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: Pelikan Brilliant Green Ink

Manufacturer: Pelikan | List Price: $12.99 | Buy from Amazon

This is a review long overdue, since I actually got this ink way back in July 2012 in Singapore. For a mere S$4, it was a no-brainer, since here in Canada ink bottles are at least double that. It’s not a particularly outstanding colour, but works well enough for most purposes and holds up generally well even on the cheapest of paper.

Pelikan Brilliant GreenThe text, in case you can’t read it, says: ‘A simple, somewhat bluish green. Although I do not quite like the colour as much as Diamine Meadow, it works well in a Lamy Safari on cheap paper.’ As always, the paper used in standard 20lb Staples copy paper. Both swabs (water and ink) were done three times. As you can see, the ink is fairly watery and light, and does not hold up too well under the water smear.

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Hope you enjoyed the review! We definitely plan on trying out more inks in the future. As well, I unfortunately lost my Lamy Safari last week (my experience in review form is here). I’m currently waiting on a new pen in the post and will do a review on that once I experience it enough!

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.

Review: Lamy Blue Cartridge Ink

Manufacturer: Lamy | List Price: $5.50 | Buy from Amazon

When I bought my Lamy Safari five months ago, it came with a Lamy Blue Cartridge. I was saving it, but I finally decided that it was time to use it and write a review on it. When I first popped the cartridge, the ink flow was horrible. After writing for a couple days, it got its typical  dark blue. By then, it was almost a third gone. Besides that, its a great everyday ink. The scanner made the ink look purple, but it’s not. As the name suggests, the ink is blue in real life.

The paper used was Staples 20 lb copy paper. The cartridge made it impossible to swab the ink in the “Swab” section, but the water was smeared 3 (rather vigorous) times in the “Water” section. Thanks for reading!

(EDIT: The pen used was actually a Lamy Safari F, not a Lamy Safari M.)

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Review: Noodler’s Luxury Blue

Manufacturer: Noodler’s | List Price: $13.50 | Buy from Amazon

When we finally convinced our mum to get a fountain pen, she decided she needed a bulletproof ink for work. It’s not really a bad ink, but in terms of the colour you get I just don’t think it’s worth it. It is pretty good at withstanding the trial by Q-Tip though.

Believe it or not, the writing on the sheet is actually English! It says: ‘A business ink that looks professional and is bulletproof.  It dries quickly to a faded jeans colour and it’s flow is consistent. It gets a lower rating due to the nib-creep (it covers the whole nib) and its price: it costs 3 times a regular Noodler’s bottle.’ I was a little more cruel with the Q-Tip this time (compared with the Aurora Blue review). The swab is a little inconsistent but it should be about 2 or 3 layers of ink. The paper is 20 lb Staples copy paper.

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