Another Pilot pick for the Iros, since those make up the majority of my regularly used inks.
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Your Most Trusted Brand Of Ink
Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:14
Hmm, if the question here is reliability, probably Pelikan (4001 series) and Waterman. I'd probably be mixing custom ink colours a lot, though.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:20
Sailor. The only drawback is the price of some of its inks now, notwithstanding that they aren't actually expensive if you're able to buy them in Japan (or order from Japan with free/reasonable shipping costs to wherever you live).
Platinum would be next.
Diamine, and Rohrer & Klingner too, are both very good for their asking prices. However, if I have to pick one brand and money is not a factor, the Japanese brands can take my money. On the other hand, if I'm limited to a measly $300 budget for my entire fountain pen ink collection, I'd probably go with Diamine.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:53
For first-rate performance: Sailor.
For lefties and/or use on any kind of paper: Platinum Blue-Black.
For a good mix of fun, wetness, volume and performance: KWZ inks (smell nice, too).
Posted 12 July 2019 - 11:12
Next is Montblanc Swan Illusion and Toffee Brown
Close third is Robert Oster. They are middle point between wet and dry, work really well with my wet Pelicans.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 13:54
If all my pens were modern, I would say Sailor. The colors are interesting, and the writing experience is delightful. However, I have been wary of using them in my vintage pens.
For vintage pens, although Waterman is my most trusted brand, I would lean toward Rohrer & Klingner or Birmingham.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 14:14
Diamine. One registrar's ink for addressing envelopes, and the rest of their line has basically any color I would want. They behave nicely in every pen I've ever owned, and are a solid value.
Honestly, I'd be sticking with Diamine exclusively right now if it weren't for an academic inclination (inklination?) to try other brands.
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 15:03
I don't think I could answer this accurately. I have more Noodler's ink than anything else, followed closely behind by Diamine (those two are usually running neck and neck for sheer variety of colors). But I have so many different brands I don't think I could trust just one brand over another. My Red Shadow Wave Vac gets nothing but Waterman Mysterious Blue -- but for writing checks? I need something more permanent -- so for that there are several Noodler's inks that are are standby (Kung Te Cheng, 54th Massachusetts and El Lawrence). But I'm about to get myself a full bottle of Sailor Souboku (or maybe even two, because it's often hard to get). For journaling? I use a variety of inks and a variety of different colors. For drawing? Generally a variety of browns, particularly ones that lean sepia (rather than ones that lean red -- but I do like Diamine Terra Cotta...).
I have more blue and blue-black inks than any other color, but have a lot of purple inks as well. I'm fussy about reds and greens; and while I have a bunch of black ink samples I've never tried, my go-to blacks these days are Noodler's Heart of Darkness, Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black, and Iroshizuku Take-sumi (but that last one, while working GREAT in my Pilot Decimo, is NOT sturdy enough for something that needs to be water resistant.
What can I say? I was an art major. So COLOR is good. And the more subtle variations of that the better. But I'm *also* a Libra. So don't ask me to make up my mind -- you'll have a LOOONG wait....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Posted 12 July 2019 - 17:55
Diamine for me.....
KWZ if Diamine somehow disappeared....
J. Herbin if KWZ disappeared....
Then Waterman...because darn it I don't have anymore time to search for ink, I need to write........
Posted 12 July 2019 - 21:37
Inklination ! That's a good one !! I love it!!!
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 21:50
One test is worth a thousand expert opinions.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 23:13
My one all-time favorite ink is Noodler's Black.
After that, generally, Pilot.
I very much agree...
Posted 12 July 2019 - 23:58
Posted 13 July 2019 - 02:18
2. Pelikan Edelstein
I would specifically have Tokiwa Matsu, Oku Yama, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, Tanzanite, Dark Energy, Able, and Gravity Wave. Those would be wet, juicy, pretty colors, which I thankfully do already have.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 13:45
Yet another Sarah.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 15:18
2 Pilot Iro
3 Robert Oster
Though I think I have more diamine ink than all the others put together.
Posted 13 July 2019 - 22:06
Over the last year: Monteverdi. Started with Horizon Blue, which is the closest I've found to Parker Penman Sapphire. Bought Monteverdi Sapphire, which is a nice purplish-blue. Just bought Ocean Noir. All well-behaved.
Posted 14 July 2019 - 00:35
I'm an ink noobie
We're chock full in Pilot, my wife loves the vibrant colors and sounding cool slinging around the Japanese names
Then there's die hards of Aurora, Pelikan and Parker
Or the newcomers of Sailor, Akkkerman/Diamine and Montblanc
But if I had to start over, there can be only Waterman, which comports well in vintage or modern
Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:08
It would probably be Diamine. While I don't use any currently, I've tried many and they're pretty decent inks for the most part. That they make infinite variations of every color under the sun makes them the obvious choice. Of course, the same could be said of Sailor.
It's hard work to tell which is Old Harry when everybody's got boots on.