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  1. Mercian

    Waterman Havana owned by Mercian.jpeg

    From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    A photograph of a writing sample made with my Waterman Havana. I bought this bottle some time between 1999 and 2004. I strongly suspect the date to be near the end of that period, but cannot remember for certain. I perceive this ink to be ‘maroon’ in colour, rather than ‘brown’. This is particularly evident in the sentence at the bottom of the paper, which was written with a Parker 45 with a steel ‘M’ nib. But it can also be seen in the curve of the ‘D’ in the word ‘BROADER’ in the phrase “BROADER (& WETTER)” that I wrote with a Parker Vector fitted with an italic nib. I do perceive the first sentence that I wrote with the Vector as being more ‘brown’ than the writing that was done with less ink (with the finer nib), but in my ‘normal’ pens (which have ‘F’ or ‘M’ nibs) I always perceive this ink to be ‘maroon’, not ‘brown’.

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  2. From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    Waterman Havana (now known as Absolute Brown). I have taken this photo from this review of this ink that was made for FPN by Intensity. I have ‘borrowed’ it in order to illustrate how very ‘maroon’ (rather than ‘brown’) this ink can appear to be.

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  3. From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    This is a photo of what was left on the kitchen towel when I was wicking plain water through a pen to try to flush out the remnants of its fill of Waterman Havana (aka Absolute Brown). This is, clearly, not an example of ‘proper’ chromatography, but it does show the preponderance of the magenta/pink dye component in this ink. I am trying to justify my description of this ink’s colour as ‘maroon’, rather than ‘brown’.

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  4. From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    A photo of the scrawl in my ink-testing book. This is a comparison of Diamine Chocolate Brown (top) with Waterman Havana (nowadays sold as Absolute Brown) underneath. At the bottom of the frame is some text in Parker Penman Mocha. My intent in this photo is to illustrate how ‘maroon’ the Havana appears to be.

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  5. Hi, I have recently purchased two bottles of Waterman Havana ink bottles. From the faded boxes containing the bottles, it appears that the bottles remained a long time in the shelf unsold (probably in sunlight as the packets are faded somewhat). This ink is not available in India easily and so I paid little attention to this when buying as I was very happy to get them after a long effort. Now, the problem that I am facing is somewhat difficult to describe. I use double broad 1.5mm italic or 1.1mm or .07 mm stub nib pens and in all the pens I'm facing what I can best describe as partial skipping problem. Sometimes the flow is right and the lines are as thick as it should be, but sometimes the flow vanishes and then even with 1.5 italic nib, it is writing very thin lines. I imagine (correct me if I am wrong) it might be because of long shelf life, the ink has become thicker due to evaporation of water and so it is not flowing well. I don't know whether this particular ink has any history of flow problem, but I read great reviews about this ink and so purchased it. I am quite new to this hobby of fountain pens, and so I would like to know some possible solutions to this problem from you... can I put some (distilled) water to make it thinner, if evaporation is the problem? (Plz. forgive me if my suggestion/question appears silly...)

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