A few weeks ago I was watching Nathan Tardiff's video concerning BSiar. I posted a question in the comments (I'm muskndusk on youtube) asking about the colour changes. Recently I received his response.
There is no "new" variation. Never was... A retailer thought the ink was made in a single batch and was not variable (we then looked into it with many other retailers)...please read the above explanation below the video. The whole thing about a "new" variation missed the fact that each bottle always had variation built into it....bottle by bottle, from the first bottle made - to the last. Well before Noodler's existed I kept several blues at the pen show table - all identical inks, but in different bottles....then several different blues in identical bottles. The public feedback almost made me afraid of even starting an ink company. One fellow yelled at me when I insisted the ink was the same ink in the different shaped bottles. In the 1990s there were long internet threads on a certain sapphire ink...with perceptions being that there were reddish/greenish/faded/dark sapphires. It got very heated. Variable inks have advantages in fighting the forger - which was one of the big reasons we came into existence. Previously most fountain pen inks could be copied (variable shading is desirable to hinder a forger) - most could be faded with light and the tools of the forger (bleach, oven cleaners)...and ball pens could be washed with solvents (like acetone) right off a check or contract. The weakest ink was the norm, now there are many more options/choices available.
To which I responded:
Surely having a variable colour ink makes it easier for a forger because the buyer would never know the difference between the conterfeit and real thing? Also, why did Goulet make a vid about the 'new' purple colour, saying that a pigment was slightly different? https://www.youtube....h?v=VwBnvKMa1d0
If an ink colour isn't stable, how would the buyer ever know what they were going to receive? It's a bit of a lottery!
He has also changed the video description to include this information. If anyone wants to check this, the link is:
(Click on the 'watch on youtube' button to read the comments.)
I'm not criticising either Nathan or Noodler's, I'm just confused. There does seem to be an appreciable difference in the ink, many people on this forum have commented upon it, so what is really going on? If I order an ink, will I receive the colour I expect?
Edited by BookCat, 04 December 2014 - 16:43.