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Pelikan Brilliant Black

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#1 chkuo



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Posted 19 March 2009 - 04:18

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:30

A superb ink that to my eye is almost as dark and as black as Aurora Black, which is my other favorite black ink. It is a bit drier than Aurora Black and Pelikan's own Royal Blue, but not unpleasantly so. It certainly works very well in my wet Pelikan and Lamy 2000 pens. It is my most used black ink, since I use it more than Aurora. The one negative aspect I have noted is that it is unfortunately permanent when spilt on clothes. I was unable to remove it from my shirts (yes more than one) using both Amodex and Ink Nix.



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Posted 09 April 2010 - 15:22

Nice review, thanks.
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Posted 09 April 2010 - 16:02

Suberb and cheap. The only ink so far that works well in all my FP. Also available in plastic 250ml and 1l bottles. I use the 250 ml bottle to refill directly my Récife eyedropper: 7 - 8 ml within a few seconds et voilà, without any pipette, eydropper or other surgery thing, no need to clean nib, fingers or anything.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 13:23

Nice review of one of the very best inks out there. I favor wetter inks, but the performance and qualities of this ink really make it worth using. Best price out there!

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 16:00

Nice review of one of the very best inks out there. I favor wetter inks, but the performance and qualities of this ink really make it worth using. Best price out there!

You can make it a lot wetter, if you add a drop of dishwashing detergent to the bottle. Since I've done that Pelikan black is my favourite black.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 13:23

Thanks for the detailed review, very nice!! I love the Pelikan's ink and fountain pens!! Great review!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 13:54

Dry but excellent ink. Is it just mine, or it is very water resistant?

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:16

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:39

I use this in my Cross Century II and it's a good, solid ink that I can always rely on. I use it in Cross cartridge form, but I have a converter for when I can get this stuff cheaply.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:54

Ah... the stuff i cut my fp tooth on... good stuff.
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Posted 17 April 2010 - 14:03

It is a nice ink (and my only black currently), but it is too dry for my tastes. Even in my (wet!) Pelikan m400, it creates and unpleasant feeling of drag. Not tooth like an Aurora, but drag; it feels like it is harder to push the pen than normal.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 15:25

i like the color but in my pelikan and lamy it's very dry
instead, the royal blue is good wet
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 15:39

One of the nice blacker inks around....
I have used this in the form of Cross
Cartridges, and realised that it is a
wonderful, wet, somewhat thick ink...

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 19:37

You can make it a lot wetter, if you add a drop of dishwashing detergent to the bottle. Since I've done that Pelikan black is my favourite black.


What is the proportion of dishwashing detergent to ink? Do you add a drop into the 250 ml bottle?

What kind of dishwashing detergent? Machine or hand wash? Powder or liquid?

Hope that adding detergent doesn't damage the pen in any way.


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Posted 21 June 2012 - 22:43

Thanks for a great review on a very good ink. I have used it in a variety of my pens with absolutely no problems other than it is a bit dry at times with fine or extra fine nibs, but nothing a touch of the tongue doesn't fix. This has been a good reliable business ink for me.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 17:27

In some posts of this thread it's said that this ink is the same as Cross black (cartridges). I've been using Cross cartridges for years on my Cross Century II pen, and then, more recently, tried Pelikan brilliant black. IMHO either they are not exactly the same ink or when fed into cartridges it gets more concentrated and black.
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:08

I find it a little dry but the color is quite nice
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 13:53

I'm debating between Pelikan Black and Lamy Black. From what I gather here, Pelikan Black must be better.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 14:10

I never tried lamy black, but pelikan black is one of my favourite inks.

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