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#1 penbrute

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 20:44

I was surprised today upon finding out that some of my iroshizuku bottles of ink that haven't seen use in the last year have dried out. The bottles were all capped tightly/properly, stored in their boxes, and kept inside a drawer (so no light etc.) The affected inks are ku jaku, ama iro, yama budo if that makes any difference. Is this to be expected? Should I basically toss out the remaining ink or ... ?



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#2 RJS

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 20:47

That's very unusual. I've not seen that with any bottles from any brands, even old ones.

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 21:01

That's very unusual. I've not seen that with any bottles from any brands, even old ones.

I've never experienced this before either except in the old inkwells (but those are more exposed to air). All three bottles were completely ignored only for the last year. That said, original purchases were made much longer ago in 2014.

 

I have newer bottles (of irozhizuku) that are fine. I'm wondering whether iros have a shelf life of 6 years!


Edited by penbrute, 18 October 2020 - 21:03.


#4 LizEF

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 21:53

Makes me think either there's a (hairline?) crack somewhere or the cap liner isn't sealing properly.



#5 RJS

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 22:09

The iroshizuku bottle caps are pretty fragile... aside from a hairline crack I'm stumped.

#6 I-am-not-really-here

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 22:14

Obviously you've got a pen imp living there.   :ninja:



#7 penbrute

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 22:25

The good news is all bottles were down to last 20% or so. Is it safe (for fountain pens) if distilled water is used to reconstitute the inks? The inks are not bone dry, more like thick molasses.

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 23:23

Yes, add distilled water and you are good to go.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:35


The absolute worst that can happen is that you wind up with somewhat dilute inks.  I dilute my Ku-Jaku 4:1 H2O, and it barely changes anything.



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Posted Yesterday, 02:46

The absolute worst that can happen is that you wind up with somewhat dilute inks.  I dilute my Ku-Jaku 4:1 H2O, and it barely changes anything.

And the reason you dilute it is?


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