Thank you Sandy1 for your comprehensive and utterly fascinating insight! A very kind gentlemen on the FPN is mailing me a sample vial of ESSRI. I can't wait to sample it (as well as the samples of R&K Salix and DRI I'm getting from Goulet PC).
Now this is just a wild theory but I wonder if trying different recipes mixing the reformulated NON-permanent formulation of Montblanc Midnight Blue with one of the currently commercially-available Iron-Gall blue inks (i.e. R&K Salix, ESSRI, DRI etc.) would produce an ink that would 'iron-gallize' (my technical term) the reformulated Montblanc Midnight Blue...emulating the complex color characteristics of the discontinued Montblanc Midnight Blue as well as making it somewhat permanent again. Do you think I may be onto something here or am I just stabbing in the dark? Please be totally blunt if I'm way off here. Obviously, as you can probably tell, I'm no expert here. I'm just trying to figure out if there's a way to do it without using any discontinued inks. I don't have any MBBlBk. Is there any substance to my naive logic?
Ah, let me put it this way - in the Inky Thoughts Forum there's a Topic 'Experiments and Exercises in Curiosity & Blonde Optimism' c/w video that reflects my attitude to inky explorations. http://www.fountainp...mism/?p=3066866
I don't disagree with your 'naive logic', which seems similar to my 'blonde optimism'.
Indeed, when I looked at the non-I-G cartridge version of Lamy Blue-Black, and Montblanc Blue-Black and Midnight Blue, it seemed the aniline dye iterations were quite close to the I-G iterations of those inks, except for the charisma and outstanding performance profile that is typical of I-G inks. The aniline dye iterations were body doubles, not the real thing.
I speculate that the current non-I-G MB Midnight Blue is that which was previously available only in cartridges - the same
dumb move choice taken by Lamy when they stopped producing their BlBk with I-G. http://www.fountainp...-ink/?p=2028316
As I am presently on the outs with MB for discontinuing one of my favourite inks, I have chosen not to use their inks in my blends, but that should certainly not stop others from doing so. A recipe blending Salix + non-I-G MBMBl seems well within range. As for blending ESSRI with non-I-G MBMBl, I would add [distilled] water to the ESSRI before blending with non-I-G MBMBl:
(X parts ESSRI + Y parts water) + Z parts MBMBl = ??
The catch is that the aniline dye in ESSRI is not likely the same hue as that in MBMBl, so a third ink might be invited to join. Nevertheless it is a fair point of departure for an inky adventure.
Please note that blending inks is not without risk exposure to an 'unsafe' result, so kindly avail yourself of the method I use for determining the safety of a blend as outlined in my recipe for Gal-Lexi: http://www.fountainp...rown/?p=2517090 and this Topic http://www.fountainp...ctor/?p=2991199
- Comparison - MBMBl : ESSRI : MBlBk http://www.fountainp...anc-blue-black/
- Comparison - Lamy Blue-Black - I-G Bottle :: Colour Component Cartridge http://www.fountainp...ttle-cartridge/
- Comparison - Montblanc Blue-Black 50ml Bottle :: Cartridge http://www.fountainp...ost__p__1917837
- Ink Review: Montblanc Midnight Blue - Cartridges http://www.fountainp...dges/?p=2030867
Edited by Sandy1, 24 October 2014 - 12:07.