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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. 


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. 


 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.


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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The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however
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