There has been a lot of talk about Everflo ink in the writing community. Why not? It’s a new line of ink coming from a new company: Gate City Pens. Where did this ink come from?
Richard Binder and Jim Baer have come together to create Gate City Pen and Ink Company. They’re two well-known figures in the fountain pen world with their focus on vintage pens and ink, which is what birthed Everflo. They wanted to create replicas of vintage inks, like Sheaffer’s Washable Black and Waterman Violet. Rumors have been flying around that the Everflos were intended to be Parker Penman replicas, but that was not their intention.
I had been keeping my ear to the ground about this ink and knew that it was selling exclusive through Richard Binder, so I figured there was no hope of my being able to sell it. But as soon as I saw Richard post in this thread on Fountain Pen Network that they might be looking for other retailers, I jumped at the opportunity.
There are 5 Everflo colors, Basic Black, Blue-Black, True Blue, Jade Green, and Orchid:
These swabs are taken directly from the Gate City website, they are not Goulet swabs. I’ll be working on doing my own swabs and getting them up on the Swab Shop for you to be able to compare them with all of the 280+ other ink colors we have there.
On Gate City’s site, they tout the inks have:
- smooth flow
- great lubrication
- quick drying
- good water resistance
- easy cleanup
I haven’t yet played with all of these inks, and I’m incredibly eager to do so. I have tried out True Blue in my Pelikan Script 1.5mm, and it flows quite nicely, very wet. I know a lot of you have been eager to see what this ink is all about, and I’m going to show you when I have a chance. You better believe these inks will move right up near the top of my ink review list! From the folks that have been using them so far, I have heard generally good things.
Supposedly there are going to be more colors to come as well, there is talk of a brown coming soon. There has even been mention of seasonal colors being offered. We’ll have to wait and see what comes down the pike. The inks currently list for $17.50 for a 3-ounce bottle. We’re selling them at an introductory price of $14.75 at GouletPens.com.