Notes: This is the blue iron gall ink offering from Rohrer & Klingner, and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a solid performer on all types of paper I’ve tried it with (even cheap copy paper). It’s a well-behaved ink that could be easily used as a daily driver due to it’s versatility. The ink shades wonderfully and it’s super smooth in my Lamy 2000. This particular iron gall does on lighter initially than Diamine’s Registrar’s Ink. Shading is about the same though. As with all iron gall inks, they darken up a bit as they dry, while permanently bonding with the paper in the process. I was a big fan of R&K Scabiosa (I recently bought an entire bottle), and now I can add Salix to the want list. Like all iron gall inks, try not to leave it loaded in a pen too long, as they can become corrosive over extended periods of time. I’ve never had an issue, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. I’m really loving this ink though, and I think I may need to add a bottle to my collection. Thanks for reading!
Pen: Levenger L-Tech Stealth, Medium Nib Ink: Wahl Eversharp Wahlberry Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Blank with a sheet of Doane Paper underneath for guides.
Nice medium blue
Not very unique
Notes: I had to do some digging around to get more info on this ink. Big thanks to Cary over at FountainPenDay.org for sending me over a sample! Wahlberry was the first of two inks released by Wahl-Eversharp over the summer. It’s advertised as an easy-flowing, fast-drying, non-clogging, smooth writing ink that’s ideal for their new line of flex nib pens. They say it’s safe specifically for older and vintage pens as well. I haven’t had it loaded up long enough to test all the claims (at the time of review), but it is very smooth and it is easy flowing. Theres some mild shading that I’m sure would pop more had I loaded it into a flex nib. The ink isn’t particularly unique, as it falls toward the darker end of medium blue, but it’s a solid performer at a reasonable price from a trusted brand. I have to get around to checking this stuff out in a flex nib and see what it’s really capable of. I like the ink, but there are so many blues out there that I’m not sure this is one I’d end up with a bottle of.
Pen: Karas Kustoms Ink – Medium Nib Ink: Private Reserve Orange Crush Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Blank with a sheet of Doane Paper underneath for guides.
Not too bright to write with
Nice mild shading
It’s orange. I still don’t like orange.
Notes: This is the physically largest ink review I’ve done, being that it’s on a Rhodia No. 16 pad. I decided to try something new (and give myself some more room on the page) by placing a sheet from my Doane Writing Pad underneath some blank Rhodia. So let’s see how it goes. I feel like I’ve missed some sort of pen blogger rite of passage where they were all initiated into the world of loving the color orange. I’m really not a huge fan of the color, pretty much anywhere. That being said, Private Reserve’s Orange Crush is a nice looking ink. There’s some nice mild shading in the Karas Ink’s medium nib, but it’s nowhere the full on shading assault that’s seen with Noodler’s Apache Sunset. P.R. Orange Crush is a bit darker, and a tiny bit more muted than Apache Sunset, and with far less yellow. It’s somewhere between the muted Noodler’s Cayenne and everyone’s favorite Apache Sunset. The more I’m writing with the ink, the more I’m noticing it’s a bit dry. It’s not bad, but I prefer the performance of Noodler’s Cayenne which is very close in appearance. If you like the color of this ink, it doesn’t disappoint, but I personally prefer Noodler’s orange offerings. Make sure to do some sampling before committing to a full bottle!
Archival (until it burns through the paper in 500 years)
Writes very dry
Can’t be left in a pen unattended for too long
Notes: At the time of writing, I was on a bit of an Iron Gall kick. First I fell in love with Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa, now I’m enjoying the Registrar’s, and I have a sample vial of R&K Salix waiting to be loaded up. The most interesting thing about this ink is how it dries from a pale dusty blue to a deep blue-black as the ink oxidizes. The ink comes out of the pen as a light blue with some nice shading, check back in 24 hours and it’s super dark. The ink behaves well on the Kyokuto paper, Rhodia, copy paper, and Field Notes. It’s a great ink to have around due to it’s versatility. I’ve really been enjoying watching the transition from light blue to near-black. My only issue with the ink is how dry it writes. This would be best suited in a wet flowing pen. Overall, I think the positives outweigh the negatives. The real test is going to be how the Diamine holds up to Rohrer & Klingner’s blue iron gall offering.
Notes: Another day, another ink from Noodler’s. This offering is a medium-dark shade of blue that exhibits some nice shading properties, ranging from a light turquoise to a dark blue. It reminds me a bit of De Atramentis’ Plum, but without the green tone. When I think of Navy blue, this is not the color that comes to mind. I was expecting a dark blue with a bit of grey in it, like Diamine Midnight or Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts. The ink performs well, flowing effortlessly from the Metropolitan’s medium nib. Lubrication and smoothness are on point with what’s expected, but overall I’m not blown away by the color. There are other blue inks that I like more that I already have in my collection, but Noodler’s Navy is by no means bad. Just be aware that you’re not going to get that deep dark blue that comes to mind when you hear “Navy” blue.