My experience with South Seas Blue becoming darker in an unused pen is exactly the opposite. I've found that if I allow the pen containing it to lie in the box, unused, for as little as a few days, the ink will appear almost blue-black for a good part of a page before becoming lighter.
Wow, then it really must dry out quite considerably. I guess it may have to do with the pen a lot. I use it in my Gentleman almost exclusively.
I've even found that if I pause writing for a period of time, upon resuming, the ink is darker for a few characters, or even an entire line before becoming light turquoise in appearance again.
Strange, that, shouldn't really. You're not living in a hot, dry climate by any chance?
That said, the color Wim's scans look just like my own pages written with South Seas Blue before it has had the chance to darken in the pen.
Well, I have to admit it took a lot of fiddling before I got the scans to look on screen like the real thing, but I think I finally succeeded. Even the paper looks slightly yellowish now, which it really does
Finally, although those who know me have commented that my handwriting has improved, after looking at Ann's, I can only say (with apologies to Frost) that I've miles to write and volumes to fill before I will even approach such elegance.
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Warm regards, Wim