Sorry to revive an old thread, but, for those who recommended R&K Sepia for vintage pens, how do you guys think it'll fare with gold plated parts? I couldn't find anything regarding the ph levels of R&K inks, and the whole nibs getting pitted or losing plating kinda scares me
Thanks in advance for any input
I couldn't find any specific Ph reference, but it was called "neutral" in one product description. It doesn't have any IG content, so I wouldn't be too worried.
I see this thread has resurfaced....
If the OP can track down vintage Skrip Brown (red box era), that may be just up his/her alley. It was a lovely sepia brown (actually says "Sepia" on some sides of the box, while saying "Brown" on other sides). Sadly, I had a leak (fortunately contained by a ziplock bag) and lost most of the contents. But it was a wonderful ink. If the price was right I would definitely buy another bottle of it. (I think the red box stuff is more recent than the yellow box stuff -- one of my boxes of Skrip in the yellow box has directions on one of the box lids on how to fill a Snorkel! )
The original formula of Birmingham Shadyside Walnut Street Brown was very good -- but they changed sources for the dye components, and the newer version is much redder.
Another vote for Iroshihzuku Yama-guri, but the Iroshihzuku inks tend to be wet -- sometimes too wet for the pen they're ink (it was way too wet, for instance, for a 1990s era Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise, with a juicy and springy F nib -- quite disappointing because I thought it would be a good combo for doing drawings).
Might not be sepia toned *enough", but last year's Edelstein Ink of the Year, Smoky Quartz, is also very nice.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
ETA: If you can still manage to track DOWN a bottle of Smoky Quartz, that is....
Thanks for the tip about old Sheaffer Brown! I'm really enjoying my yellow-boxed 1950s Sheaffer Permanent Blue-Black, so it'd be nice to have a vintage brown/sepia around as well.
The one sepia-ish ink I keep coming back to over and over for both vintage and modern pens is Herbin Lie de The. R&K Sepia can be too thin and dry at times and I also get bored of the color when I don't have the right pen-paper combination to bring out the shading. The Herbin ink always cheers me up and looks classy.