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At time of writing, the Pelikan site does not depict this ink, so the fidelity of the ink I used cannot be determined.
Wiki 'turquoise colour' LINK
Swabs & Swatch
Depicts nibs' down-stroke line-width and pens' relative wetness.
Distance between feint vertical pencil lines is 25mm.
L → R: 503, M200, Prelude, TWSBI, NPS, 1911m.
Paper base tints:
L → R: HPJ1124, Rhodia, G Lalo, Royal, Staples.
WRITTEN SAMPLES - Moby Dick
Paper: G. Lalo.
Smear/Dry Times & Wet Tests.
- Dye-based fountain pen ink.
- Available when Topic posted.
- Quite possible.
- When a soft Blue-leaning Turquoise is desired.
(From the office of Ms Blue-Black.)
- Suitable for general business use when one chooses a calmly energetic veneer, without gravitas or outright frivolity; nothing dour.
- Perhaps best for lateral communication and informal downward notes, especially when open dialogue is desirable.
- A fair pick for personal work product, with good readability and a smooth pace. (To mark-up notes written in P4T, I'd reach no farther than Pelikan's own 4001 Brown.)
- Will do well for mark-up or editing of Black-printed text, including marginalia, and dedicated forms use - especially those that require little if any text. e.g. Tick boxes ☑
- Not enough zap for error correction or grading.
- Perhaps too Blue to be used as a definitive Turquoise, so perhaps more of a transitional colour from Blue to Aqua.
- Line quality supports use for taut lines and tiny labels, though shading potential may need to be suppressed.
- Rather short dry times should enable rapid reworking.
- As a watercolour, it has little water resistance, and the colour appears to be quite uniform, so depending on paper used may be suitable for washes, but reworking with a wet brush may leave a pale artefact.
- A possible choice for general notes, though water resistance is negligible, so when/if anything worth keeping was written, it should be safeguarded.
- A reasonable choice for assignments, but may be proscribed as not meeting a requirement for Blue or Black ink.
- This is one of my 'bridging' inks, spanning the region between Blue and Turquoise.
- Not quite so lively as to be used for invitations to a beach party, but a definite departure from my usual Blue to Blue-Black inks. Perhaps for letters written on Tuesday evening that look forward to the week-end, or that try to recollect the fun stuff from the one prior.
- I would not use this ink for pro forma personal business writing, though for business letters conveying compliments or special thanks, P4T seems just the thing. (Not all my business letters are written with Lamy Green or Diamine Indigo!)
- There is enough visual weight and solidity to the ink that I do not hesitate to use a somewhat dry nib - even one which is a bit narrow. A moderately wide nib does nicely, without becoming clunky or congested on the page at typical densities. I'm not convinced that P4T is so wonderful that I would use a nib over 1.0mm, but that's just me. * waiting for GP to chime-in *
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE & CHARACTERISTICS
- A bit dry.
- Wetter than Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue.
- Not noticed.
- With confidence.
- Quite good.
- Greater than Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue.
- Use of a narrow nib on the hard textured G Lalo was OK.
- Not seen.
- Not seen after three days.
- Not seen.
- Seems unlikely.
- Staples: LINK
- HPJ1124: From the 1911m.
- Royal: Bleed-through from the M200.
- Not seen on papers used.
- Slightly inky.
- Not evident.
- Very fast and thorough with plain water.
- Another good pick for those who may change inks on-the-fly or in the field.
- No stated prohibitions.
- Not claimed.
- How was your week-end?
- Possible to achieve a solidly inked line.
- Over-wrote feint lines on Rhodia.
- Good, but unpredictable.
- Pleasant enough when it appears.
- Generally quite good, except for the G Lalo, which presented more than its usual challenge, giving a rather choppy result.
- Improved as paper surface became smoother, with the Rhodia exhibiting the best line quality - which gave the narrow CI nib on the Prelude a chance to shine.
- Pen+nib combos used:
- Slightly greater than expected.
- Papers used:
- Slightly less than expected.
- Somewhat high.
- Changes to both pen and paper can alter the Look to a pleasantly useful degree, without resorting to extremes of either.
