We are living in the Golden Age of Inks....the Golden Age of Pens died in the '60's....Golden Age of Paper by the 80's.
I've been told the old Brilliant Green that is a good two toned shading ink which is not made any more....a darker green replaced it.
If possible look around for some Pelikan Brilliant Green. Do so. In my test of green-green inks, R&K Verdura and MB Irish green tied with Pelikan Brilliant Green a head behind. All shade well.
I am glad I have two bottles of Brilliant Green.
(Do Not buy Lamy Green, the other Lamy inks are ok....same with MB inks; which are very good.)
I will eventually get the new darker green.
Pelikan turquoise matches the famed Lamy Turquoise which was once the standard of turquoise inks....Pelikan violet is good. The brown shades but is a reddish brown....not a muddy brown.
Of course you need violet and purple inks......I had some 8 purple inks and was looking for more when Pelikan Brilliant Green made me buy some 14 other greenish inks.
Be aware there is are murky inks.....which are supposed to look so. Herbin Vert Empire is one.
Herbin is the oldest ink company and makes very many shading inks....safe inks.
Well the glitter inks might require some better than normal cleaning. I didn't notice any problem.
Minty you should tell us which country you are in. Blue Black can be had in any country but the US.....it is a fabulous, much admired by the BB users. If in the US you might be able to sneak some through customs if you order three or four Pelikan inks from Germany. German postal costs are @ 1/3 of US.
The Pelikan black was for decades second best to Aurora...and still quite black if not using an EF or EEF on poor paper....then it's gray. I don't use super skinny nibs nor poor paper and find it well black enough.
Now Supersaturated Noodlers rules the black ink section....but Pelikan and Aurora are much safer.
Pelikan has a new range of softer Edelstein inks that help clean the piston a bit. It is more expensive but comes in a real fancy bottle.
It came out with Sapphire....and was hated in it was not the hoped Parker Pennman Sapphire super saturated ink.
Why Pelikan should make a supersaturated ink in the first place had nothing to do with the disappointment and hate. It's an adequate blue....a bit different than Royal Blue.
Some Edelstein inks shade well, some are nice, others so-lala.
Tanzanite is a slightly different Blue Black that is legal in the States.
The Smokey Quartz is this years Limited Edition ink, a nice ink. There are inks that only come out once and for only a year....be alert and ready to buy some if you like the reviews.
Do read and view all the reviews...in everyone sees things, like color and line a slight bit different. One may hate it, one may love it. The good reviewers give some pictures.
We have a grand Ink Review section.....and always be on the look out for any review done by our ink guru.... Sandy1....her reviews are all .
She uses 4-5 normal pens, and 4-5 good to better papers that anyone who puts out an ounce of effort can get. It is sometimes unbelievable that, that is the same ink, when width of the nib and or the paper makes it look so different.
For any ink you should use a 90g laser copy paper..or better....Rhoda will do in 80g. Normal 80g copy paper just don't let the ink sit on top for that half a second to give two tone shading.
The biggest No-No is Ink Jet Paper....in it is designed to absorb Ink Jet ink very rapidly and feathers with fountain pen ink.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 12 November 2017 - 17:44.