Review: Pilot Namiki Black Ink

Manufacturer: Pilot | List Price: $13.99 | Buy from Amazon

Well, the replacement pen for the old Lamy Safari which I lost arrived, and with it came a cartridge of Pilot Namiki Black ink, so I thought I’d give my thoughts on it.

パイラツ黒色The notes section says: ‘A strong, robust black ink not unlike Parker Black Quink. Writes a rather wet line, but still does not feather much even on cheam paper. Altogether a solid choice for black ink, though it doesn’t have any special qualities in particular.’ The paper used is common-or-garden Staples 20lb copy paper, and the swab was done in three layers. The water test was three or four swabs this time, but as you can see, the text is still readable – even past the point where the paper was disintegrating! Also, it is worth noting that the ink smells a little chemical-ish, sort of like the stuff they put foetal pigs in for Biology class.

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I’m not going to officially state what my new pen is, but eagle-eyed readers will already have seen it by now, I didn’t do a very good job of hiding it! I shall do a full review on that once I get a better idea of how it writes.

Review: Parker Quink Black

Manufacturer: Parker | List Price: $10.49 | Buy from Amazon

Back in July, we went to Singapore to visit our family there. Since ink is rather cheaper there, we got a couple of bottles. I meant to do this review over a month ago, but I’ve been procrastinating a little. Finally though, in back to school spirit, here is a review of Parker Quink Black.

Parker Quink Black is generally considered to be a standard by which all other black inks are compared. This may be because it is over 75 years old. So without further ado:

The quasi-writing on the paper reads: ‘A good standard ink. Not exceptionally dark, but darker than Waterman Black. It behaves well and is quite safe. Dry time is adequate. It is professional, but unfortunately it is nothing special and will not be more than an everyday ink.’

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The paper used is Staples 20lb copy paper. The swabs (water and ink) were about 3 layers. The colour seems to be about right on my monitor, but, of course, all monitors are different. The ink is rather economical, even in more expensive economies, so I think it is a good buy.