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So I thought that today I would share a little ink comparison I did the other day. I used to think that all black ink are pretty much the same. Boy, was I wrong! The inks are: the Daiso sumi ink with a white cap, the Daiso sumi ink with a yellow cap, the Winsor & Newton black India ink, and the Kuretake black sumi ink 60. All recommendations from calligrafiends @sowinlove @teppiazali @joychong @phoenixfeatherscalligraphy. Thank you!
The W&N one was the very first one I bought at the art store when I picked up my first set of pointed nibs. I went through half the bottle in less than a month. At 14ml, it is the smallest bottle of ink I have and I got it for about ¥340. It is waterproof when it dries but it kind of has an odd sheen to to it. I also found that it doesn't work on all types of paper that I normally use and takes a while to dry.
Next, I was introduced to the Daiso sumi ink with the white cap. I was so excited to hear that I could get a cheaper option with a bigger bottle! Also, I haven't had any trouble with it bleeding on paper so far. Since I got it at the Daiso in Japan, it was ¥100 for a 180ml bottle.
When I posted the pic of the white capped Daiso sumi ink, someone recommended the one with the yellow cap as well. Of course, I had to go try it! Same price, same capacity. And it works on all my paper. In my personal opinion, I feel that the yellow one is a tad smoother to write with and that is dries a bit faster than the white. For practice, I use both the white and yellow.
I got the Kuretake black sumi ink from Amazon on Monday. It was ¥540 for a 60ml bottle. This is officially THE black ink for me. It's smooth like the Daiso sumi inks, it's very fast drying and its waterproof so I can add watercolor over it. So there you have it, my very lengthy ink comparison!

A comparison between Akkerman 15 Voorhout Violet and Montblanc Lavender Purple. Read all about it on the blog!
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Ink Challenge 2017-155: G.O.A.T. Inks 01.
I was asked to make a post on the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) inks by @gourmetpens and @sbrebrown
Since I love quite some inks very much, I thought about it since December 2016. Now finally I come up with a feasible way of doing this.
I will make a GOAT post once a month of a color family with a maximum of three inks that are dear to me. I will do a writing sample, a swap and a splatter test.
This month I kick off with the following reddish purple inks:
1. Pilot Iroshizuku - Murasaki Shikibu (2016-112)
2. Montblanc - Lavender Purple (2016-186)
3. BunguBox - L'Amant (2016-025)
For detailed pictures you can swipe and for the mini reviews you can look at the entries from last year.
All are shading and sheening inks. The Murasaki Shikibu is the most neutral purple in color, shading and sheen. The L'Amant is the reddest most sheen and shading, but also most rare and expensive of the three inks.
It may however be the starting point for my next personal mix.
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I think there is similarity between Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Green and Iroshizuku Shin-ryoku. They're both well saturated and have great shading; Shin-ryoku is a bit more blue. Tested with Pilot Metropolitans with fine nibs, and with a Noodler's Konrad and Jinhao x750 with Goulet 1.1 mm stub nibs, on Rhodia paper. #inkcomparison #inktest #greenink #pelikan4001 #brilliantgreen #iroshizuku #shinryoku #fountainpens #pilotmetropolitan #noodlerskonrad #jinhaox750 #frankenpen #gouletnib #rhodia #rhodiadotpad #gouletpens #wendywander7

A little ink comparison here to show the similarities of KWZ Standard Honey vs Old Gold. Really similar, and it'd be hard to tell with writing. Probably don't need both in my collection, but brown inks just really appeal to me. Hope this helps someone out there!
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Comparison of the regular blue black vs the vintage blue black of Zebra Sarasa Clip

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Ink Comparison: Sailor Dark Reds (Burgundies, Maroons, Bordeauxs etc.) – see link in profile! ✑

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Ink Challenge 2017-178: 1:1 Dutch Masters Comparison.
On request of @jacobpelleman who makes amazing sketches with brown inks mainly , I made today's ink comparison. It is between two of the new P. W. Akkerman Dutch Masters inks:
1. No. 01 - Cerulean Blauw van Vermeer, and
2. No. 05 - Israel's Zeeblauw
In the slides the different aspects of the inks can be found. Slide 2 is the writing sample with an Edison Steel B nib, in slide 3 a cotton swab sample is used, slide 4 is the way my triangles are normally built up to try to get the shading and layering into view, and slides 5 and 6 show the shading flow and 1:1 color difference in more detail.
The Vermeer is a real blue, but not too bright or too dark. The Zeeblauw has a hint of green, and shows some sheen. Both have a near equal amount of shading, maybe a bit more prominent in the Vermeer, and the flow of the Zeeblauw is better. Also the dry time is a little longer for the Zeeblauw.
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Comparison of the regular blue black vs the vintage blue black of Zebra Sarasa Clip

