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Any Suggestions For Some Nice Green Inks?

green ink recommendations xf

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#21 Goldmund



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:03

How about Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine?  It's a nice all around green.  It's on the "expensive" side, but might warrant a look for something different.


+1 to this. I recently got a sample and I absolutely love the color.


Another personal favorite is Diamine Sherwood Green, which ,you may be happy to hear, has some semi-decent golden sheen when it comes out of a wet nib on to good paper. It's also a wonderful shading ink. 

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 09:30

Green fan here too.


Diamine Evergreen isn't as in-your-face as Sherwood and looks very dark from a wet pen, but still green.


Diamine Salamander is brown-green, great colour.


Diamine Graphite is grey with clear green undertone.


All very easy to rinse out. Good contrast. I found Evergreen is good for cheap paper from a dry nib.

#23 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:32

Can't see any use of giving you the names of nice shading inks when you are using an XF.

With XF you need the neon, vivid monotone inks. Shading is much harder to see.


There are a number of inks that shade well with a regular flex F or M. Sometimes better than with more flexible nibs that are wetter due to their flex.


You need a big Fat F (M's work too.) for green-greens that shade, R&K Verdura, a nose in front of MB Irish, a neck in front of Pelikan 4001 Green.


DA's Moss Green is a nice spring moss shading ink, light and lively. I immagine in XF not  vivid enough. Pretty nice in F though.  OP didn't want lighter inks.


MB Winter Forest is worth the €30 a small bottle now costs. A limited ink from 2008&9. Not an every day ink at that price.


For Dark Green.

Pelikan Aventurine, did only average in my 9 green ink test. On a number of papers it feathers. On the right paper a very nice shading ink....again in an F.



Diamond Medow Green is the worst green I've ever used by far....fleathers, is murky dark...on good Gmund papers. 110, 120 &170g.

Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 29 October 2013 - 10:41.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:37

I like greens too.

My go to is Diamine Green Black for professional reasons.

However, Diamine Emerald and MB Irish Green are good too.

Worth a look a some of the sampling charts around for ideas.

Edited to add MB Jonathan Swift maybe of interest if you can get some.

Edited by da vinci, 29 October 2013 - 10:46.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:03

Chesterfield's Emerald ink.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 11:54

+1 on Sailor Epinard, and I'll also vote for Noodler's Sequoia.


On the lighter, bluer side, for a really unique color I'd try Pilot's Syo-Ro.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 12:54

I have Noodler's Zhivago but find it too dark for my taste. It is a dark green. Reviews of it have always been great and it has a huge following. It is a well mannered ink, great flow and has permanent properties. Near bulletproof I recall. 


I prefer Noodler's Army Air Corp, another in the dark green family. It has more variation in it, more color but still a serious ink for business or school. Again well mannered, great flow with permanent properties. 


Diluting both inks 10-20% make for nice variations.


Check the reviews for both and maybe Gouletpens.com for comparing swabs.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 13:07

Stipula Musk Green--excellent! Jet Pens no longer sells it but Gouletpens.com does.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 13:35

Something that might make Diamine Sherwood Green (I don't find it so, but YMMV) less boring in your eyes is a wider nib than what you are currently using.




Appreciating the thread overall, as I'm on my own search for the next great green. But this sentence caught my eye; because I did exactly that this weekend (went from EF to F), and whoa baby! Like a whole new ink - and it's already a favorite.


Back to marking new samples to try... :)

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 23:47

+1 on MB Irish Green. Great Flow and Shading. Feathers a little on cheaper paper.


Sailor Epinard is good, but heavily saturated.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 03:14

Green ink is my favorite.  I had a thread a while back about my search to match my favorite Pilot G2 green pen.  I've ordered a handful of samples and it's turned more into a search great greens rather than to match one specific one. Here's my thoughts (and recommendations) so far:


J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage - Nice ink.  I found it to be a bit on the yellow side of green, and not that dark in my Pilot Metropolitan.  Really great shading.  I will be getting a bottle of this at one point.


Noodler's Bad Green Gator - I didn't like this one at first, but it's really grown on me.  Definitely green, but I find it to have a bit of grey in it.  Hasn't been well behaved on cheap paper for me, but really no problems on good paper.  It's definitely different.


Noodler's Gruene Cactus Eel - I really nice true green with some shading.  I could see this one being my daily green.  I've actually already ordered bottle of it.


Montblanc Irish Green - I bit the bullet and bought a bottle of this without trying  sample.  I don't regret it all.  What a gorgeous green ink.  Another true green with some nice shading.  I've only used it with a 1.1 stub though, so I don't know how it looks in a F or M...

So many inks, so little time...

#32 Ted A

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 04:00

This week I'm using Noodler's Zhivago and Diamine Meadow; the first is almost black, but the green is there and Meadow is a bright summery green. Last week Stipula Musk Green was all the rage.

You might want to take a look at this review. http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php?/topic/215599-30-green-inks-reviewed-part-2-writing-samples-and-performance/?&pid=2261668

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 07:18

I love PR Ebony Green, because to my eye it's about as green as you can get without being black.


I also mix PR DCSS Green with Ebony Green sometimes, so I get a nice dark emerald green that shades.



Edited by loudkenny, 30 October 2013 - 07:18.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:14

Pilot Iroshizuku Forest Green - Shin-Ryoku!!! 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:39

I haven't tried that many green inks. My favorite right now is Alt Goldgrun. I am also currently looking for a new green the would work well on a XF nib.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:51

Diamine Meadow makes me happy. It's the colour of fresh grass in the summer.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 13:55

I'm partial to medium greens and my favorites are:

Diamine Emerald
Diamine Beethoven
Herbin Lierre Sauvage
Montblanc Irish Green

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 15:29

I really like my private reserve spearmint for a bright vibrant green. For something more subtle and dark, I use noodlers zhivago.

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 23:19

+1 for Noodler's Green Marine. Great ink, one of my favorites, especially in finer nibs. It looks clearly green, while still being dark enough for professional use and to be readable page after page. Smooth, partially waterproof, easy to clean from the pen, shades even on paper that won't show shading from most inks.


ETA: It also is quite feather-resistant. I've used it on pretty awful paper and still had a nice clean line.

Edited by Prolix, 30 October 2013 - 23:22.

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 03:43

Another vote for J Herbin Vert Empire, I also enjoy Stipula Verde Muschiato, does remind me of green moss, forests and jungles...

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