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Which Mb Grey Ink - Permanent Or Oyster Grey?

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#1 DBQMary

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 16:38

I am looking for recommendations on purchasing a grey ink.   If anyone has both MB Permanent Grey and Oyster Grey, I would like to hear your preference and why.   If anyone has any writing comparisons that would be a bonus.

 

Also anxious to hear about any other greys that I should consider.

 

Thanks to all.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 17:21

Noodlers Lexington Grey (bulletproof). Dark with nice shading. At this point, the only grey or gray I will ever own!

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#3 franjov

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 23:00

I have used the MB Oyster Grey and the Sailor Jentle Ink Gray.

I prefer the MB, a little bit more dark, but the Sailor is to washed for my taste.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 23:54

Oyster is a favorite of mine.   It can pass as a light black, so can be used at work.    It does best in a pen with decent flow.  Haven't tried the permanent.   



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 00:57

Oyster is a favorite of mine.   It can pass as a light black, so can be used at work.    It does best in a pen with decent flow.  Haven't tried the permanent.


I use it with a Copernico, fine nib, in the office for "serious" documents, but the ink flows really well

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 13:47

My current favourite gray is by Sailor Kobe, called Stone Gray.


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:01

I love oyster grey: it's subtle and serious.



#8 mhphoto

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 05:33

I've yet to find a grey I really love. My favorite at the moment would be Iro. Fuyu-syogun, but it's not exactly neutral; it has a subtle—but beautiful—blue tinge. Try as I might, I could never get myself to like Lexington Gray. Something was always off about it to me. J. Herbin Gris Nuage is nice. 


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 02:32

I picked up a bottle of the MB 90th Anniversary Permanent Grey this morning. I used it in a MB Classique Ceramic Prisma on Rhodia paper and found it to be the best grey that I have used. It's darker and richer than Oyster Grey. I really like it.

#10 DBQMary

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 12:32

I have several grey samples coming from Goulet Pens based on some of the earlier recommendations too.   But want to try the MB inks.  I heard a lot of good comments regarding Oyster grey so I was good to hear your comments on the Permanent Grey.   Do you know if it requires extra care or additional steps when cleaning after using the Permanent inks?

 

Thank you to all.  Your comments really help.



#11 Blade Runner

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 00:18

I've yet to find a grey I really love. My favorite at the moment would be Iro. Fuyu-syogun, but it's not exactly neutral; it has a subtle—but beautiful—blue tinge. Try as I might, I could never get myself to like Lexington Gray. Something was always off about it to me. J. Herbin Gris Nuage is nice. 

Could you show a sample of the Iro Fuyu-syogun?

 

Re: Gris Nuage -  I found it much too light.   



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 10:08

I have tried a few grays: Noodler's Lexington Gray, Iroshizuku Kiri-same and Fuyu-syogun, and (my favorite) Faber Castell Stone Grey. I have not tried the Mb grays.

 

They are all lovely inks and different shades, with the Noodler's being the darkest, but I prefer the FCSG, because it's dark enough to be taken seriously even though it reminds me (delightfully) of writing with a freshly-sharpened pencil (I use it in a Nakaya with an EF/F nib).


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 00:30

I picked up a bottle of the MB 90th Anniversary Permanent Grey this morning. I used it in a MB Classique Ceramic Prisma on Rhodia paper and found it to be the best grey that I have used. It's darker and richer than Oyster Grey. I really like it.


Sounds promising John. I am disappointed with Oyster Grey as it looks great in some nib/paper combinations while pale & watery in others. Think I need to get me some MB Permanent Grey. Can you please post a picture?

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:59



Could you show a sample of the Iro Fuyu-syogun?

 

Re: Gris Nuage -  I found it much too light.   

 

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Here's the same picture with the saturation bumped up so it's easier to see the differences. 

 

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 17:57

I have tried a few grays: Noodler's Lexington Gray, Iroshizuku Kiri-same and Fuyu-syogun, and (my favorite) Faber Castell Stone Grey. I have not tried the Mb grays.
 
They are all lovely inks and different shades, with the Noodler's being the darkest, but I prefer the FCSG, because it's dark enough to be taken seriously even though it reminds me (delightfully) of writing with a freshly-sharpened pencil (I use it in a Nakaya with an EF/F nib).


I will try it.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 18:41

Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I've found MB oyster grey very watery and disappointing - tried various nibs, paper etc but nowhere near Omas grey or Lexington. Maybe I got a rogue bottle but it's invariably light grey with some dark bits. R

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 20:53

Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I've found MB oyster grey very watery and disappointing - tried various nibs, paper etc but nowhere near Omas grey or Lexington. Maybe I got a rogue bottle but it's invariably light grey with some dark bits. R


That sounds like oyster grey. I quite like it, though.

#18 Blade Runner

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:18

 

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Here's the same picture with the saturation bumped up so it's easier to see the differences. 

 

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Thanks for doing that!   



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 00:08

Maybe I'm doing something wrong but I've found MB oyster grey very watery and disappointing - tried various nibs, paper etc but nowhere near Omas grey or Lexington. Maybe I got a rogue bottle but it's invariably light grey with some dark bits. R


I don't have the other greys you mention but I agree with your observations of Oyster Grey.

#20 AlejoPlay

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 16:00

I just got Lexington Grey and it's by far my favorite of the grays I have (Stormy Grey, Organics Arsenic, Diamine Graphite, Fuyu-Syogun).







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