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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. Mercian

    Waterman Havana belonging to USG.jpeg

    From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    I have copied this photo from @USG, in order to compare it to a photo that I have taken of my own ‘vintage’ bottle of Waterman Havana. I bought my bottle some time between 1999 and 2004 (I strongly suspect that the purchase date was nearer 2004, but cannot remember for certain). I perceive my Havana as being so red that I regard its colour as ‘maroon’, rather than ‘brown’. That said, in this photo of the Havana owned by USG, the writing does look ‘brown’ to me. This makes me wonder whether Waterman changed the formulation of Havana some time in the late 1990s.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. From the album: Some of Mercian’s inks

    A close-up of my scrawl in my ink-testing book. The text at the top of the picture is in Waterman Havana (nowadays sold under the name ‘Absolute Brown’). The text at the bottom is in Parker Penman Mocha.

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