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Battle Of The Inks - Doppelgänger Edition


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12 hours ago, Luci said:

In the course of doing my review of Standardgraph Elder Blue, I realised it was very, very similar to the Waterman Purple I also had. 

The pens are a little different – the J Herbin is a touch finer, and doesn't have the "roundedness" feeling of the Vector. 

To my eyes, the Waterman is a half-shade darker and a teensy bit less red, but honestly I struggle to tell the difference in real life and on my scanner, even this extremely subtle difference isn't apparent.

 

What is very clear is how much difference the paper makes to dry-time smear tests. Both these inks dry very well on absorbent paper like a copier paper. But I pulled out my decades-old box of Basildon Bond letter-writing paper and the dry times were much longer and the spread much less (I used the back of the paper so you didn't have to look at the overbearing border and crown – there's a reason it's taken me decades to use what was a Christmas gift from a relative, I think.

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They do look very much alike.

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For an expensive replica of "Montblanc - Irish Green":

5ml "Iroshizuku - Shin Ryoku"

2 drops "J.Herbin - Perle Noir"

 

Looks the same, shades the same...the only difference is the wash.
Add any water to this and the blue comes right out everywhere...unlike the real ink which is all-green, through-and-through.

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Not sure if these have been mentioned before (this is now a huge topic).

 

Sailor (Jentle) Blue <> Diamine Majestic Blue

 

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Top: Sailor (Jentle) Blue with its characteristic red sheen, which Diamine Majestic Blue also offers. Below: a square and a smear (side by side) of Majestic Blue and (Jentle) Blue. I’ll leave it to y’all to tell which is which 😉.

 

iroshizuku shin-kai <> P4001 blue-black

 

See this discussion. Both inks change colour to some extent after drying, with some of the blue changing to grey-ish. Note that there seem to be some batches of P4001 Blue-Black out there that differ in colour from what it should be, i.e. rather dull-grey-ish instead blue-black-ish.

 

Herbin Vert Atlantide (base colour) <> Diamine Green Umber

 

Without the shimmers, these two inks look quite similar.

 

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On 5/16/2021 at 2:06 PM, TheDutchGuy said:

Not sure if these have been mentioned before (this is now a huge topic).

Herbin Vert Atlantide (base colour) <> Diamine Green Umber

 

Without the shimmers, these two inks look quite similar.

 

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Oh snap!!
You just rocked my reality!!
I....I....wow....just....wow....

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6 hours ago, Detman101 said:

Oh snap!!
You just rocked my reality!!
I....I....wow....just....wow....

 

They’re close but not identical. Put a page of written text side by side and you’ll see it.  Vert Atlantide is slighty more… ethereal, for lack of a better word. It’s a slight bit more silvery (even without the shimmer) and mysterious. Otherwise they’re very, very close (apart from the shimmer) and without a direct A/B comparison it would be tough to say which is which.

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