Blindsided By Platinum Mix-Free Inks!

Picture Courtesy of Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográfic

We live in an online world today, that’s for sure! I was chatting it up on Twitter the other day (@GouletPens) and I was asked about Platinum Mix-Free inks, and shown a link to Bruno Taut’s blog Crónicas Estilográficas. I had never heard anything about them! I immediately inquired about what they were with the Platinum dealer here in the US. So here’s what I know right now:

  • Platinum Mix-Free inks are (apparently) a new line of premium inks that are mixable with each other. 
  • There are 9 different inks that you can mix together to create a whole palette of colors. There will be Smoke Black, Aqua Blue, Aurora Blue, Silky Purple, Cyclamen Pink, Flame Red, Earth Brown, Sunny Yellow, and Leaf Green.
  • They’re 60ml bottles (same as the current Platinum Carbon and Pigmented inks) and are supposedly going to sell in Japan for around 1200 JPY. No official word yet what the sale price will be in the US, but it’s estimated to be between $16-20 per bottle.
  • No official date for when they’ll be available in the US, probably early June but don’t hold me to that!
Picture courtesy of Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográfic

This is really about all we know for now. We’re caught a little off-guard by this ‘announcement’ because there wasn’t supposed to be any official word on them yet. What happened was that Platinum held a demonstration of the inks in the Itoya store in Ginza (Tokyo). Bruno was at this store when they happened to be displaying the Mix-Free inks in what appears to be some kind of test-market setup. Apparently, even Platinum retailers in the same city knew nothing about these inks. Bruno’s blog seems to be the introduction of Mix-Free to the world!

Moral of the story? It’s hard to keep something secret if you’re going to display it in a public place. With today’s cell-phone cameras and blogs, it doesn’t take long for word to get around! Now we’re all going to be waiting eagerly for these inks to arrive in the US. We will plan to carry the full line at GouletPens.com as soon as they’re available, probably not until April. Platinum is probably surprised by the fact that people already know about this ink. But there are still logistics to put into place before this ink will be ready for worldwide distribution. Be patient! Look for more posts here as we find out more…

Pictures are courtesy of Bruno Taut. It is requested that you ask Bruno if you would like to repost these pictures.

2017-10-11T13:23:16+00:00 February 17th, 2011|Pen News|12 Comments
  • My 8yo (the avid ink-mixer in our family) is going to bounce off the walls when he sees this. 🙂

  • What a clever way to get you to buy 9 bottles 🙂

    That said, it's nice to see all these new inks for what's supposed to be a "dead" product – the fountain pen. I realize the golden age of fountain pens is long gone, but we're in a golden age of inks!

  • @HedgeMage, that's wonderful to hear! Pretty inks are one of the biggest draws for the young ones in the fountain pen world 🙂 I know that fun ink colors help to keep me young and excited about writing 🙂

    @inksmears, the age of using fountain pens because you have to is long gone. These days, people use fountain pens because they WANT to, because they love them! And one of the best parts about them is the inks. I agree, we're in a golden age of pen ink, and these Platinum inks will be a welcome and eagerly awaited addition to the ink world!

  • No, no, no. The moral of the story is . . . confiscate all cell phones and cameras before beginning the presentation

    😛

  • Anonymous

    Well, I had better re-budget for March or April… These inks are going to suck me in like a kid in a candy store… 🙂 I haven't ever mixed my own inks before but "IDIC" (infinite diversity in infinite combinations – Trek reference) is going to be irresistible.
    -shb

  • It's a good thing what Platinum is doing with these inks. Yes, it might get some people to buy the entire range but on the other hand you will obtain a lot more different shades of color from these 9 inks.

    I know I will be tempted but, to be realistic, I doubt I can justify buying the entire range. Luckily I can always buy samples from Brian to find out which permutations work for me.

  • @Peninkcillin, yes indeed! I can see samples for these being very advantageous, especially if you have a formula you want that only requires a small amount of one color. Perhaps we'll even look into doing larger volume samples of these ones, depending on the price of the inks. No promises, but we'll see 😉

  • I am really looking forward to these inks. At the moment, I use Noodler's bulletproofs almost exclusively (the exception is Sailor Kiwa Guro for black) because I require waterproof ink. I mix my own blues and blue-blacks to get the hue that I like. Anyway, I trust you will let us know when these are available, right? Thanks much, Doug

  • @H. Doug, I will most certainly be letting you know as progress develops with this ink! Keep in mind, we all found out about this ink WAY before we were supposed to, so it's still going to be a while yet before the ink is finalized and ready for production and distribution. I will keep you up to date with as much information as I have!

  • @H. Doug, I will most certainly be letting you know as progress develops with this ink! Keep in mind, we all found out about this ink WAY before we were supposed to, so it's still going to be a while yet before the ink is finalized and ready for production and distribution. I will keep you up to date with as much information as I have!

  • No, no, no. The moral of the story is . . . confiscate all cell phones and cameras before beginning the presentation

    😛

  • @Peninkcillin, yes indeed! I can see samples for these being very advantageous, especially if you have a formula you want that only requires a small amount of one color. Perhaps we'll even look into doing larger volume samples of these ones, depending on the price of the inks. No promises, but we'll see 😉