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Ink For New Quo Vadis?

Bluto Carpaccio

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Hi, All,


Trying to get this to post for the third time.


I've just purchased a couple of the new Quo Vadis journals with the ivory paper. I'm using a Big Red with a broad nib, fairly wet, and Noodlers Blue diluted about 15% with water. I'm getting too much bleed through (see picture below). Any ideas for a nice blue that might dry quicker or bleed less, or both?




Thanks much,


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Your picture isn't showing up for me, but I'm incredibly surprised you're getting any bleed through with Quo Vadis. The paper is extremely fountain pen friendly in my experience. I've used Diamine Bilberry, Majestic Blue, Marine, Asa blue, Private Reserve American Blue and Electric DC Blue with no issues except long dry times, but that is to be expected with the type of paper. I believe Asa Blue did the best in that area.

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Blue ink smaller.jpgThanks, K,


My though, too. I've had great luck with Clairfontaine papers. Don't know why the photo won't post, but if I try I get a "Can't Display Page" or some such message. Anyone else having that problem? Appears to work if I don't try to include the photo. I'll try with a smaller size:

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I use asa gao in my Quo Vadis. Have never had an issue.

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I have had similar issues with Noodler's eel inks (red and blue). No. Problems with Pilot Iro samples though. Ajisai is my favorite, but the Asa guo seemed nice and under control too. I am now using a lamy 2k broad, but have a medium Pilot vp too. Great paper on the whole, but not great for laying flat. Try Goulet for some sample vials of blues. Good luck.

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My Habanas have handled just about everything I've thrown at them with no bleed. I got some fairly pronounced ghosting using a fairly wet stub and Noodler's Manuscript Brown (which is actually red to me) but that's the only issue I've ever had, and it was certainly nothing like what is in your picture. Maybe try your blue ink undiluted? My favorite blues in the Habana are Tsuki-yo and Liberty's Elysium. Usually out of fine nibs due to the extraordinarily tight line ruling of the newer Habanas.

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Thanks, everyone, for the input. Goulet is sending me about 8 blue samplers to try. I'll post a review.


Take care

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