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Scribal Work Shop Kraken Black



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This is one of the more interesting blacks in my stable. I love the fact that it shades, though it is still fairly saturated. In the review I note that it shares this similarity with Dark Matter, though after seeing the swabs (which are here), the undertones are completely different. Kraken has this really gorgeous purpley-grey thing going on that is really hard to capture in a scan. It comes through pretty clear though in the water tests.

 

Despite not being resistant to water in the least, this ink is most definitely going to be in heavy rotation.

 

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Scribal Kraken by crazystan 77, on Flickr

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Thank you for this review and the others of the Scribal Workshop inks. This is showing the line variation from your stub which is impresive. Have you tried it in a flex pen?

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Thank you for this review and the others of the Scribal Workshop inks. This is showing the line variation from your stub which is impresive. Have you tried it in a flex pen?

 

Thanks!

 

I love how this ink stays really tight to the width of the nib on paper, while not being dry. I took it out of the Pearl last night to do the Siren review, so I haven't used it all day. But now that I am home I really think I want to get that back in there. I really want to play around with it more.

 

I haven't tried it in a flex. I think I am going to load it up in my Ahab in a bit and play around. I am not sure how it would do with a dip nib, but I will give that a shot as well. If anything good comes of it, I'll put it up here.

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This black is BLACK. It's not any sort of dark grey, washed out, nada. It's B-L-A-C-K to the max. I've stuck it up against several other brands (no Noodlers however) and it's got them beat on sheer light absorption alone ;)

 

Also, I had it on a steel dip nib, and it's really nice there, too. Quite a bit of flex on my pen so even black has shading, who knew? Almost reminds me of a sumi ink, thinking about it.

 

I've got the whole set, FWIW. Finding the time to properly review them all is another matter entirely...

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This black is BLACK. It's not any sort of dark grey, washed out, nada. It's B-L-A-C-K to the max. I've stuck it up against several other brands (no Noodlers however) and it's got them beat on sheer light absorption alone ;)

 

While Kraken does shade, it is definitely does not come across as washed out. I will say that while really black, next to Noodler's Borealis Black, the shading really comes out.

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I just finished a review of Kraken today (going to be on my blog in a few days,) and I would say that the shading with this ink is really dependent on the nib that you're using. With a medium to fine nib, it's definitely a great solid black - a little lighter than noodlers borealis and black, and not even close to Aurora black (but can anything really be that close to the black void of Aurora black? ;) ) but when used with a wider nib, such as a 1.5mm, the shading is much more evident and does actually begin to appear more as a dark grey over a black. (Especially if the nib is set for a lighter flow.) It's still awesome overall though and going to be a regular use ink for me.

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I am learning how to use my scanner (not well!) here are a couple of scans I made of some writing I did this morning. The second attachment shows that the Kraken has absolutely no bleed through, compared to my favorite Noodler's Midnight. This is cheap paper, so I am impressed with the Scribal Cryptid inks.

 

Sorry about the upside down attachment - just click 'view' on your Adobe Reader to rotate it.

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