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    Extra Fine Nib Ink Review: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    This is review #219 in my series. Here's the YouTube video:


    Post-recording notes: I had a feeling this would stain (didn't want to come out of the pipette or off the walls at the bottom of the sample vial), so I put it in my Penmanship and a cartridge (one with a metal agitator ball). Cleaning wasn't as bad as it could have been. Nothing stained, but once the ink dries, it has to be scraped or rubbed off (e.g. from around the lip of the cartridge and off the shoulders of the nib).

    It's a warm black, but from this nib, it just looks black.

    According to the De Atramentis website, this ink has a lightfastness rating of 8 (the highest) and "is produced according to the requirements of ISO 12757-2".

    Zoomed in photo


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    Scan of Completed Review


    Absorbent Paper Close-up (top is puzzle paper like thick newsprint, bottom is old 20lb copy paper)


    Line width (One of the lines used for dry time. Magnification is 100x. The grid is 100x100Ám. The scale is 330Ám, with eleven divisions of 30Ám each. The line width for this ink is roughly 283Ám. With 219 inks measured, the average line width is 295Ám.)


    Microscope image (100x. Taken with cell phone to show the underlying brownish color.)


    Water Test Results


    Previous Review: Colorverse Ham #65 Glistening.

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    Default Re: EFNIR: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    Nice crisp black, with the globe of a strange new world in the 'scope shot. But scraping it off a nib? Hmmm, maybe not.

    I knew I loved Makhabesh; pretty sure I've also fallen for Essri. Thanks so much for the review and serial!
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    Default Re: EFNIR: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Nice crisp black, with the globe of a strange new world in the 'scope shot. But scraping it off a nib? Hmmm, maybe not.
    Well, it scraped easily off the nib...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    I knew I loved Makhabesh; pretty sure I've also fallen for Essri. Thanks so much for the review and serial!
    You're very welcome!

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    Default Re: EFNIR: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    I love the idea of a little box of happy tears - I want one for myself now!

    As for the ink. I can't ever imagine needing it - I have my Carbon Black, and that's enough for me. I have so few black inks as to be almost embarrassing, and CB is one of the only ones I ever use, along with Aurora Black which seems to belong in my old 88s.

    Thank you as always Liz for a smashing review.

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    Default Re: EFNIR: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    Lovely review as usual @LizEf
    I love how Essri is the future inspiration of snake arm bracelets, now Makhabesh has to each him to read as thank you for saving his life, fare forward

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    Default Re: EFNIR: De Atramentis Archive Ink

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    I love the idea of a little box of happy tears - I want one for myself now!
    Thank Tas - well, for the happy tears being captured in something. Boxing them up for protection was the High Wizard's idea...

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    As for the ink. I can't ever imagine needing it - I have my Carbon Black, and that's enough for me. I have so few black inks as to be almost embarrassing, and CB is one of the only ones I ever use, along with Aurora Black which seems to belong in my old 88s.
    Yeah, if I actually used black ink, this might appeal, but I don't, so... I guess if you suddenly couldn't get good paper, but could get ink, you might want to switch to this one - it was much better than PCB on poor paper, but otherwise, stick with what you love!

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Thank you as always Liz for a smashing review.
    You're very welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Lovely review as usual @LizEf
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    I love how Essri is the future inspiration of snake arm bracelets...


    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    ...now Makhabesh has to each him to read as thank you for saving his life, fare forward
    I wish to state for the record that I'm 2 months ahead of you! :SMH:

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