A few years ago, I started a thread about odd stuff floating in at least new Sheaffer Skrip ink bottles. I noticed stuff floating in Skrip brown and Skrip black. It didn't look like mold (or what I thought mold looked like). Both bottles were new, both had a smell which seemed to be the offspring of a humid basement and some strong chemical. I ended up returning both to the shop and they assured me they would send them to Sheaffer, refunded the bottles and off I went. I've since been through quite a lot of bottles of ink from different brands (Parker, Waterman, Noodlers, Rotring, J. Herbin, Platinum, Pilot, Pelikan and Private Reserve) and have never experienced anything resembling this. I did have an issue with Diamine Oxblood, but I think the stuff is just related to the dye in their red / orange inks, as has been discussed here at length.
By the way, none of my pens ever experienced any mold problems and the only thing I use to clean my pens is plain tap water. I used both Skrip inks for 3 or 4 filling before returning them. If it was mold, am I right in thinking my pens would have been affected?
Time passed and since I did not run into anything resembling the Herbin contamination problems a good while ago on this board, I went out and got a nice bottle of Sheaffer purple, filled my Ahab and THEN decided to shine a light to the bottle and... there were those pesky little thing floating on the surface, the same stuff I saw in the black and the brown. A case of Déjà vu.
I came back here and the only more or less recent mention of something like this dates back to 2012 : http://www.fountainp...1-is-this-mold/
This is almost 2015. The stuff in my bottle looks like the stuff in most of the pics contained in the above mentioned thread. If it was contamination during production, it must have been fixed (and I don't think my bottle has been sitting on the shelf of this store for 3 years, although I can't be sure!).
Do any of your bottles exhibit the same characteristics?
If it is mold, I'll just return in. If not, what could it be? There are a few guesses in the other thread, one being it may be related to the cap liner. Could it be inert, crystallized dye?
It's a bummer, as I like the color a lot!