Platinum Classic Ink - Citrus Black
(A picture heavy review.)
Below are Platinum's six new inks in the Classic Line; "classic" is code for iron gall. In the press release for the new line, Platinum says that traditional ink methods are very time consuming to produce and as a result have mostly been replaced by mixing dye inks. (Note the subtle dig at other companies who use these quick, easy methods. ) This time (as opposed to all the other times, apparently), they aspired to enhance the joy of using fountain pens by focusing on the color changes and shading of the Classic Inks. Each of these inks should start out bright and then darken to black over time.
Side Note - I knew these were all IG inks, but I was looking at Platinum's product site, and came across some interesting and confusing information. Under the "Quality" description, it says that the Classic Inks are "water-based pigmented ink." This the is the same description used in the known pigmented Platinum inks, such as Blue-Black, Rose Red, and Sepia. Their non-pigmented inks are described as dyestuff inks. I contacted Goulet to see if they knew anything; they said that as far as they knew, it is not pigmented, but it is a new product, so they do not have a lot of product information yet. Either way, good pen maintenance is important - be sure to clean your pen well after using an IG or pigmented ink.
I had no intention of getting this ink; I saw it and thought it looked like a very dirty yellow. But in doing the other reviews, quite a few people seemed interested in it, so when I was ordering my new Midori (Yay!), I got samples of this and Forest Black. I'm such a people pleaser. (I'm also pretty sarcastic - some days I'm better at self-editing than others & today is not one of those days.) My first impression of the color has stayed true - to me, it looks like some mean person stuck a pen filled with brown ink into a perfectly nice bottle of yellow ink, swished it around, and then ran away. But, some people probably appreciate these strange colors. I happen to love blue-greens & I know there are people out there, famous ink reviewers included, who dislike them. My point is, despite my dislike of the color, I tried very hard to give this a fair shot. And, it was just not a good ink. I tried pen after pen after pen to get it to be nice; I tried different paper; I talked to it; I offered it tea; I read to it; I played it soothing music; I played it some not so soothing music in case it needed to wake up; one of my dogs took it for a brief and unexpected run in a TWSBI (bad dog!). Okay, I didn't really do all that, but the dog did get my pen. The reason for all the pictures is because I tried so many different pen and paper combinations, but in the end, I had to conclude that this is just a very dry and not well lubricating ink. A very well tuned pen that never gives you problems will help with the lubrication issues; my Pilot CH 92 felt better than the other pens, but using the 912 with the FA nib was like torture - I tried it because it is such a wet writer, but the dryness and terrible lubrication made it very unpleasant. If you are hoping to get the darker color, you'll need to use a wet pen and still probably need to prime it repeatedly.
Rhodia Writing Samples
Clairefontaine Triomphe Writing Samples
Tomoe River Writing Samples
(I dropped a pen while I was doing one of these, so if you see splatters, it's because I'm clumsy.)
Apica Premium CD Paper (uncoated 86.5g) Writing Samples
Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton Writing Samples
Original Crown Mill Laid Paper Writing Samples