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I recently purchased a few bottles of Sailor's Kiwa-Guro Nano Carbon Ink and absolutely love the stuff in my fountain pens. Even the smell is awesome. I'm curious though if there's a downside to using an ink like this for dip pens? How well does this ink work relative to the Iron Gall and Oak Gall inks that so many calligraphers use with their dip pens? Anyone? http://www.scriptorius.net/sailor_black.jpg
Yesterday I decided to try using Moon Palace sumi ink with a Hiro/Leonardt pen. I tried with and without a reservoir, transferring the ink to the pen using a brush a la Hermann Zapf. What I like about the ink: It smells like Chinese medicine which is better than the "urine" smell of Higgins Eternal BlackIt is waterproof when dry. I put the sheet under running water, and nothing happened to the ink.The wetter the stroke the shinnier the letters. A nice shine actually.It does not bleed like Pilot ink. What I don't like about the ink: There is some build up on the pen, which in my opinion, tends to interfere with the flow a bit.I have the feeling that the ink I poured into a small jar becomes thicker due to evaporation.Because of the ink tendency to thicken when exposed to air, I would be reluctant to use it in a Parallel pen or any fountain pen. Also, I think I need to give Brause nibs a try. I find Hiro and William Mitchell too flexible.
I am currently using McCaffrey Penman's Ink (black) with a Zebra G nib to address wedding invitations. I love this ink because it does so well on most papers and produces incredibly fine hairlines. However, for those times when I need a blacker ink, is there a sumi ink that performs as well? Please include any details on whether or not you dilute the sumi ink. Many thanks!