I recently posted (in Introductions) that I have returned to again using a fountain pen (enthusiastically). I am presently using a Montblanc 146 with medium nib. I am making a list of other pens to acquire and use on a daily basis--but that is for a different thread.
I am interested in a selection or variety of ink colors. My primary focus--naturally--is to find specific colors that appeal to me personally, and in that regard I've already looked at many ink swatches and read numerous reviews. I want inks that will work with with different types of pens (modern and vintage) and which have a favorable reputation for good all around use and is easy to work with.
Of the list of priorities, cost is probably not of prime importance. That is not to suggest I don't care about being budget minded. I do. But I figure these inks--or least many of the colors--will easily last me a year or perhaps several years or more. So I may feel justified if I choose an ink which may cost a little more than what someone else may think is reasonable.
I suspect blues will be my most used color. In this regard, I've selected different shades of blue. I've also decided on two different shades of red. Please don't beat up on me too much if you disagree with my color classifications or the name I assigned to each category. I'm new at this.
Blue (Royal): Waterman Serenity Blue (my second choice is Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao)
Blue (Azure): Pelikan Edelstein Topaz (my second choice is Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki)
Blue-Black: Akkerman # 8 Diep-Duinwaterblauw (A difficult shade for me to pin down. My second choice is probably Montblanc Midnight Blue or perhaps De Atramentis Indigo Blue.)
Red (Dark): Diamine Red Dragon
Red (Less Dark): Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki
Green: Montblanc Irish Green (my second choice is probably Diamine Sherwood Green)
Brown: Montblanc Toffee Brown
There are other colors which I have not decided on. Purple. Perhaps Teal or Turquoise.
What are your favorites and what you would recommend within these color categories? Is there a compelling reason why I should not go with one of these selected inks?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions about what I've come up with so far.