10/24/14

Caran d'Ache Divine Pink


And here it is. The last of the Caran d'Ache inks. Divine Pink is much more of a red than it is a pink, I think. Magenta, maybe? Either way, it's a nicely saturated ink that flows really well. No hard starts or stutters with this ink.

This isn't going to be an ink for everyone. It's not going to fit in at the board room and it's not going to be the ink that you sign your mortgage with. It's not an ink for guys who are too "bro" to cop to using an ink called "Divine Pink". It is an ink for people who want their words to really stand out. It works for me in writing notes and for grading papers. It's well-behaved, and it looks good on the page. No behavioral issues except on the cheapest papers.


 Close-Ups


There's some shading evident on this Rhodia paper, but I haven't seen any elsewhere. You're not likely to see it on regular papers.


Comparisons

I didn't have any real reds to compare to this "pink" one. Fireball gets more orange as it ages in your pen, and Toucan's Scarlet is a fairly orangy-red as well.


Chromatography

This one is almost monochrome, and I'm not used to seeing that from these inks. There are some hints of a flamingo pink in there, but the combination ends up very close to red. Not much left of the original ink spot on the right end of the strip.


Copy Paper Tests

A few dots are showing through, but not a much in the way of bleed.

Video Review and Water Drop  Test





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10/20/14

Toucan Crimson


This is the first Toucan ink that I've had the pleasure of using. I first heard of this Aussie brand when I missed a group-buy over on the FPN. They came in these really neat plastic pouches, and I wanted them pretty bad. Anderson Pens is the only dealer of these inks in the US, and they've still got the pouches. I see on Toucan's website that they're not going to be in those bags anymore, and that's too bad. Maybe they were inconvenient for filling pens (I can certainly imagine that they would be), but they were a bit of character that set them apart.

Any-whozzle, this crimson ink is a little too light to be crimson in my book. The ink behaves just fine, but I could stand for it to be a bit more saturated. One of the neat things about these inks is that you can mix them all together. Well, not all of them at the same time, but any of them you'd like. For that reason, a lightly saturated ink is going to be better at mixing with other colors.

It's a well-behaved ink that works well. It's a light red more than it is a crimson, but it's not a pink. Interesting color.


Close-Ups!









 Chromatography!
The chromatography for this ink is really interesting. As a mixable ink, I'm not surprised that it's all sort of one hue. That hue is a peachy pink. 

 Copy Paper Test!
 The white-balance for this copy paper shot is a bit off. I didn't bother to correct it since the color isn't the point of these two shots. Not any bleed to speak of, though you can see a couple of spots


Ink Comparisons!

Video Review and Water Drop Test









This low-cost, imported, mixable red is just a little lighter than I think would be ideal, but it's going to have fans out there. If you're looking for a well-behaved light-red ink, then this is the ticket. You can find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10.


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10/18/14

Caran d'Ache Infra Red


Let's check out some red inks! It's about midterm-time for most academics, and that means plenty of grading. 

First up, Caran d'Ache's Infra Red. It's a solid red ink with excellent flow and pretty okay behavior. It does tend to bleed a little bit on really cheap paper, but it could be far worse. Honestly, I don't know where students get their paper. It's the worst. This ink bleeds pretty badly there, but so do all sorts of other pens. It actually works pretty well on regular copy paper. 

Best of all, it's a bright red ink. Those are pretty hard to find, for some reason. Many of them are a bit washed out, or they're too pink, or they're dark and look like blood. I'm a bigger fan of a true red, and this one fits the bill. 


Close-ups!




 I really like the rich, even hue of this ink. 

Copy Paper Test

 See? It works fine on this regular old copy paper. There's some bleed, but not all that much.

Chromatography



Compare!



Water Drop Test and Video Review




This is a really good red, if you're looking for a bright red that isn't a bloody red. The slight bleeding issue can probably be addressed with a fine or x-fine nib, if you're into that sort of thing. You can find bottles and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 50ml bottle goes for $36.


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10/15/14

A mediocre deal at MassDrop.

Folks, I love ink. I also love deals. Right now, MassDrop is running a deal where you get to choose a J. Herbin 1670 ink, an Edelstein, and an Iroshizuku for the price of $67 (shipped to the US).

This is not a good deal. Don't fall for this. I'm only including the link because Massdrop does have good deals on some things. Just not this one. Don't buy this one. A bunch of people have, and I can't figure out why.

I've been convinced by the comments that this is an okay deal. It's not great, but current ink prices are such that it's not a bad deal.

Mike, out.

10/14/14

Caran d'Ache Infinite Grey


This one is a weird one. The text at the top of the page (below) is a lot like what I was normally getting when I wrote with this pen. I primed the piston a little bit, and it looked a bit better. On copy paper, this ink tends to run somewhat dry, but it can be a little wet on Rhodia. I don't know what's going on with this one, but I'm not a huge fan. the steely grey that you see in most of the text is very cool, but you can see in the shading areas the really light color that you get most of the time. 

I'd say to get a sample of this ink before you commit to a whole bottle. My experience with this ink might not be typical, or perhaps you have a pen that this will work really well with. Maybe something that is extra-wet would suit it, but I don't really have anything wetter than this Skyliner (except maybe my Custom 74, but that pen is kinda difficult to clean out). 



 Close-Ups!




 Comparisons!

Chromatography!


Mnemnosyne Card!

 Copy Paper Test!



Water Drop Test and Review Video!








This is an ink that might be awesome. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but that dark, steely grey is pretty slick if you can get your pen to put down enough ink to show it off. You can find bottles and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 50ml bottle goes for $36.


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10/12/14

Caran d'Ache Cosmic Black


Black inks are a staple in any line of inks, and Caran d'Ache's black is a really good one. In the fine nib of my Lamy Nexx, this ink was smooth and a little on the wet side. I kept it in this pen for quite a while, and I never had any problems with hard-starts or skips. It was also really easy to wash out of the pen.

Yeah, I think I fell asleep in the middle of a sentence. It happens. 


Close-Ups! 




You'll see some sheen in the picture below, but that's a feature of there being so much ink on the page. I don't think that you're going to be seeing that from very many nibs. 




Chromatography

 Like many other black inks, Cosmic Black is a mixture of different colors. This time, it's black, violet and a really light turquoise. I'm not sure why they put the turquoise in there, but it must serve some function.

Copy Paper Test

 No problems on copy paper from this nib and ink combo. It might be a little more bleedy with a bigger nib, but there weren't any problems with the fine nib.

Comparison


I'm not sure why Infinite Grey looks to dark in this sample. As you'll see in a future post, it's not usually that dark. Perhaps I'd just primed the piston or something.


Water Test & Review Video





This black isn't going to beat out the staple-blacks (like Noodler's Black or Aurora Black), but if you're looking for a new black that behaves well on cheaper papers and looks pretty solid, then you can find bottles and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 50ml bottle goes for $36.


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