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Perle Noir, Herbin

Perle Noir is one of the most recommended and well reviewed black inks out there. When I bought this ink a few years ago, I was disappointed. It is not the blackest, not the smoothest, not the fastest drying ink, not an archival ink, not the cheapest.  I decided to give it a second chance so I eyedropped a Preppy with it and filled a Lamy All-star. Over the past few days I have written many pages of work notes with the ink. Perle Noir is a well behaving black ink that is sold at a reasonable price, but it doesn't excel in anything. Below some writing samples, followed by drying times and test in water resistance. Drying times are about average to slow, 45 secs with a broad nib on Tomoe River 52g paper. The ink is certainly not water resistant, but it can handle an accidental drop.   The full characteristics: Feathering none Shading hardly any Show through negligible 

Ultra violet shimmer ink, Manuscript

A new caligraphy ink by Manuscript with extreme shimmer. Definitely not something to use in the office but it looked interesting to write some cards with in the upcoming holiday season. This ink is clearly not meant for long notes or letters. A very dark violet or purple with heavy gold shimmer. I find it a hard to use ink. OK to use in a fountain pen like the TWSBI ECO with a stub nib, but a dip pen made the ink feather and spread, even on Clairefontaine or Crown Mill Vellum paper. On Lalo Vergé it was much better. The ink is very wet, causing considerable show-through and even some bleed-through. The drying time wasn't too bad though with 35 seconds. The shimmer smears easily for a bit longer. As can be seen even on this scan, shimmer is gold and very high. A bit of water will keep the ink readable, enough to rewrite. The violet or purple is comparable to Herbin's Améthyste de l'Oural . Diamine's Imperial Purple (no shimmer) is brighter and lighter. 

James A. Purdey & Sons, Montblanc

James Purdey & Sons Single Malt scented ink was released in 2018 by Montblanc as part of a series in collaboration with James A. Purdey, a hunting lifestyle brand. The ink surprised me! Single malt scented ink sounded at first like a (overpriced) gimmick and to some extend it is of course. But the color is a deep, beautiful orange-brown with amazing shading. Definitely a fall color which can be used in both a business environment (note taking) as well as for personal writing and correspondence. Be careful though, when opening the bottle or the pen cap the whisky scent is quite strong. It might be frowned upon at 830am when the meeting starts... The scent fades quickly though, within minutes. After 20-30 minutes the smell of the paper itself always wins. The ink behaves like most Montblanc inks I own. Perfect behavior in a broad, wide nib. A bit dry and with a strong dislike for TWSBI pens. The shading is wonderful, no feathering, and no show-through. Drying time is well bel

Imperial Purple, Diamine

Last week in a car museum I saw a  Lincoln Sedan Delivery Deco Liner , with a Harley Davidson. In a bright dark purple. The car was out of reach, but such an ink color might not be. Searching online I found Diamine's Imperial Purple. Beautiful and bright, especially in a broad and web nib. A bit too much for the workspace, but excellent for all sorts of personal writing. The color is pleasant to read, which makes it suitable for personal notes and correspondence. I found the ink a bit more dry than usual from Diamine, but other than that the ink behaved very good. The shading is phenomenal. No feathering and negligible show-through. Water makes an instant mess of the ink, be careful. Compared to other purple inks this is by far the most saturated, bright and dark purple. Montblanc's Lavender Purple is more red. So is  Herbin's Larmes de Cassis, and much less saturated. The closest match is Améthyste de l'Oura l (Herbin 1798, shimmer ink). That ink is darker

Prussian Blue, Diamine

Late november. The days are noticeably short and the first Christmas decorations and festive lights in the streets are there. I was looking for a cold, but still blue color to write in this season. Prussian Blue is such a color. Elegant and classic enough for the workspace, beautiful and different enough for personal correspondence and notes.  The ink is very well behaved, a pleasure to write with. Most if not all Diamine inks are great and this one is no exception. No feathering, enough lubrication and beautiful shading. Maybe the ink is a bit wetter than average, but with 35 secs drying time still reasonable. There is even some water resistance.  The ink is quite low in saturation. It did remind me a bit of Herbin's Vert de Gris (green cousin?). Other blues like Iroshizuku's Shin-kai or Sailor's Kikyou are a lot more blue and - especially Kikyou - also more saturated. All is all this is a nice winter ink. I'm sure I will use it regularly at least up

Green Gold #2, KWZ

Searching for a gold colored ink I came across this ink. It’s far more green than gold, but the color is definitely intriguing. Can it be used in the office? I don’t know, maybe in Spring. For now I will stick to personal notes and correspondence with this ink. KWZ produces well-behaving inks and this color is no exception to that. The ink shows no feathering, a beautiful shading, no show-through, good lubrication, and moderate wetness with below-average drying times. I don't have any color that comes close. Herbin's Vert empire or Lierre Sauvage, as well as Grab von Faber Castell's Moss Green are true greens and don't come close. All in all this is a very nice ink and a unique color. A great addition to the collection! N.B. Written on Crown Mill Vellum (off-white)

Lilac Night, Diamine

Lilac Night by Diamine is one of their 150th anniversary inks. I wouldn't call it Lilac. In my opinion it's a dark blue with hints of purple. In any case it's an ink you can use anywhere. Its appearance is professional enough for the workspace and the color beautiful enough for personal notes, correspondence and greeting cards. The behavior is excellent. It feels and looks a bit dry on Clairefontaine paper, but surprisingly enough the drying times were a bit above average with just under 40 seconds. No feathering, beautiful shading, no show-through. Just what I expected from Diamine. Water resistance is low at best, but you will have a chance to rewrite or accept. A few drops won't completely destroy your writings.  The color is a lot less purple than the bottle suggests. When compared to Iroshizuku's Shin-Kai however the purple hints are noticeable. However, when compared to Jurojin or Herbin's Amethyste, this color is very blue! I have used