- Quick & thorough with plain water.
- *One should cleanse pens completely, including the innards of the cap.
- 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 warm my sole brown, and to add even more dimension to the Herbin 'Larmes de Cassis'.
- 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; but as Scabiosa is warm, it wants to come forward. I believe this is one reason that Scabiosa can be seen as indecisive : it creates visual tension.
- Struggles to achieve solid density.
- A wet-ish writer and compliant paper are required.
- And I wonder if saturation is contrary to the character of the ink; so no acts against Nature, OK?
- None noticed
Variance depending on pen+nib combos used:
- More than I though I'd see! especially with the wider nibs!!
Is colour name appropriate / accurate?
- No idea.
- Name has something to do with flowers - not a persistent nasty skin condition of reptiles.
- This ink should look good on all white papers.
- Could overcome paper with optical brighteners with a bit of a tussle.
- Any that are hard, dry or textured.
- After choking on the G Lalo VdF, I tried a sheet from the Quo Vadis Habana journal with the plain/blank ivory paper. Very nice indeed; no feathering or bleed-through either. Some show-through, but for a personal journal, no big deal.
- Within the limits of the Trip Wire papers mentioned above, it's a matter of preference over performance, especially as Scabiosa does well with lesser papers.
- 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!
- Label wraps around, so ink level cannot be determined - no good for Snorkels! (Bah!)
- Pleasantly absent.
- Bonus Points for not using a box
- Various on-line outlets
- Possible, but not sure if it'll be worth the sweat.
- Its pretty impressive from the bottle, so you might just try it with pens & papers at hand, then go from there.
- The Carene on Clairefontaine, but I'd go for a slightly wider nib. (Time for that stub for the Carene perhaps.)
- An elusive ink, which is part of its cachet.
- Goes down more Red than it appears when dry and cured.
- Ah kushbaby, not your colour, ...
These pen+nib combos:
(Same as used for the Salix Ink Review.)
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 nib.
E. The Notorious Pink Safari + steel B nib + body stocking.
F. Sailor Demonstrator + 14K MS nib.
* The Skyline is considered a Dealers' Choice as it has a firm nib - many in the market are or claim to be flex-ish.
For lines & labels:
- Pilot Plumix + steel XF nib; inked with Visconti Green.
- HPJ1124 24 lb. Laser Copy.
- Clairefontaine Triomphe.
- G Lalo 'Verge de France', White
- Pulp - One-a-day cartoon calendar page: Esterbrook J + XF.
- Quo Vadis Habana Journal ivory
- 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.