Back in July 2017, I came across this thread (http://www.fountainp...shading-do-you/) that honorable member Masque developed concerning his new shading ink called "Black Swan in Icelandic Minty Bathwater". Since I type with two fingers, I will henceforth call it "Masque's Mix" for brevity.
I am an analytical chemist by profession, the color intrigued me, and so I decided to mix up a batch. A quick call to Fountain Pen Hospital and bottles of Noodler's Navajo Turquoise, 54th Massachusetts, and Old Manhattan Blackest Black arrived here in California. So on a sunny lunch break at work, I mixed up a large batch (38mls) using glass ASTM Certified Class A volumetric pipets. I then let it set for a few days to see if any nasty interactions (curdling, seperation, precipitation) would occur. So far so good.
In August I filled up a Faber Castell Loom with a broad cursive italic nib (cut by Mike Masuyama at a previous pen show) and began writing in my journal. Masque's Mix is a lovely teal color with beautiful shading, no nib creep, and good saturation. My pen's nib just glided across my Rhodia webbook. Clean-up was easy both in the coverter and on my hands. I then let the bottled mix sit for 6 months in a dark place to see if there were any long-term nasty reactions that might occur. Nope, the mix is good!
What, no pictures! Sorry, I am a cranky old Luddite who uses a 7 year old Samsung flip-phone that only sends and receives the occasional phone call. Think Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS and you have cranky old me.
I will be happy to freely share some samples with my FPN friends on TWO CONDITIONS:
1) After you receive the free sample and use it, post your impressions and a picture or two on this thread.
2) I will only mail out the sample to an address in the continental US. --Sorry, but I don't have the time to fill out customs forms or the money for international postage.
As I said, I have eight sample vials ready to package up and send out, probably on Saturday. Please PM me with your name and address ( I emptied my PM slot of all old messages) and I'll start labeling the padded envelopes. The 2 ml samples are in plastic test vials sealed with teflon tape on the threads. They are then wrapped in bubble wrap and then put in a zipper-sealed baggie, which then goes in the padded envelope. The envelope will go by First Class snail mail.
All the Best.
Edited by JungleJim, 15 March 2018 - 00:37.