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  1. Thanks @JungleJim for the sample. A very interesting colour for those who enjoy chameleon inks. This ink may look brown or purple or both depending on paper /angle. Just look at the chroma: Compariasion However, look at the richness and beauty of this ink with a wide/ wet fude nib. The paper is the thick Tomoe River 68 gr. Photo Closeup photo on classic Tomoe River I would say that the only downside to this ink, is shipping price. If you don't plan to buy a pen from and live outside of US, well you need to forget about it • Pens used: Jinhao 450 fude/ medium nib. • Shading: Quite a bit • Ghosting: Not really. • Bleed through: Depends on paper nib/ combination. • Flow Rate: Excellent • Lubrication: Great • Nib Dry-out: No • Start-up: No • Saturation: Nice and dark • Shading Potential: Yes • Sheen: Faint and only on Tomoe River paper • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed… • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Didn’t notice. • Staining (pen): Easy to clean… • Clogging: Nope • Water resistance: Some • Availability: 1 oz / 2 oz (28 /56 ml) bottles from their website/.
  2. nomadhacker

    Private Reserve Black Cherry

    You think you're buying black cherry ink. But what you're really buying is...black cherry ink. You're probably expecting with a name like black cherry that this will look like that dark red color from the kool-aid packets or the soda can. But the thing is, this is the color of actual black cherries, if you've ever eaten them off the tree. So this is probably a bit more brown than you're thinking it'll be. This ink will vary, depending on the paper and on your pen. In a wet pen, or on more absorbent paper, the red color shows up a little stronger. Otherwise, you're looking at a sort of continuum up to a barely red-tinted brown. One thing to note, is as the ink ages on the paper, it will tend to brown a little bit, so that some of the red will disappear. I've seen this happen when looking at my scribblings months or weeks later. I have heard some reports about the actual bottles turning a little brown with time and age. This and Orange Crush. But I haven't seen anything too recent, so I'm thinking Private Reserve may have gotten it under control. Also, it seems if you do have this happen and contact them, they are pretty responsive. I really like this color, personally. It's unique and has character. I've been using this color for a while, one of my first inks, and I was honestly surprised at the amount of water resistance it had. I hadn't actually had any liquid disasters hit anything with this ink, fortunately, but it appears things would smear, but be readable if they did.

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