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    Question Color Deterioration???

    I know we've had discussions about inks "going bad," and consensus seems to be time does not have much affect. However, I'm starting to wonder about the loss of color intensity and overall veracity over time. My first inkling of this was when my Noodle's Baystate Blue seemed to have lost its brilliance. Then I looked at a Sailor Miruai I like to use, and it seems like it may have gotten darker (less green, more black) over time. Both are more than five years old. I made some comparison pics of current swabs against original ones I made. The BSB is clearly not the same. The Miruai may or may not be; my eyesight is deteriorating so I can't be certain. Do you see any difference? Just for fun, I also took a pic of the soak test I do with the Miruai.
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    Default Re: Color Deterioration???

    Darkening of the hue could be attributed to evaporation, and therefore a more condensed ink. It is one possibility, certainly, as you see that commonly when an ink is in a pen for an extended period. We *think* it shouldn't evaporate from a bottle, but...

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    Default Re: Color Deterioration???

    Thanks, Jon. Both of these inks have been in bottles in their original boxes and not opened for at least several years. Also, indoors so no temp or humidity variations.

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    Default Re: Color Deterioration???

    I think Jon Santo has it. I have a couple bottles of Parker Quink blue from the mid-1950s, judging from the bottle-type. (Unlike Sheaffer, Parker kept changing their bottles). The Quink is a saturated and dark blue. I also have a couple bottles of Sheaffer Skrip, also from the 1950s. They advertise the Snorkel, which "takes the dunk out of filling". They are also more saturated.

    Of course, those are pretty old.

    BSB is only 15 years old, or maybe a little more. I don't know if it should have evaporated and darkened so quickly. Nathan Tardif sometimes reformulates his inks, sometimes saying that he can't get the old ingredients. Your picture of the 2024 BSB looks different than other swabs I've seen. (I've never used BSB, so I can't compare anything better than pictures of it)

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    Default Re: Color Deterioration???

    I know Baystate Blue is VERY sensitive to bleach and UV light; both will easily remove BSB over time.

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    Default Re: Color Deterioration???

    Color deterioration in artwork is a significant concern. I've noticed that factors like light exposure, humidity, screening for osteoporosis icd 10 and pollutants can severely impact the vibrancy of pigments over time. Implementing proper conservation techniques is crucial to preserving the original aesthetics and integrity of the piece.

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