My first pen with this ink was my Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver with a medium nib. The Sailor medium is a thin medium.
These notes are from that single use
- The deep red of the ink is great
- The ink was a real pain to clean from the pen. No staining, but uncountable flushes and flicking to remove all traces of the ink. I expect red ink to be harder to flush out, but this was more work than I expected. But the color is worth it.
- I had some minor flow issues after the pen had been idle for a few days. Nothing major, but some false starts and an occasional skip. Eventually it worked itself out.
- Nice shading with the ink even with the relatively thin line.
- I didn’t see any of the gold sheen others have described.
I’ll be using this ink more and will update these notes as it flows through more pens.
Additional Reading (or Viewing)
FP Geeks Inkcyclopedia Entry
Recent FPN Review
Scribal Work Shop Kraken Black ink was part of the October Ink Drop from Goulet Pens. I ran the sample ink through two pens. These notes are based on that sample. I really wanted to like the ink, but it was too finicky.
The ink performed better in my Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black pen with a fine nib than it did in my stub nib Franklin-Christoph Model 25.
Some notes, in no particular order:
- I wrote on pages that already had Aurora Black writing on it, the Kraken Black was indistinguishable to my eye.
- I tend to pause when writing. Usually this isn’t a problem, but the Kraken Black did evaporate off the nib rather quickly, causing some false starts after a pause.
- Because the F-C Model 25 has a partially inlaid nib I fill the convertor before putting it in the pen. Typically the ink gets to the nib within moments but with the Kraken Black I had to twist the convertor to get ink through the feed to the nib. This was after over 30 minutes of having the pen nib down in my pocket (the natural orientation for this pen when capped)
- The ink does a good job of putting down a line that’s the same size as the nib. The fine nib puts down a thin line.
- The ink clings to the sides of both convertors which isn’t something other inks have done in these pens. This required the occasional convertor twist to get more ink to the feed.
- The ink has a higher viscosity than the inks I typically use resulting in a very dry flow, although the ink still takes 15 – 20 seconds to dry enough to avoid smudging.
- The ink was easy to clean out of the pen.
I really wanted to like this ink and I do like the color. But I had too many problems to consider getting a bottle. My experience seems to be worse then others so check out the additional reading.
Ink on Hand
Goulet Pens/Ink Nouveau Video Review
The pens in this week’s daily carry.
It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. Well that’s the theory, but it’s the same pens this week as the last two weeks.
Actually, the Stipula went dry and I haven’t refilled or replaced it.
The Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black also went dry. I refilled it with a Sailor black ink cartridge. The Scribal Workshop Kraken Black ink was finicky. I wanted to like it but it was too temperamental. The ink change helped me eliminate the pen as the cause. I went with the ink cartridge because I needed an empty cartridge and I hate to waste ink. I want the cartridge because my ear syringe doesn’t make a good seal for flushing the pen.
The pens in this week’s daily carry.
It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. Same pens this week as last week.
The New Dunn Penn got a refill of Apache Sunset. I broke my rule about rotating the pen out when it went dry. I really like that ink and the way it looks in the pen so I couldn’t help refilling it. This pen & ink is the main reason nothing else went dry from last week.
I finally got around to opening this month’s ink drop from Goulet Pens. This month all five inks where from a new boutique brand called Scribal Work Shop. It’s their Cryptid line of Fountain pen inks
The ink names have a mythical theme. A Cryptid is a creature who’s existence is suggested but unproven. The inks are named after such creatures. The five inks are:
- Kraken Black
- Zhulong Red
- Siren Blue
- Leviathan Green
- Nessie Purple
I’ve used two of the inks so far. I’m using Kraken Black in a stub nib to write the draft of this article. I also inked up a fine nib with the ink. The second ink is Leviathan Green. I used that in a Lamy Safari and used an extra fine, fine and medium nib.
