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Two Premium Browns: Tsukushi Vs Hazelnut Brown

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Poll: BROWNS (57 member(s) have cast votes)

And the winner is

  1. HAZELNUT BROWN, Graf von Faber-Castell (31 votes [54.39%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 54.39%

  2. TSUKUSHI, Pilot Iroshizuku (26 votes [45.61%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 45.61%

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#21 amberleadavis


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 01:36

The new bottles more than doubled the price of Akkerman ink, what a disapointment.

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 15:12

I used Tsukushi several years ago an liked it. Now, I have just got a bottle of the Hazelnut Brown as a gift. I haven't really had a chance to test it extensively but I think it's worth to add that it's a document ink which conforms to the ISO 12757-2 standard.


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Posted 01 January 2019 - 22:53

I would pick neither.

Funny how Tsukushi is too dark and muddy in the splash and too purple through a pen.

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 00:46

I've been using the GvFC Hazelnut Brown for over two months and thought I could contribute a bit to the thread.

Overall, although I'm not a fan of brown inks, I rather like the Hazelnut for it's ballanced set of properties: permanent, well lubricating, good flow, reasonably good on copy paper (no extensive feathering), fast drying and rather well saturated. It somehow reminds me Pelikan Edelstein inks.

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Posted 20 March 2019 - 19:52

I had the benefit of being able to see actual physical swabs of these inks (among others) at a brick and mortar store, PenGallery, recently. On that basis I lean very slightly in favour of the GvFC Hazelnut. The main reason is that Tsukushi shows a slight hint of a green component in the colour. It's hard to see in the samples shown in this thread; it is a little more obvious in person. A green component (or even green sheen) in a brown ink is one of my ink colour pet peeves, and so Tsukushi loses a few points because of that. However, Tsukushi's greatest redeeming quality is its complexity, which gives it depth and character. The water resistance is quite surprising too, and certainly very welcome. That's why Tsukushi lags only very slightly behind Hazelnut in my order of preference.

That said, my all time favourite brown ink has always been Waterman brown (aka Havana Brown, aka Absolute Brown- one does lose track of such multitudinous renamings...) It's a pity Waterman Brown has such abysmal water resistance; the quest for a Waterman Brown twin with slightly better water resistance is a perpetual quest of mine. Alas, I haven't seen any dead ringers for it so far. My search continues...

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 08:20

I’m a bit confused about the ISO certification of Hazelnut Brown as it has rather poor water resistance, and so it’s not actually permanent. I feel safer writing with Herbin’s Lie de Thé, for example.

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