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Inklings - Waterman Harmonious Green
DrDebG posted a topic in Ink ReviewsThere are few ink brands out there as iconic as Waterman inks. My very first bottle of ink was Waterman South Seas, and many, many years later, Waterman inks are still a favorite brand for me. And Harmonious Green is one of my favorite greens. Many have given the history of this ink currently made in France, so I will dispense with further introductory remarks. Waterman inks feature as stable, glass bottle with an opening large enough for most pens. The bottle contains an ample amount of ink (50mL) and is sold a very reasonable price. I purchased my bottle from Pen Chalet when it was on sale. The ink is a medium green which leans towards blue, and has a lovely burgundy sheen which complements the green very nicely. It is very well behaved and flows smoothly from the pen. For this review, I have used two fountain pens - a Conklin Duragraph with 1.1mm stub nib, and a Pilot Metropolitan with EF nib. The papers used include HP All in One 22 Copy Paper, Tomoe River 52 gsm and Clairfontaine. Waterman Harmonious Green is closer in shade to more emerald greens such as Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdgrun than greener shades such as Leonardo Green. The flow is excellent, and while not heavily lubricated, there is enough lubrication to make even my driest Pilot Metropolitan write smoothly and easily. PROS: Lovely green shade leaning towards blue. Medium saturation Burgundy sheen seen in pooled areas with wider nibs Nice shading in wider nibs; minimal in finer nibs Little to no bleedthrough even on copy paper Minimal showthrough No feathering except on cheap paper Flow is excellent even in dry pens CONS: No water resistance Slightly longer dry time Overall, this is an excellent ink and holds on to its long standing reputation for reliability. If you like this color, I highly recommend getting a bottle. **All photos were taken with an iPhone and the images have not been retouched. You may note a slight pink cast to the paper due to the pink blotter placed behind each page.