This week is Part 2 of my Goulet Q&A topics of “Inks”. Now, I realize of course that the word “inks” is improper grammar, that a liquid can’t in fact be pluralized. But if you can get past that, you’ll find I have a variety of great ink questions that I was able to answer this week. I got so many questions about ink from announcing the topic two weeks ago that I had to split it up, and even then I easily could have made a Part 3 (but I won’t for right now).

Next week I’m going to take a little break from the Q&A theming thing, and go back to just an open format where you can ask me any question about ink, pens, paper, or whatever else that you want. Be sure to also check out last week’s episode of Inks Part 1 here, and previous episodes of Goulet Q&A here.

Here are the questions on ink that I discussed in today’s video:

1) Jude R.- Facebook (1:54):
If you fill your converter with a particular ink, use it some, then decide to switch colors/brand, should you dispose of the ink in the converter or put it back in the bottle it came from?

2) Arika C.- Facebook (3:54): 
The swatch of J. Herbin’s Rouge Hematite puzzles me. Why does it look sort of brownish-green, when the ink is actually a bright red? I wouldn’t have bought it based on that swatch, but it came with a past Ink Drop I was picking up, and I ended up loving it. It confuses me just because your swatches are usually so accurate!

3) Bronson S.- Facebook (5:50):
Are inks with red dyes harmful to fountain pens? I was visiting a local pen shop and the shop keeper did not recommend putting inks with red dyes in fountain pens. I enjoy writing with red inks, like Noodler’s Red-Black, so I would hate to have to stop using them. Aloha from Hawai‘i!

4) Jim- Ink Nouveau (8:07):
Brian, you have in the past mentioned ink colors and at least alluded to brands you like, but what are some of the inks you don’t like and that could be on account of color, nib creep, poor flow in your pens, brand, etc.

    • pinky reds- Platinum Red, Lamy Red, Omas Red, Diamine Brilliant Red
    • weak browns- Diamine Dark Brown, Noodler’s Burma Road Brown
    • weak oranges- Diamine Peach Haze, Noodler’s Summer Tanager
    • fast-dry inks, feather too much

5) Heath C.- Facebook (11:50):
What are the most popular basic ink/colors for everyday writing? A Top 5/10 would be great. i.e. 1.Noodlers Black 2. Sheaffer Skrip Red, etc.

  • Blacks- Noodler’s Black/Heart of Darkness/Aurora Black
  • Blue- Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium/Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao/Kon-Peki
  • Blue-Black- Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts/Waterman Mysterious Blue
  • Red- Diamine Red Dragon/Oxblood/Matador
  • Brown- Diamine Chocolate Brown/Noodler’s #41 Brown

6) Yianni P.- Facebook (13:31):
How does one get Noodler’s inks (i.e. Noodler’s Black & Liberty Elysium) off one’s hands?

7) Leslie H.- Facebook (15:12):
Do you recommend shaking the bottle each time before use?

8) @Alrick33- Twitter (17:13):
History shows 100 year old letters survive; do modern inks stand a chance to last like they used to?

9) strangebirdsir- YouTube (19:26):
I purchased the Noodler’s Bernanke Black as I needed an ink that would dry almost instantly. But I’ve never seen that mentioned before. Maybe I missed it, but what is your impression of this ink? I find that it writes very well in all my pens and drys almost as soon as I’m done writing a word.

10) @MobyProf- Twitter (21:20):
Which inks are especially good for drawing? I’d like an ink that washes well & also leaves a good line intact.

11) elh93- YouTube (23:28):
What is your favorite ink for a demonstrator? Also what inks do you think work better for demonstrators and what should be avoided?

12) Peter D.- Facebook (26:36):
What is the best use for a yellow ink? I have a couple of old Sheaffer Skrip cartridges, they are too light to be used to highlight or underline. Is there any way to mix them with a blue or purple to get something like Noodler’s Avocado or Diamine Evergreen? Thanks

13) Robert M.- Facebook (28:03):
So why can’t Noodlers inks be mixed with one another to achieve darker or lighter shades. Or Special Reserve ink mixing???? Curious as you sell ink mixing kits.

14) DaiReborn- YouTube (30:44):
I would really like to know the difference between the different Noodler’s black inks, especially black, heart of darkness and borealis black. Bernanke and polar blacks are a bit more obvious.

15) Christina A.- Facebook (33:22):
Why do some inks and pens just do not get along? I have a few lovely pens that are shelf bound bc every ink I try (pen manufacturer included) leaks.

Thank you so much to all of you who asked me questions, I wouldn’t be able to do this without you! I’m sorry if I didn’t answer yours, but keep asking and I’ll cover as much as I possibly can next week. Just post your question in the comments below. Thanks so much for watching and have a great week!

Write On,
Brian Goulet