After first looking at the Noodler's Inks, I'm now (also) looking at the iron gall inks as options for a permanent ink that is water and fade resistant.
The most important question is: How SAFE are these inks in a fountain pen? I've been reading until my eyes are square, but the recommendations go like this:
- Don't EVER use this in a fountain pen, no matter what the manufacturer says!
- Just flush between every fill and don't let the pen sit for weeks, and you're OK.
- Don't worry; if you use your pen once in a while and flush every few months you'll be fine.
The pens I intend to use this iron gall ink in would be:
- A Parker Duofold International, and a Parker Sonnet. Fine.
- A Sailor Sapporo, and a Sailor 1911L. Japanese Medium.
- Another pen; possibly a Waterman Carène. Fine.
Anything I should know when putting iron gall ink in one of these pens?
Some manufacturers recommend flushing after each use. I can't do that; I can't empty a pen in one writing session. Flushing after the convertor is empty (5-7 days) is no problem; I normally do that anyway.
Now, should I get an iron gall ink, these are the ones I can easily obtain:
UK, registrarsink.co.uk: ESSRI (€0.09/ml, *INCLUDING* shipping)
UK, multiple sources: Diamine Registrar's Ink (€0.13/ml)
NL: Röhrer & Klingner Scabiosa (€0.09/ml, it's purple)
NL: Röhrer & Klingner Salix (€0.09/ml) (fade resistance only fair)
NL: Akkerman Iron Gall (€0.25/ml, somewhat expensive)
US, EBay, some sellers: Organics Studio Aristotle (€0.21/ml, doable if ordering 2 55ml bottles)
US, Goulet Pens: Organics Studio Aristotle (€0.20/ml, doable if ordering 4 55ml bottles)
US, other sources: Organics Studio Aristotle (€0.2/ml, prohibitive shipping costs and tax duties)
DE, multiple sources: De Atramentis Document Ink (€0.60/ml, way too expensive... edit: not iron gall)
They all seem to get good reviews; no feathering on cheap paper, no bleedthrough, moderate dry times. Nothing bad is mentioned about them, except that they are high maintenance inks and write quite dry.
Any reason to go for for one of them specifically, or maybe avoid one or more? Can anybody point to another source for ESSRI? (What a fracking name they have....)
Edited by FloatingFountain, 18 May 2014 - 22:37.