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Old 04-03-2017, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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What are your favorite brand(s) of bottled ink? I just used up a bottle of Aurora black and was happy with it. I now have Noodlers No Feather black and it seems I'm having trouble with ink flow. Not sure if it's the ink or me. Both nibs worked with the Aurora ink.

I'm using Schaefer Scrip red in a TWSBI and it writes great.
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Private Reserve Velvet Black. Nice smooth flowing ink.
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I've seen Pelikan take some knocks on a subforum of a shaving forum I'm a member of, but I've loved their royal blue since the first time I tried it. Most the discontent surrounds it being a dry ink, but that's perfect for me since I use it to sign off IV labels at my job and can do without the smearing since it gets handled right away. I was off for 10 days, picked up my fountain pen first thing this morning and had no problem writing with right from the start. Another plus is the color stands out so all the nurses always know if something was written by me, regardless of whether or not it has my signature.
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I have switched to J. Herbin and love it.
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I've seen Pelikan take some knocks on a subforum of a shaving forum I'm a member of, but I've loved their royal blue since the first time I tried it. Most the discontent surrounds it being a dry ink, but that's perfect for me since I use it to sign off IV labels at my job and can do without the smearing since it gets handled right away. I was off for 10 days, picked up my fountain pen first thing this morning and had no problem writing with right from the start. Another plus is the color stands out so all the nurses always know if something was written by me, regardless of whether or not it has my signature.
I have stayed away from fountains being that I am left handed and smear ink everywhere. Being a "dry ink" as you call it would this maybe work for a lefty without smearing quite a bit?
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Waterman inks are very smooth, water based so easy to keep nibs and feed clean. However there are limited colors. I've also used Diamine inks and are similar but in an extremely wide range of colors


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Thanks for all the advice. Looks like I'm going to try a bunch of these.


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Mike,

If you are looking to sample different inks, head over to https://www.gouletpens.com/
Not only do they have a boat load of videos about fountain pens but they also sell sample vials of ink. I'm guestimating from 500-600 or more different brands/colors.

I've absolutely no affiliation but was his Q&As every Friday night. A wealth of FP knowledge.
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I have stayed away from fountains being that I am left handed and smear ink everywhere. Being a "dry ink" as you call it would this maybe work for a lefty without smearing quite a bit?
That's a tough call to make. I don't think left handed people can completely eliminate smearing regardless of the ink unless they write underhanded, though a drier ink certainly helps.
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I am a big fan of Caran D'ache Chromatic series of ink, in particular I use Idyllic blue a lot. Stunning blue colour.

As far as my favourite brand goes, Pilot Iroshizuku have been my best performers. Really lovely consistent flow, good saturation. I like my inks slightly on the wet side but not super wet.
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