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Midnight Blue - Graf Von Faber-Castell

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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 17:18

Graf von Faber-Castell was founded in 1761 and developed into the major manufacturer of wood-cased pencils. With time they started to offer much broader range of products. Few years ago company's introduced six inks. Recently they've added three new colors to the line.

 

  1. Carbon Black
  2. Cobalt Blue
  3. Deep Sea Green
  4. Garnet Red
  5. Hazelnut Brown
  6. Midnight Blue
  7. Moss Green
  8. Royal Blue
  9. Stone Grey

Another one of three new colors is the line is Midnight Blue. As I started to develop some taste in blue/blacks I was eager to try this one. I've tried it and I'm not satisfied. The ink, contrary to Deep Sea Green, behaves rather well but is really, really boring. The lubrication is average, saturation is average, color is generic. Only bottlem company's logo and price are premium. Bottle content is average. Graf von Faber-Castell is going iin wrong direction :/

 

 

 

 

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Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, B

 

 

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Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, B

 

 

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Oxford, Duke, F/M

 

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Water resistance

 

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#2 migo984

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 18:57

I like both Deep Sea Green & Midnight Blue. Refreshing change from super-saturated colour-intense inks. The vintage look is quirky and idiosyncratic and looks wonderful on cotton rag papers.

Verba volant, scripta manent


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 20:05

Quite nice.
Is it close to Kobe #51?

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 20:28

Not at all. Nor color nor ink behaviour are close to Sailor ink. 

 

@Migo984 -  I like moderately saturated inks too - I'm huge fan of L'Artisan PAstellier inks. The thing is their inks are 75 % cheaper than GvFC inks and additionally they offer better writing experience. I'm a big fan of GvFC - their pens and inks. Moss Green and Hazelnut Brown used to be my favourite inks and I still enjoy them. Stone Grey was interesting, Carbon Black and Cobalt Blue while not my colors are great inks. I never liked Garnet Red because of it's dryness and misbehaviour in few pens I've filled with it. 

 

I'm pretty sure that in a blind test (no lofogos / company's name) almost no one would be enthusiastic about new GvFC inks :) If Deep See Green would be called Green and had Jinhao logo on it people would repeat it's not worth attention. I have strong impression that we're ready to forgive much more to well known / established producers than to small / economic brands :) 

 

I was expecting a lot from new inks but, sadly, I'm very disappointed. In my opinion they're waste of money. 


Edited by visvamitra, 11 January 2016 - 20:38.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 20:34

It may not be exciting, but I think it looks pretty fetching on the Leuchtturm paper. That said, do I need a bottle? Probably not. But I'd still like to try a sample.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 21:10

Not at all. Nor color nor ink behaviour are close to Sailor ink. 
 
@Migo984 -  I like moderately saturated inks too - I'm huge fan of L'Artisan PAstellier inks. The thing is their inks are 75 % cheaper than GvFC inks and additionally they offer better writing experience. I'm a big fan of GvFC - their pens and inks. Moss Green and Hazelnut Brown used to be my favourite inks and I still enjoy them. Stone Grey was interesting, Carbon Black and Cobalt Blue while not my colors are great inks. I never liked Garnet Red because of it's dryness and misbehaviour in few pens I've filled with it. [/size]
 
I'm pretty sure that in a blind test (no lofogos / company's name) almost no one would be enthusiastic about new GvFC inks :) If Deep See Green would be called Green and had Jinhao logo on it people would repeat it's not worth attention. I have strong impression that we're ready to forgive much more to well known / established producers than to small / economic brands :) 
 
I was expecting a lot from new inks but, sadly, I'm very disappointed. In my opinion they're waste of money. 

Ah OK. I misunderstood. I thought your criticism/disappointment was about the colour, not the VFM.

Edited by migo984, 11 January 2016 - 21:12.

Verba volant, scripta manent


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 21:25

Looks a lot like Iroshizuku Shin-kai.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 22:38

It's rare that you save me money visvamitra . . .  :) 
 

Think, I'll spend my time and money hunting down some of that Duke Blue Black . . .  :P



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:29

I got one bottle of Midnight Blue yesterday.  For me that's a nice blue/black,  shading is really interesting, I must say I like it.

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 02:26

It's rare that you save me money visvamitra . . .  :) 
 

Think, I'll spend my time and money hunting down some of that Duke Blue Black . . .  :P

 

Is this because I sent out samples of the Duke BB?  I couldn't get any of my local posse to even try it.  I can probably hunt down a bottle for you.


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 02:27

I got one bottle of Midnight Blue yesterday.  For me that's a nice blue/black,  shading is really interesting, I must say I like it.

 

That's a lot different. Is that a superwet pen?


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 07:34

 

Is this because I sent out samples of the Duke BB?  I couldn't get any of my local posse to even try it.  I can probably hunt down a bottle for you.

 

Oh Amber, I had no idea. Sorry.

 

I've tried the link you sent but I've a feeling their website is down.

 

I'll try again later. No rush this end. Trying to slow things down a little and been using up all my old "meh" mixes.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:19

IOI

 

What pen have you used?



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:51

 

That's a lot different. Is that a superwet pen?

 

I used a Montblanc "Ingrid Bergman", M nib. Which is a very wet pen. When I compare the scan and the original, The scan is a little bit darker though it's very close. I would say the scan doesn't show the shades.

On the other hand I made an other try on a different paper : Canson 300 g/m2. This paper is specially made for "watercolor" painting. For me it's the final judge. There, the result is very close of Visvamitra's result.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 17:45

Tas, I'll follow up. If you can't find it, I can probably be persuaded to trade you my bottle.

 

Cargo, thank you for sharing.  When I see your sample, I really like that BLUE, but I suspect that the ink for me would look more gray.  I definitely think you should keep that pen and paper!


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 18:42

Tas, I'll follow up. If you can't find it, I can probably be persuaded to trade you my bottle.

 

Cargo, thank you for sharing.  When I see your sample, I really like that BLUE, but I suspect that the ink for me would look more gray.  I definitely think you should keep that pen and paper!

 

As I said it depends of the paper but it's not grey at all. I don't like blue/grey they are too dull. This one is a true blue/black, it's quite similar to "Bleu rêveur" by Louis Vuitton. It's really a good surprise because I've tested "Garnet red" and it is a very boring color.



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 23:29

Tas, I'll follow up. If you can't find it, I can probably be persuaded to trade you my bottle.

 

Cargo, thank you for sharing.  When I see your sample, I really like that BLUE, but I suspect that the ink for me would look more gray.  I definitely think you should keep that pen and paper!

 

Fab. 

 

Let's keep in touch - although I'm sure I don't have any ink that you don't already own.  :unsure:



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 00:06

 

Fab. 

 

Let's keep in touch - although I'm sure I don't have any ink that you don't already own.  :unsure:

 

Well, you and Fabienne did get my samples of ESSRI and Akkerman #10


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 07:29

 

Well, you and Fabienne did get my samples of ESSRI and Akkerman #10

 

Ooo, nothing arrived here. How kind though. :)  :)

 

(Coals to Newcastle though, I've stscks of each - they are two of my faves after all  . . .  )



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 06:10

Quite disappointing. Thanks for helping me steer clear. 







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