Choices, choices. Which ink to use?


The holidays certainly do cut in to time with pens but the Platinum #3776 music nib was not to be denied last night. Loaded with Diamine Sepia (that isn’t sepia but a brown-orange hue), the pen produced excellent shading and a good amount of outlining. Usually I would go for something seasonal like red or green, but this year Sepia with its stellar performance has won me over.

That begs the question: How do you decide which ink to use?



  1. I’m in a brown phase too. Yard-O-Led Sepia (+ 1920 Wahl Gold Seal), J. Herbin Terre de Feu (+ Sheaffer 5-30 flat top), Waterman Havana (+ Parker 51). The new J. Herbin blue-blacks have revived my blue-black interest however.


  2. I am luxuriating in Organics Studio Foggy Bottom Sepia


  3. I have been on a green phase for quite some time, and i have a couple of pens inked with green inks (actually by Sailor). Now, just yesterday I (re)discovered the “very rare” Parker Quink in blue.

    I stopped buying inks months ago, but nonetheless this discovery of a very nice blue hue made me feel a bit silly. So, I might be using a regular blue for some time.

    Thanks for keeping your blog in such a good shape.



    • Like you, Bruno, I rediscovered blue though it was several months ago. Funny how a color or ink seems so new when it reappears.

      Thanks for the compliment. It’s always good to hear that someone is enjoying Inkophile. 🙂



  4. I am Sepianista too. It is hard to cheat on your favorite ink, takes force, but if you do a new project it helps. 🙂


  5. I have a little stash of ink samples so I end up using ones I haven’t used before. Normally I look for colours that I think will be lovely (blues, purples, yellows, reds and oranges) and use those first and leave less desirable colours (black, brown, green, pink) for the last. This criteria may have to change as I’ve had some pleasant and some not so pleasant surprises.


    • Lesley, isn’t it amazing how an ink can look boring one day and exciting the next? It’s a good thing we have so many choices and it won’t break the bank to indulge in collecting a zillion samples. Okay, so it’s a cheap thrill of sorts but for a color-lover, it’s great fun.



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