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#1 pranav.bhatnagar

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 19:47

Hello Everyone, 

 
Can you please guide me for a low maintenance ink - by low maintenance I mean which do not tend to clog your pens, leave stains, cause corrosion, damage etc. (of course which includes regularly cleaning your pen). 
 
I have had a bad experience with all the Montblanc’s causing clogging after regular use. 
 
I am not restricting to any specific color or brand. Are Lamy's classified under low maintenance inks?
 
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Posted 23 May 2020 - 20:06

In any order:

  • Very low maintenance = Herbin regulars, i.e. not 1670s; Pelikan 4001; Skrip; Rohrer & Klingner; Lamy; Waterman, Iroshis.
  • Low maintenance = Most De Atramentis (not all document inks); CdA; most Diamines. Here too, I'd include most Montblancs.

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 20:08

I used Parker Quink Blue recently as a safe first fill in a 60-year-old Pelikan. This is certainly a low maintenance ink as it washes out of the pen easily, won't cause any damage and I was surprised by how vivid the color was. 


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#4 almoore

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 23:15

Waterman or regular Diamine inks. I've always both trouble free.

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 00:48

Among Diamine inks, avoid Grape.  It is by far my highest-maintenance ink.



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 01:49

I'd be careful making a blanket assumption that all Lamy inks are very low maintenance.  That's certainly true for their traditional line of inks (black, blue, blue-black, red, green, turquoise, violet).   But their new line of "Crystal" inks are much more saturated in general, and hence may not be as fuss-free.



#7 pranav.bhatnagar

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 09:48

 

In any order:

  • Very low maintenance = Herbin regulars, i.e. not 1670s; Pelikan 4001; Skrip; Rohrer & Klingner; Lamy; Waterman, Iroshis.
  • Low maintenance = Most De Atramentis (not all document inks); CdA; most Diamines. Here too, I'd include most Montblancs.

 

 

thank you Lapis, very well described. Would be useful 

 

I'd be careful making a blanket assumption that all Lamy inks are very low maintenance.  That's certainly true for their traditional line of inks (black, blue, blue-black, red, green, turquoise, violet).   But their new line of "Crystal" inks are much more saturated in general, and hence may not be as fuss-free.

Quite True Errant. I noticed the same observation on the black ink for crystal series. It has more saturation. 



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 09:48

I used Parker Quink Blue recently as a safe first fill in a 60-year-old Pelikan. This is certainly a low maintenance ink as it washes out of the pen easily, won't cause any damage and I was surprised by how vivid the color was. 

 

 

Waterman or regular Diamine inks. I've always both trouble free.

Al

 

 

Among Diamine inks, avoid Grape.  It is by far my highest-maintenance ink.

 

thank you guys for your response. Truly appreciate it. 



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Posted 24 May 2020 - 15:39

If it's not too difficult for you to find, Pilot Blue-Black is very low maintenance.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 16:06

Most of the dye-based inks that are sold by companies that also make pens are ‘low-maintenance’ inks that shouldn’t clog inside pens (unless you leave them inside a locked car in the desert).
I stress ‘dye-based’ because some pen companies also sell iron-gall inks. Those are often not ‘low-maintenance’.

 

Also, any ink that is sold as ‘washable blue’ (& e.g. Parker Quink also sell a ‘washable black’ in cartridges) will be as easy to wash out of a pen as it is to wash out of clothing.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 16:14

Fully second (and have some additions):

 

 

  • Very low maintenance = Herbin regulars, i.e. not 1670s; Pelikan 4001 (except old formulation Brillant Black) and most Edelstein; Skrip; Rohrer & Klingner (except Dokumentus); Lamy (the standard ones); Waterman, Octopus, Pilot Iroshizuku, any esrasable Royal Blue from a European producer (they are too many to mention), Visconti, Aurora and Stipula.
  • Low maintenance = Most De Atramentis (not all document inks); CdA; most Diamines. Here too, I'd include most Montblancs, most Private Reserve (except Baystate Blue), most Colorverse, Graf von Faber Carell.
  • High maintenance: Not a brand in general, but more or less all brands have one or more "black sheep", i.e. inks that are problematic if left drying in a pen.

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Posted 24 May 2020 - 21:32

J. Herbin: very nice inks (although in stupid and useless bottles) but I had yet 3 bottles whith mold. This caused high maintenance.


