Gray Inks Are Not Created Equal04/18/2009
A few months ago a writing sample posted by Leigh Reyes kindled my interest in gray ink. Several were already in my collection but were decidedly unloved. Leigh changed that with one image. Scroll down her post to see which one did it for me.
Using wide nibs with them over the past few months has shown these inks are gray and not watered-down black though the black component is strong. J. Herbin Gris Nuage, Private Reserve Flannel Gray, and Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun have a blue component while the other three do not. They are more neutral as well as a bit darker.
These inks were very challenging to scan so take the image as relative rather than an absolute representation. The paper is Clairefontaine 90g, bright white, and very smooth. Swabbed samples do not have the intensity of written samples but you get the idea.