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  1. For some reason that I cannot understand, I never wished to try Stipula inks. That was a terrible mistake. The next two inks that I'm going to review (Notturno Giannutri and Ferro dell'Elba) are two gorgeous inks, very classy and work appropriate. The ink I'm going to review now is Ferro dell'Elba (Elba's Island Iron). This ink is one of the most brilliant ink I had the pleasure to try. This inks name recalls iron rusted near the sea, and the colour of the iron rusted by the sea you get. Ferro dell'Elba is a grey ink with lovely warm rust brown undertones, that seems thinked to be absolutely work appropriate, without losing interesting details. If I've to define this ink with a single word, it would be "clever": good for the eyes of the passionate, good for the everyday use. On cheap copy paper, Ferro dell'Elba behaves just fine, a bit of feathering and bleedthrough, not particular shading, nice flow and fast drying times. The colour looks quite dark, a mix between a dark gray and sepia. On schizza e strappa this ink really begins to show it's full potential. No feathering nor bleedthrough, gorgeous shading with nice lighter grey lines that ends in darker grey brown inkpools, especially on broader nib. Inkpools and swabs look and reflects like velvet. Drying times are a little longer. On tracing paper this ink behaves just as on schizza and strappa, with a little more shading and longer drying times. Unfortunately, this ink as no water resistance. As you may notice from my soaking test, the ink simply vanishes in the water, so it's no waterproof at all (but also really easy to clean from fountain pens). Is this ink worth it? I always wanted an ink which could substitute black ink at work and after a few letters written with Ferro dell'Elba I realized that my search was over. I know it's subjective but in my opinion if you like grey inks, you should give this ink a try. For around 16€ you get a nice big 70ml bottle, and for me is worth every cent. Highly recommended! COPY PAPER SCHIZZA & STRAPPA PAPER TRACING PAPER SOAKING TEST CROMATOGRAPHY INKDROP





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