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I come to ask your opinion about the state of two vintage sheaffer skrip ink bottles possibly from the 90's.
I bought two jars, one brown and one blue, the brown has the great ink well, my concern is that the brown is no longer that color, currently has a greenish color.
The lid of both bottles is not rusty, if I had to describe the smell of the box and bottle, I would say that it is old or old book because of the cardboard, I suppose, when I opened both bottles they smell old like cardboard or the bottle in its exterior .
The first print on the top layer of the ink looks normal and clean, with no apparent white moldy cotton or things floating around.
The bottom of the blue ink bottle is without sediment or strange things, but the bottom of the brown bottle had something brown as you can see in the photo, but with a slight movement it dissolved.
I ask you if in your opinion these inks are still seen to be in good condition?
The smell in both is the same, smell of old, the smell does not seem rotten to me, in the past I had two inks from other brands that did smell rotten and I had to discard them.
If I have to throw the ink in the trash, can I still disinfect the bottle to reuse it for other inks?
It is that the ink well of the bottle looks great hahaha
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I also had some Skrip brown from the 90s that had turned green. It did not have a bad smell or visible sediment, but I discarded it anyway, to be safe.


My guess is that you could disinfect and reuse the bottle, but let us hear what others say.

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I used to freak out over things like this. Color can break down over time, which does not necessarily mean the ink is contaminated. I have an old bottle of Noodler's Army Green (before the reformulation and the re-reformulation) and it's now closer to a yellow than a green. Otherwise, it's fine - and I have to say, it's a more pleasing color than it was originally in my opinion. I've not had any problems with it - it seems stable and none of my pens have grown whiskers.


If the smell is OK, if there is no discernable mold, I would absolutely try using it in a cheap pen, just in case something is off.

First, I'd shake the heck out of it to see if the sediments dissolve, let it sit a day or two, reinspect and then I'd try it in a pen.

Others will warn against this I'm sure. It really depends on your comfort level.

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I concur with the "use a cheap pen" idea!


Throw it in a twsbi Eco, that way you can totally see what's going on inside the pen, AND use the ink!

(this brown is on my TO BUY list! :) )

Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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I have a lot of vintage Skrip much older than that, and it’s just fine. Yours looks ok to me.

Possibly the dyes changed a bit, but that is not the same as fungus or mold. I say give it a good shake

and use it.

FYI a green dye is a component of the color brown. Possibly another component faded more.

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