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  1. FoszFay

    Blue-Black Ink Suggestions

    Hey! It has been a LLLOOOOOONNNNNGG time since I posted. I'm looking for a nice blue-black ink, to use for writing essays and such in school. I only own a few bottles of ink, but no blue-blacks. I'm looking for a nice dark colour, probably on the blacker side of the chart, but if you have any suggestions and/or writing samples of any, please post. I like Iroshizuku Shin-Kai, however the dry time of 20+ seconds turned me away on Brian Goulet's review, and the bleed through was also quite a turn-off. Thanks!
  2. For the last couple of months, I have been searching for the right blue black for my writing needs: it needed to be wet, smooth, dark without looking black and as saturated as possible while still rinsing out easily (with water only) from a vintage celluloid pen. I had tried every shade of dark blue and blue black from my usual go-to brands Herbin, R&K, and Diamine and was ready to attempt mixing my own ink using the recipe of Waterman Blue, Black and Purple that girlieg33k posted in a thread on this site, when my last two blue black samples arrived from the Goulet Pen Company: Caran d’Ache Magnetic Blue and Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite. This was my first Caran d’Ache ink and my second ink from Edelstein. (I recently tried Topaz and was disappointed for two reasons: 1. I was expecting the Edelstein line to be on the wetter side and 2. Topaz, when dry, was nowhere near as vibrant as what I thought a color named after the gemstone should look like....) Comparison In the wet nib of the 1950s 146 and on Rhodia paper, Magnetic Blue and Tanzanite look very similar with Tanzanite being a little more saturated. Both inks were well behaved and started immediately even when resting the pen uncapped for a minute. Both colors neither feathered nor bled through even when dripped in heaping blobs on the page. Yet, the experience of writing with both inks differed greatly. Magnetic Blue Magnetic Blue reminded me of many of the Montblanc inks I’ve used that look beautiful on the page but that don’t suit my heavier hand. Don’t get me wrong; writing with the ink was not unpleasant, but the ink’s average flow and smoothness failed to meet the expectations I had for a $30 bottle of ink. I did not have the magnetic attraction to this ink that I wanted to have and after playing with it for 20 min I was more than ready to empty it out of my pen. I will say that Magnetic Blue was extremely easy to clean. Tanzanite I was a little nervous about filling Tanzanite in my pen because the pigments clung somewhat menacingly to the walls of the plastic Goulet vials. But, I put my trust in Pelikan's track record and took the plunge. The moment the nib touched the page I was blown away. (Tanzanite performed very differently from its sister ink Topaz.) The ink has a perfect flow that does not feel runny or slippery but rather provides just the right amount of smoothness to allow a nib to flex and dance across the page with ease. If I had to sum up this ink in one word it would be: LUSCIOUS. Unlike with Magnetic Blue, the attraction was definitely there; this was not an ink that I could pull myself away from and rinse out of my pen in order to try a sample from one of the other color families I ordered. Needless to say, I used every drop of Tanzanite before cleaning the pen. So, did the ink pass the cleaning test? YES! In fact, it rinsed out just as easily as Magnetic Blue. Bonus: I thought I was losing it when I started to see a very subtle reddish shimmering halo around some of the letters written in Tanzanite. A day later, I could still see something there. This sheen was nowhere near as intense as the sun-kissed golden puddles of Sargasso Sea, but warranted further investigation. I dipped a q-tip in what was left of the vial and applied it to the page and am pleased to report that it was no mirage; around the edges of the wetter areas the ink formed a coppery sheen! Final Verdict Based on my needs, Tanzanite is the clear winner of the two and the closest ink out of all the samples I’ve tried to my ideal blue black. I will be picking up a bottle before the fall semester starts and am excited to finally have a blue black ink to add to my rotation of colors for this pen!
  3. My quest for the perfect everyday use blue black ink continues... When I got (back) into fountain pens, the first ink I bought was a blue black, Hero 232 blue black. At the time I didn't know much about different types of ink, but later, while trying to figure out why my pen behaved badly, I found out this was an iron gall ink. I love the colour of this ink (so far my favourite of all blue blacks I tried), but it is just too finicky for everyday use. Then I bought some Waterman Mysterious blue, but it turns out this ink has fairly little to do with blue black. Grey teal would be a better description. Next was Sailor Jentle blue black (the regular one), this looked like a winner. The colour was quite close to the Hero 232, it works just fine in most of my pens (although my Twsbi 580AL w. 1.1 stub doesn't seem to play nice with it) and while not the cheapest (here in the Netherlands), still affordable enough for everyday use. I thought I had found my EDC ink... But... Then I got caught out in the rain, and ended up with all my paper (a Midori passport size notebook, a Rhodia Webbie and an Aurora A4 notepad) slightly damp. And none of my Sailor Jentle blue black inked pens would write. I switched to another ink (J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir) and my pens wrote like normal again. As i live in the Netherlands, where rain and high humidity aren't exactly uncommon, this 'damp paper'-behaviour is pretty much unacceptable for an everyday ink. What blue black ink to try next? I'd like a nicely saturated blue black, that is a quite dark blueish grey or greyish blue. Easy flowing, not afraid of damp paper, it doesn't have to be waterproof or quick drying, but those qualities are appreciated. And of course something that is for sale in the Netherlands (so not Noodlers )and not too expensive (< $25 per 50ml). I'm looking forward to your suggestions, pictures of sample writing are much appreciated.
