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Organics Studio John Hancock Black


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Here is yet another of my reviews of the inks in my collection. This time yet another black. I know, I know, oh so boring. And this black is one that isn't readily available anymore, those I think there are some bottles at Anderson Pens. Perhaps there is another site or two that are still selling the last of these inks.


Anyway, the ink is the Organics Studio John Hancock black. Written on the usual papers I use, Mohawk via Linen, Hammermill 28lb inkjet, and Tomoe River.


The ink drops on a towel are quite interesting, and it's quite a strong black, blacker than Iro. take-sumi and OS Carbon. It was supposed to replicate or be like "vintage" inks, but who knows what that means. Vintage as in the 1920s or vintage as in the 1950s? My guess is it meant the use of simpler dyes and fewer additives making the ink safe for modern and vintage pens.


The real downside of this ink was it's slow drying time, exceeding 15 seconds to be completely dry. For me that wasn't a problem, but I'm sure it could be an issue for left-handed writers, and those who want to make up-page notations.


Considering all that, here are the photos.








An unusual mix of black, red-violet, and a neutral dark blue.



Not terribly water resistant.


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I actually like it. It would be interesting to see a writing sample using a nice flexible nibbed vintage pen. perhaps a swirl or two ala copperplate, but not too swirlly!

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Oh, I'm not saying I didn't like it. Sorry if I gave that impression.


I don't have any flexible nibbed pens, vintage or not. But I don't think your request is unreasonable, just that I don't have those pens or fancy writing skills. Maybe we'll get lucky and someone here will have such a combination.

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Darker than the Take -sumi? My current black ink is a fill of Take-sumi...but the review saying lube is "some" is discouraging. Good to know. Thank you!

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Well I have to admit that "Lube/lubrication" has always been something of a mystery term for me. The OS inks certainly aren't as lubricating as the Noodler's Eel colors or the Sailor inks, but they do OK. I certainly didn't mean to imply it might be scratchy.


From my medium nibs, the John Hancock is definitely darker/blacker than Iro. take-sumi.

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