- Shading was elusive, with the wider nibs doing better than narrow nibs.
- The amount of colour-shift due to paper base-tint was perhaps a bit less than expected, though certainly apparent on the G Lalo.
Originals are 60x30mm.
All are thumbnails.
503 on HPJ1124:
Prelude on Rhodia:
TWSBI on G Lalo:
1911m on Royal:
This Review includes the same Written Sample format and some pen+paper combos common to most of my previous Reviews of Turquoise inks; and the M200+EF for Blue inks. Consequently, ad hoc comparisons through manipulation of browser windows is supported.
Should that functionality not meet your requirements, I welcome your request via PM. Additional scans may be produced, but the likelihood of additional inky work is quite low.
L → R: Omas Turquoise, Sheaffer Skrip Turquoise, Noodler's Turquoise, Lamy Turquoise.
- Smooth crisp whites.
- Any that are too coarsely textured and/or non-absorbent.
- A reasonable option, though may be limited by one's tolerance for bleed-through on 'lowest bidder' lightweight stock.
- Should hold its own on dirty whites.
- Possible, though quite dependent on line density/opacity.
- My tendency is to run it on the warm papers, to Ivory; though not much more Brown than a pale Buff / Khaki.
- In the darker tones it is quite elegant on Powder Blue stock.
- Very much a matter of personal preference, though I prefer the hard smooth surfaced papers when using narrow nibs, and when I pursue shading.
- Just not enough wow.
- More for chit-chatting than romancing.
- The Prelude on Rhodia.
- The Cursive Italic nib gives a gracile line, and generates a nice bit of shading.
- The paper fully supports both the line-width variation and the shading, and its slightly warm base-tint shifts the colour ever so slightly away from Blue.
- Always a welcome choice for convivial notes.
- Allows me to use a vast majority of my pens and papers without thinking
- I still reach for their Edelstein Topaz.
- Ah kushbaby, perhaps not sufficiently unique, but hard to go wrong with this one.
NUTS BOLTS & BOILERPLATE
- Written Samples:
A. Waterman 503 BookKeeper [raised white cap jewel] + W3 14CT nib. LINK
B. Pelikan M200 + g-p steel EF nib.
C. Sheaffer Prelude + two-tone steel Italic M nib.*
D. TWSBI 530 + steel M nib.
E. Notorious Pink Safari + steel B nib.
F. Sailor 1911 + 14K two-tine MS nib.
* Hand-ground by Pendem♡nium. (OooLaLaa!)
- Lines & labels:
Diamine Eau de Nil from a Pilot Penmanship + XF nib.
- HPJ1124: Hewlett-Packard laser copy/print, 24lb.
- Rhodia: satin finish vellum, 80gsm.
- G. Lalo: Verge de France, natural white, laid, 100gsm.
- Royal: 25% cotton, laser/inkjet copy/print, 'letterhead', 90gsm.
- Staples: house brand multi-use copy/print, USD4/ream, bears FSC logo, 20lb.
- Pulp: Calendar page.
- An Epson V600 scanner was used with the bundled Epson s/w at factory default settings to produce low-loss jpg files.
- Figures shown were scanned at 200 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- Hi-Res images linked were scanned at 300 dpi & 24 bit colour.
- No post-capture manipulation of scanner output was done, other than dumb-down by Epson, Photobouquet, IP.Board s/w, and the viewing gear.
Densitometer Readings on HPJ1124
- Red 81
- Grn 182
- Blu 237
- Lum 169
The accuracy and relevance of this Review depends in great part upon consistency and reliability of matériel used.
Ink does not require labelling/notice to indicate (changes in) formulation, non-hazardous ingredients, batch ID, date of manufacture, etc.
As always, YMMV, not only from materials, methods, environment, etc., but also due to differences between the stuff I used and that you may have; and manner of working.
Also, I entrust readers to separate opinion from fact; to evaluate inferences and conclusions as to their merit; and to be amused by whatever tickles your fancy.
Edited by Sandy1, 02 December 2012 - 02:25.