I had the same observation last week. Still Sailor sheens more, smells stronger and is a bit harder to clean from the pen.
Can't comment on the cleaning bit, as I've used Sailor Blue exclusively in the last few months after a long time without!
Imo when the inks are freshly inked, they look more different than when they are "settled" in a pen and flow heavier and are more saturated (due to not using for a few days).
Now I haven't used Pilot Blue Black in a while, but if my memory is right I find sheen is somewhat similar, or the Sailor is maybe a lick heavier.
The smells are different, Sailor Blue and Pilot Blue smell kinda the same, but Pilot Blue Black has a more chemical smell. Maybe because they use black ink as part of it? In my experience black inks always smell different to blue colours, more chemical and unpleasant.
Now that I think about it... Diamine Oxford Blue and J Herbin are somewhat similar and Oxford Blue tends to also sheen, but Bleu des Prof doesn't, or at least I haven't noticed it. Herbin inks need loads of coaxing to get sheen (except eg Emerald of Chivor), even when the dye is as dark/saturated as BdP... Not that I mind, I like sheen but am not crazy about it that it's a must!
I think you sound perfectly normal.
I had a conversation with someone a couple of years ago and she said that she can do complicated math problems in her head, but my description of being able to visualize settings and characters when I'm reading a novel (except for Thomas Hardy -- grrrr!) made her look at me as if I had sprouted a second head on the spot. I remember in first grade my teacher saying something to that effect about the "Billy and Blaze" stories: that I seemed to be able to put myself into the story, even though I wasn't a boy.... And I remember thinking "Well who's point of view WOULD I be seeing it from? The horse's?" Because the teacher's comments made no sense to me WHATSOEVER.... Of course I wasn't imagining myself as Billy -- that was stupid. But I was imagining myself as riding Blaze *instead* of Billy....
But of course I've always had an overactive imagination, and I suspect that you probably do too. Nice to know I'm not weird after all.... Oh, and I was telling my husband about this thread and he said that when our friend's son was little, Josh getting sent to his room as punishment didn't SEEM like punishment -- and being told to stand in the corner just made him giggle.... He's in his 30s now, and we've known him and his dad since Josh was about 14....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Great story! Funny what's easy to some and hard to others, how different our brains are in even such "small" (actually quite big!) things!
I am also great at visualizing things, stories, memories, day-dreaming, heck even numbers change in my mind when I calculate, sometimes they shift on the page! (nothing complicated though!)
No, sorry, no Café Crème, but then, the episode was focused on the diving, not the après-dive refreshments.
Hooray! There's one person in the universe who thinks I sound normal!
Oh, yes, I have a work friend who doesn't see a thing. It was shocking to me when she told me that. It's just words for her. I visualize things so vividly that later, I'm not sure whether it's my imagination or a scene from the movie version (if there even is a movie version).
And if anyone asks me, I don't read fiction, I move in and live the story. But I don't replace the POV character, I just become them. It's why I have to wait a year or more between Robin Hobb series - she's so brutal to the main character that it's emotionally draining.
"Overactive imagination" is an oxymoron. It's just not possible. Anyone who discourages imagination should be whapped upside the head! If I don't have to be doing something else, I'm in a fictional world playing with characters, trying to invent a story - it's amazingly hard to create a story that can actually be written - as opposed to a story that's fun to play with in your head. People think I'm weird for not writing it all down, but I see no point in writing it down until I can run through from a good start to a good end. Mostly, I end up with notes about a new culture, a character, a scene, or something like that. I suspect I'm borderline clinical or something, but I can still pay my own bills, so I figure I must not be quite that far gone.
I even have a theme song (Sara Niemietz - World of My Own).
Hear hear! Imagination is so important, esp for kids and their development, which is why it's important they experience boredom, as that feeds imagination! There are studies on that.