Requesting advice from the FPN community regarding dark or black IG inks.
I've been searching for an Iron Gall ink that starts dark and cures to black or near-black. Primary requirements are darkness/blackness and water-resistance. The secondary requirements are that the ink exhibit some reasonable degree of "wetness" or lubrication, and not be prone to clogging or to exhibit excessively "dry" performance characteristics. Tertiary characteristics are considered highly desirable but not essential: archival qualities, and better-than-average lightfastness for IG (based on the assumption that lackluster lightfastness is a potential Achilles' heel for all IG inks).
EDITED TO CLARIFY: I am looking for a commercially available ink that I can purchase using PayPal or my debit card. I am not a chemist and would prefer not to fabricate my own IG ink in my kitchen based on arcane recipes, shamanistic rites and channeling extradimensional beings.
So far the top candidates appear to be Akkerman #10 and KWZI IG Blue Black. KWZI looks pretty darn promising and I have placed an order for some.
I have conducted several searches of these forums and found some good information, but was unable to find an IG ink that starts black and remains black as it cures. A previous forum post from 2010 or 2012 indicated that there were no latently black IG inks on the market at that time, with blue-blacks being predominant. Based on that assumption, have any truly black IG inks been released onto the market within the last 5-7 years? If not, what are the darkest blue-black inks that cure to near blackness?
Inks I have already already considered, ordered or tried:
R&K Salix (fairly light in coloration, what I am currently using as primary IG ink)
ESSRI (dry, concerns about clogging risk)
Diamine Registrar's ink / Chesterfield Archival Vault (dry, unsure of clogging risk)
Hero 232 (ordered, awaiting slow boat from China)
I welcome any inputs, questions or feedback. Thanks in advance for your help.
*** Edited to correct my careless spelling errors. ***
Edited by bigkahuna, 04 March 2017 - 19:45.