Cult Pens is offering their own inks in deep, dark colors. They are made by Diamine so you know the quality is first rate. Available in 30ml and 80ml bottles, who is going to be the first to try them?
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If you haven’t taken advantage of the ink samples available at Goulet and I Sell Pens, do so. It’s a great way to indulge in some inky goodness without loading your shelves with a gazillion bottles or draining your wallet of too much of that hard-earned cash.
This lot arrived less than a week ago and several inks already show promise. The first to get a call to duty was Diamine Oxblood in a black marble Levenger True Writer F. I wrote one sentence and it deserted me for my daughter. Hrumph!
Next Iroshizuku chiku-rin will get a twirl with a Lamy Vista 1.1 nib. That clear barrel will show off the green to good advantage. My other Vista will enjoy either Iroshizuku kosumosu or Noodler’s Shah’s Rose.
So much for my limited summer rotation vow but you knew that was destined for failure, right?
Tested on Strathmore Windpower Sketch with a dip pen.
Now that it is June and summer has arrived, my rotation will get trimmed to a minimum. That means being selective. Pens are easy since my collection has only a few enticing wide nibs. Ink is a whole different matter with hundreds of bottles and samples from which to choose.
In hot weather, ink evaporation dries pens out more quickly than I can write them empty. That’s a waste of ink and can make cleaning arduous. Sure, some pens dry out due to air circulating under the cap. But if inks perform differently in the same pen, the culprit is the ink.
If I had to select a brand that seems to remain fluid in a converter longer than others, Iroshizuku, Sailor, or Noodler’s would be the most likely contenders. This doesn’t mean all inks in each line will be slower to dry in a nib than other inks. It just means that the ones I’ve used in warmer months have performed better.
Another issue this time of year is tainted ink. Is there a brand of ink or specific ink that is less likely to mold than another?
In my experience, inks from Japan as well as those from Diamine, Rohrer & Klingner, and Noodler’s have been less susceptible to nasty invaders. Parker Quink and Penman inks have held up well. One out of my ten bottles of discontinued Montblanc inks has a vague hint of an off odor but I only discovered that yesterday. That bottle is within its expiration date and had never been opened, so I hope it turns out to be a non-issue. Tossing a bottle of Racing Green would be sad indeed.
While I have seen color degradation in a bottle of Noodler’s Army Green, it is the only color out of over thirty from that brand that has not held up. The bottle was at least eight years old with nary a speck of mold in it. Last year a bottle of Waterman Blue-Black changed color but did not grow mold. So in my experience, color degradation has not been accompanied by mold.
Not all inks contain strong smelling biocides like those from Sailor and some Noodler’s Inks, but those that do have remained mold free even when ten to fifteen years old. For my money, ink with fragrance added is not appealing and I own none. Such inks may perform better or worse than unscented inks but I have no basis for evaluation.
For several years Diamine Mediterranean Blue has been my constant summer favorite along with Iroshizuku ku-jaku, Diamine Violet, Diamine Sepia, and one of several Noodler’s brown inks especially Golden Brown and Kiowa Pecan. There are a few new samples on hand to test soon, but for now, I am happy with that lot.
So tell me what works for you. Which inks would you nominate in the categories of least likely to evaporate and least likely to mold?
Warmer weather always brightens my ink rotation. Orange, pink, and a paler shade of green add some fun to the hold-overs from early spring.
In addition, Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa is getting a run in the Namiki Falcon SB fire hose. So far – so good with that test. It’s a muted gray-purple that suits clouds more than unrelenting sunshine, but if it tames the beast, it will be a good choice.
- Kyoto Levenger True Writer custom stub with Diamine Dark Brown
- Clementine Retro 51 Scriptmaster II fine with Iroshizuku fuyu-gaki
- Lamy AL-Star custom fine italic with Iroshizuku tsutsuji
- Montblanc 220 OB with Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
- Namiki Falcon SB with Rohrer & Klinger Scabiosa
- Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Violet
- Waterman Deluxe Carene Stub with Iroshizuku asa-gao
- Platinum Century B Chartres Blue with Diamine China Blue
- Platinum #3776 music nib with Diamine Mediterranean Blue
- Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Kelly Green
There is little in life that is more unique than a signature. Unlike fingerprints that are immutable from birth, we get to choose the color by which we are best known as well as the design (signature) by which we are most easily recognized. As testament, my parents have been gone many years but I can still picture their signatures quite vividly. So much else has faded but not that.
Using a real pen with real ink to sign documents may eventually go the way of the dodo bird. Until then, what do you choose in all of inkdom to make your signature memorable? If I had a bottle, Pendemonium‘s Noodler’s Legal Lapis would be mine. In its absence, Noodler’s Ottoman Azure or Diamine Mediterranean Blue will do.
Noodler’s Ottoman Azure with a Brause dip nib and Diamine Mediterranean Blue in a Platinum #3776 Music nib doodled on Clairefontaine GraF it 90g Sketch paper. It has a slightly rough surface well suited to pencil sketching but a little less ideal for pen use. I like the way ink skips over the paper and enjoy the break from perfection found with more fountain pen friendly paper.
Parker Penman Inks were introduced twenty years ago and for some aficionados nothing has replaced them. Sapphire is the most often mentioned color but Ruby is no less worthy of note.
Ruby has a bit more yellow and green in its base than other burgundy inks and that gives it a unique, slightly earthy color. It has good shading for its degree of saturation as well as good flow. The color combined with the other properties have kept this ink on my list of favorites for a very long time.
Several years ago, I sent a sample to Diamine hoping they would develop something comparable. After all, Ruby had been off the market since 2000 and there were few burgundy inks available at that time, much less one that offered similar properties. Since then, Diamine has released Syrah and Merlot. From Diamine’s online swatches, Syrah looks like a possible substitute for Ruby while Merlot looks more red or wine-colored.
Inks that are true color duplicates are uncommon so at best Syrah will be similar. If it shades well, it might be a worthy substitute. Not that I’m likely to run out of Ruby anytime soon. My stash of three bottles is more properly a hoard, one that could make even a dragon jealous.