Sugna on FPN has posted a survey about fountain pen ink with a drawing for a bottle of Montblanc JFK Navy Blue. The survey is for academic purposes and should take less than two minutes to complete. Wanna play along?
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It was a very weird week, but I did find some good stuff to share…
- This Pen Lets You Draw In 16 Million Colors That Could Be Found In Real-Life (h/t David Isaacson)
- The Cramped: Fountain Pen Guide for the Left-Handed Writer
- The Unroyal Warrent review of Montblanc Permanent Grey Ink and the Pilot Custom 743FA
- Epicurious: Quick Breakfasts
- Father Time can suck it. Dick Van Dyke Dancing In A Store At Age 88:
vine.co/v/MdDahpt9ExI— via Denis Leary (@denisleary)
- 60 Rare Photos (h/t Kevin Sorbo)
- Space Travel’s Future
- How to pronounce the name “Moleskine”?
Montblanc is expanding its ink offering to more permanent colors with the addition of a blue and a black that are iron gall based. Given the new ink is intended for use in MB pens, these inks ought to be relatively safe in any fountain pen.
Midnight Blue is being reformulated to a less permanent version. If you like the current Midnight Blue, stock up now. Inventory is already running low at many stores. Expect the new inks to be on the shelves in the next month or so.
For those who are not familiar with iron gall, read So What’s The Deal With Iron Gall Ink? Montblanc has a good record of producing trouble-free ink and the new releases are not likely to disappoint. Especially where Noodler’s is not readily available, the new MB inks could be just the thing when permanence is critical.
Sometimes the inks in my rotation do a little ink dance in my daily journal. The steps consist of the ink name plus a doodle that shows the ink color to good advantage.
My most recent ink and pen duos were chosen at random and include a few favorites plus several inks that warranted testing in pens different from their last outings. None of those former couples were wedded but rather suffered ill-fated flings. Time to be a bit more successful at matchmaking.
To my surprise and without planning, my rotation took on the colors of autumn. I have no idea how that happened but the result is quite pleasing.
Pens in order from top to bottom:
- Pelikan M215, custom cursive italic
- Levenger True Writer, Masuyama stub
- Lamy Safari, custom fine cursive italic
- Levenger True Writer, Masuyama cursive italic
- Namiki Falcon (resin), Soft Fine
- Pilot Elite Socrates pocket pen, Fine
- Levenger True Writer, Fine
- Lamy AL-Star, Oblique Broad
- Lamy Vista, 1.1mm italic
- Lamy AL-Star, custom fine italic
Notes: Montblanc Racing Green has been discontinued and Noodler’s FPN Dumas Tulipe Noire was a limited edition release. Noodler’s #41 Brown is the original formulation – not the one currently available. The Pilot pocket pen was made in 1976 but all of the other pens are current models. The paper is Strathmore Windpower Sketch. It’s a bit toothy for fountain pens but excellent for swabs and doodles.
Some inks make it into my rotation based on just one characteristic. Not that these beauties don’t possess other stellar qualities but the inks on this list make it for color alone.
- Noodler’s Ottoman Azure – Greenish blue. Flows well in fine nibs.
- Noodler’s Eel Blue – Medium dark blue. Very lubricating. Piston fillers.
- Diamine Royal Blue – Medium blue. Shows well in broad nibs.
- Iroshizuku syo-ro – Soft greenish blue. Good in all pens.
- Diamine Mediterranean Blue – Bright sky/ocean blue. Broad nibs.
- Iroshizuku ku-jaku – Dark turquoise. Free-flowing.
- Montblanc Racing Green – Very dark green. Shades beautifully.
- Noodler’s Zhivago – Very dark green. Looks black at times.
- J. Herbin Vert Empire – Muted green.
- Diamine Emerald – Medium green.
- Iroshizuku shin-ryoku – Blue green with good flow.
- Diamine Violet – Purple that flows very well. Perfect for wide nibs.
- Caran d’Ache Storm – Grayed red-purple.
- De Atramentis Aubergine – Non-bright purple.
- Diamine Sepia – Orange brown. Shades and outlines.
