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    Thumbs up Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Yes everyone knows this to be:
    the most plain vanilla, the school ink of choice, the friend of all children, the lover of all pens, the terror of the laundry room....
    PELIKAN 4001 Königsblau (Royal Blue)


    This was the main ink during my childhood, my mom used to buy 1L bottles of it for all of us and I used it all through college.
    It is a boring color, but it was the only ink that was erased by the tinten-killer pens.
    Not water resistant (actually very washable as any mother can attest) and tends to fade over time, especially in cheap notebooks with acidic papers or when exposed to sunlight.

    To me, over the years, it has not lost it appeal for simplicity, subdued color and smoothness
    PLUS it is the safest ink for any fountain pen!

    This ink shows some shading in broad nibs, dries relatively quickly and just works

    This cartridge came in a Moka pen, that I bought recently and it was like finding an old friend, no words needed to be exchanged to be comfortable

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Thanks for bringing up the memories. My own poison for many years was Quink Washable Blue - boring, fading but washable. I gave it up as soon as I realized that there were more inks in the world (especially the Penman series). Nowadays I am redeveloping an interest in the lighter inks but only in juicy pens with broad nibs (shading potential). The fading remains an unforgivable shortcoming, though.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    I have to admit that the basic inks have a place on my shelf. I almost always have a bottle of Parker Quink in black and I have used Pelikan 4001 (black and blue-black) a lot, still do. They behave trouble free in any pen, and are even easy to clean out of a pen that's been left for years. Parker is still in the book stores here and I don't need to order in the mail.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    I have to admit that the basic inks have a place on my shelf. I almost always have a bottle of Parker Quink in black and I have used Pelikan 4001 (black and blue-black) a lot, still do. They behave trouble free in any pen, and are even easy to clean out of a pen that's been left for years. Parker is still in the book stores here and I don't need to order in the mail.
    exactly

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    I like this one. I tend to use the basic inks (Waterman Mysterious Blue and Waterman Serenity Blue) in my older pens. I like those colors still.
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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Always good to have some bottles in stock.
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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Thanks for this review of an ink I have long forgotten.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Quote Originally Posted by a_v_l View Post
    Thanks for bringing up the memories. My own poison for many years was Quink Washable Blue - boring, fading but washable. I gave it up as soon as I realized that there were more inks in the world (especially the Penman series). Nowadays I am redeveloping an interest in the lighter inks but only in juicy pens with broad nibs (shading potential). The fading remains an unforgivable shortcoming, though.
    Let me guess...you're European?
    Over here, we had to use this ink. I pretty much used this ink for a decade, possibly more. The moment I realized there are more inks than this, I never wanted to use this ink again in my life

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    Quote Originally Posted by arrow View Post
    I have to admit that the basic inks have a place on my shelf. I almost always have a bottle of Parker Quink in black and I have used Pelikan 4001 (black and blue-black) a lot, still do. They behave trouble free in any pen, and are even easy to clean out of a pen that's been left for years. Parker is still in the book stores here and I don't need to order in the mail.
    Quink Black and Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Black are my top two go to inks. I use both for work more than any others.

    I wished Waterman Serenity Blue resisted spills better because it is such a joy to use. Maybe a sample of konigsblau is in order.

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    Default Re: Pelikan 4001 - Konigsblau

    No I'm not... However Pelikan was the ink my mother chose... I guess it was cheap
    My grandma loved Pelikan violet and she used that well into the 90s.

    My dad always used Parker's blue black and Sheaffer's black

    Quote Originally Posted by adhoc View Post
    Let me guess...you're European?
    Over here, we had to use this ink. I pretty much used this ink for a decade, possibly more. The moment I realized there are more inks than this, I never wanted to use this ink again in my life
    Unix is user-friendly ; it's just picky about who it's friends are -

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