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Recommend Gray-Leaning, Wet Blue-Black?

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#1 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 13:12

I had been using Chesterfield Sodalite (which is, I THINK, some sort of Diamine ink) as my gray-leaning blue-black.


However, I just filled a hooded Jinhao 599 and the ink looks gray. Just gray. And it seems very dry. Perhaps it's IG? In any case, it doesn't seem to be the ink I started out with.

So what I'm after is something WET and lubricated, a blue-black that tends toward gray but still has identifiable blue components.

Not greenish. I love that, but have plenty of those!

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 13:33

Sheaffer Skrip Blue Black.



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Posted 26 April 2015 - 13:47

Iro shin kai. Tis identifiably blue but greyer than other blues I've had.
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Posted 26 April 2015 - 14:07

Sheaffer Skrip Blue Black.



Vintage or current? Thanks.

Edited by Sailor Kenshin, 26 April 2015 - 14:07.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 14:21

Pelikan 4001 Blue Black is blue when dry but turn grey after a couple of days.

 

 

 

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 16:54

The modern, Slovenia-made Blue-Black is very good.

I used to enjoy Pelikan BB, but I am less and less drawn to it (I still have a little bit left).  Perhaps I've convinced myself I prefer other BB inks since it is no longer distributed in North America...

I can also recommend Platinum Blue-Black - it is bluer than the Sheaffer, but it is very well behaved.


Edited by dan in montreal, 26 April 2015 - 16:54.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 19:50

Iroshizuku Shin-kai sounds ideal for your needs. No green in it at all.


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 20:58

I would also suggest Shin-Kai. I was really REALLY impressed with the sample I had. 



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Posted 27 April 2015 - 09:31

Sheaffer Skrip Blue Black.

+1
Exactly what I was going to suggest!

And also Shin-Kai. They are similar but Shin-Kai is more complex looking, a little more blue (& more pricey)

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 13:34

I was looking at some of my ink swatches and I think J. Herbin's Bleu Nuit (Night Blue) might also fit the bill.

 

Now I have to give some consideration to Shin-Kai. Looks awesome.



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Posted 29 April 2015 - 08:56

I was looking at some of my ink swatches and I think J. Herbin's Bleu Nuit (Night Blue) might also fit the bill.
 
Now I have to give some consideration to Shin-Kai. Looks awesome.

Bleu Nuit is very blue in comparison. I know it's popular but I'm not a fan as I think it's not quite anything. But then other than the 1670 range, I'm not a fan of J. Herbin inks (except for Perle Noir & Verte Empire)

#12 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 21:03

I have tried seven inks in my collection so far, including Bleu Nuit...and I feel like Goldilocks. This one's too blue (that's YOU, Bleu Nuit!), this one's too gray, this one's too green.

Am getting more samples in. Thanks for the suggestions!

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 23:57

Fuyu-syogun? Else
fuyugare but who am I kidding I havent seen this one
Personally I havent seen anyone review the inks that I know off maybe saskia... Will dig around

Edited by Algester, 30 April 2015 - 00:03.


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 00:16

Sailor Jentle Blue Black. Almost gray, pretty wet and well lubricated.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 11:06

So I dip- tested as many inks as I could on a small piece of Rhodia. I used inks sent by two kind people (sincere thanks to you both for your generosity!), plus the few I had on hand that were suggested.

Only the Diamine Denim was actually loaded.


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The color in this scan isn't fully accurate, but you can see Diamine Twilight was too green, and JH Bleu Nuit too blue for this Quest, though both are lovely and useful colors. The Hudson looks almost as blue in the scan as Bleu Nuit but isn't.

Of my own inks, visually, the OS Manganese and Hero come close. Of the Ink Gifts, I loved the Tanzanite, Chopin, and HH. Next: Loading a few pens and taking them for a short test-drive. Stay tuned. ;)

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 20:48

First post on FPN, yay! I've grown fond of Caran d'Ache Magnetic blue, a great blue black with a hint of grey. Quite saturated but still very subdued. Nice amount of shading. Although it's a bit expensive, it's very suitable for daily writing.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 21:15

Isn't Pelikan BB dry?

I LOVE Organic Studios Blue Merle. It sounds like exactly what you are looking for. I'm still trying to find a replacement for it, since it is no longer produced and failing. It has great co,or, flow, is well behaved on cheap paper, and cleans out so easily.

I need to try Skrip and Iro.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 21:56

There is a group of Diamine grayish blue-blacks. Let's see ... Denim (dark), Prussian Blue (moderately dark), Indigo. Shin-kai is a favorite, but too wet for some of my nibs. Akkerman #9 (Laan van Nieuw Oost - Indigo) is lovely. Quite similar to Shin-kai, to my eye.

 

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 22:14

First post on FPN, yay! I've grown fond of Caran d'Ache Magnetic blue, a great blue black with a hint of grey. Quite saturated but still very subdued. Nice amount of shading. Although it's a bit expensive, it's very suitable for daily writing.


Is that the bottle that appears to be tilted? If so, innnteresting.

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Posted 22 July 2015 - 02:43

CDA Magnetic Blue: its an elegant, well behaved Blue... Gray





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