Pink Ink Comparison

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This week I’ve been playing with pink and magenta inks and decided to make a quick comparison chart for the bottles of pink ink I have. They ended up not fitting on one page, so I split off the light pinks onto another sheet. Of the bright pinks, I actually think I like all of them, but I especially love Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji.

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From these five light pinks, Robert Oster Pinky and Paper Plume Garden District Azalea are my favorites. Stay tuned this week to see six pink ink reviews. What’s your favorite pink ink?

Wish List

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It’s time for another reader request post! I frequently get requests from readers for a wish list of inks I want to review, so here’s my current list of inks I would like to review soon, but don’t have yet. These are just a few inks that are on my radar right now.

Wish List:

  • Colorverse Season 5

  • Diamine Razzmatazz

  • Diamine Dragon Blood

  • Diamine Mystique

  • Diamine Rockin Rio

  • Diamine Starlit Sea

  • Diamine Neon Lime

  • Diamine Peacock Flare

  • Diamine Pink Champagne

  • Diamine Olivia

  • Diamine Purple Rain

  • Diamine Smoke On The Water

  • Ferris Wheel Press Tanzanite Sky

  • Ferris Wheel Press Bluegrass Velvet

  • Ferris Wheel Press Candy Marsala

  • Lamy Ruby

  • Lamy Rhodonite

  • Lamy Beryl

  • Lamy Azurite

  • Lamy Benitoite

  • Lamy Peridot

  • Lamy Amazonite

  • Lamy Topaz

  • Lamy Obsidian

  • Lamy Agate

  • Montblanc James Dean

  • Montblanc James Purdey & Sons, Single Malt

  • Montblanc The Legend of Zodiacs, The Pig

  • Montblanc Homage to Homer

  • Montblanc Heritage Spider Gray

  • Monteverde Coral

  • Robert Oster Carolina Blue

  • Robert Oster Osaka Green

  • Robert Oster Black is Black

  • Sailor Studio (Any of the 100 inks)

Q & A

If you want to donate some ink for review then please read the details below:

  • How much ink do you need?

    • I use 3-4 ml of ink per review, so I prefer 4ml samples whenever possible.

  • I want to donate some ink, where do I send it?

    • Kelli McCown, PO Box 14, DuPont, WA 98327

  • What inks do you currently own?

  • Can I send inks that aren’t on this list?

    • Yep! Please feel free to send in any inks you would like to see reviewed.

  • Where can I find sample vials?

  • I have another question, how can I contact you?

    • You can either use the contact page or email me at mountainofinkreviews@gmail.com

  • Will you keep this page updated?

    • Yep! I’ll update this page when I receive new inks.

Ink Review #583: Jacques Herbin Gris de Houle

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We are continuing through the Jacques Herbin Essential Inks with Gris de Houle. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.

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The color:

Gris de Houle is a medium cool grey.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some lovely shading.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes, and a little bit of bleeding, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Gris de Houle is closest to Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun, but it’s not quite as purple. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the grey inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Pink with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice grey ink, well behaved and with some nice shading. The color is a bit light though, for everyday use.

Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #582: Jacques Herbin Bleu Austral

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We are continuing through the Jacques Herbin Essential Inks with Bleu Austral. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.

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The color:

Bleu Austral is a dark blue with a hint of green.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty bright pink sheen, but it’s easily smeared.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-the ink feathered on Rhodia in all nib sizes, but was fine on the other papers.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding on Rhodia and Leuchtturm in the larger nib sizes.

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes, and a little bit of bleeding, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Bleu Austral is closest to Robert Oster Blue Denim and Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, I love the color, but it has a bit more feathering and bleeding than I prefer, and it does smear rather easily. Robert Oster Blue Denim and Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue are great alternatives.

Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #581: Jacques Herbin Terre d'Ombre

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We are continuing through the Jacques Herbin Essential Inks with Terre d’Ombre. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.

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The color:

Terre d’Ombre is a medium brown with a hint of orange.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink appears much darker than in writing.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low-the orange hues wash away first.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, none sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering in all nib sizes, and a little bit of bleeding, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Terre d’Ombre is closest to Taccia Tuchi Golden Wheat, but Golden Wheat has high shading while d’Ombre has low shading. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Montegrappa Copper Mule with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink, but I was hoping for more shading than I got. It’s an average brown ink, nothing that stands out to me to warrant the high price tag.

Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #580: Jacques Herbin Bleu de Minuit

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Let’s take a look at Jacques Herbin Bleu de Minuit today, from the new Jacques Herbin The Essentials collection. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.

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The color:

Bleu de Minuit is a pretty, medium blue.

Unfortunately, my ink sample leaked in transit, so I didn’t have enough to do large swabs or ink drops.

Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might be able to read what it said.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: medium shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Bleu de Minuit is similar in color to KWZ Azure #3. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Lamy Al-star Pacific with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s another nice blue ink. KWZ Azure #3 might be a good alternative if you have a hard time getting Bleu de Minuit in the US.

Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #579: Jacques Herbin Noir Abyssal

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Jacques Herbin is the new line of stationery from J Herbin, only sold in three stores in the world, Milligram in Australia, Itoya in Tokyo, Japan and Le Bon Marche and Boisnard in Paris, France. The Jacques Herbin collection of ink is called “The Essentials” and contains ten new inks. I was able to get samples of the inks from a group buy. First, let’s take a look at Jacques Herbin Noir Abyssal. The ink is available in 50ml bottles and cartridges.

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The color:

Noir Abyssal is a nice basic black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs you can see the little bit of black sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might be able to read what it said.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, low sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

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Noir Abyssal is similar to Waterman Intense Black and Aurora Black. Click here to see the J Herbin inks together, and click here to see the black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Kaweco Sport Lagoon Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s another nice, well behaved black ink. It can be very difficult to get in the United States, online from Milligram or Jacques Herbin may be the easiest way. Waterman Intense Black is a good alternative.

Disclaimer: I purchased a sample of this ink from a group buy. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.