- Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün - This seems to be one of the more popular inks out there, and I can understand why. The colour is unique and beautiful (I think that anyone who calls this ink "ugly" is crazy!), with great shading. It writes very smoothly, and the colour is one of my favourite shades of green. It's also not an overly bright, bold colour, though, so for me that makes this ink suitable for using everyday, in almost any situation.
- Diamine Meadow - This was the first ink I reviewed and it is a very close second to Alt-Goldgrün. This is probably my all-time favourite shade of green (and, even better, it matches my green Lamy Safari!), although because it is a bit brighter and bolder, it's not quite as versatile. This ink also has some beautiful shading, and it behaves very nicely, with no feathering or bleedthrough. And using this ink simply makes me feel happy.
- Noodler's Habanero - This ink was a surprise third place for me. For some reason, I wasn't expecting to like this ink very much (I mainly bought the sample because I didn't want to leave Noodler's out of my first order of ink samples), but I ended up loving it. Orange is my second favourite colour after green, and this ink has everything that I would want in an orange ink: it's relatively dark and a bit muted, it stands out well on the page, and the shading and flow are excellent. I don't love this ink as much as I do Alt-Goldgrün and Diamine Meadow, but it's still one that I would use every day.
I do plan to try some more fountain pen ink samples in the future (for example, I already have my eye on J. Herbin Orange Indien, any inks by Diamine, and any dark greens (maybe green blacks?)). Ink sampling is a great way to discover new inks and colours, without committing to full bottles. I'd love to get some more ideas for inks to try next, so what are your favourite inks? And what do you think of the inks on my list?