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Seeing Green – Ink That Is

09/29/2010

Sometimes making a list helps me organize. This time my list revealed that I like a lot of brands but it also revealed a surprising color bias. Out of my eleven top choices, four are green while both blues have more than a hint of green in their formulas. Then there is Waterman BBk that can appear quite green depending on the pen and paper. Who knew I had such a bias in favor of green!

One favorite ink from a variety of major manufacturers…

  • Diamine – Mediterranean Blue in a Namiki Falcon
  • J. Herbin – Lie de Thé in the mink brown Levenger True Writer F
  • Rohrer & Klingner – Solferino in a Pilot Elite Newton F
  • Noodler’s – Red-Black in a Sailor 1911 F
  • Iroshizuku – Ku-Jaku in a rhodium and black Sailor Sapporo F
  • Sailor – Uranari Green in a Lamy Safari 1.1 mm
  • Montblanc – Racing Green in the Lamy Safari custom cursive italic
  • Private Reserve – Avacado in a Waterman Carene Stub
  • Waterman – Blue-Black with any flex nib
  • Stipula – Moss Green in a Pilot Elite F
  • Parker Penman – Ruby in a Namiki Falcon

Seldom used inks but still my first choice from these manufacturers…

  • Pelikan – Blue-Black
  • Duke – Blue-Black
  • Levenger – Amethyst
  • Aurora – Black
  • Parker Quink – Blue-Black
  • Visconti – Blue
  • Sheaffer – Blue-Black
  • Platinum – Black
  • De Atramentis – Aubergine

When you look at your list of favorites, do you see a strong color influence or are you less slanted in your choices?

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11 comments

  1. I’ve always known I don’t have a lot of red inks, because I don’t like to write with red and that I’ve got several greens because I like green.
    But when I made a list I was surprised at how many blacks I had since most blacks are, well: Black.

    The list here is not the complete table as there are columns for date purchased and more. Sorting by date was also very revealing.

    http://u-fr.blogspot.com/2010/08/bought-some-ink-today.html

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  2. The fountain pen world is new and I have 3 inks and a black and a purple cartridge. I don’t have a fav yet but I love my forest green. I’m curious, how many inks do you have?

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    • I’ve been at this a long time and really have lost track. Still I would estimate that between samples, bottles and a few assorted cartridges, there are between 150 and 200 inks on my shelves. Time for a new storage facility, me thinks.

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  3. I have finally acquired a Lamy al-star and a converter. Now I am rubbing my hands in fiendish glee trying to pick an ink. I expect it will either be green, or purple.

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  4. I have always been a blue sort of person – ink wise – but now reading all these comments has motivated some experimenting. Suddenly I appreciate more greens and also browns. They actually go with my handwriting.
    I also tend to be event/season driven – planning some red for Christmas…
    Now that the racing green is gone, did you have a chance to look into the new Montblanc green?

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    • Heh, hooked now are you? There are more expensive habits or so I am told.

      Samples of the new green have not grabbed my interest and new acquisitions are not a priority what with all the samples on hand. Maybe when I get the backlog reviewed, I will look for it. Or maybe not. I am still miffed that MBRG is no longer available.

      Are you going to purchase a bottle?

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  5. Well, you are right, I am a bit hooked now :-)
    On the MB green, I think you will find it a bit “déjà vu”. Good for springtime, maybe (here I go). Too bad I did not get the RG, that one really looks special on your photos.

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  6. Huh. Funny. Now that you mention it, it occurs to me that although I don’t claim to love the color orange, the three pens I grab most have orangey inks in them– J. Herbin Ambre de Birmanie, Noodler’s Habanero and Noodler’s Apache Sunset. Wow, I hadn’t realized. But those inks are gorgeous, and thrilling to use. Yes, thrilling. Well, okay, for me, anyway.

    But I love aquas, too. I always have a couple pens inked with Private Reserve Blue Suede (deep, lush teal) and J. Herbin Blue Pervenche (oh-so-happy aqua).

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    • Whew. At least I am not the only one with this affliction though I must say it is rather rude of a single color to overrun my rotation.

      This time of year, orange would be a nice change. Time to break out Noodler’s Apache Sunset or J. Herbin Orange Indien or maybe Iroshizuku yu-yake. So many lovely colors suit this time of year. Thanks for reminding me to update my rotation.

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  7. I “had” to go buy more inks so I had more than 3 colors. Now I’ll have 13 with some being the scented ink sampler, which I learned about through your blog. I need to slow down my spending for my new fountain pen and ink addiction soon.

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    • Yes, it can only get worse/more addictive/fun/obsessive. Enjoy!

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