Today Luxury Brands announced a new iron-gall ink from Platinum called Classic Ink that will begin shipping the end of February. MSRP will be $25 for a 60 ml bottle.
To quote Platinum:
Fountain pen inks that are produced using traditional methods have many times been replaced with an ink that is made by mixing dye inks due to their time-consuming production techniques. Meanwhile, Platinum Pen is currently the only company in Japan that manufactures blue black ink in a classic way. The ink color that is bright when you start writing becomes gradually black. It is also highly water resistant and suitable for permanent preservation. This time, we have paid close attention to the process of changes in color of the classic ink, and have released six new colors with the aim to enhance the joy of using fountain pens. Emphasis on the shading has been placed, offering a rich deep writing.
Kinda gives new meaning to “fade to black”.
The colors are attractive and shading is always an interesting property. My Platinum pens are excited to have a new mate or two. Not that they require special ink, but they have performed extremely well with Platinum inks and I anticipate no less with the Classic line. Whenever I get an opportunity to put one of them to the test, I will post the results.
Bruno Taut has the backstory if you would like to know more.
Caveat or not
A number of years ago, I wrote a post about iron-gall ink voicing mild uncertainty about whether it would be a high maintenance product. In the intervening years, it has proven to be on par with other inks. However, good pen hygiene is always the best policy to keep fountain pens happy and minimize cleaning time.