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#1 taranthatsme

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 16:22

This is my first ink review, and it's going to be CAMLIN ROYAL BLUE!

 

I saw this as one of the requested inks, so I gave it a shot! Constructive critics, are always welcome!

 

Here you go![

 

 

attachment=466681:camlin royal blue .pdf]

 

 

 

Right. It comes in a 60 mL bottle, and is dye based, costs around 20 INR or .30 Dollars. I have covered the rest in the attachment. 

 

SCORES:

 

1. Saturation: 4 / 5. It isn't the same throughout, as the colour varies over a few days.

 

2. Drying: 3 / 5. As you can see from the drying test, it isn't very great. 

 

3. Smoothness: 4.5 / 5. It feels brilliant writing with this ink, it's really smooth, but not as good as PR or Waterman for example.

 

4. Shading: 2 / 5. It is TERRIBLE! There is zero shading! It isn't something very good, or pleasing to the eye. 

 

Final Score: 13.5 / 20.

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

The file is attached here, as I couldn't figure out how to have it in the middle of the review!

 

 

 

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#2 lapis

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 19:28

Nice review, although I find the blue somewhat pale. For the insertion of images, use the FPN Upload function up top in the middle of the bar between FPN Home (to the left) and Downloads (to the right).


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 19:32

Congratulations on your first review. I hope we get to see loads more :)



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Posted 31 May 2019 - 21:28

Short, to the point review: thank you! although I do agree with lapis that your ink seems somewhat pale. There's hope though: I also have a bottle of Camlin wahsable royal blue ink, and at some point it was pale like yours; I basically abandoned it for years. Just came back to it today, and it has changed for the better! none of that pale washed out blue. It is much darker than I remember. I think some evaporation helped make a better ink... and I agree, it does not shade - but with a dark blue, that is a plus in my mind!


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 00:34

> your ink seems somewhat pale

That could also come from scanning.

 

You cannot insert pdf files into a posting - only picture files (jpg).

 

And I have a request for your next reviews. Always add a photo of the bottle (and of the box, if it comes as a bottle in a box). That might be important information in the future.


Edited by mke, 01 June 2019 - 00:37.


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:55

Nice review, although I find the blue somewhat pale. For the insertion of images, use the FPN Upload function up top in the middle of the bar between FPN Home (to the left) and Downloads (to the right).

Thank you! I'll do that next time for sure. As for the ink, yes it is very pale.



#7 taranthatsme

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:57

> your ink seems somewhat pale

That could also come from scanning.

 

You cannot insert pdf files into a posting - only picture files (jpg).

 

And I have a request for your next reviews. Always add a photo of the bottle (and of the box, if it comes as a bottle in a box). That might be important information in the future.

Yep. I'll post a photograph of the bottle and the box as well.



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:59

Short, to the point review: thank you! although I do agree with lapis that your ink seems somewhat pale. There's hope though: I also have a bottle of Camlin wahsable royal blue ink, and at some point it was pale like yours; I basically abandoned it for years. Just came back to it today, and it has changed for the better! none of that pale washed out blue. It is much darker than I remember. I think some evaporation helped make a better ink... and I agree, it does not shade - but with a dark blue, that is a plus in my mind!

I'll try leaving the bottle open for a week or so, and see what happens. But realistically, I won't need to because my Dad and I found 19 bottles of Parker Penman Sapphire at home in an old drawer, and I have a bottle of PR Electric DC Blue, and some Noodlers here and there as well.



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 15:00

Wow 19 bottles - youre set for life! Lucky find.

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 15:42

Wow 19 bottles - youre set for life! Lucky find.

Yep! When Dad found out that it was the last of the lot, he bought out the store!



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Posted 01 June 2019 - 15:44

Which year bottel is it?

 

I am using this this same ink for the past 8 years as my workhorse ink and have noticed that it has changed 3 times till now.

Not by much but slightly 

 

Years I have seen changes are 2012, 2015, 2018.

 

I like the post 2018 the most 

2015 is drier 

2012 has less saturation, IMO.


Edited by Ramchandra, 01 June 2019 - 15:55.


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 16:57

I'll try leaving the bottle open for a week or so, and see what happens. But realistically, I won't need to because my Dad and I found 19 bottles of Parker Penman Sapphire at home in an old drawer, and I have a bottle of PR Electric DC Blue, and some Noodlers here and there as well.

Don't leave the bottle open, you might leave your ink vulnerable to mold. But if you can, get a second bottle that you can put aside for a while. And, congratulations on your treasure. Savor every drop. Do a search on this forum to see how many of us are now green with jealousy. Some one once sent me a 3ml sample, that is all I have ever used of that ink. There are look-alikes and mixes that approximate it, and I have a few of those, but to have the real thing.. times 19... enjoy to the hilt! :puddle: :notworthy1:


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 03:02

Very nice review!  Thank you for taking the time to post it.  

 

Wow!  Find that many bottles of Parker Penman Sapphire is amazing!  You are very fortunate indeed!  


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:54

Congratulations on your first review. I hope we get to see loads more :)

Thanks! Yes, in a bit. I had made this review a few months ago, and was too scared to upload it. 



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:55

Very nice review!  Thank you for taking the time to post it.  

 

Wow!  Find that many bottles of Parker Penman Sapphire is amazing!  You are very fortunate indeed!  

Can't agree more!



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:56

Don't leave the bottle open, you might leave your ink vulnerable to mold. But if you can, get a second bottle that you can put aside for a while. And, congratulations on your treasure. Savor every drop. Do a search on this forum to see how many of us are now green with jealousy. Some one once sent me a 3ml sample, that is all I have ever used of that ink. There are look-alikes and mixes that approximate it, and I have a few of those, but to have the real thing.. times 19... enjoy to the hilt! :puddle: :notworthy1:

 

Yeah. I'll do that. It is like proper treasure!



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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:58

Which year bottel is it?

 

I am using this this same ink for the past 8 years as my workhorse ink and have noticed that it has changed 3 times till now.

Not by much but slightly 

 

Years I have seen changes are 2012, 2015, 2018.

 

I like the post 2018 the most 

2015 is drier 

2012 has less saturation, IMO.

Was manufactured in October 2018. I might have an old bottle lying around somewhere, and if I do find it, I'll do a comparison.



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Thanks Amber! How do I add the photograph? Do I just paste the link?



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Posted 11 June 2019 - 00:49

Thanks Amber! How do I add the photograph? Do I just paste the link?

 

 

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