Ink Notes: Scribal Work Shop Kraken Black

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.

Additional Reading

FPN Review

Ink on Hand

Goulet Pens/Ink Nouveau Video Review

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