I know that this topic is already kind-of discussed in various places on FPN but I can't seem to find a straight answer.
I would like to find a nice water resistant or proof, good performance on cheaper paper blue, black or blue-black ink safe for my vintage Sheaffers (Touchdown and Snorkel).
I've been using some vintage Watermans B/B that I picked up a while ago, but it's too pale and doesn'tperform very well on cheap paper. I wanted to try Namiki Blue, but I read some other reviews that people don't recommend it in vintage pens-- It's a shame. It's one of my favorite blues.
Would some of the modern IG Inks ( Diamine Registrar, Rohrer &amp; Klinger, Mont Blanc, etc....) be ok to use?
Any or all suggestions would be really appreciated.
You may need to have the nibs on your pen adjusted to flow more ink.
Waterman blue is a nice ink when it flows enough. If the pen writes dry and/or has a XF nib, the ink will look faded in color.
Some vintage inks are faded. I picked up an old bottle of Sheaffer ink, and it wrote a really light blue. It was no where near as dark as a new bottle of Sheaffer blue. It was so faded that I got rid of it as unusable. Some people say inks don't fade, but that one experience told me that inks can fade.
XF nibs need DARK inks to keep the ink line visible. This is an optical illusion, as the eye sees more white paper than ink.
I have a few XXF nibs that I have to use BLACK ink with, as the blue ink that works fine in other pens looks too faded out of the XXF nibs.
If the paper sucks the ink down, then MANY inks will not show well, because the dye is sucked down into the paper where your eye does not see it. Not all CHEAP paper behaves the same way; some will suck the ink in, some won't. You just have to experiment with YOUR paper, and if necessary change paper. Or if you are stuck with that paper, change ink or ink flow.
And switching from a wet Waterman ink to a dry Pelikan ink could slow down the ink flow enough that the pen writes DRY.
So you will need to have the nib adjusted to flow the Pelikan ink.
What do I recommend and use in my vintage pens:
- Parker Quink, Sheaffer Skrip, Pelikan 4001, Waterman.
Water resistant/proof is something that I do not bother with or test for.
In my inks, probably Pelikan blue-black (non-US) is the only kind-of water resistant standard ink I have.
Edited by ac12, 10 July 2016 - 22:11.