Recently I reviewed the full (short) line of Super 5 inks. They're something new (pigmented, waterproof, lightfast) but they're produced by well known company Rohrer & Klingner. Does it mean there's no place for new ink producers? Well...
I believe many of you will be thrilled to know there's new ink maker on the market.Octopus Concept GmbH.
The company has web shop selling printer ink and toner, It seems one of their chemists thought he'd enjoy creating fountain pen inks too. Let me quote the text from company's site:
"What started out as a good product is now becoming a passion of mine." That's what our chemist Dr. Kai-Oliver Schäfer said when he was developing this high-quality ink. "It's no longer about writing something beautiful - it's about beauty itself!"
The parameters he used to assess the quality go beyond colour and saturation. With every lab-scale batch and every writing test, his requirements regarding shades, a low degree of fraying, optimum drying time, writing and smooth gliding increased.
Therefore, we can wholeheartedly recommend our Octopus Fluids writing ink to anyone who loves writing with a fountain pen. You can choose from nine different colours - discover just how beautiful writing by hand can be!
The inks are produced in ten colors and can be purchased in Pelikan style no-nonsense 30 ml bottles (4,95 euros), 40 ml bottles from pen-paradise.de
and huge 250 ml bottles (14,95 euro)
The colors are:
What caught my attention was good price per ml and interesting and intense shading.
Burgunder nice, deep red
Flieder: this is shade of violet I dislike
Karamell: nice, warm brown
Karibik: not my color but the shading is spectaculat and makes it really interesting, especially in broad nib
Pinie: nice, dark sepia
Purpur: I like it a lot
Rot: great, vivid red
Tiefgrun: nice one
Octo-swabs (I made swabs photos, found octopus drawing in internet, make it custom shape and cut the shape from swabs)
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Calendar
Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Linum notebook
Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Oxford notebook
Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - Lyreco Budget:
Kaweco Sport Classic, eyedropper mode, broad nib - 100 g paper:
After 20 minutes of soaking
Octopus inks offer nice quality for reasonable price. The colors are nice, saturated and well behaved. The shading of Karibik and Burgunder is spectacular.
I'm really thrilled there's still some place for new ink makers on the market and that there are people willing to create this kind of niche product. It's good to know there are creative pen and ink enthusiats on the market.
I like most of colors except for Schwarz (because it's black) and Flieder (not my color. At all.) Hopefully in the future they'll allow themselves to create some crazy color no one will have (kind of Stipula's Verde Muschiatto or Sailor's yama-Dori)
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