Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Online Smaragd (Emerald) Ink Review
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Online is a brand out of Germany that most people have never heard of. They only have a few inks, one of which is Online Smaragd (Emerald), a name you likely won't forget. It's a nice green color, with it's most notable feature being it's amazing shading. To bring out this characteristic, I decided to use my incredibly wet violet Lamy Studio with a 14k broad nib (limited edition, now discontinued).
The Online bottles are almost like little toys compared to much larger ink bottles, they are only 15ml! It's basically impossible to fill almost any pen from even a new bottle of the ink, so be ready to decant, fill directly into your converter, or bust out your ink syringe for this one.
Dry time is long, water resistance is low, so this isn't an ink for writers on the go. Ha! I totally didn't mean for that to rhyme, I swear! If you have a little time to sit and wait, this ink will flow wet for you and shade like few other inks will.
The green color is nice, not too yellow, not too blue. I would say it leans a little more towards the blue than yellow, but not by much. Here are some other brands of ink that are comparable to Smaragd (at least in color):
At $6 for 15ml, it's not the cheapest ink out there, but it is nice for a crazy shading green ink. If that's something that excites you, then it might be worth giving it a try (at least in a sample).