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Authentic Or Fake Parker Quink Ink?

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#1 amscon

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 02:47

Hello,

 

So I was in China recently and I bought a new bottle of black "Parker Quink Ink" or at least that's what it says on the box. I bought it from a stationary store in Beijing that sold a lot of other pens and stuff by Chinese brands. The Parker Quink was the only foreign brand in the shop so I was surprised. The shop owner, though, did tell me that it was authentic when I asked him about it, but it being China it is hard to trust the word of someone selling you stuff. It costed about 8 US dollars and came in a box with a lot of Chinese characters on it (evidently this bottle was made in Shanghai according to the box). I don't know if people are going to try to fake an already inexpensive bottle of ink, but this thought has just been circulating in the back of my head since it was cheaper than usual. I've never had a bottle of Parker Quink so I have nothing to compare this to also. Thanks for the help!
 
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The front and back of the box.

 

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The side of the box.

 

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Bottom of the box.

 

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The bottle itself.

 

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The inside of the bottle.

 

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A quick jot of what the ink looks like on standard college ruled looseleaf paper written with a M&G fountain pen. (The ink flows well and does not seem to clog any of the fountain pens that I have put it in)



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#2 Algester

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 03:15

thing is Parker had a China factory that became hero... so maybe? I dunno there's still that possibility
as long as it doesnt explode your safe... I normally categorize whats truly made in china is that is has to spontaneously explode randomly not combust mind you explode... is the name of the chinese good game

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#3 amscon

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 03:23

Thankfully it did not explode or else I would have ended up in Chinese jail for trying to blow up the airport. When did the parker factory in China become a Hero one?



#4 Arkanabar

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 03:33

Sometime around the People's Glorious Revolution, no doubt.



#5 amscon

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 03:45

Hmm, if that is true than my ink was possibly made by some company using the parker name. Even the Chinese parker website's picture of the same ink is different from the design on my box...



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 03:47

I wouldn't worry too much if it's fake or real. The price seems good and if the ink performs in a satisfactory way, there isn't any real damage (except for hurt pride ;)).  As for Chinese ink, I've been using Hero ink (Blue and Red) for several years and find it perfect for my needs.


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Posted 27 December 2014 - 07:31

Looks pretty feathery, but it's been a long time since I have played with Parker Quink.  It sure doesn't look like the Quink bottles I've seen in the US.  Though, many times the counterfeit folks try to make stuff look as authentic as possible, which makes me wonder if it's real.  The better question is, perhaps, why buy the ink over there in the first place?  Parker ink is pretty cheap.


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#8 Tas

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 10:20

Add water to some lines on a page, the ink should split beautifully into blues and yellows and browns . . .

 

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As lisadans says though, don't worry too much so long as it's a joy to use.



#9 Floreat

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 19:26

Oooooh, that's a stunning illustration Tas!
UK-based pen fan. I love beautiful ink bottles, sealing wax, scented inks, and sending mail art. Also, thanks to a wonderful custom-ground nib by forum member Bardiir, I'm currently attempting calligraphy after years of not being able to do so due to having an odd pen-grip :D

#10 Tas

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Posted 27 December 2014 - 20:04

:blush:  :)



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Posted 27 December 2014 - 20:48

Looks just like my current Quink bottle, other than the Chinese characters on the bottle.


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Posted 28 December 2014 - 02:11

one aspect of my collecting has been seeking pens manufactured in various countries.  i asked a visiting physician from china to recommend a chinese pen that would be considered highly desirable, perhaps even a luxury, by his colleagues "back home".  he found it humorous because while i was asking about chinese pens, the chinese physicians he knew were into parkers.  "we all want what seems exotic," he observed.  i cannot know for certain, but i suspect the ink is authentic and might even be a status symbol on the desk of a chinese fp user.    



#13 amscon

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 03:18

one aspect of my collecting has been seeking pens manufactured in various countries.  i asked a visiting physician from china to recommend a chinese pen that would be considered highly desirable, perhaps even a luxury, by his colleagues "back home".  he found it humorous because while i was asking about chinese pens, the chinese physicians he knew were into parkers.  "we all want what seems exotic," he observed.  i cannot know for certain, but i suspect the ink is authentic and might even be a status symbol on the desk of a chinese fp user.    

 

I wouldn't doubt that, the bottle that I got was about twice or even three times the price of the chinese branded inks for fountain pens.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 03:20

Add water to some lines on a page, the ink should split beautifully into blues and yellows and browns . . .

 

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As lisadans says though, don't worry too much so long as it's a joy to use.

 

Nice picture! I added some water and it just turned a muddy purple color.



#15 Tas

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 08:14

Doesn't sound like it's the Black Quink I know and love.  :(



#16 amberleadavis

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 00:25

Tas, I love your drawings.


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#17 amscon

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:07

Doesn't sound like it's the Black Quink I know and love.  :(

Oh well, at least it is still a usable black ink that still flows very well. 



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:21

So, I think this authentic. The box looks weird, but Rubbermaid now owns Parker and they do have factories in China. Also this bottle matches mine that I got in this box.

 

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#19 amscon

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 00:28

Cool, thanks for the help everyone!



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Posted 31 December 2014 - 13:39

Every Parker Quink Black which I met have some yellow parts its visible, when you like drop an ink to a paper towel. Than that yellow part be visible. Also often the black part of the writing is completely disappear and remain only that pale yellow. I think Quink Black is really not worth any cent.. (saying as a huge Parker fan, but their inks are lame, big time)







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