For work I need black or blue ink. Still, blue leaves a fairly wide range of shades, and I try to vary it some, as the same blue gets to be too boring for me.
At home, no limits. I am very fond of turquoise (think old sheaffer's peacock- that was always my favorite color in school) so one of my first bottles was of Noodler's Eel turquoise. For drawing, I like black or brown, so I just picked up a black(ish) and a brown. Other colors I just plain like. I really like anything that shades deeply- so I had to have Black Swan in Australian Roses. It's lovely,and I keep it in at least one pen. Black Magic Blue was just too cool not to have, and though it has purple shades, it's still blue enough and dark enough for work. I still would like to add more blues to the list. I don't yet have a blue-black other than my vintage Sheaffer's that I'd rather not use. A navy or midnight blue would also be nice.
Then there are the wants... I'd like a nice red or other vivid color (Habanero?) for marking up my husband's students' papers. I don't teach any more (social work now) but somehow I still do a great deal of grading.
Even a vivid green or purple would do. I don't know, I just like inks. When I was in school and used the old Sheaffer school pens and cartridges, I rotated colors pretty regularly. The only off limits color was red because of grading. So Peacock, Lavender, Blue-black, Emerald and Brown were all reguarly used. Skrip Blue was used occasionally and I never used the black. It was too "blah".
I love seeing the ink collections. The vintage one is just....
wow... amazing. I'd love to look through some of those vintage bottles!!
Paperskater, I love your shelf! That's a nice assortment and so neatly organized! My inks have yet to find a nice "home" on a particular shelf.