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#1 AoKiu

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:55

This is how my brand new bottle of Private Reserve Chocolate ink looked when I tried to suck some out to put in a separate Nalgene bottle!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:46

Ick! Is that a bubble? Or gunk? At that point, have you already mixed the two inks? Or is that object purely PR Chocolat?

Edited by maryannemoll, 16 January 2013 - 10:56.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 13:02

That looks like a glass bottle - is that new?
I bought some PR chocolat fast dry recently, and it came in a plastic bottle. It performs perfectly and has no strange blobs in it. It is fast becoming my favorite brown ink, and I'm also using it in all sorts of ink mixings. No ontoward results, so far.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 13:38

It seems that modern inks have a limited lifespan thanks to authorities who keep banning chemicals like Carbolic Acid (Phenol).
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 14:12

Hi,

:crybaby:

It's a bad case of the dreaded Stuff In The Bottle, SITB.

I suggest drawing-off a sample, then arrange with Private Reserve to send them the sample for analysis along with purchase details.

Also contact the Vendor to alert them of the problem and to have the defective ink replaced at no cost to you.

I like to think that between the Vendor and PR, they can track down any other bottle/s that might be contaminated, and prevent recurrence of such a disappointment.

As the SITB may well be some sort of life form, I suggest taking measures to eliminate any residue to avoid contamination of your pens, inks, tools, etc. LINK

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Edited by Sandy1, 16 January 2013 - 14:13.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 17:15

I had a bottle of Private Reserve Burgundy Mist which had that stuff in it. But only after 6 months or so, not a new one. There were only a couple of ml left so I just discarded it. Come to think of it, it did smell funny. Wonder if something had colonized it? :hmm1: Better return yours to be on the safe side.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 21:43

Had the same problem with a 6 month old bottle of Tanzanite! Somehow my dad hadn't thought to demand a new bottle after mold started growing in it after a month. He said it kept clogging his pens and gave the bottle to me. I went to use a syringe to pull up some ink and got the same goo!



I've told him that he absolutely CANNOT keep ink with mold in it.

Is this a common Private Reserve ink issue?

Edited by mmkoenecke, 16 January 2013 - 21:49.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 00:18

I've had the problem once with Chocolat. The vendor replaced my bottle.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:11

. . . ✄

Is this a common Private Reserve ink issue?


Hi,

I've not had a problem with numerous bottles over the years.

It seems that when there's an instance of PR ink with SITB it is very obvious, spectacularly offensive, and worthy of a 'trophy' photo. So perhaps those instances are reported more often than instances of SITB of other inks that are sent down the gurgler without leaving so much as a ripple. (?)

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:33

Well, I have about 25 bottles of Private Reserve in in my over 300 bottles ink collection. 7 of the PR inks show contamination with fungus/mold. They are all full bottles as was the Chocolate (new, first time opened!). My Tanzanite even became solid jelly from SITB. I contacted PR but Mr. Terry Johnson didn't even bother to reply.
So far I only encountered this problem with Private Reserve and OMAS ink.
I managed to get PROXEL GXL and PHENOL which will preserve my ink collection.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 13:56

Well, I have about 25 bottles of Private Reserve in in my over 300 bottles ink collection. 7 of the PR inks show contamination with fungus/mold. They are all full bottles as was the Chocolate (new, first time opened!). My Tanzanite even became solid jelly from SITB. I contacted PR but Mr. Terry Johnson didn't even bother to reply.
So far I only encountered this problem with Private Reserve and OMAS ink.
I managed to get PROXEL GXL and PHENOL which will preserve my ink collection.


Hi,

Thanks for sharing your experience, both with PR inks and their lack of communication to date. :thumbup:

As for their inks, I've not had a problem with SITB. Whether that could be attributed to anything other than chance is unknown. However, I will say that if it was limited to a certain time period, perhaps the contamination was due to an outbreak, which was since dealt with. But if it is random over an extended period, then it would be more likely due to persistent faults in methods, materials or systems.

My experience with 'customer service', not just ink companies, is very uneven. If Private Reserve is non-responsive, it would seem that the Vendor is the next-best source of remedy to the situation, and to replace all the defective ink at no cost to you.

IMHO, it would be in the best interest of PR to resolve customer complaints, and take steps to ensure their products are highly reliable. After all, they do make some very impressive inks!

Bye,
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Edited by Sandy1, 18 January 2013 - 14:13.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 14:25

I have immediately quarantined my PR inks. I have also put surgical masks on some of my older and frailer inks. I am preparing to execute, ummm, euthanize, the PR inks.

My only question is to S1: What caliber are you recommending? That looks like a .44 Magnum.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 14:51

OH MY!!!! That's some epic SITB!!!
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 15:24

Has anyone seen "The Abyss"?
It seems James Cameron was a victim of SITB....
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:38

Off Topic:

I have immediately quarantined my PR inks. I have also put surgical masks on some of my older and frailer inks. I am preparing to execute, ummm, euthanize, the PR inks.

My only question is to S1: What caliber are you recommending? That looks like a .44 Magnum.


Hi,

My S&W 629 is a .44 Magnum. I've found my Colt Python with .357 Magnum rounds is also fit for purpose; and is more accurate over greater distances and more comfortable should sustained use ever be required.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 13:00

My only question is to S1: What caliber are you recommending? That looks like a .44 Magnum.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 14:02

Far Off Topic:

My only question is to S1: What caliber are you recommending? That looks like a .44 Magnum.


IMO you should nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure... ;)


. . . As SITB is most likely a known life form run amok, convention means of eradication should be sufficient. However I believe there is more risk exposure to generating a new life form when mixing inks, so that's when I'll spin-up the physics package . . .

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 23:29

In the UK where it seems to be harder to find ammonia - and high caliber pistols - what is recommended for sanitizing pens? My R&K Sepia is infected (no chunks but is just a little bit slimy) and has potentially passed it on to two pens, a TWSBI and an Estie. I took apart and cleaned my TWSBI with antibacterial dish soap, but I'm not sure what to do with the Estie. Fill with soapy water and let it soak for a bit?

It's so sad to lose an ink. I should have poured it out a long time ago but it's hard to say goodbye.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 23:49

In the UK where it seems to be harder to find ammonia - and high caliber pistols - what is recommended for sanitizing pens? My R&K Sepia is infected (no chunks but is just a little bit slimy) and has potentially passed it on to two pens, a TWSBI and an Estie. I took apart and cleaned my TWSBI with antibacterial dish soap, but I'm not sure what to do with the Estie. Fill with soapy water and let it soak for a bit?

It's so sad to lose an ink. I should have poured it out a long time ago but it's hard to say goodbye.

Small hardware shops are the best bet for household ammonia cleaning solutions and the like. I dread to think what would happen if I asked where I'd find it at Sainsbury's but I might just give it a go someday!
They aren't so hot on 9mm though...


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 20:45

Far Off Topic:

My only question is to S1: What caliber are you recommending? That looks like a .44 Magnum.


IMO you should nuke the site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure... ;)


. . . As SITB is most likely a known life form run amok, convention means of eradication should be sufficient. However I believe there is more risk exposure to generating a new life form when mixing inks, so that's when I'll spin-up the physics package . . .


My ebay source for U-235 seems to have been shut down again(by Homeland Security?). Therefore, I will be forced to settle for the Model 629 .44 Magnum. Thank you all for your advice.
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