Ink Challenge 2017-174: Oxidizing Citrus fruit inks.
Today's comparison is compiled of three inks that are named after Citrus fruits, and oxidize as soon as they dry. The inks are:
1. KWZ Ink - IG Mandarin
2. KWZ Ink - IG Orange
3. Platinum Classic Ink - Citrus Black
The Mandarin start as a nice orange and turns brown.
The Orange doesn't really look orange any moment. It is more a lime like color turning darker green.
The Citrus Black is a light yellow ink that has a great lime green color at it's end stage.
The shading is hard to find in the Mandarin, it comes through a bit with the orange, but is definitely there with the Citrus black.
The flow is best with the KWZ Inks, but fair enough with the Platinum, it may also look less due to the lightcolor.
My favorite of the three is the Citrus black, but I do like the effect in all three.
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Not exactly a battle - just a quick comparison ⬅️ Diamine Majestic Purple in a Parker 51 vs. Rohrer & Klingner Solferino in a Jinhao 992. Maruman Mnemosyne 197 memo pad #fountainpen #penaddict #inkporn #stationery #parkerpen #parker51 #vacumatic #stub #gregminuskin #jinhao992 #diamine #majesticpurple #rohrerandklingner #solferino #maruman #mnemosyne #memopad #purpleink #inkcomparison

Ink Challenge 2017-169: Emerald ink comparison.
In the comparison three inks are used that look very different from one another, but are named after the same gemstone: Emerald. The inks used are:
1. P. W. Akkerman (Dutch Masters 02) - Dou's Emerald Groen
2. Diamine - Emerald
3. J. Herbin (1670) - Chivor Emerald
The gemstone has a color range from a blue-green to yellow-green. The Chivor Emerald comes closest to the blue-green with it's almost turquoise color, the Dou's Emerald Green is a moss/seaweed greyish green and the Diamine is going a bit towards the yellow green side. It is nice to see the three different shades in the inks, that can also be found in natural gemstones.
All three inks have some shading, the most in the Chivor Emerald. This ink is also special due to the glitter and the prominent red sheen. The Akkerman ink also has a very nice red sheen but not as much as the Chivor Emerald.
The Diamine is the driest of the three inks, but still has a reasonable flow. The Chivor is the wettest ink.
My favorite is the Chivor Emerald, except when I clean the pens. It takes some extra effort!
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Some more splatter play... I mixed up my last sample drops of Diamine Beau Blue with Diamine China Blue and added a bit of sparkle to it with Perfect Pearl mint and now have the perfect ink for my TWSBI Al Turquoise :) .
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The ink splattering continues...Diamine China Blue. A plain washable blue in a pen, but a spectacular splatter.
#inkophile #inkcomparison #FPN #fountainpennetwork #FPGeeks #diaminechinablue #inksample #inksplat #inksplatter #thepollockeffect #bluehues #mondayblues

In a conversation yesterday with Frank from @fontoplumo we were discussing ink swabs and how they show/should show the properties of an ink. And in my opinion an ink splat shows more what the ink can do than a swab. Also it's more exciting to look at, don't you think? 😊 This is Diamine Beau Blue. Not all that exciting in a pen, but look at that splat 😍 So splat vs swab, what say you #FPGeeks ?
#inkophile #inkcomparison #inksplat #FPN #fountainpennetwork #fountainpenink #splatter #splats #spatters #thepollockeffect

Ink Challenge 2017-165: Sunset ink comparison.
In the sunset ink challenge I used three inks that are named after the sunset. These inks are:
1. Noodler's Ink: Apache Sunset
2. Pilot Iroshizuku: Yu-Yake
3. Diamine: Sunset
All three inks are a good shading orange with nice flow.
The Apache Sunset has a brownish undertone that makes this a more unique ink than the other three. The Yu-Yake is a light true orange, while the Diamine is a darker orange.
They all represent a different part of the sunset, and for me they do represent the theme that they are named after.
The best ink is the Apache sunset, just because it has the best shading and color differences in the writing.
#ink #fpink #fpgeek #fpgeeks #noodlersink #apachesunset #pilotiroshizuku #pilotiroshizukuink #yuyake #diamine #diamineink #inkaddict #inkcomparison #inkchallenge2017

Comparing Saffron inks. On the left Stipula Saffron in Namiki Falcon medium and on the right Caran d'Ache colors of the earth saffron in Momiji leafs in night sky by @18111com Maybe the ink sample you have @inquisitivequill could be stippula saffron?
#saffrons #inkophile #mettameditation #mindfulmusings #writtenmeditation #lovingkindness #FPN #FPGeeks #fountainpennetwork #rockyourhandwriting #penmanship #handwriting #cursive #inkcomparison

Ink Challenge 2017-160: Diamine - Ruby
One of the newest additions to my collection of Diamine inks is the Ruby ink. This is a flat finished medium dark oxigen-rich blood red ink.
With a Ruby I tend to think of a brighter red than I got with this ink. That is because I normally see the polished gemstones in my mind. When you look at the raw stones, that can be colored pink to blood-red due to a variety in a chromium-aluminium oxide content.
The color of the ink is a decent red, but by far not my favorite red from Diamine. The flow is about average as is the dry time.

