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  1. There's a wide variability in the scans available (ranging from an indigo to a lightly toned blue-black to a bluish grey) so I'm having a hard time matching more accessible inks or making a blend with all the variables involved so I thought I should crowd-source this since I'm sure others have tried, with the end goal of finding an alternative or a series of alternatives much like the Faux Penman Sapphire series. A modern, affordable clone will do or a blend of such inks. From what I have gathered, the following are supposedly close: 50% Quink blue-black, 40% Waterman blue-black, 5% Quink blue, and 5% black (Quink or Pelikan) by JRG Diamine Denim OS Manganate V (this is hard to get by though) 5:1 Quink Blue to Quink Black Quink Blue-Black with a red ink I've looked into getting a bottle myself but there isn't a more recent bottle available* or it's just too expensive to ship internationally**. *Post-Super Quink, with the same bottle shape as the current one so that we can rule out evaporation. **It will cost me more than two bottles of Iroshizuku, which is more than this student can't afford. I don't even own one bottle of Iro.
  2. I just found a rather large cache, about 7 bottles, of Quink with Solv-x in a stationery shop. It's the white packaging. I was in a hurry so could only do a cursory check. There seems to minimum evaporation if any. No sludge, deposits etc. at the bottom. Should I buy the lot? Are the colors better than Quink's current lineup?
  3. I've seen this blend mentioned a few times while searching for a close approximation of vintage Quink BlBlk w/ Solv-X. But what does it look like?
  4. ralphawilson

    Collecting Cool Old Ink Bottles

    I found this nice old bottle of Parker Quink in my favorite San Francisco thrift store ("Scrap"). I believe it is a design that was used in the 1940s. There is still ink in the bottle, though it no longer looks black exactly. This is part of a tiny collection of old bottles I've started. I like the old typography and the more flamboyant bottle designs. Does anyone else collect such things?
  5. SilverPearlVacumatic

    Ink And Nitrocellulose

    Hello Everyone, Quink seems to be a reputable ink and is generally considered safe. The original composition used isopropyl alcohol as a solvent. This is known to dissolve nitrocellulose (celluloid, pyroxylin, et cetera), but was advertised to accompany the Parker vacumatic that had a barrel of exposed nitrocellulose. The advertisements for quink emphasized the harmlessness of the chemicals it was made from. The current recipe for quink, as I understand, contains no isopropyl alcohol, but does contain diethylene glycol, which is still a solvent to nitrocellulose. I have come across a few posts which warn that quink or vintage quink can damage celluloid, but half of the time they seem to be confusing it with superchrome. I have personally never seen celluloid pens that appear to have been dissolved from the inside out. Is quink safe for celluloid pens? Has anyone come across damage from inks that are solvents to the barrel that they are held in? Do other inks contain solvents that dissolve nitrocellulose, but result in a neutral pH and pass other safety tests? Did Parker line the barrels of third generation vacumatics with a chemically robust plastic (as I have heard rumored)? Any advice would be appreciated.
  6. h_s_shrivastava

    Has Parker Changed Quink Bottle Design?

    While googling, got this different image of Parker Quink bottle. I haven't seen this before. Is this new design?
  7. Hi all. Thought I'd post my fledgling Parker collection - it's mostly vintage(ish) with a few new ones that I've found at a good price. I'm looking to complete the set of UK Duofolds in blue - I can't get enough of them. I've also included a scan of the paper so you can see why I love Quink blue black, red and green so much. Anyway, sorry not sorry for the self indulgent post! http://i.imgur.com/e5EYPX4.jpg
  8. Tom Traubert

