1. Does bottled fountain pen ink go bad?
2. If so, how can you tell? Are there any signs or warnings?
3. If so, are there any tricks to reviving the bottled ink?
Specifically, I found three bottles of ink I thought long lost. They were packed in box, stuffed in a moving box, forgotten for at least 5 years, and accidentally discovered. In truth, the bottled ink is most likely even older, say a decade (or gulp longer) since they were originally purchase.
The inks are (see attached picture):
1. Mont Blanc Tinte Ink Encre Tinta
2. J. Herbin Encre Bleu Myosotis, and
3. Inchiostro Stilografico Turchese Campo Marzio-Roma (which is the coolest looking bottle with a wood cork).
I am NOT looking for any comments about the quality of the ink (I think that covers the caveat), but more information about bottled ink generally and if possible, these bottled inks specifically.
I've looked for sentiment (and didn't see any). I've shaken each bottle. The ink looks fine, possibly the Turchese is a little watery, but as you can tell from the post, it's been quite a while since I've used any of these so I just don't remember if the ink was always like this.
One last thing: at one point I've owned and used higher-end fountain pens like the Mont Blanc and vintage pens like the Parker Vacumatic. These inks were used in those pens. Today (and I know this might drive some fountain pen collectors and afficandos nuts), but I prefer the larger sized, less expensive, everyday fountain pens like my venerable $30 Lamy. So I'll be using these inks with a converter. Not sure it makes any difference, but that's currently what I'm working with.
Any help, ideas, tips and tricks would be terrific. Thank you.
Finally as long as we're here, I'm looking for a modern fountain pen similar to my Lamy in size and relative price (say under $60). I love the look of the Kawesco Classic Sport Fountain Pen but that particular pen is very tiny. Ideas? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by AndWhoDisguisedAs, 08 October 2012 - 16:16.