Currently Inked #37 – All About Ink #1

In this episode, I answer (or pretend to answer) several of your questions about inks.

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  • 00:33 – What is the worst that can happen if I use an “unsafe” ink in my recently restored vintage pens. (For more about ink pH, see this article:
  • 03:15 – How vital is it that I use bulletproof inks?
    • Platinum Classic Inks
    • KWZ Iron Gall
    • De Atramentis Document Inks
    • Scribe’s Inks
    • Rohrer & Klingner Inks (Scabiosa, Salix)
  • 6:50 – Diamine Autumn Oak vs. Noodler’s Apache Sunset
  • 11:10 – Are the Diamine 150th Anniversary Inks going to stick around?
  • 14:30 – Is Cross Violet the same as Pelikan 4001 Violet?
  • MKR

    “Diamine Autumn Oak vs. Noodler’s Apache Sunset”: J. Herbin Orange indien deserves to be included in this comparison. As if the color and the shading were not sufficient allure, it has a cute little cartoon of a Babar-like Indian elephant on the label.

  • Nick S.

    Thank you very much, Matt. I will buy the Diamine 150A inks I was tempted by. I will take your advice about LE inks and I will buy also the Montblanc Lucky Orange 🙂

  • slkinsey

    Don’t forget the Rohrer & Klingner Dokumentus inks. They also conform to ISO 12757-2 but I find them better behaved than the De Atramentis Document inks, which have a real tendency to spread and bleed through.