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  1. I cut a 5 cm strip of each of the Diamine writing samples from the previous post and left them in the window for three days. This is not Amberlea's massive fade test: I simply left the sheets in the window for three days. The window faces due west, not south. In England. In August. They may have gotten nine hours of direct sunlight. This is not meant to be a stress test; this is forgetting your notebook in the office window over the weekend. The sort of thing you might do. Below are the samples on Rhodia paper with the 5 cm strip pasted in with a blue border. Clearly, if you think this is a realistic test and it applies to you, then there are a dozen or so inks that are going to be problematic, including Amazing Amethyst (sort of survives)Imperial BlueMajestic Purple (still readable, but not purple)Lavender (colour change)Imperial PurpleHope Pink (almost completely gone!)Cerise (ditto!)Flamingo PinkPink (gone)Pumpkin (still readable, but different colour)CoralOchre (survives)Orange (almost gone)Peach Haze (gone)The results on the cartridge paper are at first glance similar and I will try to prepare the files later. I hope this is useful. Comments and suggestions are most welcome.
  2. I've started running my own fading tests now too long ago. Every new ink I use, I add a line to two sheets of paper--one control sheet in stored a closed notebook, and another is taped to a wall opposite two large windows. This location seems perfect for a realistic scenario of having writing in an exposed location but not direct sunlight. Specifically, the windows mostly have white cloth diffusing blinds over them with the exception of about 10" from the top which is exposed glass. There is bright daylight during the day and some sunlight in the afternoon. The wall with the taped paper is a good 16 feet away from the windows, so it gets a bit of everything: small amount of artificial light, daylight shade, and some diffuse sunlight. The paper is Fabriano Bioprima, acid-free with alkaline reserve Control sheet as of July 12, 2019: Scanned exposed sheet on July 12, 2019 Comparison on July 12, 2019: To be continued with more inks and scans over time. Inks listed so far (for the search engine purposes), alphabetically by brand: Colorverse Dark Energy Graf von Faber-Castell Deep Sea Green J. Herbin Lie de The KWZ Walk Over Vistula Lamy Petrol Pilot Iroshizuku Take Sumi Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa Sailor Ink Studio #573 , #970, #941 Sailor ( Maruzen Athena / Jentle ) Blue Black Sailor ( Maruzen Athena ) Sepia brown Sailor x Nagasawa Kobe #57 Hime Ajisai Stipula Calamo Verde Muschiatto Musk Green Papier Plume Sazerac
  3. These inks will be part of the fade test. Here are the current inks compared. http://www.sheismylawyer.com/2018-Ink/2018-05/slides/2018-05-03_Ink_1.jpg Much to my surprise, you can see some bleed through. http://www.sheismylawyer.com/2018-Ink/2018-05/slides/2018-05-03_Ink_2.jpg
  4. Hello all! I don't really know which category this falls into, so i'll post it here. I'm looking for an ink that is dye based, relatively fade/water resistant, that does not corrode a pen if filled for an extended time (let's say 2-3 weeks) and is blue/blue-black/black (or any other color you would consider as work appropriate). Any recommendations?
  5. WatermanLamy

    Does Namiki Blue Fade?

    Hello everyone, I am looking for a standard professional blue ink that is permanent and will not fade much. I have searched and it seems Pilot / Namiki Blue could suit me as it is a bit water resistant but I can't tell if it will also not fade over time. Does anyone have experience with this ink? I have looked at Noodler's inks too but there are so many and it's quite confusing to me.
  6. napalm

    A Few Faded Flowers...

    Just 4 days after starting testing this in a northern orientation window. A few comments by looking in person at the test sheets, in order of resistance to fading: 1. Platinum Pigment Blue seems unaffected, no visible differences in the samples 2. Iroshizuku Asa Gao is a close second, there's just a very slight discoloration 3. Pilot Blue Black has slight discoloration and yellowing 4. This place is shared by Platinum Blue Black, Parker Blue Black and Diamine Grape. Discoloration is easily noticed. 5. Shared by Iroshizuku Murasaki Shikibu and Diamine Syrah (as a % of color loss). 6. Diamine Amazing Amethist is nearly gone. The ball points are holding well except Parker Black. Other comments: Since Platinum Blue Black has the problems associated with iron gall inks, yet it performs on par with Parker Quink and worse than Pilot Blue Black, I don't see any particular reason in insisting to use this ink against other "blue-black" alternatives.
  7. Hi I have recently bought some washable black Parker Quink from amazon (about 3 weeks ago). It was quite cheap, only 4 packs of 5 for £5. At first I was happy with it, it lasted about twice as long compared to the permanent black Quink from Parker (2 weeks compared to 1). However, I have noticed it turns yellow on most paper. Especially in my science books. It can happen in less than 20 minutes. I handed in a 2 page essay in black and it came back almost completely yellow (but an A grade so yay me). Even as I write this though my media work is turning yellow. I had no such problem with the permanent ink. What is happening? Here is a link to the amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Parker-Quink-Cartridges-Black-Washable/dp/B00B7APY2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380368757&sr=8-1&keywords=black+parker+quink+20 I have also uploaded a picture of the yellow ink (I know my handwriting is dreadful and the image isn't the best quality either).

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