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Ink Brands Generally Known To Be Easy To Clean From Pens

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#1 Suji

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:40

I'm just wondering what brands of inks are generally easy to clean from fountain pens. From what I've tried, I've noticed Iroshizuku and Waterman inks are really easy to clean. I used to think Diamine was easy as well, but since they have such a wide array of inks, some of them stain pretty hard. What are some ink brands/inks that you've used and have noticed are easy to clean?

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:44

Pelikan 4001! 

 

IMHO, the inks from pen manufacturers would be easy (or rather, easier) to clean off.

 

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:48

Sheaffer Skrip blue is an easy one to clean.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:50

Parker Washable Blue

 

It's crazy. I swear that after just one flush there is nothing but clear water coming out of the pen.

 

Noodler's OTOH I can never get out of a pen :/ (any of them)

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:52

I have been using fountain pens for over 50 years. During that time, I have tried a lot of different brands but keep coming back to Waterman inks and in particular Florida Blue. I consider it to be one of the easier inks to clean from a pen. 

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 15:55

waterman is usually safe and friendly



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:01

Hi,

 

You seem to have a goodly part of the answer : the brand of ink is an unreliable indicator. Also, what is 'easy'?

 

My experience is contrary to that of Member Notgatherox.

 

As I don't use Black FP inks, I am hesitant to speak for all inks of a given brand, but some brands seem quite likely to meet your criteria (understood as inks that are quite quick to clean-up with plain water.)

  • Lamy
  • Parker
  • Pelikan 4001 series
  • Sheaffer
  • Waterman

I also expect that any Washable ink would fit in.

 

Aurora Blue was a doddle to clean-up.

 

Add at least one large block of salt ...

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:02

Hello Suji,

 

In general, I'll echo the recommendations for Waterman, Quink and Sheaffer inks and I'll add J. Herbin.  This is a pet-peeve of mine, too.  ;)

 

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:45

Waterman purple, green, and South Seas Blue have been the only inks I've used (until recently) and have always been easy to clean from my pens. I recently tried J.Herbin Rose Cyclamen and Bleu Pervenche in a TWSBI mini. So far, the Bleu Pervenche seems even easier to clean out, and while I haven't cleaned out the Rose Cyclamen yet, I did manage to drip a bit on my jeans. It came out in the laundry even after drying.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 16:54

Parker Quink, Pelikan 4001, in blue.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 21:04

Another vote for J. Herbin inks. They are also fairly pH neutral. I use the Bleu Pervenche in my demonstrator pen.


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Posted 03 September 2014 - 21:55

Waterman seems like a good option, but it may be different in your pen.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 22:05

DeAtramentis scented inks are easy.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 00:46

Maybe go for inks without sheen and which are not at all water-resistant. AFAIK most of the Waterman inks are safe.

 

Avoid the Pelikan 4001 blue-black, this has some water-resistance. I'm not sure about the other colours in this range.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 01:12

Diamine is often recommended by nibmeisters, but some of their inks are known to have strange behaviour (Ancient Copper is the most talked about). I believe you can't trust any brand, only particular inks, if you need an easy going ink.

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:22

Hi,

 

You seem to have a goodly part of the answer : the brand of ink is an unreliable indicator. Also, what is 'easy'?

 

My experience is contrary to that of Member Notgatherox.

 

As I don't use Black FP inks, I am hesitant to speak for all inks of a given brand, but some brands seem quite likely to meet your criteria (understood as inks that are quite quick to clean-up with plain water.)

  • Lamy
  • Parker
  • Pelikan 4001 series
  • Sheaffer
  • Waterman

I also expect that any Washable ink would fit in.

 

Aurora Blue was a doddle to clean-up.

 

Add at least one large block of salt ...

 

Bye,

S1

 

Doddle?  Please 'splain to me...


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:24

I'll add Pilot ink to the list.

 

Another piece of 'folk wisdom' seems to be that inks that include red in their formulation tend to be more likely to stain and somewhat harder to clean out.


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:39

Iroshizuku Asa-gao and Tsuki yo, J. Herbin Perle Noire, Pelikan Tanzanite (this one is a little bit saturated but it does come out nicely)...



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:42

Parker Quink, J.Herbin 1670, Iroshizuku inks, Waterman blue or black, etc. 

 

Difficult or just stubborn at times: *some* Diamine inks (syrah etc), Noodler's inks with bulletproof or water resistance properties, most Iron Gall formulas (or most inks known to be highly water resistant), Pigmented inks (Platinum Carbon Black, etc). 



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:17

Diamine is often recommended by nibmeisters, but some of their inks are known to have strange behaviour (Ancient Copper is the most talked about). I believe you can't trust any brand, only particular inks, if you need an easy going ink.

I find that Diamine inks are some of the best performers but I think some can be prone to staining and many are difficult to clean. 







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