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#1 Alexcat

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 11:46

I have some pretty but unusable( due to the neck aperture being too narrow) inks, which I want to decant into a usable bottle, preferably one thing at least a wee bit aesthetically pleasing, and saw this, and wondered if anyone had one, and if so, if it's good for this purpose....

And any other suggestions about bottles very welcome....

Here's the one I saw(it's listed as Pewter Swan Ink Bottle by Coles Calligraphy)

Any other sources for similar? Im in UK, and need to buy online....and my ideal would have a cat on it.

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 12:11

Are you sure the bottle on the picture would be useable? It looks like the Herbin bottles to me, and they are quite shallow, it's not very easy to fill from them after they are half-empty.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 12:45

Coming from a practical point of view, I would recommend 1oz Nalgene bottles. Freezeproof and leakproof!

 

 

 

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 12:52

I've been looking for nice and practical bottles too and it's not as easy a task as I thought it would be. The problem arose for me in respect of wanting to transfer Herbin's inks into a more useable bottle with a much less narrow neck. A lot of the small bottles on ebay are just too small, but I think I might have better luck with a brick and mortar kitchen store.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 12:56

I was gonna say that, except for the cap, that looks exactly like a J. Herbin bottle to me, too.

 

I think that the Waterman bottle is perhaps one of the nicest combinations of  function (because of its tipping facets) and aesthetics available.  The other bottles most often cited for utility are the Cross/Pelikan /Kaweco bottles (again, for tipping facets), the Montblanc shoe bottle, and the old Sheaffer sidewell bottles.

 

edit:  If the pretty cap is what attracts you to the Swan bottle above, and you want a pewter cap, your best bet is to have them made.


Edited by Arkanabar, 28 December 2014 - 12:58.


#6 Charles Rice

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 14:02

It's ugly, but for pure usability find an old Skrip bottle.



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 16:34

Levenger makes one of the most usable and good looking bottles out there in my opinion.

 

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It has a wonderful little well in it as well.

 

Holds 50 ml of ink.


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#8 Charles Rice

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Posted 28 December 2014 - 16:36

Levenger makes one of the most usable and good looking bottles out there in my opinion.

 

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It has a wonderful little well in it as well.

 

Holds 50 ml of ink.

Is it like the one Parker had a few years back?



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Posted 28 December 2014 - 17:43

I bought some 2 oz and 4 oz amber glass Boston Rounds recently.  They would mostly be for storage rather than actually working from (I spent part of Christmas night decanting some vintage Skrip Peacock into several of the 4 oz. bottles -- one of which I put an eyedropper cap on).  But I realize now that the 2 oz. bottles in particular would not really be good to fill pens from except for the really thin ones like the Parker Vectors.  So, since I don't have any *empty* bottles yet, I use sample vials or the 1 oz. nalgene bottles for travel purposes (but, being plastic rather than glass, I'm not convinced that either are an ideal "long term" storage solution).

When I *do* get to the point of empty bottles, I suspect that the Waterman bottle and the Sailor Jentle bottle (and possibly the empty Levenger bottle) will be my best bets.  And of course the three Ackerman bottles -- but it's going to take a LONG time to empty those.... Especially since I keep getting distracted by bright shiny objects other inks....  :lol: 

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@ alexcat -- Does that bottle have a screw-on cap?  It's gorgeous -- but yet, other than the cap it does look like an Herbin bottle....


Edited by inkstainedruth, 28 December 2014 - 17:45.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 00:23

Old Skrip, Levenger, Akkerman and Montblanc bottles are in my experience some of the easiest to use.

 

Somewhere around here, we have a thread about choosing the perfect ink bottle for an ink.  It has links to where you may acquire bottles. 

 

If you are a thrift store / antique store junkie, old perfume bottles can be fantastic.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 01:16

I use Boston Rounds (30ml) and wide mouth glass vials (8 ml) for many of my inks. It gives a nice conformity to things, although I only fill directly from the vials.

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:03

Is it like the one Parker had a few years back?

I am not familiar with that bottle, sorry Charles.

 

Levenger has had this design since at least the late 1990's and probably before. The well is a plastic insert


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 03:20

Charles, the insert is very similar.


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#14 Charles Rice

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:05

Charles, the insert is very similar.

Yeah, dang, I liked those older Parker bottles, but I tossed 'em after I emptied 'em.



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:36

I understand!  I tossed out the Sheaffer cartridges.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 06:30

Goulets sells empty bottles, but the selection depends on what they've got at the moment.  Keep an eye out for the Waterman, Pelikan, and Kwaeco bottles others have mentioned.  I've never used Kwaeco ink, but have several bottles, and they work well.

 

I bought a vintage Skrip bottle with ink at an antique store, and they had an empty I perhaps should have picked up.  I also bought a full bottle of Superchrome... MWA HA HA...

 

I also have a Diamond 580 inkwell, and they're quite nice.  Not at all cheap, though.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:45

Old Skrip, Levenger, Akkerman and Montblanc bottles are in my experience some of the easiest to use.
 
Somewhere around here, we have a thread about choosing the perfect ink bottle for an ink.  It has links to where you may acquire bottles. 
 
If you are a thrift store / antique store junkie, old perfume bottles can be fantastic.


I'll have a look for that thread. I was a total charity shop( thrift store) junkie....loved a rummage, especially when I had a specific goal in mind. Alas, that's no longer an option....agoraphobia is a nasty beastie.
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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:59

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#19 Charles Rice

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Posted 29 December 2014 - 13:32

I understand!  I tossed out the Sheaffer cartridges.

 What???  Ya ain't got 'em yet. 

 

And on reflection, I seem to recall that the Parker insert was too shallow to be really useful.



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 13:45

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from pen-house Japan they retail 100-200 USD ish for the Japanese craftsmanship

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