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Friday, March 7, 2014

March 2014 Ink Drop Reveal: Lasting Impression

Using a new ink for the first time is always an exciting experience - that's what Ink Drop is all about. However, not every ink leaves a lasting impression, meaning that it will last permanently on the paper. These inks are all permanent and will outlast any reasonable effort to remove them! Here are the five inks we chose for the March 2014 Ink Drop, themed Lasting Impression:


Noodler's Bad Green Gator is part of the Warden's Series, meaning it is ideal for check-writing and fraud-resistance. It is one of the few highly water-resistant green inks that we're aware of.

Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue is a nice medium chalky blue with strong water resistance as well.

Platinum Carbon Black is a pigmented black ink, chosen as a favorite black ink by many artists. It is definitely permanent once it dries on the page.

Rohrer & Klingner Salix and Scabiosa inks go hand-in-hand. Both are modern iron-gall inks and will last a long time on paper! The blue and purple colors, respectively, are muted and quite pleasing to the eye.

Writing samples by Alex Ross

By the way, if you like these colors, you can sign up for this month's Ink Drop through March 10. After that, it switches to April.

So tell us.... what is your favorite permanent (or highly water-resistant) fountain pen ink?

16 comments:

  1. Do I need to take at precautions when using the Rohrer Klinger inks?

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  2. Every time I read that name, I hear Hermione Granger in my head: That's Scabee OH sa, not Scab ee oh SA.

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  3. I've had Salix and Scabiosa in disposable fountain pens (Pilot Petit1) for many months without the slightest problem. I suppose I might hesitate before leaving them in an expensive pen for so long, but based on their performance in the cheap pens I wouldn't worry about it.

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  4. My favourite waterproof is Noodler's Rome Burning: an oddball bronzed-ochre colour that turns ineradicable violet as soon as it gets wet. (Actually the ink seems to be composed of a soluble yellow and a permanent violet, yellow and violet making brown, and when the dried ink is wetted the yellow component flushes away and leaves the violet behind: still, a neat trick.)

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  5. Platinum Carbon Black. I use it daily for watercolor and ink sketches. It is not only permanent when dry, it dries in seconds! I tried Noodler's bullet proof black but it took too long to dry.... I sketch on location and don't want to wait more than a couple minutes to start painting with watercolors. I'm not very patient and the conditions of en plein air often require speed.

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  6. I'm excited about this, but it COMPLETELY snuck up on me. How did it get to be March already?! And I totally have been looking for more waterproof ink options as I start to learn watercolor and ink washes.

    But since these are iron-gall and pigmented, except for possibly the Noodler's?, would I have to be extra careful with cleaning? I'm planning to use them in an extra fine point Sailor pen that tends to dry up easily, and which can be fussy about inks. It didn't play so well with Diamine Bilberry for some reason, which I've loved in my other pens, but it does really nicely with Diamine Eclipse so idek. (But the pen is also only $16.50 so not a huge outlay if it gets damaged.)

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  7. I love the Rohrer and Klingner and I've been using them in in eyedropper pens with flex and calligraphy nibs, quite wet pens actually. Both inks have an excellent dry time, they are extremely crisp: no feathering, no bleading — other inks were totally lost in the same pens. Salix and Scabiosa just shade beautifully and are superbly crisp on the paper.

    I don't care much for the permanency, but the inks are my favourites by far!

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  8. As I said in the FB group, Hell has frozen over. I like a green ink!

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  9. Already had the two R&K inks. Scabiosa is a great dusty purple and Salix is a fantastic dark blue with really wet writers, and a lighter blue in most drier pens.


    My new favorite of the bunch is the platinum carbon black. It's become my primary ink the pen I carry everywhere with me. It writes great and I like that it's permanent. It does seem to be harder to wash out of the converter, but for a non-demonstrator it's not a real issue. I'll be getting a bottle.

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  10. Me too, ever since I came across the name of this ink. I can't read the name without hearing her sound it out to Ron!

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  11. Is there any ETA on Diamine inks? There are a number of them I want to try, and I'm not sure if I should wait to place an order until they come back, or just order other inks now and order Diamine when they're back in stock.

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  12. I have been looking for an excellent green and an excellent black for a while now. I just found both in Noodler's Bad Green Gator and Platinum Carbon Black (which works quite well in the Pilot Penmanship EF, by the way). (The Noodler's Bad Green Gator is better in medium and fine point...was not as nice with the Pilot EF nib as it lost some of its nice shade).

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  13. Noodler's Luxury Blue or Bad Belted Kingfisher are my two favorite permanent inks. Both have good deep color, and are impervious to tampering.

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  14. Rohrer & Klinger Salix is the first one I'm trying out of this batch - I love the color and shading but it is a bit on the dry side!

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  15. Thank you for this very informative blog ... it si stuffed with valuable information. As I engage with my FP compulsion ;;))) I am seeing a lot of discussion about the chemistry of FP ink, and its various good/bad properties. Can you pend some time helping with pH, die density (wrong term I think) and other issues that may affect its impact on permanence, quick drying and damage to pens, please?

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