- Noodler’s #41 Brown – Dark brown.
- Noodler’s Golden Brown – Yellow brown. Shades.
- Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan – Somewhat pale yellow brown. Shades.
- J. Herbin Lie de The – Medium dark brown.
- Noodler’s Cayenne – Orange red.
- Diamine Vermillion – Red orange.
- Noodler’s Apache Sunset – Intense orange. Excellent shading.
- Noodler’s Red-Black – Dark red with strong black element. Shades.
- Diamine Monaco Red – Dull red.
- Noodler’s Tiananmen – Brick red.
- Rohrer & Klingner Solferino – Dark, rich, pink-purple. Great flow.
- Rohrer & Klingner Magenta – Slightly muted magenta.
- Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses – Deep burgundy.
- Iroshizuku tsuki-yo – Greenish blue-black. Good flow.
- Waterman Blue-Black – Unsaturated blue-black. Very safe ink.
- Diamine Teal – Saturated greenish blue-black. Best on quality paper.
- Noodler’s Lexington Gray – Dark gray.
- Noodler’s Black – Basic black. Reliable.
- J. Herbin Perle Noire – Very black. Good coverage.
- Sailor Deep Rust Black – Brown black. Good flow.
Yes, the list is long but only a few inks go into pens at one time. What’s on your list?
Note: Links are to previous Inkophile mentions and reviews.
If you haven’t visited FPN recently, they’ve expanded and made it easier to find things that will surely appeal to an inkophile.
Just for fun here are a few of my favorite inks. Note that the swatches are imperfect and a bit pale. Even so these inks are awfully pretty and frequently in my rotation.
It’s that time of year again. The Inkophile blog is now 3 years old as is Inkophile on Twitter. My participation at Fountain Pen Network will reach the five year milestone in a few days. Gosh, that sounds old at least on the Internet. Is there a comparable in dog years?
During this time the number of available ink colors has grown enormously which bodes well for people who love fountain pens. While some companies have retired colors that were peerless, others have come out with ones that are unique. The biggest loser is Montblanc who discontinued Racing Green. The biggest winner is Pilot with its Iroshizuku line. Sailor created the Kobe line but only for market in Japan so that’s a no gain. Platinum has released a line called Mix Free that is aimed at those who want to mix their own colors but it hasn’t reached the U.S. yet though it could arrive early summer. It may not be a game changer but it certainly will thrill those with a creative urge or want a one-of-a-kind color.
Virtually every ink manufacturer has at least a few new colors especially Diamine and Noodler’s. Then there are the recently released Pelikan Edelstein inks. The bottle is very attractive but the ink has yet to win over the pen community though amongst the samples sent by Pear Tree, Topaz and Ruby look promising.
Is the marketplace getting overcrowded? Perhaps. It may take a distinguishing characteristic or marketing campaign to become a standout product in future. Well, unless the ink is a standout on its own. That’s where Pilot made a breakthrough. With a premium ink that delivers in every respect including a beautiful bottle and handsome packaging, Iroshizuku has set the bar high for future luxury products.
There is less news at the economy end. Noodler’s remains the best value for money especially with colors that can tolerate a little dilution. The colorful and often amusing labels make up for the no-frills bottle that helps keep the cost of packaging down. Never at a loss for ink colors or colorful names, Nathan Tardiff continues to add to his line with no end in sight. All to the good for ink lovers.
There are so many new pens on the market you probably know more about them than I do. The only recent additions to my collection are a couple of Noodler’s pens that perform at a level commensurate with their prices. Not new but new to me was a pink Platinum Preppy, a gift from The Pear Tree Pen Company. At the price point, this steel nib is a steal.
Of course there are always new paper products. Rumor has it the revamped Quo Vadis Habana may prove to be the best new item for fountain pen users. The off-white color and narrow line spacing are similar to Moleskine but it has the paper quality necessary to control fountain pen ink. This sounds promising but I haven’t seen it myself.
Despite the economic challenges of the last few years, companies continue to provide pen people with new products. All to the good for a three-year-old inkophile.