One ink only. I wanted the violet ink French schoolchildren used to write with, and I found it: J. Herbin Violette Pensee. All I use, and I am happy. I tried some other inks and they were either too weird or too boring for me.
It sounds like we have very similar taste in ink. I’ve recently ordered some Diamine Registrar’s and am thinking of also picking up some KWZ iron gall.Not at all, at least anymore. After using fountain pens continually since the early 1980's, I have arrived at what I like. That's almost exclusively iron galls or permanent inks. I abhor smudging or running, so these inks work excellently for me. As I get older, they are also much more legible on the page.
Some of my favourites are:
In the permanent camp:
- Montblanc Midnight Blue (IG, long out of production)
- Diamine Registrars
- Akkerman #10 IJzer-Galnoten
- KWZ iron galls, especially Blue Black and Blue #3
- Platinum Blue Black
- R&K Salix
- R&K Dokumentus Dunkleblau
- Sailor Sei-boku
- Platinum Carbon Black
All of these are extremely well-behaved inks. Sure, there may not be much in the way of colour range, but most shade brilliantly, which is enough for me.
Black swan is my is my go to. But I no longer work in an office. When I did, BSIAR was what I used in my home pens, and I used Diamine Damson at work, which is a dark purple.Pelikan 4001 Turquoise would be my "You can only have one ink forever" ink. Unless I need it water resistant...
Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses and Diamine Ancient Copper are others that I can use daily and have no problem giving notes to bosses or underlings.
Between the KWZ iron gall #1 and #3, which would you say finishes darker?
Thanks. I’m looking for a highly saturated and permanent IG. The Salix and Pelikan colours were too washed out for my taste. How does the KWZ Blue Black compare to your Diamine Registrar’s.Blue Black is the closest to a traditional iron gall. It cures to black. As you move through the blues (#1 --> #5), there is more of a blue dye load that remains. #3 cures to a very dark blue black, #5 to a dark teal. So, if you are wanting a darker finish, #1.
Bear in mind that Konrad is discontinuing some of the IG Blues. If I had to choose between #1 and Blue Black, I'd just got with Blue Black, it's a wonderful ink.
In typical B&B fashion, I got them all.KWZ IG BB is much wetter than DRI, and cures to a darker black. DRI, after some time, is more of a dark grey/black.
DRI is also a monster shader, if you like that (I do!), and is much more waterproof. KWZ will withstand a soaking, but will shed more dye, whereas cured DRI is practically immovable.
Both are great inks, just slightly different.
Dependng on where you are, you could also throw Akkermann #10 IJzer-Galnoten into the mix; it's similar to DRI but a little wetter and darker (mid-way between it and KWZ, roughly).