The colors are pretty basic but very pleasing. I’ve liked the online samples I’ve seen along with the swabs I’ve done. Although the ink can be considerably different than swabs and digital reproductions.
The two inks I’ve tried are true to the nib width. This means the Leviathan Green was too light on Rhodia Dotpad 80g white paper using my normal, light writing pressure with an extra fine nib. The fine nib was also light but at least it was readable with normal writing pressure.
Goulet Pens reported some mold in their Zhulong Red ink after the ink drop had been sent out. My own sample seems fine.
I like the concept of these boutique inks and I especially like the black ink. At $8 for a 60ml bottle its hard to beat. Still, these are basic colors and I already have too many unopened bottle and samples waiting to be used. I’d like to show my support by adding some Cryptid ink but I’m undecided as to whether or not to buy any. The black is certainly an ink I’d use. The green hasn’t really appealed to be so far, maybe with more use.
Goulet Pens blog post and video about Scribal Work Shop Cryptid Ink
The pens in this week’s daily carry.
It’s Sunday, that means picking and inking pens for the week ahead. A lot of turnover this weej since I decided not to refill a pen when it went dry, no matter how much I like writing with it.
So this week’s pens are:
- Sailor 1911 Sterling Silver with a medium nib and J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite ink.
- Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic with a medium italic nib and Waterman blue-black ink.
- Stipula Model T with Montblanc Bordeaux ink. It’s the pen I’m using to write the draft of this article.
- Gate City New Dunn with a medium nib and Noodler’s Apache Sunset. This is the “Tattler” version and I think the Apache Sunset ink looks cool in it.
- Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black with a fine nib and Scribal Work Shop Kraken Black ink. This is a new ink, so also new to me.
- Bexley Imperial with a fine nib and J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage ink. Finally an ebonite pen back in the rotation.
- Franklin-Christoph Model 29 with a fine nib a J. Herbin Lie De The ink. This is my pocket pen for the week.While not as easy to “uncap” as the Vanishing Point, the magnetic cap does make it easy to open and start writing.
Five pens from last week were returned to the pen case. The F-C Model 66 was benched so that other pens would have a chance. I would use it almost exclusively when I was home.
I finally used up all the purple ink in the Caran d Ache Ivanhoe. I like the pen, but it’s a little thin for my tastes and not suited for long writing sessions. But the nib puts down a nice thin line when small lettering is necessary.
The Conway Stewart Marlborough Vintage is a lever filler with a small ink supply, so it never lasts very long. The pen had some feed problems but I’m hoping the last minor adjustment cleared thing up. It’ll be back soon.
The Franklin-Christoph Model 25 was replaced because it was the first F-C to go dry and I was a little Franklin-Christoph heavy. But it will hard to keep it’s stub nib un-inked.
Finally, the Pilot Vanishing Point was benched despite it’s suitability as a pocket pen. It’s a little strange to not be carrying a Vanishing Point.
I have too many pens so I have to get used to swapping out pens I like if I want to be able to use all my pens. I do tell myself I’ll only accumulate pens that I will use.
Montblanc Bordeaux Ink
Montblanc Bordeaux has been a long time favorite of mine. Part of this may be that it was one of the first non-blue or black inks that I tried and really liked. Unfortunately it’s no longer made. Fortunately I still have 2 1/2 bottles.
I’ve never had any flow problems with the ink. Although, in a few pens it’s been dry. Not dry enough to cause skipping or other problems, but it seemed to struggle to keep up. It’s got OK saturation but isn’t a bright ink and it tends to fade a bit over time.
I can’t really compare it to other inks. It was my first bordeaux and I didn’t bother looking at similar inks. I did stop using it for awhile. No particular reason, it just stopped finding its way into my pens. But I pulled out the bottle a couple months ago and have been using it since.
The major drawback to the ink is that it fades over time. In some cases it gives the writing a nice antique look. But if I pull out some of my older writings they are outright faded.
Overall, I still like the ink and I’m glad I re-discovered it.