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Water Resistance Of Some Iron-Gall Inks Compared

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#1 A Smug Dill

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 07:27

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(All the writing was done using a dip pen, not the Aurora 888 Saturno that was merely acting as a paperweight while I took the photo above.)
 
The degree to which iron-gall inks are water resistant vary greatly from ink to ink, even when they are in the same product line of the same brand. Sadly, KWZ Ink IG Mandarin does not perform very well at all, and barely surpasses Aztec Gold IGL (which stands for Iron-Gall Light) in that respect.
 
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Aside: I was a bit surprised to see Platinum Blue-Black sheen purple some prominently and evenly.
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#2 carlos.q

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 09:44

Thank you for this most useful comparison. Goes to show that not all IG inks were created equal.  ;)
 

How long did you let the ink dry before the test?


Edited by carlos.q, 23 December 2019 - 09:49.


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Posted 23 December 2019 - 10:25

Excellent comparison. Most helpful. It's not just the actual (even if merely subjectively judged) colour differences but also their permanences which play a role. Thanks too, to Carlos for his outstanding question.  :)  :)


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Posted 23 December 2019 - 13:31

How long did you let the ink dry before the test?

 

About two hours. (Actually, that's incorrect; I got mixed up with a different set of water resistance testing.)

 

The samples were written after dinner one night, and only on the following morning did I get around to standing them up in an old ice-cream container to soak.


Edited by A Smug Dill, 23 December 2019 - 14:19.

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Posted 23 December 2019 - 21:30

Very interesting results, especially since I have a number of these inks.  

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 00:29

Platinum Blue-Black is a surprisingly useful and well-behaved ink. I use it frequently in my Nakayas, because a box of the cartridges comes with each pen. Has anyone compared the waterfastness of Platinum Blue-Black and Pilot Blue-Black?


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Posted 24 December 2019 - 01:05

Adding mine here for more information in one place:

http://www.fountainp...inks/?p=4073415

(that post and 2 down with water resistance results)


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Posted 24 December 2019 - 05:30

Very cool! Thank you.


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Posted 02 January 2020 - 12:30

Without making precise tests I also noticed the low water resistance of kwz ig inks.
Good to know that this is confirmed allegro hour test.

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 13:59

Very cool. Thanks for this, Dill.





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