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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 

Writer's blood, Diamine

 

Writer's Blood by Diamine. The latest addition and chosen by Reddit's r/fountainpen community after a long debate and many voting rounds. A dark red, heavily leaning towards brown and aubergine purple. A subtle color that works both in the office and for personal correspondence.  

There is no feathering and some shading. The ink is very wet, even wetter than usual for Diamine. The ink is smooth. I was surprised to see it can handle a bit of water. At least your work will remain legible. Drying times are slow, 85 secs on Tomoe River paper.

The characteristics:

Feathering None
Shading Some
Show through Light
Wetness High
Lubrication Excellent
Shimmer/sheen None
Price/ml € 0,12

Writer's Blood reminded me most of Diamine Oxblood. In some nibs it looks almost identical. But, when you compare the ink swaps, Oxblood is far more red and saturated.  A real brown like Toffee Brown (Montblanc) is very different and Akkerman's Stone Red is brighter and more red.  

All in all this is a very nice, decent ink at a wonderful price. But it does lack surprise or the “wow” factor.   
Three stars out of a possible five.



Tomoe river paper, 52 gram

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