  4. I got a bottle of both of Diamine Blue-Black and Twilight, so thought I will post my first review. I really like both of these inks, the colours are great. I also did a water resistance test, held the paper under running water for about 10 seconds. Not much remained of the ink, but it's still readable. The review was done on an Office Depot recycled writing pad, 70g/m2. http://s21.postimg.org/f5t8uajtv/Diamine_BB_and_Twilight.jpg http://s29.postimg.org/ndqj7ufsz/Twilight_water_resistance_test.jpg http://s2.postimg.org/7bkk6ae3p/Blue_black_water_resistance_test.jpg Enjoy!
  5. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_234.jpg http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_235.jpg
  6. Be sure to see the review for Bosphore here. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_146.jpg http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_145.jpg http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_147.jpg
  7. Hello fellow FPNers, This is my first ink review on the forum and I'm very excited to show off my newest ink purchase. I received a gift certificate to Pendemonium for Christmas and I had been eyeing up some of their vintage inks to try. The oldest ink I've ever used was from the 1980s and I wanted to try some truly vintage ink for the first time. Well, I had read about this large purchase of NOS Parker Quink bottles that Frank and Sam at Pendemonium had recently acquired in their weekly newsletter and I was quite intrigued. Apparently, they came across several cartons of new old stock Parker Quink from 1943. The bottles were supposed to go to a jewelry shop in Illinois, but for whatever reason never made it there and now 70 years later they are finally being sold and the ink will fulfill its purpose of going in pens. They had Microfilm Black, Washable Blue and Permanent Blue Black. Well, as the title suggested I bought a bottle of the blue black ink. Now it is time to travel back in time to 1943…………. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7626_zpsf2f25e54.jpg Here is a picture of the front of the cardboard box. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7629_zps7b840654.jpg This is the top. I love the description of Solv-x that extols its "magic" properties. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7634_zpsfbb981ec.jpg This is the bottom listing the different colors in permanent (Blue-Black, Royal Blue, Black, Brown, Red, Green and Violet) and washable (Blue and Black) as well as the sizes of bottles (2 oz., 4 oz., pints, quarts and gallons!). This is a 4 oz. bottle. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7637_zpsd1454868.jpg I loved the advertisement for Vacumatic pens with the blue diamond guarantee in the flap. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7640_zpsacc3ae9a.jpg This is the metal screw-on lid. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7643_zps9b086ac9.jpg And finally the bottle with paper label. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7647_zpse902414c.jpg I decided to use my new ink in a pen that would feel right at home with it; my Parker 51 from 1945. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7652_zps38625859.jpg Here is the writing sample. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7656_zpsbb01e03f.jpg Here is a writing sample of 1980s Quink blue black to compare. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/DSCF7664_zpse0289edf.jpg And finally a writing sample of 1980s iron gall Pelikan blue black to compare. The writing samples were written on Clairefontaine 90gsm white, lined paper. I hope you all enjoy reading my review!
  8. I just cobbled together this nifty Waterman from spare parts. I swapped the nib out of a broken Waterman snorkel-type pen, re-sacked it and had a great pen! Then I put it in my pocket, went to work, and then pulled it out of my pocket to see the barrel was broken right behind the section. BOOM, out came the electrical tape. And then I made some writing samples! What do you think of the Black Swan in North African Violets?
  9. I will show you how to clean a fountain pen with iron gall ink stains. http://iron-gallink.blogspot.jp/2013/11/cleaning-method-for-iron-gall-ink-using.html I already wrote this method in the Japanese fountain pen magazine (Shumi no Bungu-bako vol.16 and vol.23). It is very easy, inexpensive and effective method. Please try it . Thank you for your attention.
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  12. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher

    I almost didn't try this ink. Bad Green Gator was just sooo bleeding and feathering I thought perhaps all the Warden series inks from Noodler's behaved similarly. I'm glad that I did try this ink though, because it does not behave like Gator. The color is perhaps a little more standard dark blue, or blue-black in color. The flow is wet and smooth. Writing with this ink is pretty nice. It has some shading which is also nice. Some bit of the color bleeds off in water. But the rest is bulletproof, so it isn't going anywhere.
  13. acj27

    My "stormy Blue"

    Apologies for the poor penmanship. If you are struggling to read it --> 80% MB Blue Black, 20% Diamine Twilight. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/9423495976_bd57573121.jpgStormy Blue_0001 by aljones27, on Flickr

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