Posted 23 December 2019 - 18:57
Silly question . . .
If I'm purchasing an ink online, will iron gall inks be clearly marked as iron gall?
I own exactly six bottles of ink, one of each color: red, blue, black, green, purple and pink. Before choosing those inks, I tried a couple dozen ink samples. I did not consider how an ink would react with the sac in my Esterbrook or if it would stain the converter in my Lamy Safari. And I never, ever considered that an ink might damage a pen's nib! No, in my case, I chose the six inks based solely on their color.
I've learned that I especially enjoy vivid shades such as Noodler's North African Violet, Noodler's Midway Blue and Diamine Syrah. Good thing I am not a fan of demonstrators.
The OG Aristotle ink Shawn provided in the link was the first edition of that ink, and one found to be poorly formulated, most likely an excess of iron which made it unstable forming both peroxides and excess hydrogen ions which increased acidity. It is the only modern Iron Gall ink to exhibit this effect, potentially due to this version being made at a time the maker had a number of other distractions, specifically starting grad school. I am not sure if the later versions of this ink were made stable, but some seem to think so. All the other Iron gall inks from Diamine, R&K, KWZ, Platinum etc. have never shown this unstableness, and indeed are harmless to sacs, alkalinity is a more likely cause of their demise, and nibs with routine pen upkeep.
Edited by JakobS, 23 December 2019 - 19:09.
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