De Atramentis Caveat2009/10/14
Now that Art Brown carries De Atramentis ink, many fountain pen folk will get a first look at this German import. While De Atramentis Aubergine has been high on my list of favorite inks for years, the three I’ve recently acquired remain to prove themselves. Reviews are in the works but in preliminary tests, nothing seems amiss in performance.
There is one caveat that needs mentioning now though. The label colors do not fairly represent the ink colors. The result is that I wasted money on colors that do not meet my expectations nor do they fill the holes in my collection for which they were intended. This isn’t just a matter of how the colors appear on a monitor but rather the ink on white paper held against the labels. Since the labels are the only swatches available online for most of the product line, there is no way to predict the color with a fair level of accuracy. With two of the four bottles I own, the difference between the ink and the label is dramatic. The other two are merely inaccurate.
So caveat emptor when it comes to De Atramentis color representations. However, if you like the excitement of things unpredictable, hopefully, you will be happier with your surprise package than I was with mine.