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Orange You Glad It’s Fall

10/09/2009

Whether you giggled or groaned at the title, in this part of the world fall has arrived. With all its rich and yummy colors from persimmon to sunset to saffron, it’s that orange time of year. In recognition of the ruling color, here are a few fountain pen inks from my collection.

Don’t take these scans as true representations of the colors but rather as relative comparisons. Orange proved to be a real challenge to get right.

Orange Ink Swatches

Orange Ink Swatches

And a few writing samples…

Iroshizuku yu-yake

Iroshizuku yu-yake

J. Herbin Orange Indien

J. Herbin Orange Indien

Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki

Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki

Private Reserve Orange Crush

Private Reserve Orange Crush

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  1. [...] Orange You Glad It’s Fall « An Inkophile’s Blog inkophile.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/orange-you-glad-its-fall – view page – cached Whether you giggled or groaned at the title, in this part of the world fall has arrived. With all its rich and yummy colors from persimmon to sunset to saffron, it’s that orange time of year. In… (Read more)Whether you giggled or groaned at the title, in this part of the world fall has arrived. With all its rich and yummy colors from persimmon to sunset to saffron, it’s that orange time of year. In recognition of the ruling color, here are a few fountain pen inks from my collection. (Read less) — From the page [...]

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  2. Great post, I love seeing the spectrum of oranges side by side here. The range is incredible, just like New England leaves.

    As a note, Montblanc just released their take on Saffron ink, linked to the Mahatma Gandhi pen. The colour is elctrifyingly orange and would go well with the oranges here.

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    • No doubt the new MB ink would be a great addition to my collection. However, MB has indicated the ink will be sold only with the Gandhi pen. That one isn’t even on my Wish List. :P

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  3. In a B or stub nib, the Orange Indien is much darker and gives awesome shading, much like the Apache Sunset. Unlike Apache Sunset, it doesn’t feel dry and draggy in the pen and is very well behaved on most papers.

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    • Good to hear Orange Indien has such potential. Not happy with it in a Lamy Vista 1.1 italic. Maybe it will be better from a wetter nib which would give me something to try on one of those cold, wet weekends that ought to visit here soon.

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  4. I really love fuyu-gaki and the way it looks in different pens, it’s always interesting. I hope to buy some yu-yake sometime soon. Orange Indien is a pretty ink, but I think it is definitely better suited for wetter nibs.

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    • Agreed on Orange Indien. The color varies considerably from a fat broad nib and bears a resemblance to Noodler’s Apache Sunset though it dries faster. In a fine nib it is quite consistent in color.

      There is such a variety to orange ink. It’s perfect for a bit of cheerful fountain pen playtime.

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  5. [...] Private Reserve Orange Crush – Deep red-orange that can produce writing that is orange at the top of each letter but red at the bottom. [...]

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  6. Interesting how the J Herbin is darker (more orange) than the Iroshizuku in the smear sample but its the opposite in the writing sample! I guess its down to the difference between the pens. Similar with the PR, its a dark orange in the smear sample but more reddish in the writing sample. Love the Iroshizuku, now THAT is orange!

    Great that you are so into orange, I will I have a particular colour I am so passionate about, too bad I mostly have to use legit colours such as blue and black and they are not very exciting at all…

    I had a look at my ink collection, there is only one ink that is not blue or black… that is just depressing… I, too, got to brighten up my day with some pretty colours!

    Thanks for the review!

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    • Hi Andy!

      Good observations. Swab and written samples can be vastly different. The swab samples are good for relative color relationships and little else. They can be pretty though.

      It is always a challenge to produce written samples that fairly represent ink colors especially since free-flowing fountain pens will concentrate the color while dry-writing pens will have the opposite effect. Highly pigmented inks have more color concentration so there is that, too. Even paper can affect color not only from its deviation from write but from the absorption rate. Part of the fun is to match pen, ink, and paper to achieve the best result.

      Orange has emerged as my preference over both red and pink at that end of the spectrum. I find it especially exciting next to turquoise and would be bored silly if stuck with blue and black inks only. Do get a little color in your life. It is smile-worthy stuff. :)

      Margana

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