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Extra Fine Nib Ink Review: Rubinato Writing Ink Blue-Black


This is review #158 in my series.  Here's the YouTube video:


Post-recording notes: Cleaning was really quick and easy. This is my first and only exposure to this brand. This was a sample gifted to me, but I found Rubinato ink on Amazon, though not in blue-black. The ink dries to a very pale blue-grey. The zoom is the most accurate example of what I see. The scan and screencapture look too dark in places, but aren't too far off. The absorbent / copy paper image is fairly accurate, too. I'm not sure the images reflect it, but there's a sort of soft, muted elegance to this shade.


And here is a screen of the final result, for those not interested in the video:
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Scan of Completed Review:
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Zoomed in photo:
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Absorbent Paper Closeup (top is puzzle paper like thick newsprint, bottom is old 20lb copy paper):
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Images also available on Instagram: @zilxodarap


Previous Review: Private Reserve Infinity Red.


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Hope you enjoy.  Comments appreciated!

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Quin!  Stop!  It's a trap!

 

I like this ink, and I don't think I heard of the brand.  I have nearly all your comparison inks, too.  Good dry time, great behavior.  I even appreciate its pallor. Thanks again for another great review.

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

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54 minutes ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

Quin!  Stop!  It's a trap!

:lol:

 

54 minutes ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

I like this ink, and I don't think I heard of the brand.

Me either.  This was one of the samples gifted to me by @A Smug Dill.  I believe this is the ink (sorry for huge image, it's a link to Amazon's):

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I couldn't find the ink anywhere other than Amazon (in the various US FP stores I use).

 

54 minutes ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

Good dry time, great behavior.  I even appreciate its pallor. Thanks again for another great review.

:) You're very welcome!

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5 minutes ago, namrehsnoom said:

Really nice colour ... I like what I see. But not an ink brand that's available in my usual webshops (within Europe)

:) I thought you might.  From the Amazon listing (just fixed the link!), it's made by a small shop in Italy.  Here's the website.  Hopefully @A Smug Dill can tell us where he found it.

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1 hour ago, LizEF said:

:lol:

 

Me either.  This was one of the samples gifted to me by @A Smug Dill.  I believe this is the ink (sorry for huge image, it's a link to Amazon's):

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I couldn't find the ink anywhere other than Amazon (in the various US FP stores I use).

 

:) You're very welcome!

 

The link took me to Mead envelopes.  I probably need some anyway.

My other pen is a Montblanc and...

 

My other blog is a tumblr.

 

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1 hour ago, Sailor Kenshin said:

 

The link took me to Mead envelopes.  I probably need some anyway.

:D Sorry about that.  I fixed the link.

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7 minutes ago, yazeh said:

Great job @LizEF :thumbup:

Thanks!

 

7 minutes ago, yazeh said:

This seems like quite an intriguing ink... and the bottle looks so old fashioned and elegant! 

Yes, I really like the bottle, though the price is kinda steep - I don't like the color that much.

 

10 minutes ago, yazeh said:

How come the goat turned into a guard, line 6? ;)

He was always a guard - he's the big goat who came from the watch tower.  (As opposed to the little goats who raced and tried to attack Quin's shield.)

 

11 minutes ago, yazeh said:

did you get distracted by a wagging tail? :D

Alas, no.

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9 minutes ago, Tas said:

This could make it onto the list. Immediately vintage looking, soft on the eye. Never heard of it either 🤷‍♂️

:) Yes, very intriguing.  Curiosity alone may kill resistance...

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Seems like my kind of ink. It's a new brand to me also. 

"Most people enjoy the sight of their own handwriting as they enjoy the smell of their own farts." - W. H. Auden

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Oh wow, nice ink. Never heard of them...nice bottle too!
Thank you for sharing, it's always nice to see relatively unknown makers (to me) highlighted. :)

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1 minute ago, Detman101 said:

Oh wow, nice ink. Never heard of them...nice bottle too!
Thank you for sharing, it's always nice to see relatively unknown makers (to me) highlighted. :)

:) You're very welcome.

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Thank you @LizEF - I love it!

 

I've come across the brand for dip pen inks, and had heard there were some that could be used in fountain pens, but always forgot about them.

 

I think this might be one I'd actively seek out. I'd be very curious to see if there are others like it.

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5 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

Thank you @LizEF - I love it!

You're welcome! :)

 

5 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

I've come across the brand for dip pen inks, and had heard there were some that could be used in fountain pens, but always forgot about them.

Yeah, the Amazon listing doesn't give me a lot of confidence.  I really can't tell which colors are for fountain pens and which are for dip pens (except I'm pretty sure the gold has to be for dip pens).  There's just not a lot of info out there about these inks.

 

6 minutes ago, mizgeorge said:

I think this might be one I'd actively seek out. I'd be very curious to see if there are others like it.

Please let us know what you find. :)

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So I decided to go check out all the Rubinato inks reviewed here, and the most recent is from 2016 and includes some interesting comments - it may be that this isn't made in Italy after all, just rebranded Chinese ink...  (That's all rumor.  At this point, I have no idea, just sharing as I go...)

 

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OK, followed the http links in visvamitra's review, then https'ed them to see if it would work, and it does, so here's the bottle in that review - I think I would pay $40 just for one of these bottles:

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Rubinato (as shown above = rubinato.it) is an old shop with a very lethargic site. No harm meant there, and their specialty is style above all  re bottles themselves (also empty), glass dip pens, and blotters etc. I had some of their inks and I'm sure (never spent the time to look for proof) that it's not their own ink. Likely from Stipula or other manufacturers there, or anywhere else in Europe.

Life is too short to drink bad wine (Goethe)

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6 hours ago, LizEF said:

Hopefully @A Smug Dill can tell us where he found it.

 

I bought my bottles of Rubinato ink from Peter's of Kensington — or, more precisely, its official eBay store, since this (only) happened because eBay was offering a 20%-off sales campaign on the day across a number of bigger Australian sellers — back in 2018.

 

5 hours ago, LizEF said:

Yes, I really like the bottle, though the price is kinda steep

 

My bottle looks like the one shown here:

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/302473-dont-just-tell-us-about-the-pen-youre-using-show-us-2016/?do=findComment&comment=3713418

 

67ml for A$15.20 (~US$11 today). The products have long since been delisted on eBay and in Peter's of Kensington's own online shopping site, but surprisingly this orphaned image survived (while the ones for the other ink colours on the same order have been obliterated) on eBay:

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6 hours ago, LizEF said:

From the Amazon listing …‹snip›… it's made by a small shop in Italy.

1 hour ago, lapis said:

I had some of their inks and I'm sure (never spent the time to look for proof) that it's not their own ink.

 

Peter's of Kensington listed it as being made in Italy, but I saw no statement or evidence of it from the manufacturer on or inside the nondescript black cardboard box, or on the glass bottle, or on any of the labels and slips of paper.

 

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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