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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:28

Some time ago Kevin from Justwrite Pen Company offered few australian made pens for reviews. Sadly I haven't qualified to review the pen but Kevin was generous enough to send me samples of Blackstone inks as a consolation prize :) As some of you know I enjoy testing new inks. So once they arrived from Australia I've filled my pens with them and started experimenting.

 

It seems Blackstone inks are a product of FPN - their origin can be traced back to 2013 when some of ink-testers (Amberlea minions) started discussng powdered inks. Soon after many of us had a chance to review / try the original SuSeMai powdered inks. The powders are gone but in the meantime they evolved into Blackstone ink concentrates and recently the line called Colours of Australia was created (based on those concentrates).

 

For instance the line consistes of five excellent inks.

 

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  1. Barrier Reef Blue
  2. Black Stump Black
  3. Daintree Green
  4. Sydney Harbour Blue
  5. Uluru Red

 

The only thing they lack is water resistance which is none. For me it's not that important but I know there are people who expect their inks to be water resistant. If that's you you need to seek for your grail ink elsewhere. The colors however are stunning. Kevin - I hope we'll see some nice bron and dark purple soon :)

 

I'll review them in alphabetical order.

 

Barrier Reef Blue is, surprisingly, a favourite of mine. It offers great feel even in finer and drier nibs. In my everyday carry medium / broad nibs it gives great feel to writing and the color is very nice. I didn't expect to like it, but, frankly, I really enjoy using it.

 

 

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

 

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Color ID

 

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Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

 

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Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib

 

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Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9

 

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 09:33

A very nice blue. Thanks for reviewing.


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Posted 15 December 2015 - 11:24

I like it!



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Posted 15 December 2015 - 16:55

Thanks. A really nice blue. A whole new hue of it... good doses of green, yellow and grey... but not too much....

 

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 00:19

Maybe a competitor for Iroshizuku Kon-Peki?



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:59

Maybe a competitor for Iroshizuku Kon-Peki?

 

It feels a little different and I have to admit, I like it better than KP.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 08:26

 

It feels a little different and I have to admit, I like it better than KP.

 

Ditto. KP is nice but I'm never a big fan of it.



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 14:57

Pretty! If only shipping to the US weren't so high!



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 15:28

I'm going to stock up when I go back to Aus in February :-)

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 17:05

Woo Hoo.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 17:20

Is the delivery of pouches as expensive as bottles? I guess I'll want to use BRB once the sample's gone (read: after tomorrow).

 

Edit - I've just checked. It's crazy expensive even for one pouch (20 AUD!).


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 17:31

Shipping anything to you is expensive.  

 

When we do the group buy, I'll get a pouch for you and send it in the next shipment.


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 17:34

Yes, that's true :/ I'm still gritting my teeth when I think about the price of the last shipment. On the other hand I didn't pay taxes (thanks to you :) ) so in a way it makes it more. let's say, acceptable :)



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 17:58

Shipping anything to you is expensive.  

 

When we do the group buy, I'll get a pouch for you and send it in the next shipment.

 

Ohh!  Is there a group buy thread already underway?



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 20:39

Very nice blue! Thanks for the review!


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 20:49

Excellent review of an excellent ink. I think this may be my favorite blue. I've been very impressed with all the Blackstone inks. Hope they find a retailer in the US.

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Posted 16 December 2015 - 21:26

People will just have to buy the complete set of pouches and amortize the shipping between the 5 pouches. :D

it's the only way we in Aus. can afford to buy stuff from the US. The only consequence/side effect is buying more inks than we originally planned. :drool:


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 22:29

This ink will shade.
At least it did out of the test pen at the SF Pen Show.

You can see traces of the shading in the first pix.

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 00:21

This ink will shade.
At least it did out of the test pen at the SF Pen Show.

You can see traces of the shading in the first pix.

 

I'm pretty happy with this ink - I bought the 30ml nalgene bottles, before the pouches went live on the website, but that probably suits my usage better anyway.

 

An example of the shading possible with a wet B nib:

 

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Posted 17 December 2015 - 00:27

Also sheens, just a little (in this pen) on Tomoe River paper - note the margins of some of the letters, especially:

 

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