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Carbon black, Platinum

 



Carbon Black is a pigmented (black) ink by Platinum.  Normally I find black ink to be a bit boring but this one is different. Over the past weeks I have used it extensively in various pens and with pleasure. The subtle glossy grey mist makes the ink both shiny and intriguing. Furthermore, it comes in a beautiful simple and classic bottle that really fits the ink.  Definitely an ink to use in the office, but pleasant enough for personal notes and journaling too. Personally I don't think it's warm enough for personal correspondence.  

There is no feathering and no shading. The ink is moderately wet and smooth. Even though it comes with warnings not to leave it in a pen for too long, I haven't run into any problems at all, even when leaving the ink in pens for several weeks. When dry, the ink is waterproof. Water didn't affect it at all. Drying times are acceptable, 35 secs on Rhodia paper.

The characteristics:

Feathering None
Shading None
Show through Light
Wetness Moderate
Lubrication Good
Shimmer/sheen None
Price/ml € 0,32

While definitely a deep black ink, Carbon Black is not as black as Aurora or Noodler's Heart of Darkness. It is much closer to Iroshizuku's Take-Sumi.   

Carbon Black is a wonderful black ink. It really captivated me and has become my favorite black ink. Five stars out of a possible five.



Rhodia paper

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