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    Default Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    I am so bland that I get one ink I like and I never change. Currently I have 2 blues (Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro and Waterman Serenity Blue) and a Parker black. However, reading and looking at the ink reviews y'all do has got me to try out out inks..... I got several Robert Oster samples True blue, Bishop to King etc. This could be dangerous....... :-)

    Thanks to everyone that has done an ink review, I appreciate getting pushed out of my comfort zone.

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    Default Re: Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    It can be an expensive path to go down. Good luck with your new inks.
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    Default Re: Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    But no matter how crazy you go with trying new inks, remember to keep a core supply of reliable predictable inks. Laura hit the nail on the head: https://fountainpenfollies.com/2019/...e-ten-rules/2/

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    Default Re: Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    After buying more ink than I will use, I finally realized that the way to try inks without going bankrupt is samples.

    Anyway, having a go to ink is invaluable. Waterman Serenity Blue is absolute magic. I've yet to find a pen it doesn't work in. Heck, it improves every pen I use it in.

    I just happen to hate plain blue inks as it reminds me of ballpoints (involuntary shudder).

    Robert Oster (Carbon Fire) was one of our recent Mystery Inks and all the participants were super impressed with it. It behaves splendidly and works perfectly in a ridiculously wide array of pens.

    I am really curious if their other inks are this good. I've also tried Pinky (Pinkie?) and it is a really nice pink/fuscia ink that I got for my kid. The few times I wrote with it I was impressed.

    Anyway best wishes in your ink exploration. Be sure to share what you find

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    I only use Waterman inks in my vintage collection. I bought a violet ink and didn't care for the color initially, but have decided it is dark enough for most of my business needs and looks great for letters and addressing needs. It's just enough different to be interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    But no matter how crazy you go with trying new inks, remember to keep a core supply of reliable predictable inks. Laura hit the nail on the head: https://fountainpenfollies.com/2019/...e-ten-rules/2/
    Thanks for promoting this summary.

    Unfortunately, saying those same things on message boards draws a lot hate and discontent. That doesn’t make the advice less true or valuable though.

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    Default Re: Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    After buying more ink than I will use, I finally realized that the way to try inks without going bankrupt is samples.

    Anyway, having a go to ink is invaluable. Waterman Serenity Blue is absolute magic. I've yet to find a pen it doesn't work in. Heck, it improves every pen I use it in.

    I just happen to hate plain blue inks as it reminds me of ballpoints (involuntary shudder).

    Robert Oster (Carbon Fire) was one of our recent Mystery Inks and all the participants were super impressed with it. It behaves splendidly and works perfectly in a ridiculously wide array of pens.

    I am really curious if their other inks are this good. I've also tried Pinky (Pinkie?) and it is a really nice pink/fuscia ink that I got for my kid. The few times I wrote with it I was impressed.

    Anyway best wishes in your ink exploration. Be sure to share what you find
    You might like Waterman Tender Purple. I didn't at first, but I do now. Its dark enough for everyday use for my job and pleasure. Waterman is my only ink. I prefer the wetness is provides my vintage Esterbrook collection.

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    Well I am happy to say I have finished with my first sample size ink - Oster's Bishop to King. I was skeptical at first, but I love it. I think I'm going to move on to True Blue next, or maybe Carbon Fire........

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    Carbon fire is wonderful and was a big hit as one of our mystery inks.

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    Default Re: Dipping my toe in the new ink arena

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    After buying more ink than I will use, I finally realized that the way to try inks without going bankrupt is samples.
    This is where I've landed as well. I've purchased plenty of full bottles of ink, only to fall out and not like them any longer. It's a waste. Per mL a full bottle is cheaper than samples, but that assumes you ever actually finish off a full bottle of ink before finding a new favorite. There are so many inks on the market that you can bounce from one sample vial to the next and never run out of options. By the time you find the end of the inkiverse you'll be ready to run through it again and rediscover inks you'd forgotten about.

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