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Dear All,

 

Quick question...

 

Could I please ask, as a recent convert to using fountain pens again, (after a 32 year gap) on what occasions would you use brown ink?

 

I started off last year using Waterman and Quink in both blue and black. Then to be a bit flash, I started using Waterman Purple and Turquoise to add some colour to my letters. I've just started using Quink Blue/Black and I'm interested in trying a wine coloured ink, but to me, brown ink just looks like mud written with a twig.

 

Thank you in advance.

 

Jason

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I use brown ink when the mood strikes I like the look as a break from blues and purples that I use the most. If it doesn't float your boat there are lots of other colors, and other than pink and the light violets I use as many as possible. Why...

why not.

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Thanks for the response Amos.

You state that you use brown ink when the mood strikes, or as a change from blues and purples. That's a bit vague.

Do you write personal or business correspondence in brown ink?

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Yama guri is an any occasion ink. I think Horsetail is an antique type ink too, any occasion for me. That said, it's not a pastel, or most browns to me aren't something that could be taken as flaky in my view.

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I use it for personal use in my journals, personal correspondence and I have also used it for work but mostly for meeting notes or grading papers.

 

For official documents and signatures we are required to use a dark blue or black ink as everything is scanned and retained for a permanent record and they claim the high speed scanners are more reliable with these colors.

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I just like brown ink.

+1 I use browns all the time, for just about every use.

Lie de Thé, Diamine Ochre, Private Reserve Sepia... none look like mud to me. Maybe you just need to find the right brown for you. Something more neutral like R&K Sepia or Herbin's Cacao du Brésil?

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Sometimes you need to doodle trees....hence, you may need brown ink.

 

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I like it for being dark and not black or blue. I have mixed it with other colors like blue or green. It does look like mud,except put on with a very nice stick!

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My favorite is Noodler's Mud Written With A Twig.

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My favorite is Noodler's Mud Written With A Twig.

I couldn't help but laugh out loud. I realized a long time ago I can't blame the twig, that's just my penmanship.

 

I use brown for my journal some, correspondence (I like the look against cream stationary) and note taking.

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I marked up/edited/rewrote a Very Important Memo at work today in Private Reserve Ebony Brown.* I'd call the occasion "general business use." Ebony Brown or another similarly dark brown would be appropriate for just about anything.

 

 

 

* It's too dark to be a good mark-up ink, but it sure looked purty.

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I use browns when the mood strikes. I like browns. I don't use ink for corresponding at work so what others think doesn't matter.

 

Browns tend to feel more antique than blues and certainly blacks. So they are more fun, for me.

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My favorite (of the two I have tried) is Monteverde Brown. Mostly personal use.

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I have come to appreciate the complexities of brown. I use Private Reserve Chocolate for just about every day business use, including signing documents. I also have Diamine Burnt Sienna, which gives some nice shading, It is a more of a lighter shade than I like for business, so use it for personal correspondence, notes, etc.

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My first post on the FPN might have been "What are some good browns?". I also like the appearance on cream or ivory paper. And as Galileo Manuscript suggests, it has an Old World sepia look.

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I like them as they (to me) impart an "old manuscript" look. I like FPN Galileo Manuscript Brown, Diamine Chocolate, and Akkerman Bekakt Haags

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Well, to each his own, of course. I love browns. I love them in fabric. I'm sitting across from the sofa in my living room which is a lovely deep chocolate brown. So, of course, I'm going to love brown ink. I'm new to fountain pens and having a great deal of fun diving in. I have Noodler's Brown and I just today ordered a bottle of Iroshizuku Yuma-guri. I can't wait.

 

I don't much like black on the page -- too high contrast. I like the way browns are softer, more subtle. I also like the vintage look of them.

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I use a nice dark brown for almost anything! Using it in my journal in particular right now.

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As the OP, thank you for all your comments.

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