Giveaway: Ink Samples Galore

Partial Ink Collection

So, I have a lot of ink. As in, a LOT of ink. Far more than I could ever get through in several lifetimes of writing.  So, every now and again, I’m going to do a little ink giveaway. For this first giveaway, I’m going to give away 5 ink samples of 5 ML each. And the best part is that you get to pick which samples you want.  (Because I’m just so generous like that.)  The only stipulation that I’m going to put in place is that you can’t get more than one sample of the same ink; some of my inks are discontinued and I don’t want you cleaning me out.

There are several ways to enter below.  Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  The contest is open through midnight on Sunday, February 23rd. The winner will be drawn at random from all the entries by a random number generator at Rafflecopter.

The inks available to choose from include:

Aurora Black
Caran d’Ache Chromatics Vibrant Green
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Amazon
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Blue Night
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Blue Sky
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Grand Canyon
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Saffron
Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth Sunset
De Atramentis Aubergine
De Atramentis Lily of the Valley
Diamine Ancient Copper
Diamine Emerald
Diamine Oxblood
Diamine Red Dragon
Diamine Sherwood Green
Graf von Faber-Castell Hazelnut Brown
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean
J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite (Old Formula)
J. Herbin Bleu Pervanche
J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
J. Herbin Gris Nuage
J. Herbin Vert Empire
Mont Blanc Honoré de Balzac Dandy Turquoise
Mont Blanc Irish Green
Mont Blanc Midnight Blue
Mont Blanc Mystery Black
Mont Blanc Oyster Grey
Mont Blanc Royal Blue
Mont Blanc Toffee Brown
Noodler’s Baystate Blue
Noodler’s 54th Massachusettes
Noodler’s Apache Sunset
Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
Noodler’s Blue-Black
Noodler’s Brown
Noodler’s Violet
Noodler’s Zhivago
Parker Quink Blue-Black
Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine
Pelikan Edelstein Jade
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku
Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-Kusa
Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo
Private Reserve American Blue (Fast Dry)
Private Reserve Avacado
Private Reserve Chocolat
Private Reserve Ebony Blue
Private Reserve Ebony Green
Private Reserve Ebony Purple
Private Reserve Electric DC Blue
Private Reserve Velvet Black
Rorher & Klingner Alt Goldgrün
Sailor Jentle Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue-Black
Sailor Jentle Epinard
Sailor Jentle Grenade
Sheaffer’s Skrip #232 Permanent Blue Black (1950s Era Vintage)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • At this point I don’t know enough about ink to look for anything other than a pretty color.

  • Daniel

    This is really awesome! You can never have enough ink samples! Thanks!

  • Frank

    Love all the inks!

  • Tas Kyprianou

    Thanks for the chance.
    I primarily use my inks for sketching and then always water wash over them so their colour when washed is just as important as when used just as a line with a fountain pen.
    Makes choosing inks much harder eg, so many gorgeous browns become a rosy red mush when washed over . . .

  • Doug Essinger-Hileman

    I’m getting real annoyed at this type of marketing, so I’m going to leave you know through this comment. If you’re going to require that I link a social media account to you in order to get an entry, why don’t you say that upfront? Perhaps it is because you know that there are those who are annoyed with this and want to try to keep them hooked as long as possible?

    • Good to know your position, Doug. You should be aware, however, that I do not “require” linking a social media account to get an entry. Rafflecopter will allow you to use either a Facebook Account (which I wouldn’t do myself) or a name/email as well. I have to have some means of alerting people when they win. And this method of giveaway is rather common.

      Nor do I even “require” a Facebook Like/Retweet/Twitter Follow to gain an entry…only a comment below.

      On a broader note, however, I will continue to do these types of giveaways in the future. Since this type of marketing is such a pain point, you should be aware that future giveaways may indeed utilize this type of system, and just skip them.

      • Doug Essinger-Hileman

        I have no problem with you using this method, but would be far happier if it had been mentioned earlier. And while you don’t “require” linking, you certainly skew things in favor of those who do.

        Also, I was not aware when I signed up that I was signing up for a Disqus account. I thought I was signing up for an account on your website. I have since deleted the Disqus account, which is likely to mean that in about 24 hours, I won’t be able to comment further.

        • I was unaware that guest commenting through Disqus was turned off, and I have since turned it back on. Hopefully I won’t see too much abuse of the commenting system. You shouldn’t need to create a Disqus account to comment in the future.

  • AdmiralPayne

    Cool idea, count me in 🙂 I’m still fairly new to this, so I’m looking for interesting colors most of the time.

  • Alex Hackmann

    Thank you for the opportunity! Love you reviews.


  • potter

    Hi Matt, count me in on this one please!

  • gravesit

    Perfect timing as I am looking to try some new inks.

  • Love me some ink samples!

  • kaaaaaaat

    Ink samples, wow! And 5 ml per sample, that’s very generous of you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ira Stone

    I’d love some samples, Matt

  • reedrelay

    Thanks for having this giveaway, Matt–it’s very kind. Regarding ink, I tend to favor vivid, but restrained, so generally deep blues and greens.

  • Michelle Ossiander

    This is so cool.

  • I love inks with a lot of variation when using a broad nib.

  • rdcalhoon

    I like strong fairly saturated colors and near-blacks. And thanks for the giveaway!

  • squishymochii

    For regular writing I tend to look for a certain color (I have a weakness for blues) and saturation. For school notes, I look for more water-resistant inks that behave well on cheap paper. I’m still very new to fountain pen inks and would love to try ones with special qualities such as those that have a lot of shading or a sheen to them.

