A Sea of Fountain Pen Ink Information

If you use a fountain pen you know ink matters. All the sexy flowing, sliding and scratching in the world won't make up for an ink that just lies there. Unfortunately, how an ink will end up is impossible to know going in. There is no way to know without buying/trying a bottle. Now however, in terms of ink color at least, the guys at http://www.rmimaging.com/projects/inks/inks.html have made things a bit easier.
I have been looking for the right blue for a long time and could have saved some time/bucks with the info from this site. I ended up buying Waterman South Seas Blue, Private Stock Lake Placid Blue and (though not from this page) Noodlers Permanent Luxury Blue (at $13 an ounce it better be luxurious).
So as ever, obsessed with means and haunted by ends, I wait for my package. I couldn't possible start my new Moleskine without the right ink, could I?

Remember: preparing is almost like working...

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The Pear Tree Pen Company

The Pear Tree Pen Company has an Ink Sampler program.
For $4, you can get 4 samples of any of the ink colors they carry.
It is enough for about three cartridges (fill with a syringe), which should be enough to know if you like the color or how the ink behaves for you.

http://shop.peartreepens.com/product.sc?productId=77&categor...

I am a notebook junkie.

Just ordered a Sampler

Got a sample of Noodler's Blue Ghost -- Invisible fountain pen ink
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Which is made visible how?

Which is made visible how?

I will liet you know...

when I try it out.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Blue Ghost

Made visible with UV (blacklight).

Herbin makes an invisible ink that becomes visible with heat (i.e. hold it up to a light bulb) but it is dip pen only, definitely NOT fountain pen friendly.

I've been thinking about buying a bottle of each to make treasure maps for my kids...

Ryan.

tempting

I wonder if invisible shopping lists and daily entries in my planner would be a bad idea ;)

If I were your kid, I would *love* those maps!

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Cool

Thanks.

Ink Sampler

Greg Clark long ago created the Ink Sampler. I'm disappointed to learn he's retired after ten years of sampling every ink under the sky, but you might be able to find an older edition. His web site still has interesting info on it.
http://www.inksampler.com/