Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Favourite Fountain Pen Inks

Last year, I delved into bottled fountain pen inks for the first time.  While I have not yet sampled many different inks, I have already discovered a few that I think will be long-time favourites.  The following three inks in particular stood out among the inks that I have tried so far.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

14 comments:

  1. Yum. You have great taste! I also love Diamine Soft Mint, oddly enough.

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  2. A week ago I got some ink samples at isellpens for $0.25-0.5 a piece...I still need to try them! It's fun because the colors are all beautiful and the performance is uniform!

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    1. Those ink samples sound very affordable, Citrine! I may have to look into them, as I'm still not sure where I'll buy my next samples.

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    2. Oh, totally forgot to mention they are mostly from Diamine (so I know the performance would be uniform)...Whenever I shop for samples, I just do the rainbow browse on brands like Diamine or head for whatever is on sale.

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  3. I love all of your choices, Heather! In fact, I would put those on my list of faves, too. Based on your preferences, here are a few others I've tried that you might like: De Atramentis Moss Green, Diamine Evergreen, Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-yake, Private Reserve Avacado

    - Tina

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    1. I just had a look at all of those inks, Tina, and they do all look great, especially Private Reserve Avacado. That looks like exactly the kind of dark green that I had in mind.

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  4. I love these! Alt-Goldgrun and Habanero are among my absolute favorites too. I also like Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa (a purpley-grey shade) and also Sepia. Although blues aren't my favorite, I love Diamine Twilight. I'm always looking for some good greens... I believe you inspired me to go home and try some of my unused samples this evening.

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    1. Thanks for those suggestions, Lindsey! I like the look of R&K Scabiosa and Diamine Twilight, even though they're not the kinds of colours that I would usually go for.

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  5. Azizah--"oddly"? Diamine Soft Mint is gorgeous :D

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  6. Although I've yet to try them, Diamine's Apple and Kelly Green seem to be right up your alley. Although my favourite colours are blue and black, they look fantastic and wouldn't mind sampling them.

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    1. I agree, Windi, especially the Kelly Green. Diamine seems to have a lot of good green inks!

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  7. Your blog is marvellous. But my english is very poor...

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  8. Noodler's Apache Sunset!!!

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  9. Great colors! Unfortunately there´s nothing like that here in Brazil. But i got cool colors using some Sheaffer Royal Blue, Green and Turquoise. I tried some water (about 30-40%) in a cartridge with pure green ink resulting in cool shades of green (using about 1.2mm italic grinded nib)!

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