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  1. (tldr: scroll down to see image of the soggy test results) For reasons both pragmatic and neurotic, I almost exclusively use inks with some reliable degree of water resistance. Recently I noticed that a sizable range of Faber-Castell inks, while not mentioned in any of the online water resistant ink guides/forum threads I’d consulted when first getting into the FP hobby, are categorized as “waterproof” on the Vanness website and described as “document proof” in the Amazon product descriptions. So I got my hands on some cartridges of Moss Green, which struck me as the most attractive of these purportedly permanent FC inks, and popped one into my Kaweco Sport. Right off the bat, I found it to be a pleasure to write with and uncommonly lovely on the page: well-saturated with some fairly dynamic shading. For the test, I put some of it down on a page in a (surprisingly fountain pen friendly) Italian-made B&N notebook that I’ve been using for misc scribbling/inky ephemera (e.g. the phone number jotted down in the upper right hand corner which I had to blur out before posting 😅 ). For comparison, I then filled in the rest of the page with writing samples of the inks currently inhabiting my other daily use pens, all of which are also marketed as being "waterproof". After giving the writing samples roughly a minute to dry, I tore out the page, held it under the faucet of my kitchen sink, and turned on the water (full blast). For the duration of the test I steadily moved the paper back-and-forth to ensure each of the ink samples spent roughly equivalent time directly under the stream. Results: After a good 30 seconds under cold running water, the FC Moss Green writing sample remained more-or-less legible—enough so to indicate that any important writing would be recoverable in the event of an unexpected downpour or spilt drink. (Although, given how alcohol is (generally? always?) a more aggressive solvent than water, it would probably behoove me to test how this ink holds up under a horizontal glass of whiskey soda…) That said, post-dousing, the Moss Green (quite literally) paled in comparison to every one of the other inks I tested alongside it. FCMG probably meets the average fountain pen user's minimum standard for being considered “water resistant”. But it is not anywhere near “waterproof” and I have to wonder whether it would still pass for “water resistant” if the same test were performed with less absorbent paper. Verdict: Given the strong appeal of this ink’s wonderfully subtle coloration and suitability for general writing, the mere survival of the text after a punishing water test like this is good enough for me. I’m happy to add it to my short list of standard dye-based inks which, for reasons of chemistry beyond my ken, are robust enough to trust with preserving day-to-day handwritten work as I make my way around a turbulent city in an often unexpectedly wet world. (As of now, there are two other inks with a firm place on this list: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri and Sailor Doyou. I really wanted to include Sailor Miruai as well—I love the color and JetPens rates it as somewhat water resistant—but alas, it hasn’t performed well for me when put to the test).
  2. A Smug Dill

    Lists of PenBBS pigment and shimmer inks

    From the album: Translated third-party content

    This information on PenBBS inks was pretty difficult to find, not the least because the source material was presented as an image file that does not lend itself well to text searching; that it is written in (simplified) Chinese just makes it all that much harder for non-Chinese-speaking pen users, who cannot copy-and-paste the text, or have any hope of manually entering the text, into a language translation tool to make sense of it.

    © ezbuy

  3. From the album: Ink performance testing

    This isn't pretty! I don't count an ink as waterproof if contact with water is going to cause any amount of colour to run off the page observably. Originally posted here:

    © A Smug Dill

  4. From the album: Ink performance testing

    The sheet was soaked for roughly half an hour, patted dry with a paper towel, and then hung out to dry on the clothesline. Originally posted here:

    © A Smug Dill

  5. From the album: Ink performance testing

    Sailor Seiboku and Souboku are not completely waterproof on Rhodia 80g/m² paper after all, in the face of prolonged soaking. Nevertheless, for most intents and purposes, I think they are close enough; a splash of water, or even putting the sheet under a running tap, will not cause any of the colour to run. Originally posted here:

    © A Smug Dill

  6. Platinum Pigment Ink is odd in that it looks opaque in the bottle, but not on paper. The colors are somewhat muted and not as brilliant as highly saturated dye-based inks. On some brands of paper, it can be slow to dry so lefties will have to compensate. This is a page written a couple of months ago with my initial notes. Since then the pen has had only very intermittent use, but it has started without hesitation and suffered no clogs. Anyone else had similar good success with this brand of ink?





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