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Blackstone Barrister Black is a new ink from Australian Vendor Justwrite

 

It is a nano-carbon pigmented black that, like others of its class, is permanent, solvent-resistant/proof, and very well behaved.

 

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When I first got the ink for testing, it was labelled under it's pre-release name of Black 11.40, but having been released it is now called Barrister Black.

 

On even poorer quality paper (old stock Reflex) there was no bleeding or feathering, so this is a very well behaved ink.

 

As you can see, it is a deep, solid black, less matt and more glossy than the normal nano-carbon ink like Sailor Kiwaguro. On paper it looks more like Noodler's Heart of Darkness.

 

I was able to test it by soaking samples in various household solvents, as below.

 

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So, for those of us in Australia who find that Sailor Kiwaguro or Noodler's Black/HOD are too expensive, or for those who want a carbon black ink that has an almost glossy look, this is a good alternative.

 

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Looks proper black. I adore the name :wub:

Thanks again for sharing and raising awareness.

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Great review. I have always loved blacks which are more of a blue-black than a washed-out grey. The ink's new/current name is also cool but what is the connection to a hawk moth? is that the equivalent of a certain type of barrister in your neck of the woods?

 

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The hawkmoth passage is just from a booklet I had on my desk called "Hawk Moths of Port Moresby" by A. P. Mackey. It made a change from the last paragraph of Darwin's Origin of Species that I usually use as a test passage.

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Kevin from JustWrite pens sent me a sample of this ink a little over a month ago, to try out and feed back - but unless I wasn't paying attention, he didn't tell me it was a nano carbon ink! It's been sitting in my TWSBI Diamond 580 for a few weeks now, with no ill effects. In fact, I've been favourably impressed with how well it writes - and it's highly resistant to water once dry. Will be adding a bottle to my next order, now that it's been released...

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Kevin didn't tell anybody that it was a nano carbon ink because he wanted testers' unbiased opinions.

I did a basic water rinse test, then on the basis of that added a few other solvents. I initially thought it was a cellulose-reactive ink as it was halfway between Noodler's Black and Heart of Darkness in behaviour (more glossy than NB, not quite as wet as HOD).

So, really, it is a nano-carbon ink that looks and behaves like a bulletproof ink.

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Thanks @dcwaites, that makes sense - all I can say is, I was impressed with the behaviour of the ink. It compared very favourably to my Noodler's X-Feather (which I usually dilute to ~80% strength to hasten drying times).

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Now if they'd bring out a bulletproof red... anyway I'll be getting this instead of overseas options. Very apt name as I will be using it for my law exams.

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Now if they'd bring out a bulletproof red... anyway I'll be getting this instead of overseas options. Very apt name as I will be using it for my law exams.

 

Platinum have one, although it is called Rose Red, and is a pinky red colour, as well as a Blue (which I have, and is quite nice) and a Sepia to go with their Carbon Black ink.

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Platinum have one, although it is called Rose Red, and is a pinky red colour, as well as a Blue (which I have, and is quite nice) and a Sepia to go with their Carbon Black ink.

That's what I'm thinking to get instead. The Platinum looks like a good option for red and black too. As you once said in other post, it's not a question of either or but both :P

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Greyknight

Has anyone compared this with Sailor Nano black? Specifically the smoothness and the flow. I still have 1.5 bottles of Sailor but the urge to justify a new ink is strong...

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Sorry for coming in late.

 

I do have a couple of bottles of Chinese made carbon inks, but not the legendary Beijing carbon; I often wonder how they compare against the Sailor, and now the Barrister Black...

No, I am not going to list my pens here.

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Ok tried it in my TWSBI 580 1.1 stub.

Its smoother than sailor nano black, seems more viscous, but yet wetter if that makes any sense. Well behaved, no feathering or showing through copy paper. Takes longer to dry though.

 

Haven't tested water fastness, I assume that would be similar to all carbon based inks.

 

Might try this later in my Namisu Nova Ti nib that hates Sailor nano black (hard starts, have to shake the pen hard after 10-15min of capping)

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OoOOooo I like it.

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Any US based suppliers? I'm a doc, and welcome extra durable black ink.

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mostlyutalitarian

Kevin from JustWrite pens sent me a sample of this ink a little over a month ago, to try out and feed back - but unless I wasn't paying attention, he didn't tell me it was a nano carbon ink! It's been sitting in my TWSBI Diamond 580 for a few weeks now, with no ill effects. In fact, I've been favourably impressed with how well it writes - and it's highly resistant to water once dry. Will be adding a bottle to my next order, now that it's been released...

So it didn't stain your TWSBI? I want to get some permanent Black and some Permanent Blue too when I finally get my TWSBI Eco.

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So it didn't stain your TWSBI? I want to get some permanent Black and some Permanent Blue too when I finally get my TWSBI Eco.

 

Nope, several months on my TWSBI pen is still going strong with this ink, no staining that I can see!

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Nope, several months on my TWSBI pen is still going strong with this ink, no staining that I can see!

Excited to give this one a go now! Have you done a fading test by any chance? I plan on using it for laboratory work. I'm wondering how long the ink will last when covered, would be good if it lasted for 5 - 10 years.

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