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Duke is one of better chinese brands. I used to have few of their pens and tehy were rather well made. Not perfect but writing experience was pleasant. They also offer ink but as I'm not really into blue/blacks I haven't tried it until recently when I received a lot of samples from Amberlea and her minions. There was also a sample of DUke ink. I'm not sure if they do the ink inhouse or buy it from other chinese company.


I can say that the ink isn't bad. It has decent flow and satisfying level of lubrication. Once the text dries it turns more into greyish blue than blue black.



Drops of ink on kitchen towel


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Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Sport Classic, B




Oxford, Kaweco Classic Sport, B




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NIce ink. Reminds me a bit of an avocado.



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That looks like one for Tas :-)



Yes, I thought about him as well :)


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NIce ink. Reminds me a bit of an avocado.




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Crass.... I was waiting for something like that. Yes, there are greenish, brownish, and purplish 'cados, but I've also seen (and injested with great advocation) black ones like that ink, too....



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Vis, the minions and I are happy you are enjoying your samples.

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i quite like this color, as i'm a fan of a grey tone of color. to me, it looks more like a bluish dark grey ink, which i could see myself using on daily basis.


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Maybe it's my eyes or my monitor but this looks like Duke BLACK ink to me. I have bottles of each of the two colors I know Duke makes. The black is rather washed out while the other color is a deep dark blue. Other people who have tried both, or who sold both, seem to agree. However, confusion is common because there is no indication of color (in English) on the boxes or bottles, and both colors of ink come in identical bottles with lots of BLUE trim. I am in the process of scanning the boxes to send to someone in China to see if the Chinese characters shed any light on things. The non-black color is usually sold as blue-black ink but it looks pure blue to most people, which the samples above certainly are not.


See this review for other examples.



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