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    Default Bible Ink Iron gall review

    Bible Ink…
    I was introduced to this ink, by the mighty Swan. Thanks

    It is an iron gall ink sold by the Museum of Guttenberg in Mainz, Germany. They also have a line of Aniline inks, dip pen inks (including a dip pen (quill) iron gall ink), handmade paper, papyri, notebooks etc. Enough that will make stationary junkies salivating.
    However, this all comes with a hitch: the shipping. They use Fedex, so it’s very expensive. Through a happenstance and a mysterious internet glitch, I got hold of this ink, my third iron gall ink after Scabiosa and Salix.
    Photo of bottle - The Herbin bottle is to give an idea of scale - The other inks are dip pen ink bottles
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    Ink
    It’s a true blue black. It oxidizes to a very dark colour over time. With absorbent paper, it turns almost black instantly but with other papers it can retain some of the blue dye. A drop of ink on paper can turn into black, but on a paper towel it is sky blue. It’s waterproof, dry and it has a funky scent. If I didn’t know better, I would say it’s similar to Essri, but as I’ve never used it, I can’t say.

    Closeup of the section of pen, to show off the blue dye
    Section.jpg

    A drop inside Midori
    Drop.jpeg

    I’ve been using this ink for the past month, exclusively. For a long time, I have wondered why people gravitate towards blue blacks. I now understand. I have almost used half of the bottle. If I had only to take one ink with me on a desert island it would be this or something similar. I have almost abandoned all of my other pens and ink.

    • Shading: Yes
    • Ghosting: Rare
    • Bleed through: On copy paper….
    • Flow Rate: Good
    • Lubrication: Dry
    • Nib Dry-out: not noticed.
    • Start-up: No
    • Saturation: Yes.
    • Shading Yes
    • Sheen: No
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Nope
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Sometimes
    • Staining (pen): Easy to clean
    • Clogging: Nope
    • Water resistance: Waterproof
    • Availability: Only in bottle 25ml bottles


    For this review, I used five pens: A Pilot Metro (fine nib), a Jinhao 450 medium nib, A Kaweco knock off with a true Kaweco italic nib, A Conway Stewart 330, with a flexible OB nib, and finally a vintage French pen (Unic) with a wet Noodle flex.
    Writing experience was least pleasant with the Pilot. It truly writes like a nail. Ironically with the Chinese Kaweco knock off when I wrote it with EF wet nib it was more pleasant. It is surprising as with time as the ink turns darker. This ink shines in vintage flex pens. The combination is magical. It feels as if the pens are inhabited by the ink they were meant to write for. It has completely tamed the Unic wet Noodle.

    Video Writing Sample with Unic vintage flex


    Chromatography
    Bible chroma.jpg

    Comparisons with Salix -
    Top line - Salix fude - Middle Bible Ink - Vintage flex- Bottom - Salix medium
    Bible vs Salix - Day 4.jpeg


    The text is from Willis Barnstone's translation of the New Testament.
    Each two lines is written by a different nib:
    Fine/ Medium, OB flex, Italic, Flex wet Noodle.

    Rhodia - Front
    Bible INk - Rhodia - Front.jpg
    Rhodia - Back
    Bible INk - Rhodia - Back.jpg
    Rhodia 3 days later
    Bible - Rhodia - 3days after.jpg
    Watertest - 30 seconds under water
    Bible - Rhodia - 3days after - Watertest.jpg

    I will add more photos later.
    Enjoy!
    Last edited by Yazeh; February 22nd, 2021 at 12:59 AM.

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    Default Re: Bible Ink Iron gall review

    Tomoe River - Front
    Bible INk - Tomoe - Front by Yazeh M

    Tomoe River - Back
    Bible INk - Tomoe - Back by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Midori - Last page of the notebook -
    Note how it retained the blue. This is not reflective of the normal pages of Midori
    Bible INk - Midori-Front by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Midori a week later
    Bible - Midori - 1 week after by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Midro cotton
    Midori cotton is not suitable for fountain pen ink. Almost every inks bleeds through
    Bible INk - Midori Cotton - Front by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Midori Cotton Back
    Bible INk - Midori Cotton - Back by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Field Note
    Another notebook that is not fountain pen friendly
    Bible INk - Field Note-Front by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Field Note - Back
    Bible INk - Field Note-Back by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Taroko Design - Tomoe River 68 gr Paper - Front
    Bible INk - Taroke Design - Front by Yazeh M, on Flickr

    Taroko Design - Back
    Bible INk - Taroke Design - Front 2 by Yazeh M, on Flickr
    Last edited by Yazeh; February 22nd, 2021 at 12:58 AM.

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