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#21 Miles R.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:02

very nice shade of sepia indeed. unfortunately, i have stopped buying private reserve for the the fact that many of their colors develop some sort of goo or slime overtime. and it is drier than i would have liked. but still, very nice color.

Hmm, that's curious. I haven't seen any of the bottles in my possession develop goo, but I once bought an old bottle of Private Reserve Midnight Blues from someone that turned out to contain gouts of it. I assumed at the time that it was a mishap peculiar to that bottle or perhaps that ink. Now you have me a bit concerned about the several bottles of the brand in my possession. I will be on the lookout for that in the future.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:49

very nice shade of sepia indeed. unfortunately, i have stopped buying private reserve for the the fact that many of their colors develop some sort of goo or slime overtime. and it is drier than i would have liked. but still, very nice color.

Hmm, that's curious. I haven't seen any of the bottles in my possession develop goo, but I once bought an old bottle of Private Reserve Midnight Blues from someone that turned out to contain gouts of it. I assumed at the time that it was a mishap peculiar to that bottle or perhaps that ink. Now you have me a bit concerned about the several bottles of the brand in my possession. I will be on the lookout for that in the future.


let's hope it won't turn out that way. i'm pretty sure it doesn't apply to all colors.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 21:54

thx for the review. it might be the ink i need for my dip nibs.
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 16:53

Yikes! I have been having massive problems with this ink. I LOOOOVE the shading + color. But maybe I need to replace my bottle with the Noodler's? I wonder if Diamine has anything similar?

Yes, Diamine has a great Golden Brown, my favorite, along with several variations of sepia/brown worth a go

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 18:19

For your first review you have done a superior and through detailed report. I enjoy using Private Reserve ink, have never had an issue with it. I would be leery of using this ink in my pens. I'm glad you posted a fair balance review of the ink.
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 19:03

For your first review you have done a superior and through detailed report. I enjoy using Private Reserve ink, have never had an issue with it. I would be leery of using this ink in my pens. I'm glad you posted a fair balance review of the ink.

Thanks. The review is from a year ago. As I look at it now, I am embarrassed to see that I rated this ink "very good" for both lubrication and flow. I don't think I had sufficient experience, either with it or with other inks, to make any rating at that time, and I would now rate it "poor" for lubrication and "fair" for flow. It is a decidedly "dry" ink. I wish that I could correct the review on those points, but the time for that is past.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 18:39

Miles, it is still a superb review. I just purchased Private Reserve's Vampire Red and while I think the color is fantastic, the ink is so dry that the flow becomes almost non-existent in the two pens I've tried it in, a Pilot Metropolitan and a Reform 1745. Also, I found very heavy nib creep with the Vampire Red. Did you find the the same with the Sepia?

I have never tried diluting an ink with water. I wonder if it would change the color of Vampire Red very much. :hmm1:
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:58

I got a bottle a bottle in June of 2015 (not in small part because of this excellent review) and loved it.  Got round to it again recently and found it had gone green!

 

I suppose it could have been it did get mildly warm over our hot summers but it wasn't because of exposure to light. 

 

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So I added some purple and it got it back in the right direction.  Not the same, but still a nice brown.  My first go at mixing inks.   :)

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:19

I got a bottle a bottle in June of 2015 (not in small part because of this excellent review) and loved it.  Got round to it again recently and found it had gone green!

 

I suppose it could have been it did get mildly warm over our hot summers but it wasn't because of exposure to light. 

 

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So I added some purple and it got it back in the right direction.  Not the same, but still a nice brown.  My first go at mixing inks.   :)

 

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:thumbup: both equally nice colors.


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#30 Miles R.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:23

PR has changed the ink that it calls "Sepia" so much now that my review is in effect of another ink of the same name. It is now an extremely thin and watery greenish ink---not normally as green as the ink in Taike's first photo, but still not at all the golden brown that it was when I posted my original review. I find the new color repellent.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:17

PR has changed the ink that it calls "Sepia" so much now that my review is in effect of another ink of the same name. It is now an extremely thin and watery greenish ink---not normally as green as the ink in Taike's first photo, but still not at all the golden brown that it was when I posted my original review. I find the new color repellent.

 

Just for clarification, when I got the bottle it was the color shown in your review. Very much as expected and a pleasure to write with.  The surprise was how much it changed in the intervening time just sitting on my shelf. 

 

I'm curious if any other folks have bottles of a similar vintage and if they've also changed as dramatically.  The good news is it's given me an excuse to try and find a replacement.  :)  



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Posted Yesterday, 04:03

I had the old sepia and loved using it with dip nibs. However when I replaced my bottle last year it was a color that reminds me of lentil soup. I got a sample from Goulet to see if I just got a bad bottle and it was the same horrid color. Gone for good it seems.

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Posted Yesterday, 13:54

I had the old sepia and loved using it with dip nibs. However when I replaced my bottle last year it was a color that reminds me of lentil soup. I got a sample from Goulet to see if I just got a bad bottle and it was the same horrid color. Gone for good it seems.

 

Lentil soup or maybe even pea soup! In any case, it is not sepia any more. A completely unusable ink, to my taste.








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