  • Tristan_Noelmans

    You do realize you have a ink problem? But hey, that’s why we are here, to help you with that! 😀

  • Theo

    Awesome giveaway idea

  • M. Tucker

    Thanks for the opportunity to win some cool inks! Just started following your blog. . . great stuff!

  • Dwight McDowell

    I look for unusual shades of color.

  • José Ignacio Silva


  • loribravo

    Send ink. Electrons suck.

  • carlos2948

    I love shading and vibrancy in most inks. This is a awesome giveaway. Keep up with the videos too.

  • Stephanie Tan

    permanentness. I work in a lab so ink that doesn’t disappeare when people spill stuff on it is awesome.

  • Randall Payne

    I love Pilot Pens and Iroshizuku inks…looking for more of both!!

  • Keith McCleary

    Definitely some things I’d like to try out!

  • KmmD

    wow so many choices. And a great opportunity to try things not in my small collection.

  • Heather

    Amazing selection of ink samples to choose from!

  • Carl

    consistent flow and coverage

  • David

    Wow, really do have a lot of ink! Thanks for sharing them with the winner.

    • David

      woops, must read before hitting edit, that should read “wow, you really do have a lot of ink!”

      What do I look for in an ink? Nice flow, and as little bleeding or feathering as possible.

  • Gordon

    Great selection of inks you’ve got here – thanks for the opportunity (possibly) to sample a few!

  • Ingram London

    It’s all about the sheen 🙂

  • Serge Vdovychenko

    So much to choose from…

  • Nigel Lamb

    What look for in an ink is a colour which is both daring and suitable for more formal daily use. The ink must not be too lubricated. Nice to see that the samples will be a generoud 5ml.
    What is the purpose of having to sign up with an external organisation? What are the guarantees that my details will not be used for spamming and other undesried actions?

  • GOB Bluth

    cool idea

  • Ash

    I look for nice blues, and ink that doesn’t bleed through or feather too much

  • Todd

    Typically look for inks with a nice combination of easy flow and fast dry times.

  • Rebecca Lord

    I like the smooth even flow of an ink and fast drying of that ink….also i like to have a different color than the plain blues or blacks….

  • Pedro Nuno Moura

    Hi. First of all i would like to say that you are doing one excelent job with your youtube channel, and your website. Regarding ink, what i like is the shading properties of the ink. And, of course, the smoothnes that the ink provides. Keep up the good work.
    Pedro Nuno Moura

  • Gun-Ik Pak

    Ooo, Iroshizukus!

  • Anna G

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

    What I look for in an ink is a wonderful color that “speaks” to me, as well as generous flow characteristics. I love inks that have great shading, too, though that’s not always a deciding factor.

  • Denise

    I love purples of all kinds, but I recently discovered that I also like inks in the green family, like Private Reserve Avocado.

  • Anatoliy

    A good ink will have discernable shading and easy cleanup.

  • Rafael Pappalardo

    I really like inks that shade.

  • Sophie Hurden

    My new thing is inks after coming back to fp use late last year – I love the Diamine selection but definitely want to try some others!

  • Aleks Gutiérrez

    i would love some ink samples! 😀

  • Tommy Tracy II

    I really like shading inks! The majority of my favorites (Apache Sunset, Diamine Meadow, Rohrer und Klinger Alt Gold-Gruen) are strong shaders.

  • RFong

    I look for easy cleaning, good flow, and of course a nice color.

  • dothgrin

    I think it is critical to play with as many inks as possible. It makes having a fountain pen that much more fun, and also find what works for different styles and situations.

  • derekgottlieb

    Good flow and doesn’t dry out quickly in my feed. Interesting to me but acceptable for professional use to give me some joy while taking notes in meetings at work.

  • David

    It depends~ For my italics & flex nibs I like to have shading. Fine tips for work I like quick dry times

  • jw

    I like unusual colors, double colored ink, shading.

  • Eric Gauvreau

    INK…..More ink

  • Jessie

    I like inks that are quick drying and vivid enough to be punchy with a nice depth of color on the page, which is sometimes a hard combination to find!

  • Tristan_Noelmans

    OK, so you have over 60 inks and only 14 ink reviews… We’re waiting… 😀

  • PoisonGrl21

    This is such an awesome giveaway! Thanks!

    I love brightly colored inks! Blues, purples, pinks. And if it shades that’s even better!

  • Ashli

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. One can never have enough ink options!

  • Mark Knoblauch

    I look for two types of inks… On the one hand, I need an ink that I will call “working grade”, something rust will work on just about any kind of paper and in any kind of pen: Waterman’s Blue Serenité and Mysterious Blue are my stand-bys here. They work well in new and vintage pens, and they’re fitting for office work. For personal correspondence, however, I’m into color and shading. Diamond Oxblood, Private Reserve Chocolate, Noodler’s BSB, etc., really make my letters pop. On a more general level, I basically like anything but black!

  • Jeff

    Hey Matt. Thanks for running this giveaway. Much Appreciated.

  • Pearl Burrows

    How do YOU choose which color to use? So many choices!

  • Lesley L

    This is an awesome giveaway, thanks. That’s a lot of lovely inks to choose from too.

  • Lesley L

    Oh, and what I look for in an ink, deep rich colour and shading.

  • Caro

    I’m looking for nice colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Meredith Amber

    Love it

  • David

    My wife bet me this morning I could not add ink to an empty pen without getting ink on my hands. I lost.

  • CNC

    Thanks for the great opportunity!

  • Lissa

    I love ink!

  • Jude

    So many different types of ink !

  • misaacmom

    acid free, good color, smooth, not tacky

  • Karen Y.

    For me, I love ink that of course has a beautiful color, but also easy to deal with, specifically, relatively short dry time, not too much bleeding on cheap paper, and yet still lubricated since I use mostly fine pens.

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