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  1. Today I went to refill my Lamy 2000 with Monteverde Horizon Blue. I noticed (luckily, before dipping my pen into it!) that the ink wasn't flowing in the bottle as I swished it around. In fact, it seemed to have turned to gel! A closer inspection showed that there still was some liquid in the bottle, but the entire bottom was covered with a solid mass. I didn't get the distinctive moldy odor that I've experienced from some previous incidents, but it was definitely ruined. This ink was not in the original bottle. I had previously transferred a large amount into an old Parker Penman bottle
  2. The day before yesterday, I received a shipment of four Monteverde inks, in the 80 ml bottles, from a reliable vendor. I have gotten accustomed to opening new bottles of ink to check for problems. To my surprise, the bottle of Motivation Orange contained a large amount of goopy contamination. There was no unusual odor, unlike the problem with Montblanc yellow ink several years ago. The vendor has already dispatched a replacement bottle, but if you have this ink, you should check it. As with the Montblanc ink, it may not be an isolated problem.
  3. KreepyKen

    Massive Pile Of Mold

    So I received a few bottles of ink from a friend of mine, and one of them has a giant pile of goo in it that's got to be mold. It's about the size of a stack of 3 pennies. I think the brand is called "Small Endowment," and it's Chinese, but I can't find any other information about them. It's a cool color of ink, though, and I'm wondering if anyone has had success salvaging something like this before? Would it be possible to strain the ink through a coffee filter to remove the solids and then treat it with some sort of mold/fungus killer to make it usable? Or should I just throw it out and f
  4. I bought a box of cartridges of the new Golden Yellow ink two weeks ago Sunday, at the Chicago Pen Show, from an authorized dealer. Golden Yellow is a new ink this year, and mine seems very new. My box has an expiration day of May 2018. The ink cartridges have been in the box since I bought them, which again was all of 15 days ago. Today I took out a few, and I noticed something strange floating inside. Looking more closely, it appears to be SITB, and it's in every single one of the eight cartridges, all sealed. I'm not really figuring out how to upload photos here these days, but I think
  5. I am happily the newest owner of one of Amberlea's favorite inks, Noodler's Baystate Blue. I got it used on eBay and unfortunately there appears to be some sediment along the rim on on the dropper. I was not very successful at trying to capture an image of it but here is what I got anyway, I see three main possibilities: Natural separation of some components of the ink as this is a highly concentrated ink Chemical reaction to the introduction of some other ink. I have read this can happen with BSB and poor pen hygiene Something biological (bacteria/fungi) growing in the inkAnyone h
  6. Got this bottle for a Christmas present last december. Tops, 1/3 of the bottle has been used. Just recently (about a month ago) started noticing this really thick, slow moving ink in the bottle's bottom when I turn in upright. There are no white moldy particles floating atop the ink, and the "sludge" mixes back into the ink when the bottle is shaken. However, in a mere hour, the SITB will reform if left unbothered. I really like this ink and its qualities, but it makes me anxious to think that this could happen in my pens. I have attempted diluting samples to some avail, hoping perhaps that ad
  7. vossad01

    Ink Mushrooms

    A while back (>6 mo), I thought I had SITB in a bottle of PR Black Cherry. (Amber later informed me it was not SITB and was in fact normal.) Thinking it was SITB I strained the ink through a coffee filter, and put it into two new containers, one of which I added phenol, the other I did not. A month or two ago I noticed a growth on the top of the untreated container. I left it sitting around because I was meaning to take a picture to add to the annals here. A couple days ago I looked at it and noticed all these round black spots on the top that I presume to be fruiting bodies. I
  8. jtower42

    Help Identifying Sitb?

    I have a bottle of Diamine Orange that has flecks of something in it. These flecks are about the size of very coarse pepper - the largest ones are about 1/32 of an inch. They do not dissolve when I shake the bottle, and they are heavy - they fall quickly (within a second) to the bottom of the bottle. Any idea what this is? I'm pretty sure I don't want it in my pens. Thanks, Jon
  9. TeaHive

    Experimenting With Sitb

    GASP!! THE HORROR! But please don't be too afraid. Let me explain. I have a bottle of Private Reserve Avocado that I only just opened recently. The smell was immediately awful, like ammonia. So I dug around with a toothpick and found a bit of jelly goop at the bottom. (It was a little terrifying, but fascinating.) I know the immediate response is to dump it down the drain. BUT... I hate to waste ink, and I have a terrible knack for playing with things I shouldn't. So of course I filled up a Pilot Petit 3 with the ink anyway. I know some hearts just skipped a beat out there. But I've had th
  10. white_lotus

    Bubbles In Ink

    I have a bottle of Sailor Jentle Blue from at least two years ago that I'm not even sure I ever used. I recently went to open it to try it after receiving my new Sailor inks, and lo' and behold there were big bubbles in the ink. And not the kind that just are from shaking the bottle. There's no mold on the ink or in the bottle. The ink doest look thick or slimy or anything. But it does seem like some kind of biological activity is happening, which shouldn't be happening. I come to that conclusion based on evidence that if I pop all the bubbles, the bubbles come back. It's been too long for
  11. dizzypen

    When Ink Samples Sit...

    So I have nearly 200 ink samples that had been sitting in a box. Right now, I'm stuck at home so I figured why not organize my ink samples. That's when I found this: http://dizzypen.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/wierd-samples.jpg Periwinkle has turned into a gelatinous mass as has Dragon Cat Pink and the two Dakota Red samples have a serious case of SITB (seen best with the second dakota vial). Anyone else experience this?
  12. Renfield

    Sitb - Diamine Racing Green

    Hey Folks A while ago I got a bottle of Diamine Racing Green, and when it arrived, it had a serious case of SITB. Here is a pic http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5330/9885114643_d04e9c3c0f_b.jpg I contacted Rolf at missing-pen,de who was great and replaced the bottle straight away. I got it a few weeks ok, and checked it, and it looked a little bubbly, but thought that might be due to travelling, so I let it settle had a look, and wasnt too sure..... so I give it a shake and left it to settle again..... Here are some pics, one from above so you can see the oily discoloration, and another so

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