Oh boy, I've gone through a lot of inks...
I went through a huge teal/turquoise stage, fine tuning, getting samples, getting bottles, etc. The list would be too long to go through, but I've tried at least 20 different teal and turquoise inks in my search. In the end I actually decided that I don't like writing with teal ink! Came as a shock, as it's my favorite color otherwise--just not for ink.
As a general aside on my ink evolution (TLDR: bright and saturated -> saturated and sheen-happy -> muted and diluted versions of hues),
My taste has evolved over time from "I'm just going to buy a few budget inks and be happy--I'm NOT going to get too crazy about it, and my couple of Jinhao pens suit me just fine"
to "hey, how did I get so many inks and pens",
to "I have a lot of inks but only want to use a few specific ones, and the rest stay unused, which bothers me",
to "I think I know what I like, so I'm going to get rid of all of my unused inks and only get that specific type I think I like"
[Not my very first ever, as I'd had some in the past, before I was actually "into" fountain pen inks] first ink was Waterman "Absolute Brown". No longer have but still appreciate it.
Then I got Montblanc Midnight Blue (IG) and Noodler's Aircorp Blue Black (no longer have).
Then I discovered that I can buy samples on-line, and so the collection began...
First I was really into saturated vibrant colors and a lot of sheen and shading, but eventually I decided that I really like those for bullet notes and such, but I really don't want to write with those colors in a journal. Nowadays I'm very much into more faded colors with a lot of shading and some outlining effect, an example favorite being Papier Plume Pecan. I'm heavily influenced by old manuscripts (so browned Iron Gall or old Sepia, Walnut, etc.) and old letters that I've seen in multiple museums across Europe, and I decided that's the aesthetic I wish to maintain. It's also much easier on the eyes when reading older notes vs my notes written in vibrant saturated inks.
My current keepers and favorites are Lamy "Petrol", Papier Plume "Pecan", Birmingham Pen Co. "Boiler Steam Blue Black", Birmingham Pen Co. "Fern Moss", and Iroshizuku "Fuyu-Syogun".
My favorite saturated inks with sheen that are keepers are Colorverse "Dark Energy", Sailor "Tokiwa Matsu" and Sailor "Rikyu-Cha", and Organics Studio "Walden Pond Blue".
I also like my paper to be off-white cream (like Tomoe River white) for those more faded, muted inks and crisp white (like Rhodia dot pad with gray dots) for saturated inks.
PenBBS #178 Rose Quartz is soon going to join my collection of faded looking inks with outlining effect, and I'm putting together an order of samples of various browns (mostly Iron Gall-based) to continue my adventures with old manuscript imitation. Basically my Teal Phase is about to turn into a Brown Phase...
Edited by Intensity, 25 June 2018 - 20:54.