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I thought I would do a simple test of the properly Permanent blues* I have at hand.

The inks tested were Pilot Blue, Platinum Pigment Blue, Noodler's Aquamarine (for Swishers, now discontinued) and Koh-i-noor Document Blue.

I have selected Blue inks, as there are lots and lots and lots and lots of Permanent Blue-Blacks out there of varying chemistries. I wanted to do Blue.

 

My exhaustive testing regime consisted of writing samples of all four inks with a FP nib mounted in a pen holder onto Double A Premium copy paper.

 

After letting the ink dry for at least half an hour I then ran it under a stream of hot water for about 30 seconds.

 

The first scan is what the sample looked like before the hot water testing.

 

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The second scan is after the hot water testing, and after the paper had dried out. The pencil line shows where the water went.

 

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You can see that the first three inks are totally untouched.

The Pilot Blue leaves enough behind to be readable.

I would not now call Pilot Blue WaterProof, rather WaterResistant.

 

 

 

*Parker Quink 'Permanent' Blue need not apply...

 

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Thanks for doing this. I appreciate seeing the test.

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The Good Captain

Nice to see this comparison.

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"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"

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¡Great comparison! Pilot blue's water resistance is usually good enough for me, although lately I've been using MB Permanent Blue. It's a bolder blue and has great shading.

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I like the color of the Platinum pigment blue. Nice to know there's a waterproof ink that's usable in my Izumos and Nakayas.

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When I bought a pen last year from Engeika, either a Platinum Century 3776 or a Pilot Custom 742, the website recommended the Platinum Pigment Blue. Assuming that he knows something about what he's talking about, I included a bottle in my purchase. It is a very well behaved ink, and a nice colour for a Permanently Permanent Blue.

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Excellent comparison. Thanks! I just love seeing e.g. how perm or non-perm a "perm" ink really is! Now please don't hold it against me, but do you happen to have any MB Blue Perm and/or blue R&K and DeA docs on hand?

 

Mike

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Neither, sorry.

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Thanks David!

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