    Quink Queries

    Hello everyone. Due to the generosity of Siaran (I don't know if she's on here or just the Facebook group, but if she is, hi Siaran and thanks again - you are awesome! Diolch yn fawr iawn!) I've ended up with quite a few red and green Quink cartridges, which have fast become amongst my favourite examples of each colour (the red is third only to Diamine Matador and Noodler's American Eel Red Rattler, edging Diamine Monaco Red into fourth, whereas the green is possibly the best green I've ever seen - better even than J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage). Sadly, these big ink cartridges seem to be no longer in production. Anyway, three questions: Do they still produce these colours as bottled ink? Do they make green mini ink cartridges? Are the newish mini red cartridges the same as the older big ones?Many thanks!
  9. Hello, So I was in China recently and I bought a new bottle of black "Parker Quink Ink" or at least that's what it says on the box. I bought it from a stationary store in Beijing that sold a lot of other pens and stuff by Chinese brands. The Parker Quink was the only foreign brand in the shop so I was surprised. The shop owner, though, did tell me that it was authentic when I asked him about it, but it being China it is hard to trust the word of someone selling you stuff. It costed about 8 US dollars and came in a box with a lot of Chinese characters on it (evidently this bottle was made in Shanghai according to the box). I don't know if people are going to try to fake an already inexpensive bottle of ink, but this thought has just been circulating in the back of my head since it was cheaper than usual. I've never had a bottle of Parker Quink so I have nothing to compare this to also. Thanks for the help! Here are some Pictures: The front and back of the box. The side of the box. Bottom of the box. The bottle itself. The inside of the bottle. A quick jot of what the ink looks like on standard college ruled looseleaf paper written with a M&G fountain pen. (The ink flows well and does not seem to clog any of the fountain pens that I have put it in)
  10. Hi everyone! I've been lurking around FPN for a while now, and this is my first post! I wanted to share something interesting about the Quink Permanent Blue. I couldn't find any green Quink anywhere, so I tried calling Parker to see if they stocked it, or could point me to a retailer that did. They didn't and told me all they had was black and permanent blue. I had always wondered why permanent blue had "permanent" in its name when it is not waterproof at all, and fades fairly easily. So I asked them, and got an interesting answer. Apparently the "permanent" Quinks have metal incorporated into them that essentially gets embedded into the paper. When the ink fades, or is rendered illegible due to water or whatnot, you can get what was originally written recovered professionally. Did anybody know about this?!?! I've used Quink as my everyday writing ink for ages, and had no idea. I was mindblower. Is this a feature found in any other inks?? Very interesting, or at least IMHO.
  11. danieln

    Ink Review: Parker Quink Black

    Hi everyone, this is my review of Parker Quink black. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave a comment. I am still trying to figure out the best way to do this. Enjoy! - Daniel
  12. A few days ago I did the first inking of my pen with a colour other than black. After throughly cleaning the converter on my Parker Vector pen -following guidance from the folks at gouletpens.com- I proceeded to fill it up with Waterman Tender Purple ink. All went good during the first few minutes, but after that the pen has slowly developed a tendency to skip from time to time. This didn't happened before the ink change (I was using Parker Quink black). Is this a normal occurrence or am I doing something wrong? Also, I'm planning to buy other ink brands for use with this and my other pen (Lamy Safari), should I take any precautions regarding using different brands on the same pens? Thanks!
  13. Hello all, Please don't bash me, I just made an account but... It seems that my $5 bottle of Parker Quink outperforms the $20+ bottle of Iroshizuki charcoal black ink. Writing on a standard blank A4 paper, the Iroshizuki ink has lots of feathering compared to the Quink. Ive tried using the Iroshizuki ink on a few pens, namely the Pilot Metropolitan and the Parker Vector. Did I maybe get a bad batch? I've been hearing praises for this ink on how it's controlled and has no feathering etc. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts on this Thanks for reading!
  14. civil

    Parker Classic, Leaking Or Not?

    Hello. Someone gave me a Parker Classic with a medium nib sometime ago. I had some difficulties getting it to work right with an international cartridge with Monteverde ink in several colors, always leaking, didn't write quite right. Switched to Parker Quink ink black, same issues, plus it didn't look black but gray. Then I got a Parker converter, and was amazed to find that the gray looking Parker Quink ink transformed into a beautiful black ink, almost as dark as Noodler's black, just from adding the Parker converter alone. The leaks greatly diminished also, but did not quite go away. I wondered whether silicone grease applied somewhere on the nib would help, but hesitated to experiment. Then I read about someone having leak issues with a Parker 180 and the Quink ink, which he claimed they went away when he switched to a drier ink, Sheafer I think (the 180 and the Classic use the same nib, I am told). So I switched to Noodler's blue, the driest ink I currently one, per experience with other pens. All leak issues went away, and it writes a rather wet line at that! So the question is, do I have a problem or not? While I am glad to have a combination that works, I am not happy that a Parker pen doesn't work with a Parker ink supposedly designed for it. Any thoughts on this issue appreciated. P.S. On the leak issue, it made some difference whether I inked the converter from the nib, or with a syringe, and whether the pen was completely dry of all water after a rinse. In the current non leaking situation, I filled the converter directly, avoiding the nib, and started with a completely dry pen, so I am not entirely sure the leak is fixed since I took steps to avoid it.
  15. william2001

    Mini Quink Cartridges

    I was shopping for Parker ink cartridges. Then, I realized that there was long and short "mini" cartridges. Which one should I buy? When is mini cartridge good for and long cartridge good for?
  16. zanimal

    Quink Blue-Black Review

    A simple review of one of my favourite inks (I don't have a lot, so don't judge). Also, please ignore my messy handwriting and the fact i said the Namiki Falcon was a semi-flex.
  17. 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!
  18. 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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