November 2012 Ink Drop

I did my swabs and writing samples for the Goulet Pens November ink drop this past weekend. It took awhile to get to it since none of the inks grabbed my attention when I opened the envelope, except for one I already had. They’re nice enough, but I don’t think they’ll make it into a pen anytime soon The five November inks are:

  • Diamine Ochre – This brown ink is easily my favorite among the bunch since it’s one I  already have a sample. I added it when ordered some brown inks to try. Looks like it will have good saturation and shading. I do like brown inks.
  • Noodler’s Tiananmen – This is a nice dark red with a purple tint in my swab. My second choice among these five inks.
  • Noodler’s Cayenne – My ink swab and writing sample doesn’t look as orange as I expected. The swab does have an orange shade to it, but the writing sample (written with a glass dip pen) looks like a dark red.
  • Rohrer & Kilingner Morinda – I’ve read that this is an easy tio clean red ink. If so it may be more than the common red it appears to be.
  • De Atramentis Ghandi – A thin yellow ink that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Maybe useful as a highlighter or for drawing, neither is something I do.

The R&K Morinde will probably get put in a pen pretty quickly thanks to it’s reputation as an easy to clean red. But other than than, no inks jump to the top of my “must try” list, but a couple I’ll use eventually and will probably like.

Additional Reading:

Goulet Pens Ink Drop Reveal and Contest

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De Atrementis Robert Louis Stevenson Ink Notes

I’m not a fan of blue ink but the De Atrementis Robert Louis Stevenson ink was in a recent Goulet Pens ink drop so I’m giving it a try. I’ve used it exclusively in my Franklin-Christoph Model 66 Desk Pen that has an extra fine nib.

I’ll leave the full ink review to those with more experience at such things. There is a short review written using the ink itself on the Fountain Pen Network.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ink. Even with the EF nib there was some shading. Flow was excellent on all the papers I tried. The ink flowed smoothly and dried quickly. I used it on Doanne Paper primarly, but it also saw use on Fields Notes, Rhodia and Moleskine along with some cheap Staples copy paper. Feathering and bleeding were never an issue, but this was an extra-fine nib.

I won’t be adding a bottle of this to my wish list now that my sample is gone, but mainly because I’m not a fan of blue, even one with a purplish tinge to it. It’s a nice ink, but it’s blue.