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#1 jj9ball

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 21:06

Here is my review of Nitrogen Ink by Organics Studios.  I only tried this ink because so many people were raving about it.  I get it now.  It is a really cool blue ink.  It has this weird shimmery thing going on.  If you look at it in glancing light it looks purplish pink and if you see it head on it looks blue.  Also, aside from a couple of hard starts, the ink seems to behave pretty well.  I will probably permanently keep this in a pen from now on.  I love blues, and this one is very unique.  I hope you like the review.  I would love to hear what everyone thinks.  Thanks for looking.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 21:28

Thanks for the nice review, How old (how new) is your specimen? Mine, belonging to the first "edition" of their Nitrogen, came out about 5-6 years ago and seems/seemed to have more green than red in it (like yours does). AFAIK the company conked out a few years ago and then came back, apparently with at least some new formulations.....


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Posted 25 August 2019 - 22:24

Thanks for the nice review, How old (how new) is your specimen? Mine, belonging to the first "edition" of their Nitrogen, came out about 5-6 years ago and seems/seemed to have more green than red in it (like yours does). AFAIK the company conked out a few years ago and then came back, apparently with at least some new formulations.....

I just got mine less than a month ago.  I think it is pretty fresh.  Part of the reason I did the review was because I did notice that it looked like the colors changed over the last few years.  I've been really happy with the version I received.  I have noticed that if you don't shake the bottle good first, you end up with boring ink. :D


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 16:44

Great color and great sheen but I had a real problem with it drying out on the nib, causing hard starts, skipping, etc. I'm trying a 3:2 ink:water mix that seems to have fixed things up nicely, color is a teensy bit lighter but still get a decent amount of sheen with no drying or hard starts.


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 17:58

I ordered a sample within the last month, and while the sheen is present, the color of my sample is much greener than most examples I’ve seen, regardless of the paper or pen used. I’d really have to call my sample a blue-green or teal.

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 18:27

Thank you for the review.  I like the color, but right now I have too many blues.  

 

As a famous philosopher said, "Can one have too many blues?"


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 19:22

I can't have too many blues (or too many inks in general).


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 21:50

Great color and great sheen but I had a real problem with it drying out on the nib, causing hard starts, skipping, etc. I'm trying a 3:2 ink:water mix that seems to have fixed things up nicely, color is a teensy bit lighter but still get a decent amount of sheen with no drying or hard starts.

I might have to try that.  My only complaint about the ink was the hard starts.  I noticed it varied from pen to pen.  A couple of pens barely ever had hard starts and others had it every time.


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Posted 26 August 2019 - 21:51

Thank you for the review.  I like the color, but right now I have too many blues.  

 

As a famous philosopher said, "Can one have too many blues?"

 

 

I can't have too many blues (or too many inks in general).

I have the same blue issue.  I counted the other day and fully 2/3 of the ink I own is some version of blue.  I still feel like there is a shade or 2 missing from my collection though....


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 10:44

Great review of a gorgeous colour! Absolutely love blues, and one can never have too many!
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Posted 06 September 2019 - 13:10

I had this ink. Sold it. The blue is good, but sheen lost its sheen (excuse the pun) for me after a while. It behaves OK, but my word does it crust bloody everywhere! And it loved to dry out and crust in nibs, and hard-start even in my gushing TWSBI Eco.

 

I gadly sacrificed a little bit of the sheen for a much better behaving ink in Diamine Skull and Roses.



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 01:00

Thanks for the nice review, How old (how new) is your specimen? Mine, belonging to the first "edition" of their Nitrogen, came out about 5-6 years ago and seems/seemed to have more green than red in it (like yours does). AFAIK the company conked out a few years ago and then came back, apparently with at least some new formulations.....

 

My nitrogen bottle is about a year and a half old, and is not green at all.

 

I will say that their iron gall turquoise (aristotle) is REALLY nice. Doesn't darken much like a typical iron gall, just a nice, medium color, dry turquoise that behaves really well on bad paper.


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Posted 11 September 2019 - 09:30

 

My nitrogen bottle is about a year and a half old, and is not green at all.

 

I will say that their iron gall turquoise (aristotle) is REALLY nice. Doesn't darken much like a typical iron gall, just a nice, medium color, dry turquoise that behaves really well on bad paper.

 

Except that it has been known in past batches to dissolve the plunger rods of vac fillers...



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 09:55

 

Except that it has been known in past batches to dissolve the plunger rods of vac fillers...

 

Citations please.


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 08:21

 

Except that it has been known in past batches to dissolve the plunger rods of vac fillers...

 

Yeah I'm gonna need some citations as to how it can dissolve stainless steel or titanium, or I'm calling BS.

 

I'm an actual biochemistry student, and there's nothing in nitrogen that could eat either, and the acidity of the iron gall in the aristotle is dramatically lower than other FP friendly iron galls like diamine registrars, so it's not going to eat anything any faster than a typical FP iron gall either.


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Posted 12 September 2019 - 15:27

I had this ink. Sold it. The blue is good, but sheen lost its sheen (excuse the pun) for me after a while. It behaves OK, but my word does it crust bloody everywhere! And it loved to dry out and crust in nibs, and hard-start even in my gushing TWSBI Eco.
 
I gadly sacrificed a little bit of the sheen for a much better behaving ink in Diamine Skull and Roses.


In 6 months, none of this has happened in my TWSBI Mini loaded with it.

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 18:56

Thanks for the awesome review! I love that you sampled multiple papers.

 

I really like the intense blue of this ink, but I've only tried it in my Pilot Parallels so far, which seem to be pretty forgiving of flow issues and easy to clean. Still, it seems like with these shining inks having some pen flush on hand is a necessity.



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 19:48

 

Yeah I'm gonna need some citations as to how it can dissolve stainless steel or titanium, or I'm calling BS.

 

I'm an actual biochemistry student, and there's nothing in nitrogen that could eat either, and the acidity of the iron gall in the aristotle is dramatically lower than other FP friendly iron galls like diamine registrars, so it's not going to eat anything any faster than a typical FP iron gall either.

 

 

The first iteration of Aristotle was not chemically balanced correctly and would have writing form brown halos around letters indicating an excess of iron reacting with the paper and environment to create peroxides, and other acids that would weaken the paper and degrade the ink further. And, though I don't find these experiments to be good at controlling all the variables I like to see in an experiment, it was found to pit and degrade nibs readily, more so than is found with any fountain pen IG ink I have used. I am more concerned with the free iron left over after oxidation, which I have never seen in any other IG ink I have used. I am not sure if Organic Studios has modified this in newer batches, but it also wasn't apparent at first, and only after using it for a bit did the ink show this degradation....


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Posted 14 September 2019 - 09:52

 

Yeah I'm gonna need some citations as to how it can dissolve stainless steel or titanium, or I'm calling BS.

 

I'm an actual biochemistry student, and there's nothing in nitrogen that could eat either, and the acidity of the iron gall in the aristotle is dramatically lower than other FP friendly iron galls like diamine registrars, so it's not going to eat anything any faster than a typical FP iron gall either.

 

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Posted 14 September 2019 - 09:53

In 6 months, none of this has happened in my TWSBI Mini loaded with it.

 

Says something about the QC and consistency of OS inks...







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