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What Is A Good Brown Ink?

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#1 SirBagel_V

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:38

Hello, So I was interested in buying a nice brown ink or sepia ink. Any suggestions on which brands have great brown inks or any suggestions on brown inks with great shading?


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#2 JefferyS

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:42

I like reddish browns, so Noodler's Beaver and Diamine Rustic Brown are good. Noodler's \walnut is a nice dark brown.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 03:51

I like reddish browns, so Noodler's Beaver and Diamine Rustic Brown are good. Noodler's \walnut is a nice dark brown.

 

Thanks! I did  look into Noodler's "Golden Brown" and Diamine "Sepia". I looking for a light brown but not too light.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:09

I also like brown inks & have tried a few & found one of the best behaved reddish browns is: Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi (Horsetail) - see ink reviews. Another lower cost staple brown ink to consider is Waterman Havana Brown (now sold under a new name).

 

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:25

I recently bought Diamine Chocolate Brown which is very good. I also have Waterman's Absolute Brown which used to be known as Havana Brown.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 04:25

I recommend Platinum Pigment Sepia. Nice light brown... . . .
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:31

I also like brown inks & have tried a few & found one of the best behaved reddish browns is: Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi (Horsetail) - see ink reviews. Another lower cost staple brown ink to consider is Waterman Havana Brown (now sold under a new name).

 

Cheers,

 

Michael

I have been doing a little research and I do love waterman's serenity blue. So I might end up buying the brown ink that they make. I just love how well behaved waterman ink is.  


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:58

If you like inks that shade, MB Toffee, Herbin Lie de The` and Pelikan 4001 brown...a reddish brown.

 

I do recommend having two toned shading inks....they are not 'wishy-washy' as some who are still locked into supersaturated inks still say. They are lighter somewhat pastel, other wise you could not see two tones.

Shading inks give you that old fashioned fountain pen look.

 

There is a thread where a fine poster does 32 brown and sepia inks.

I only have two sepia inks...one from R&K is more a gray, the other MB Sepia is discontinued....get if if you can get lucky. Pay extra for it. I did for my second bottle...now have 1 1/2 bottles. :D


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:18

If you like inks that shade, MB Toffee, Herbin Lie de The` 

 

 

My two favorites.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:28

I posted this a while ago on a different thread. I still rate Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown as my favourite brown ink:

 

 

I've mentioned to a couple of other FPN members today that my long long search for something to replace the incredible Parker Mocha seems to have come to an end.

Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown arrived yesterday - it's gorgeous !

 

No red or pink in the wash - unlike Yama Guri, Brown Boron and MB Toffee Brown. Don't get me wrong all these produce a beautiful line colour but lose it when washed over.

The Deep Dark Brown is lovely and dark in line, earthy in tone and will shade.

 

One of my favourite pens to sketch with is now loaded with it and I'm looking forward to having a play.

 

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Pen: Wahl Eversharp Skyline

Ink: Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown

Cat: Rosa

 

Also a few swatches to help muddy the waters for you:

 

fpn_deep_dark_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_lie_de_the_swatch.jpgfpn_kiowa_pecan_swatch.jpgfpn_mb_toffee_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_rk_sepia_swatch.jpgfpn_cacao_de_brazil_swatch.jpgfpn_yama_guri_swatch.jpgfpn_havanna_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_macassar_swatch.jpg



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:47

I posted this a while ago on a different thread. I still rate Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown as my favourite brown ink:
 
 

I've mentioned to a couple of other FPN members today that my long long search for something to replace the incredible Parker Mocha seems to have come to an end.

Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown arrived yesterday - it's gorgeous !

 

No red or pink in the wash - unlike Yama Guri, Brown Boron and MB Toffee Brown. Don't get me wrong all these produce a beautiful line colour but lose it when washed over.

The Deep Dark Brown is lovely and dark in line, earthy in tone and will shade.

 

One of my favourite pens to sketch with is now loaded with it and I'm looking forward to having a play.

 

fpn_deep_dark_brown.jpg

 

Pen: Wahl Eversharp Skyline

Ink: Cult Pens Deep Dark Brown

Cat: Rosa

 

Also a few swatches to help muddy the waters for you:
 
fpn_deep_dark_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_lie_de_the_swatch.jpgfpn_kiowa_pecan_swatch.jpgfpn_mb_toffee_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_rk_sepia_swatch.jpgfpn_cacao_de_brazil_swatch.jpgfpn_yama_guri_swatch.jpgfpn_havanna_brown_swatch.jpgfpn_macassar_swatch.jpg

Thank you for the swatches it helped me a lot!

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:56

In the ink comparison forum you can find dcpritch's comparison of 32 sepia inks. It's a two parter and is great

http://www.fountainp...arison-32-inks/
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 14:17

Another lower cost staple brown ink to consider is Waterman Havana Brown (now sold under a new name).


Wait a minute. So what's Waterman Havana Brown sold as now?? I was gonna recommend that ink, too.

Also, Yard-O-Led Sepia, but I'm pretty sure it's no longer made, and I'd buy every bottle I could find if I could find any. It's great in my old Pelikan M&K 120.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 14:20

I recently bought Diamine Chocolate Brown which is very good. I also have Waterman's Absolute Brown which used to be known as Havana Brown.


Oh, OK. Nevermind on the new name for Waterman Havana Brown. Thx!

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 14:35

My vote goes for Noodler's Golden Brown. Shades beautifully, does not feather, is a rare and beautiful shade of brown. Real eyecatching but you don't get tired of it. If you want to real deep brown Diamine Chocolate is excellent. You might want to head over to Goulet Pens' site and see the comparisons of browns in their Swab Shop. You will have much fun making up your mind, and if you are in to blue, too, they have a page of blues that are wonderful. You are sure to find what you want there. 



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 15:05

In the ink comparison forum you can find dcpritch's comparison of 32 sepia inks. It's a two parter and is great

http://www.fountainp...arison-32-inks/

 

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 15:22

Wait a minute. So what's Waterman Havana Brown sold as now?? I was gonna recommend that ink, too.

Also, Yard-O-Led Sepia, but I'm pretty sure it's no longer made, and I'd buy every bottle I could find if I could find any. It's great in my old Pelikan M&K 120.

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 15:34

oh wow, deep dark brown looks fantastic



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Posted 24 May 2014 - 19:02

Love the neutral deep dark brown! Any source for it in the former colonies on the other side of the Atlantic?


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 21:30

My favourites are Pilot Iroshizuku Yama Guri, Waterman Havana (Absolute) Brown and J. Herbin Cacao du Bresil.


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