Great review. I see that there are 6 of these IGs in the new series. How black does this one get and how long does that take? Days? How black? Sorry for this persistence and I guess it's better to buy all 6 and see for myself. Citrus-Yellow turning black? Very interesting! I too love your handwriting
Thanks for the compliment about my handwriting.
I haven't had it for very long - I've only been using this one for about a two weeks. The darkest the Cassis has gotten in that time is what you see with the Noodler's Neponset Flex. I purchased the Cassis and the Lavender at a small pen show & the rep said that they should continue to darken over time - as in months and years. The initial color change is fairly quick; on Rhodia, it starts almost instantly (within 2 seconds) and stabilizes in about 30 seconds. The slowest change was on Clairefontiane Triomphe; I didn't make any notes on it other than that it was gradual and took a lot longer to begin to oxidize. I just started using the Lavender yesterday; first impressions are that the color change isn't as remarkable & without anything in front of me to compare it to, it looks like a dark plum color. Vanness sent me a free sample of the Sepia with another order. I inked up a pen today & it is green - I think pretty close to Noodler's Burma Road Brown. It could change over the weekend, but I was not expecting that much green.
If you look at the Platinum website, the color samples next to the bottles showing the nib sizes are pretty close to what I've seen when the ink is wet, except that the Sepia still looks that green. None of the 3 I have look much like the swabs under the bottle across the top of the page. The Cassis might get close with the Flex and the darkest part of the swab. Neither the Lavender nor the Cassis seem to be nearly as electric as the swabs would have you believe. So far, my Sepia doesn't look at all like the brownish color swab under the bottle.
I'll try to get reviews done of the Lavender and Sepia soon, but I want to make sure the color is relatively stable before I post them. I will say that I'm seeing similar color variation between pens even though I'm using different pens.