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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Aurora is my favorite black (Private Reserve Velvet Black is very close) but I don't find it particularly fast-drying. I think that's an issue with a lot of heavily saturated inks, they tend to take a bit longer.

    I will +1 Perle Noire, and add on Diamine Eclipse.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Though I only have one black ink, I think the Noodler's Heart of Darkness looks great from my Custom 92 fine.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by wangminze View Post
    Though I only have one black ink, I think the Noodler's Heart of Darkness looks great from my Custom 92 fine.
    What kind of dying times do you get on good paper?

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    Default Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wangminze View Post
    Though I only have one black ink, I think the Noodler's Heart of Darkness looks great from my Custom 92 fine.
    What kind of dying times do you get on good paper?
    Clairefontaine Triomphe 90g
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1430875654.519131.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1430875805.732734.jpg
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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    Don't need waterproof so I'll check out Aurora. Is Noodler's just as good but ALSO waterproof?
    No. I only use Noodlers black for things like envelope addressing, postcards, etc, where the possibility of water damage to the writing can occur. Otherwise:

    AURORA BLACK
    IS THE ONLY TRULY
    INCREDIBLE BLACK INK
    EVER CREATED IN THE
    HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE
    FOR FOUNTAIN PENS
    AND YOU WILL NEVER
    NEED ANOTHER BLACK INK
    UNLESS IT NEEDS TO
    BE WATERPROOF.
    FULL STOP.

    So John, I think what you're saying -- and please correct me if I'm wrong here, because sometimes I don't always get the signals right -- is that you kind of like Aurora black?

    P.S. Platinum Carbon Black: perfectly rock-solid waterproof, deep dark black, doesn't feather. De Atramentis Document Black: perfectly waterproof, not quite as black, dries decently quickly, a little more flow than the Platinum. Sailor Kira-gawa (sp? Their pigment black): deeply black, flows readily, not as water-resistant at the other two. The Platinum and Sailor inks are much cheaper ordered directly from Japan via Amazon or Ebay. (My latest bottle of Sailor black cost me $12 + shipping, and it's close to $30 on Jetpens.)
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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by wangminze View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by wangminze View Post
    Though I only have one black ink, I think the Noodler's Heart of Darkness looks great from my Custom 92 fine.
    What kind of dying times do you get on good paper?
    Clairefontaine Triomphe 90g
    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1430875654.519131.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1430875805.732734.jpg
    Thanks for that test! You've got me wanting to do a similar yest on my x-feather now so I have a baseline :-)

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Well here's my test.
    Pen: Pilot Custom Heritage 92, Fine
    Ink: Noodler's X-Feather
    Paper: Staples "Sustainable Earth" Notebook (sugarcane fiber)



    I would say that FULL dry time is 1 minute, although it's pretty darn close at 45 seconds. Some lines still smear like CRAZY at 30 seconds though. Based on this, the HOD is a marked improvement in dry time.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Wow. That drying test of X-Feather is revealing. Especially because I use Staples Sustainable Earth paper, and I am under the impression that most of my inks dry more quickly on that paper. I see why you are looking for a different ink.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    It does seem a long drying time.

    Is that a Fine nib I see in your PCH 92 now?

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    Default Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    You are very welcome.
    What kind of paper is the Staples Sustainable Earth? I couldn't find any cheaper good paper so I bought the HP inkjet paper and copied lines into it.
    Anyways, if the X-Feather really does a good job on normal 75g paper, then I'd go with that just because then I wouldn't have to go through through the trouble of dealing with which paper to buy.
    And yes Chrissy, both of us have the fine nib.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    It does seem a long drying time.

    Is that a Fine nib I see in your PCH 92 now?
    Sure is! Arrived Monday like you said and I adore it! That's why I'm trying to find a good ink because I think this is my new favorite pen!

    Did the medium nib arrive yet? Guess not yet...

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Well GouletPens is low on black ink samples so I just ordered the following from AndersonPens:

    Aurora Black
    Noodler's Borealis
    Noodler's Heart of Darkness

    Can't wait to try them out! Thanks everyone!

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    It does seem a long drying time.

    Is that a Fine nib I see in your PCH 92 now?
    Sure is! Arrived Monday like you said and I adore it! That's why I'm trying to find a good ink because I think this is my new favorite pen!

    Did the medium nib arrive yet? Guess not yet...
    It arrived safe and sound, just after my post. Thank you.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    It does seem a long drying time.

    Is that a Fine nib I see in your PCH 92 now?
    Sure is! Arrived Monday like you said and I adore it! That's why I'm trying to find a good ink because I think this is my new favorite pen!

    Did the medium nib arrive yet? Guess not yet...
    It arrived safe and sound, just after my post. Thank you.
    Boy o boy! I was so worried after all of our postage discussion. Enjoy! The medium is smoother than the fine (to be expected) but the fine is the PERFECT WIDTH for me and it also feels great.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Ink samples have arrived! Too bad I left my pens at work over the weekend :-(

    Tests and results coming on Monday!

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Ink samples arrived today!

    Here's a drying time comparison:


    Writing Comparison:


    Borealis Black:


    Heart of Darkness:


    Aurora Black:


    Heart of Darkness was the fastest drying, Borealis was the darkest, but Aurora is my favorite! Even on good FP-friendly paper, both Noodlers inks spread and feathered, you can see this quite clearly on a Post It note which is used in the yellow pics above. The Aurora kept the thinnest line and doesn't seem to spread or feather at all on good paper and only a little on cheaper paper. The drying time of the Aurora, while not excellent, is still much better than the X-Feather.

    In summary, I'm going to order a bottle of Aurora Black.

    Thanks for all of the tips and suggestions everyone!

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    I agree. Aurora black is my favorite black as well.
    I also find it more waterproof than Montblanc Permanent Black (also a good black) without any such claim to be found anywhere.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    You might also get a bottle of Pelikan black.
    I have both Waterman and Pelikan black inks. When I get a new pen, I match up the flow characteristic of the pen to the flow characteristic of the ink. Waterman is wet and goes into dry pens, and Pelikan is dry and goes into wet pens.
    I think the Aurora is wetter than Waterman.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    For all papers, Noodlers black. For FP friendly paper, HOD. If you don't care if it washes away, Aurora.

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    Default Re: Ink Suggestion (everyday black; dark, quick-drying)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry000g View Post
    For all papers, Noodlers black. For FP friendly paper, HOD. If you don't care if it washes away, Aurora.
    Aurora Black is actually pretty darn water resistant. Some of the dye washes away, but enough remains to be perfectly legible, even after soaking.

    There are a lot of ordinary black inks that are the same way, to be honest.

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