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How To Concentrate Parker Quink Black?


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I have a bottle of Parker Quink Black, and I absolutely loathe this ink. It's gray, not black. On the other hand, it looks nice on an italic dip pen.

 

How do I concentrate Parker Quink Black so that it becomes a "true black?" I know I can just leave it out in the open until 1/2 of it evaporates, but I prefer not wait that long.

 

Thanks guys :)

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Honestly? No, I wouldn't bother. Just offer it to someone that wants it and buy a bottle of a nicer black (e.g. Aurora, Diamine Onyx, Pelikan Edelstein Onyx).

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Mix it with red for the best result. An user on an Italian forum turned a dull black into an ink worth of the Quink name mixing it with Skrip Red

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Sooo many gorgeous mysterious blacks out there. Do as View from the Loft suggests . . . ditch it and go play with some others. Tons of support and reference on this forum. make a coffee or two and read through.

My fave of the moment Nurebairo - but it's a little expensive and lives far, far away.

 

Else my tip, Noodler's Heart of Darkness for a all round no nonsense do it all black that's proper black.

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Thanks guys. I've been meaning to check out J.Herbin Perle Noire. If not for it's status as a "true black", for its dryness, its natural composition, and its sexy sounding name.

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Mix it with red for the best result. An user on an Italian forum turned a dull black into an ink worth of the Quink name mixing it with Skrip Red

 

I'm also not a Quink Black fan, for the same reasons as the original poster.

 

Do you have any details of the Quink Black/Skrip Red mixture, the ratio of the two inks? I'd like to try that mixture.

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I got the Parker Quint black also and I noticed there's variation between between the shades of black depending on the paper.

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I'm also not a Quink Black fan, for the same reasons as the original poster.

 

Do you have any details of the Quink Black/Skrip Red mixture, the ratio of the two inks? I'd like to try that mixture.

 

What I would do would be to put a little Sheaffer Skrip red in a vial, then add very tiny drops of black to it until you like the colour. If you add too much black you will have gone too far and have to throw it away. Start off by dipping a cocktail stick into the black ink and stirring the mixture with it. Then maybe add a drop from a pipette. Adding black to other colours can very easily go wrong.

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Some FP inks are just too wet to use properly with a dip pen. I find that traditional-style inks like Parker and Sheaffer Skrip are quite good, but more saturated inks (Noodler's, Private Reserve, are you listening?) just run and gloop and feather.

 

Since you are in the US, your Parker Quink will be Washable, and therefore washed out and grey, and I don't think there is much you can do with it. I would suggest Sheaffer Skrip Black or Noodler's Black (the only Noodler's ink I have found that works well as a dip pen ink) as alternative black inks for use in a dip pen.

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Some FP inks are just too wet to use properly with a dip pen. I find that traditional-style inks like Parker and Sheaffer Skrip are quite good, but more saturated inks (Noodler's, Private Reserve, are you listening?) just run and gloop and feather.

 

Since you are in the US, your Parker Quink will be Washable, and therefore washed out and grey, and I don't think there is much you can do with it. I would suggest Sheaffer Skrip Black or Noodler's Black (the only Noodler's ink I have found that works well as a dip pen ink) as alternative black inks for use in a dip pen.

it'll say on the label if it's washable black or blue.

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I noticed that Parker Quink Black is black in a really wet nib. I put it in a Wing Sung Dollar Store Pen AND it came out Black! Today I had a thought in the shower, diluting with water makes ink drier and soap makes it wetter. So I experimented with Parker Quink black in a Preppy in a Preppy cartridge. I put my syringe into the liquid laundry detergent for a dip then dunked the metal part into the cart. :) I got a blacker ink!

 

Solution to that Gray quink. Dump some detergent into it

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I noticed that Parker Quink Black is black in a really wet nib. I put it in a Wing Sung Dollar Store Pen AND it came out Black! Today I had a thought in the shower, diluting with water makes ink drier and soap makes it wetter. So I experimented with Parker Quink black in a Preppy in a Preppy cartridge. I put my syringe into the liquid laundry detergent for a dip then dunked the metal part into the cart. :) I got a blacker ink!

 

Solution to that Gray quink. Dump some detergent into it

 

It sounds like a good idea, as long as you don't end up with a cap full of ink that has dripped out of the nib. -_-

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