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    I got a mystery bottle. I ordered PR Midnight Blues, based on a sample that I really liked. But what I got seems much more like PR's American Blue, so I am thinking it was mislabeled by PR. It's nice enough, and people who like true blues would love it. But I was shooting for a blue-black, and it's no blue-black. Working with the vendor to resolve.

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    A friend bought me some vietnamese ink in Hanoi.

    I have found 2 vintage Watermans in a garage sale


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    Default Re: What Are Your Recent Ink Acquisitions?

    Quote Originally Posted by RayCornett View Post
    ...what inks have you acquired lately?
    I'm trying to keep an equilibrium between consumption and acquisition. That is, no new ink until I rinse an empty bottle!

    Fred

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RayCornett View Post
    ...what inks have you acquired lately?
    I'm trying to keep an equilibrium between consumption and acquisition. That is, no new ink until I rinse an empty bottle!

    Fred
    I may not buy any new ink for years if i did that. Wish you well with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caribbean_skye View Post
    I may not buy any new ink for years if i did that. Wish you well with this.
    I could sell or give some away to justify new ink, but I've done a pretty good job of culling lately. I counted what I have left: 62 bottles (including a dozen duplicates of favorites) plus cartridges.

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    Default Re: What Inks Have You Acquired Recently?

    Three Seitz-Kreuznach Colors of Nature ink: Navy Blue, Arctic Blue and Palm Green.


    I'm loving the Navy Blue. Knocks spots off the Montblanc JFK navy blue ink, and is about a fifth of the price.



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    I find the Colors of the Nature to be excellent inks, and for a small price. Surprising!

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    Noodler's Polar Brown. I am a fan of their 'bullet proof' inks and very saturated inks. The Polar Brown is a nice, medium to darker shade of brown. It will shade from the color of this text (on my monitor) to a very dark brown if the line is particularly wet. Seems to flow well but is not a heavily wet ink. I am using it in TWSBI 580 with a Pendleton Brown nib. So it has to flow well to keep up with the wider nib. Seems to do fine. The Polar inks are considered bullet proof, eternal and lubricated. It is designed to not freeze solid when exposed to very cold temperatures though it will probably form a slush. This is so the ink won't expand and burst a bottle or pen. I find writing with it a pleasant experience and it does feel 'smoother' when writing with it. The lubrication is supposed to help with piston mechanisms in fountain pens. I have no trouble with sticking pistons since I lube my pistons with silicon grease. I love piston fountain pens because of the absolute control over ink flow it gives. They can also be 'safed' for carry by turning the nib up and push air out of the pen with the piston. It is advisable to have a paper towel handy when you do this.

    Polar inks are also supposed to penetrate glossy or clay infused papers better. I use 24lb, HP 98% white, Laser Jet paper a lot because it behaves well with fountain pens and costs a lot less than specialty papers like Rhodia. I usually can write on both sides unless I am using a very wet nib. It is a coated paper and this ink does penetrate it immediately. The coating does seems to make the nib drag a bit with most inks. The lubricated Polar Brown is just a tad smoother on this paper with less drag, so maybe the lubrication helps with that. Overall, I find it a very pleasant experience writing with Polar Brown.

    Here are a couple of links on the Polar inks.
    Noodler's Polar Brown

    Noodler's Durable Ink Classification

    With Noodler's inks you need to pay attention to the ink properties. They are formulated for specific purposes and reasons. So it pays to be aware of the 'back story' on the ink before purchase. Noodler's gives you a lot of information and so do blogs. Noodler's inks are heavily saturated. I have read on this forum that the bullet proof property comes from particulates in the ink. I don't know personally if that is so. I have found I can get away with two fillings in my TWSBI 580, then I need to flush the pen to keep a good flow. A small price to pay for the beauty of the saturated colors I think, and for a very durable ink. I have tested the durability myself with a variety of house hold chemicals up to and including bleach.

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    My box of inks from Diamine cleared customs and was waiting for me at the post office today!!!!!!!

    I got Blue Lightning, Brandy Dazzle, and Shimmering Sands, and they threw in a *huge* sample vial of Blue/Black without me asking. I guess I should have asked for another shimmer ink as a sample eh?

    They are gorgeous. I've put Blue Lightning in my Pelikan M200 demo with a 1950s OBB nib and... it's out of this world. Even without shimmer this would be beautiful ink, with shimmer it's over the top.
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    Oh, my. Some of this is not my fault: in an event rare in the history of the universe, my wife wanted to order some inks. So we looked at what she wanted and put some orders out there. It's been spread over a couple of weeks, but new to the house:

    Conway Stewart (Diamine) exclusives:

    - Kingsand (ochre/brown/gold)
    - Tamar (cobalt blue)
    - Edgcumb (dark lavender)

    De Atramentis:

    - Magenta / Violet

    Sailor "Jentle":

    - Kiwa-Guro

    Fun stuff. I also have bottles of the Shimmerabomination Blue Pearl and some vintage Parker "Super Chrome" ink on the way. YAY INK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by migo984 View Post
    Three Seitz-Kreuznach Colors of Nature ink: Navy Blue, Arctic Blue and Palm Green.


    I'm loving the Navy Blue. Knocks spots off the Montblanc JFK navy blue ink, and is about a fifth of the price.



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    Would love to see a photo of the palm green!
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    Oh. I should have specified a photo of a writing sample...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Oh. I should have specified a photo of a writing sample...
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
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    Beautiful color!

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    I've bought all of the Diamine Shimmertastic inks and they arrived at my office on Wednesday. I haven't seen them yet but plan to drop into my office on the weekend to collect them. Can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Oh. I should have specified a photo of a writing sample...

    Ah I see Jon has posted Cyber6's Palm Green pics. If you want more writing samples I'm happy to add some.

    My latest acquisitions: Tsutaya Books Leaf and Tsutaya Books Root. Plus a bottle of Noodler's Dromgoole Blue Steel, thanks to the lovely Caribbean Skye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Oh. I should have specified a photo of a writing sample...


    Beautiful shot--is that red coming to the surface along the edges, especially in the top right?

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    Noodler's #41 Brown; Bulletproof Black; El Lawrence and Bad Blue Heron. Diamine Macassar and Cult Pens/Diamine Deep Dark Orange.
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    Todd is having an ink sale over at isellpens.com so last night I bought:

    Sailor Jentle Blue
    Sailor Jentle Blue-Black
    Diamine Damson
    Diamine Graphite
    Diamine Prussian Blue

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    Two inks in two days, that's fun! First is the one that showed up today, the lovely Blue Pearl, courtesy a FPG member selling inks last week. The funny thing is that I looked at the box and immediately thought of the artistry of Leigh Reyes:



    Next up: yesterday I got a package from another FPG connection, something more for the collection than use. Honestly, I have no idea what pen I'd sacrifice for any use, other than a Hero 616 or something! In all it's corrosive and fabled glory, Parker Super Chrome in Jet Black:



    I'll leave it for new readers to Google the history of this ink and the reasoning behind... not using it. But in looking at materials after I got it, I found a great ad from Life Magazine, June 16, 1947. I tried to preserve as much clarity, so the image is kinda large (opening in a new tab or window will allow you to make it larger to read the fine print). Ink history!

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