At year end making a list of new favorites is easy and there were some beauties in 2015. However, old favorites deserve recognition as well so I made a quick list of the inks that have been in my rotation the longest, some for more than ten years.
- Noodler’s Black – Good for any use including with watercolors.
- Waterman Blue-Black – Safe in vintage flex nibs and good at shading.
- J. Herbin Lie de The – A relatively neutral brown with lovely shading.
- J. Herbin Poussiere de Lune (old formula) – Pretty color and good for flex.
- Diamine Emerald – Muted green that shades very well.
- Diamine Mediterranean Blue – Cheerful color that is outstanding at shading.
- Noodler’s Apache Sunset – The ultimate ink for flex writing.
On reviewing the list, I was surprised to find the group represented the color spectrum so well. All write well on a variety of papers so no worries on that score. Though my notes mention flex and shading, all of these inks perform well with italic nibs. This is simply a group of well-rounded inks that have made the transition from extra-fine nibs to wide nibs as my preferences have evolved. Next time a fresh rotation is in order, this group would make a versatile and reliable foundation.
Matching each to its favorite pen might cause some conflict since the Namiki Falcon is everyones preferred partner. Can’t you just hear the bickering? WBBk doesn’t participate in the competition since its usual mate is the Waterman’s 54. Who am I to argue with perfection?