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Ink Challenge 2017-162: Ruby Red Ink comparison
In the Ruby Red ink comparison I used the following three inks:
1. Diamine - Ruby
2. Robert Oster Signature - Rubine
3. Pelikan Edelstein - Ruby
Just like the gemstone, the color of the inks used range from a pink (Pelikan) to a deep blood red (Diamine and Robert Oster). All have their share of shading, but it is the most prominent with the Pelikan and the Robert Oster. Only the last one also shows a bit of sheen when it is aplied as a wet patch.
From these three the Robert Oster is the clear winner, since it looks the most like the color that I associate with a ruby, but also the bit of sheen and the shading.
#ink #fpink #fpgeek #fpgeeks #inklover #inkaddict #inkreview #inkcomparison #inkchallenge2017 #diamine #diamineink #robertoster #pelikanedelstein

One artists suggested to dilute Speedball ink with water to get gray (duh! It did not even occur to me!). It creates very interesting thin and thick mixture.
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Testing of my 3 favorite inks:
1)Speedball India Ink
2)Noodler's Lexington Gray
3)Super5's Frankfurt

1) is darkest black, dries so fast, can create interesting smudge because it's dryness
2) very light gray, reacts very differently according to papers
3) between 1 and 2. Has very warm brownish undertone in color
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Ink Challenge 2017-158: Washable Blues
In today's ink comparison I used two washable blues and a washed out or watered down blue ink. The inks used are:
1. Diamine - Washable Blue
2. P. W. Akkerman no. 00 - Royal Akkerman Blue
3. Montblanc - Miles Davis
The Akkerman ink is the darkest of the three, and was not part of the original Akkerman set. It was added later, sence at P. W. Akkerman they wanted a washable blue ink in their line-up. I t then got number 00.
The Montblanc ink is the lightest by far, and is not liked by many ink enthousiasts. I on the other hand do like the ink, and used it quite frequently. This is the watered down blue ink.
All three inks show a small to decent amount of shading. The Royal Akkerman Blauw also shows a good amount of sheen.
For me the choice for the best ink is not very hard, it is the Miles Davis ink. Why? Because it it a nice light blue ink that has a pastel look, and is usable for creating dreamy atmospheres. The other two are more standard blue inks.
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Top: de Atramentis black edition blue; bottom: KWZi northern twilight (Scriptus 2016 - Toronto pen show special edition). Very similar in appearance. Flow: the KWZ is a bit wetter (both are on the wet side). Waterfastness: bl. ed. blue is permanent or close, the northern twilight washes away easily
#fountainpenink #blue #darkblue #blackeditionblue #northerntwilight #deatramentis #kwz #kwzink #inkcomparison

Ink Challenge 2017-155: G.O.A.T. Inks 01.
I was asked to make a post on the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) inks by @gourmetpens and @sbrebrown
Since I love quite some inks very much, I thought about it since December 2016. Now finally I come up with a feasible way of doing this.
I will make a GOAT post once a month of a color family with a maximum of three inks that are dear to me. I will do a writing sample, a swap and a splatter test.
This month I kick off with the following reddish purple inks:
1. Pilot Iroshizuku - Murasaki Shikibu (2016-112)
2. Montblanc - Lavender Purple (2016-186)
3. BunguBox - L'Amant (2016-025)
For detailed pictures you can swipe and for the mini reviews you can look at the entries from last year.
All are shading and sheening inks. The Murasaki Shikibu is the most neutral purple in color, shading and sheen. The L'Amant is the reddest most sheen and shading, but also most rare and expensive of the three inks.
It may however be the starting point for my next personal mix.
#inkchallenge2017 #inkcomparison #ink #fpink #fpgeek #fpgeeks

Ink Challenge 2017-153: Yellow Orange ink comparison day 2.
Today I compare the ROS Peach with two old favorites in yellow orange color family. The inks are:
1. Robert Oster Signature - Peach
2. Sailor Jentle Ink (old series) - Yellow Orange
3. Rohrer & Klingner - Helianthus
The Sailor and Helianthus are very close to one another in color, but a lot lighter than the Peach. Of these two the Sailor shows more shading than the Helianthus. The Peach shows even more though.
The Peach is also more legible than the other two inks, and is therefore my favorite for today.
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Ink Challenge 2017-152: Yellow/Orange ink comparison day 1.
In the first of two days of comparing the Tobert Oster Peach to two other yellow orange inks I used the following inks:
1. Robert Oster - Peach
2. de Atramentis - Mahatma Gandhi
3. Diamine - Sunshine Yellow
The Peach and Sunshine Yellow are new inks in my collection, but great additions nonetheless. They both show some great shading which I missed in my often used Mahatma Gandhi. None of the inks show any sheen.
In color I like the Mahatma Gandhi the best, it is a fresh and punchy yellow orange, while the Sunshine Yellow is a bit lighter and the Peach has a slight touch of brown.
Still I stand by my old favorite today, because the color is more important to me with this color family than the shading.
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