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  1. I recently got a couple of inks from PurePens, Noodler's Red-Black and J. Herbin Vert de Gris. Also a random ink sample which turned out to be Dominant Industry Royal Azalea (cute pink on it's lighter shades, a bit too much for me on the darker ones). One of the main reasons I had for getting Red-Black was my liking for Oxblood, but wishing it didn't get destroyed by any water droplets (as it already did a few times on my work notes). Here's a slightly not scientific comparison between the two. I'm still experimenting on which types of nibs I like Red-Black the best, but I love it already. The bottles: Comparison sheet (Rhodia 80 g/m²): Red black shows some good resistance to water and bleach since it's at least partially bulletproof. The dry times are long, but that might be because of the nibs I used. The Ahab is very wet even when not flexing, and the Kaweco Sport used is a broad nib. I've seen reviews with lower drying times, so I'll keep an eye out for that as I use this ink more. Both inks look great, but Red-Black has more tone variation and shading, while Oxblood is more homogeneous. Chromatographies: Both inks seem to be formulated in a similar way, having a darker component, a red component, and a yellow. Noodler's red black also has a pink-ish side that shows up along with the red component. When I first inked up a pen with Red-Black, it came out as a bright red, since I had not shaken the bottle and I assume the dark and yellow tones had separated.
  2. Here is an ad from the June 1904, issue of American Chess Bulletin. This was Volume 1, # 1 and was also the tournament book of the Cambridge Springs 1904, tournament. The part of the ad that relates to fountain pens is highlighted. I'm guessing that they were selling double-ended fountain pens for that black and red ink. I don't know how common it was to record the moves of a chess game with two differently colored inks. A chess score sheet has two columns, they do today and they did in 1904, and before then. You just write the move next to the move number and in the column for white or black. IMO the best thing to write your move on the score sheet with is a pencil, that way ink doesn't dry out while you're thinking. A wood cased pencil is probably best since it is less tempting for people to steal. And today the computers record a lot of the big deal, in-person tournaments. And for these pandemic times entire tournaments are being done on-line and no human is bothered with writing down the moves. at all. I thought it might be interesting to see a fountain pen mentioned in the bulletin of a 117 year old chess tournament. I know that for chess diagrams, which were used for chess problems and in correspondence chess a lot, people used red and black ink for the stamps that they used on the chess board diagrams. This was the first I've heard of players being expected to use multicolored fountain pens during a game.





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