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Diamine Prussian Blue V. Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black

Which one do you like more?  

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  1. 1. Which one do you like more?

    • Diamine Prussian Blue
    • Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black
    • Those are about the same for me

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Hi guys, just a quick comparison. DIamine Prussian Blue vs. Pelikan 4001 Blue-Black. In normal pens with "normal" nibs, bothe fine :-) For me, if that would be a blind test, those inks are about the same, DIamine is a bit more wet but the shade is very similar. I am curious what would broader nib do with these.



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If I could only have one ink, 4001 Blue-Black would be it.

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I voted for the Pelican 4001 Blue Black ink. I really enjoy the subtle color changes in different size nibs. It's my favorite ink at the moment, four pens are inked up with the 4001 Blue Black!


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I have tried a sample of Prussian Blue before, in one of my wider edged nibs (most likely a 0.9 stub). Nice, but I still strongly prefer Pelikan 4001 Blue/Black.

*Sailor 1911S, Black/gold, 14k. 0.8 mm. stub(JM) *1911S blue "Colours", 14k. H-B "M" BLS (PB)

*2 Sailor 1911S Burgundy/gold: 14k. 0.6 mm. "round-nosed" CI (MM) & 14k. 1.1 mm. CI (JM)

*Sailor Pro-Gear Slim Spec. Ed. "Fire",14k. (factory) "H-B"

*Kaweco SPECIAL FP: 14k. "B",-0.6 mm BLS & 14k."M" 0.4 mm. BLS (PB)

*Kaweco Stainless Steel Lilliput, 14k. "M" -0.7 mm.BLS, (PB)




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I'm reluctant to say that I like one more than the other, because it seems like apples and oranges to me -- different colors, different characteristics. However, I use the Pelikan far more, as an agreeable and well-behaved utility ink. I've had a desk pen filled with it continuously for a few years, so it's an ink of many notes and notations. On the other hand, I had my Prussian blue Carène filled with the Diamine ink for some time, and enjoyed that... In any case, they don't seem interchangeable. Both win?


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