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Citrus Black, Platinum

ink bottle citrus black

Citrus Black is one of the inks from the Platinum Classic ink series. A beautiful color-shifting iron gall ink that really stands out. When first applied to the paper it is a retina-destroying yellow, but then the oxidation of the iron used quickly makes the ink change into a darker color that resembles more olive green than citrus fruit in my opinion. But the name  maybe comes from the initial yellow which is not unlike a lemon. I had to get used to this color, but it works really well. Definitely an eye catcher in the office and unusual but perfect for personal correspondence. 
The video below shows how it shifts colors on paper. 

The ink itself is a bit dry when writing, but very well behaved. A (wide) wet nib is recommended for both the color and ease of writing. Shading is beautiful and heavy, there is no feathering,  negligible show-through and drying times are reasonable. As a true iron gall ink, this ink can take a bit of water. 

It's hard to compare this ink to others. To give you an idea of the color I have compared it to KWZ's green gold and IG green #3. The last is definitely a true green. Green gold is lighter and brighter, but it gives some perspective. I don't own or know any inks that come close to Citrus Black.

A lovely, extra-ordinary ink that is definitely worth buying!

Original Crown Mill Vellum paper


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