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This is a mostly handwritten review of the Thistle T2 ink powder/concentrate provided by Amber. I diluted the concentrate by 1/3rd based on the recommendation of dcwaites. Unfortunately, the manufacturer of this ink disappeared a long time ago. So this ink is a relic of the past. Thanks for the chance to use this vintage ink.

 

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Thanks for this review. Did it have a color name? It looks somewhat teal in the review.

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No specific color name that I know of. It was a vintage ink powder that was obtained and distributed in concentrate form to the PINKs (Powdered Ink Testers).

 

There is some greenish cast to the blue, but far from teal, definitely a blue.

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The ink is officially called Blue-Black (there is a photo of the packet somewhere on the FPN). However I always felt it to a greeny blue-black

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“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.


And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”


Granny Aching

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And to me it's teal. I think our differing color perceptions/interpretations are fascinating.

Life's too short to use crappy pens.  -carlos.q

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Yes ScienceChick I agree. To me teal is much brighter color, but that's me.

 

Do you have any red-green color blindness? Just curious. I know I'm not really color blind, but in the visual tests for red-green color blindness I see some of the pattern that a color blind person would see. Maybe 1/3rd of it.

 

I lived in a house in NM that to me was definitely blue-violet. Nearly everyone else called it "purple". And there's no way that house was purple by a long shot.

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A Google images search of "teal" led me to a page with plenty of vastly different shades of teal. To me, I would consider this ink not to be a teal. Teal to me is a light color, much like sky-blue, but with a bit of green.

 

This ink seems like a darker color, very much like Dromgoole's Blue Steel.

 

 

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Depending on the concentration of the Thistle Ink, any of the colours above apply, including Black through to Blue-Black.

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“Them as can do has to do for them as can’t.


And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”


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At the dilution I gave, the value (traditional lightness-darkness range) for T2 is about the same as OS Blue Crab or Dromgooles Blue Steel. I wouldn't consider that light.

 

I personally have never found swabs to have any value whatsoever as they never show you the color of ink the from a pen. Which is what is important to me as the writing instrument. Well, if people wish to write with a q-tip, who am I to say?

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I'm not surprised T1 ended up a little darker. I had it in the bottle for a year.

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I don't think I have any red-green colorblindness tendencies but I could be wrong; I'll look into that.

 

I know finding a blue I liked was a huge challenge because, to me, most were more purple than blue. Makes me wish I could look back in time and see your NM house and compare perceptions.

Life's too short to use crappy pens.  -carlos.q

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Well ScienceChick, travel to Madrid, NM via the Turquoise Trail. Stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern for a beer and a meal. Sitting on the porch, look up the hill across the way. There is only one blue/purple house. My guess is the color hasn't changed in 10 years. :)

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