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    Default l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    I had meant to post a review of Callifolio Baikal blue black but the small amount left dried up before i got to it. Fortunately, i sometimes record the pen and ink in my notebooks and there were a couple where i had used Baikal.

    Here's a scribble written with Baikal on Tomoegawa paper and an MB 144G with a B nib.



    Here's another written in the same notebook, with an MB 234 1/2 with a BB nib. This entry has nothing on the next page, so there's somewhat less visual distraction:



    So that's what Baikal looks like.

    As for its properties, its most notable quality outside of its appearance is that it is quite dry. I used it in vintage pens with generous feeds and some other feature that made me hesitant to use iron gall inks, most often MB piston fillers. Both pens used in the samples above have the simple late 1940s-early 1950s feeds and are quite wet writers.

    Drying time was a little higher than average for me. However, this may have been more due to the paper and pens used. I would expect it to be average in a modern pen on more absorbent paper.

    There's some shading, especially with the BB, but it's more apparent in a photo than it is to my naked eye. It's pretty dark to begin with, making subtle differences in shade difficult to pick up.

    Is it waterproof? I don't know. Probably not.

    It's worth noting that the pictures were taken about a year after writing. There has been no noticeable fading in that span. Mind you, i keep my notebooks closed except when i'm using them.

    I like this ink. It's easy to read, provides a high contrast with the paper while still being easy on the eyes. It also works well in vintage pens. It's also reasonably priced if you get it in the 50ml pouch and empty it into your own bottle.

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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Thanks Guyy for your review. Your handwriting with the fine nib, is exceptionally elegant. If I didn't know better I would've thought it was a snapshot from a vintage letter. It elevates the ink....

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    Wow, I am a fan of Callifolio inks, but my attention was drawn more to your handwriting... it's expressive with excellent use of italic/stub nib.
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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Aw shucks, you guys are too kind. My handwriting is illegible with bps, pencils and many round tipped fps.

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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Sometimes, a written sample with some comments is way more useful than a complicated review.

    Like so many of the Callifolio range, I'm very fond of Baikal, I love the vintage look and feel of it, and find it particularly appropriate for older, pens - the slight dryness is excellent in the grand old lady eyedroppers I'm fond of.

    I'm always interested by how many of us have multiple hands, with common letter formations running through them.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Aw shucks, you guys are too kind. My handwriting is illegible with bps, pencils and many round tipped fps.
    Funny you said that.

    Whenever I get an old nib that writes like a blobby Medium or Broad, I'm just itching to make a stub or italic out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Aw shucks, you guys are too kind. My handwriting is illegible with bps, pencils and many round tipped fps.
    Funny you said that.

    Whenever I get an old nib that writes like a blobby Medium or Broad, I'm just itching to make a stub or italic out of it.
    I have the same urge: Iíve given a few modern pens italic/stub grinds.

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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    guyy,
    Nice Blue/Black ink.... first pic almost looks close to Herbin Bleu Des Profondeurs. 2nd pic...Diamine Denim.
    Thanks for posting. I love Blue/Blacks. searching for that perfect B/B ink.
    Cheers,
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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Quote Originally Posted by VerticalTwin View Post
    guyy,
    Nice Blue/Black ink.... first pic almost looks close to Herbin Bleu Des Profondeurs. 2nd pic...Diamine Denim.
    Thanks for posting. I love Blue/Blacks. searching for that perfect B/B ink.
    Cheers,
    VT
    I think itís a little more towards the black side of blue black than bleu des profondeurs. I like it that way, but at times itís maybe too dark to get good shading.

    Me too; I am still looking for that perfect non-IG blue black. There are fewer iron gall blue blacks and my favorite (MB BB) is gone, so i take what i can get.

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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Thank you for taking time to do this review.

    I am a fan of Callifolio inks, but I must say that Baikal is not one of my favorites. It leans toward the dry side, and on some papers it seems to me to look chalky.

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    Would you say it is closer to Diamine 1864 Blue Black? Now that is the darkest BB that I have pen and inked pages. My problem with most inks, is it bleeds through Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook paper real bad. I have to stick with TomoeRiver Notebooks when I use most Diamine and Pilot inks. Not too sure how the Callifolio Baikal would fair any different?

    The IG blue black that I am using is relegated to one of my two Noodler's Ahab Flex pens which I possess. This ink is Diamine Archival Registrar's Ink in BB. And by the way, I love that colour. It writes wet almost Dark Royal Blue which then darkens as it dries. And it doesn't bleed through.
    Great colour but I am not using in my more expensive MB, Pelikan 600 or my Pilot pens.
    Cheers,
    VT.
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    Default Re: l'Artisan Pastillier Callifolio Baikal blue black

    Quote Originally Posted by VerticalTwin View Post
    Would you say it is closer to Diamine 1864 Blue Black? Now that is the darkest BB that I have pen and inked pages. My problem with most inks, is it bleeds through Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook paper real bad. I have to stick with TomoeRiver Notebooks when I use most Diamine and Pilot inks. Not too sure how the Callifolio Baikal would fair any different?

    The IG blue black that I am using is relegated to one of my two Noodler's Ahab Flex pens which I possess. This ink is Diamine Archival Registrar's Ink in BB. And by the way, I love that colour. It writes wet almost Dark Royal Blue which then darkens as it dries. And it doesn't bleed through.
    Great colour but I am not using in my more expensive MB, Pelikan 600 or my Pilot pens.
    Cheers,
    VT.
    Iím not too familiar with Diamine inks. Having only used a couple, i canít compare.

    Baikal and other Callifolio inks are less saturated and more muted. I havenít had a problem with bleed through with Baikal. I do use better papers nearly all the time. Baikal is on the dry side and quite well behaved. The pens used here are vintage MBs with ski slope ebonite feeds, in other words, very wet writing.

    I use IG inks in Pelikans and MBs often. With Pelikans, you can always unscrew the nib unit if anything goes wrong.

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