February Ink Drop 2013

February 2013 Ink Drop

Goulet Pens continues to delight with their monthly themed Ink Drop ink samples. For February, the colors were inspired by Valentine’s Day naturally. There were two pinks (Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo and Diamine Deep Magenta), one shade of red (Sailor Jentle Grenade) — which reminds me of J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite with more of a pink undertone — and two shades of purple (DeAtramentis Aubergine and Rohrer & Klingner Cassia).

The DeAtramentis Aubergine is almost a purple black and reminds me of Scribal Work Shop Cryptid Nessie from the October Ink Drop. The Yama-Budo is a raspberry pink and the Deep Magenta is a bright magenta pink. I prefer the Yama-Budo color — its a fun pink color but not quite so princess-y pink as the Deep Magenta. The Cassia is a vibrant violet. Which color is your favorite?

The more I test these inks them more I’m coming to discover consistencies in the inks. De Atramentis inks always seem wetter which I find works well later in finer nib pens. Diamine inks are more solid — I can almost use them with crow quill dip nibs without too much bleed. I think these inks would work well in broader pens like a 1.1 calligraphy/stub nib. Just an observation…

I tested these inks using my vintage Parker and vintage Sheaffer pens, both with lovely striated details in the bodies and gold nibs. I need to get them both re-sacked so that I can use them more often. As it is, I use them like dip pens.

Ink stained fingers

Thought you’d like to see how messy I get testing all my inks. My manicurist would faint dead away if she saw what I did to my hands.

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