Today as an end to this week’s grey ink theme, I decided to take a look at 6 of Birmingham’s darker inks. All six of these inks look grey in writing, but have different undertones that can be seen in larger swabs: Slag Gray, Riddle Green, Independence Gray, Oxidized Brass, Blues for Sale, and Smoked Iron.
Left to right: Slag Gray, Riddle Green, Independence Gray, Oxidized Brass, Blues for Sale, and Smoked Iron.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
Water resistance: Low
Feathering: Medium-all of them feathered on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as a lot of bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.
ranges from 20-40 seconds.
Slag Gray is similar to Birmingham Tarnished Nickel. Riddle Green is similar to Sailor Ink Studio 723. Independence Gray is close to Organics Studio Arsenic Gray. Oxidized Brass is similar to 3 Oysters Cool Gray. Blues for Sale reminds me of Birmingham Aluminum Oxide. Smoked Iron is darker than Diamine Grey. Click here to see the Birmingham inks together.
Overall, in writing most of these inks are very similar. I don’t actually love any of these, there’s too much feathering and bleeding for my everyday use, so I’m glad I only had samples of these inks.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.