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Sheeny Blue Inks?

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#1 circlepattern

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 15:23

I'm relatively new to fountain pens and inks, I'm recently wanting to get a bottle of blue ink that has sheen to add some uniqueness to it. I will be using it to write Chinese characters (very compact and small compared to English EX: “有一条龙被关在笼子里” and I will be writing about 3 pages (single page) a time, guess why I decided to use fountain pens!), so any good suggestions for first time inks out there?



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#2 zombywoof

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 15:46

Diamine Majestic Blue has a nice reddish sheen.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 15:57

Just did some research on blue and sheeny inks, seems the best options might be the majestic blue and sargasso sea, but I do prefer darker color, and that golden sheen on sargasso just really made me see a benefit of using fountain pens as to regular ballpoints, not to mention my wrist after pressing down for 3 hours straight.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 15:59

I also read some threads about sheeny inks smearing too much, I just want to make sure before buying, exactly how much should I expect them to smear?



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 16:27

You can't get much sheenier than PR Ebony Blue, though its more of a dark teal than a pure blue. It can sometimes smear when dry, but it depends on the paper and size of the nib.

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 16:37

There was a great comment and photo of Waterman BLACK having  a silver sheen. could look stunning with Chinese characters.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 16:41

I'm not sure what shade of blue we're going for here.  Sailor Sei Boku has a pink sheen on what is generally a slightly light blue-black (depends on paper).  The combination of colors tends to look like a purplish sheen.  As an aside, you can see the pure color of the Sei Boku sheen by writing on the address label area of a coated "junk mail" coated postcard and tilting it until the sheen appears--the writing actually "inverts" with the ink area being significantly brighter than the surrounding card).  The benefit of Sei Boku over most inks with sheen is going to be water resistance and overall permanence.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:00

Wow, so many inks to consider! Might be a difficult choice after all. 

 

I'm not sure what shade of blue we're going for here.  Sailor Sei Boku has a pink sheen on what is generally a slightly light blue-black (depends on paper).  The combination of colors tends to look like a purplish sheen.  As an aside, you can see the pure color of the Sei Boku sheen by writing on the address label area of a coated "junk mail" coated postcard and tilting it until the sheen appears--the writing actually "inverts" with the ink area being significantly brighter than the surrounding card).  The benefit of Sei Boku over most inks with sheen is going to be water resistance and overall permanence.

Thanks for all the description, I'll be going for the darker blue for visibility, and the Sei Boku is a little pricey for me since I'm just buying my first bottle of blue, maybe in the future someday.

 

 

I do wonder if any of these inks (PR Ebony Blue, Sargasso Sea, Majestic Blue, Waterman Black etc) have a characteristic of feathering, spreading, and too wet of a flow that the liquid would pool in small handwriting, I write pretty compact.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:10

Your best bet will be to pick a few inks you're interested in and buy samples to test with your pen, paper, handwriting, etc. 



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:13

Diamine Sargasso Sea

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Found Sargasso Sea to be a real pain to get out of my M400, so I never did order more than a sample of it.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:15

I agree with Diamine Majestic Blue. Also worth considering are Sailor Jentle Blue and Akkerman Shocking Blue. I've found both those have a reddish sheen and the Sailor has a slight advantage in that it dries a bit quicker than the other two.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:21

Sailor Kiwa Guro would look really on place with chinese characters (it's pigmented, rather than dyed ink, so it has an india ink-like look) and has a silvery sheen, but it's quite pricey as well.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 17:46

Your best bet will be to pick a few inks you're interested in and buy samples to test with your pen, paper, handwriting, etc. 

Hmm... ink samples, that might be a good idea.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 21:31

Heavy sheen - Diamine Bilberry, Diamine Majestic Blue, Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue, Private Reserve Electric DC Blue, Private Reserve Ebony Blue

Medium/slight sheen (often paper/pen dependent)- Diamine Asa Blue, Diamine Steel Blue, Sailor Sei-Boku, 

 

Other colors with sheen - Private Reserve Velvet Black, Diamine Sherwood Green, Diamine Eclipse, Private Reserve Tanzanite 


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 22:23

Anybody willing to do a Majestic blue vs Sargasso sea here? They seem both sheeny and blue, I don't want to pay the extra shipping and waiting for the samples, no store nearby that even offers a selection of decent fp inks, so I am forced to turn to online retailer.



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Posted 27 May 2013 - 23:59

Anybody willing to do a Majestic blue vs Sargasso sea here? They seem both sheeny and blue, I don't want to pay the extra shipping and waiting for the samples, no store nearby that even offers a selection of decent fp inks, so I am forced to turn to online retailer.

Sorry, they're just crappy cell phone pics, but I hope it helps a little.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 00:12

Sorry, they're just crappy cell phone pics, but I hope it helps a little.

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WOW, how nice of you to take out some time, thank you! Really made my choice for me and saved me some $$$, Sargasso Sea here I come!



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 03:47

Just remember to clean the pen really, really, well :)  And, don't do it in a white porcelain sink either ;)

 

As far as silver sheen on black inks, Kiwa-Guro seems to have a pretty decent sheen to it.

 

Only thing about Kiwa-Guro, and Platinum Carbon Black, is that you can actually smudge some of the carbon on the page after it's dry... but, you have to work at it.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:13

I'm going to leave the "higher end" inks hangin until I experienced some other more common inks.



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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:35

+1 on the amount of sheen from PR DC Supershow Blue.  But be warned -- it's really slow-drying... (and DC Electric Blue was even worse: still smudging a month afterwards on good paper).

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