An Ink Journey

Note:  Anderson Pens has a really nice chart called “Ink volume Comparison.” Check it out. Not anymore, apparently. They do have  a brilliant ink comparison tool: don’t miss it!

The journal pages are from a Rhodia Webbie. Scans are from an Epson (formerly 810 now) Artisan 730 flatbed. The handwriting is my scrawl… no attempts to flex, show-off, or, uh, improve. It is what it is! The ink journey is about my attempt to reconcile the ink in my possession. Is it possible to decide upon a steady two or three inks?

Currently going steady with: Pilot Blue-Black, Platinum Mix Free

Update: I’ve included a list of what ink samples you’ll find in these posts. The inks are listed in the order they appear on the pages.

On FPN links to Coffee/Water Testing on white Rhodia 80g paper:
  • Mostly Diamine, J. Herbin with appearances by Sailor Blue-Black, Montblanc, Waterman Havana, Sheaffer Skrip Black
  • Mostly Iroshizuku with appearances by J. Herbin Perle Noir, Platinum Carbon Black, Private Reserve Ebony & Velvet Black
  • Just the Black’s with appearances by Noodler’s Old Manhattan Black, Noodler’s Black, Platinum Black, Platinum Carbon Black, Sailor Jentle Black, Sailor Kiwa-Guro Nano Black, Sheaffer Skrip Black (pre-Slovenia), J. Herbin Perle Noire
Ways You Can Find Inks to Sample
  • Join a fountain pen forum, and participate in ink sharing with others.
  • Go to a pen show, and find the ink sampling table.
  • Buy samples from one of these folks:

A note on purchasing ink samples: These retailers provide samples as a labor of love, not as a money making enterprise in and of itself. If you like an ink you sample, please buy your ink from the retailer who provided your sample. We want to encourage them to provide this great service! And that is my opinion, ay?