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Posted 24 May 2020 - 21:46

J. Herbin: very nice inks (although in stupid and useless bottles) but I had yet 3 bottles whith mold. This caused high maintenance.

Yes, that was a one-time issue many years ago.... H. checked it out, admitted it, and then renewed all charges and voilà, problem gone.


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 06:39

J. Herbin: very nice inks (although in stupid and useless bottles) but I had yet 3 bottles whith mold. This caused high maintenance.

 

Issue identified and solved by manufacturer, as already said.

 

Any ink from any brand becomes problematic if it gets mold.

Some are more sensitive than others, but I have seen that the best prevention is to ensure the pen is clean before dipping it.

Sweat and hands grease due to section touching can bring nasty stuff in the ink bottle.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:53

For years, I've left my Rotring 400 fountain pen with a steel EF nib continually inked with Noodler's X-Feather ink, even though I never clean the pen, refill it only once every twelve months or so, and often leave it undisturbed for several weeks at a time. Nevertheless, I cannot remember any instance at all when the pen wasn't ready to write — with no hard starts, no clogging, no nib crud — as soon as the pen was uncapped. No corrosion or discolouration of the nib, and just now I pushed the piston all the way forward to drive out most of the air that was inside the converter, and there is no staining of its walls after all this time. That, to me, spells incredibly low maintenance and highly functional.


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Posted Yesterday, 15:16

My go-to recommendation for folks getting started with FPs is Diamine. There is a large range of colors, they are well-behaved, and the cartridges are international, so they appeal to the widest range of users. 

 

The only one that has given me "trouble" is Oxblood - it writes fine, I just get a little bit of ooze/crust on one of my pens if it sits for awhile (it cleans up with no issue). The only one I have ever avoided is Pumpkin, because twice when I picked up a bottle at the store, there were lava lamp-like chunks of precipitate floating around in there. Nope. 


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Posted Yesterday, 17:42

I try to use nothing by low maintenance inks.  I want an ink that does not clog my pen and also cleans up easily.  As a result, I tend to prefer less saturated inks such as Waterman inks, many of the Pilot Iroshizuku inks, many of the L'Artisan Pastelier Callifolio inks and most of the Stipula Calamo inks.   Of the J. Herbin inks, the only one I have had good luck with is Eclat de Saphir.  

 

Most of the Diamine inks that I have are relatively low maintenance, as are most DeAtramentis, Sailor Manyo, Montegrappa and Visconti inks.  

 

Some of the newer inks (well, new to me at least) including Troublemaker, Vinta and Krishna can be problematic, particularly the high sheening inks and highly saturated inks.   The absolute worst ink to clean out of a pen is Troublemaker Grapevine.  I purchased a bottle and haven't had the heart to dump it down the drain yet.  I recently used it in a Platinum Preppy and it is completely stained in spite of extensively cleaning with a number of different things.  


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Posted Yesterday, 19:43

Among different colours, blue seems lowest maintenance to me

Pelikan Royal blue 4001

Waterman Blue

Aurora Blue

Caran d'Ache Blue Sky

JH Eclat de Saphir

 

Royal blue 4001 you can even let dry in your pen, it will just wash away with water even after years (tested...)


Edited by sansenri, Yesterday, 20:08.


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Posted Yesterday, 20:15

Pelikan 4001 inks, particularly Brilliant Black, Royal Blue, and Blue-Black.  4001 Blue-Black has a small amount of iron gall in it but it has never caused me any problems in my pens, and it is a really nice, deep blue color that dries a little darker.  The Black is a very good, dark black with great properties.

 

After 35 years of using a fountain pen daily, and having tried many brands of inks, I have concluded that the Pelikan 4001 inks are best for me and are very low maintenance.

 

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Posted Today, 05:37

Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue is so low maintenance that I had seen pens left over for a year or more with a cartridge inside that went completely dry. Looking at the empty cartrdidge shows how little residuals this ink leaves, and some of these pen were turned back to life simply by installing a new cartridge and giving them a couple shakes. The first half page was a little saturated, and then writing went back to normal.

 

On the other side, Diamine regular inks are generally low maintenance. But, when a manufacturer has so wide a range, exceptions might pop up. I experienced the old blue-black formulation. It was so pen clogging that I got tired of keeping the section of a dried pen under the faucet and still seeing tinted water coming out. I installed a converter filled with clean water and I could go on for 5-6 refills with the pen writing almost the same way that it was filled with regular ink.


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