It’s been a big week here! Last Thursday my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, and on Tuesday I graduated from college. (I never seem to do anything in the proper order). Mountain of Ink began as a project for my Business 250 class, and slowly turned into my senior project as well. I’ve never worried about spending time and money on the site because it was a project for school. Since I’m done with school now I’m looking at my options for what Mountain of Ink should become in the future (feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below). Yesterday we also hit 800 inks! This time I decided to tackle my favorite inks by ink property rather than color or brand. I know I always seem obsessed with color, but sometimes I look for inks because of specific properties.
You can find my past favorites here:
The rules: the inks have to have been in the first 800 ink reviews. They have to be my current favorites from that category, meaning the ones I use the most often. My favorites change often, so these are the ones I have used the most in the last month.
Rohrer and Klingner Lotte
I don’t often worry about water resistance, I think it’s something most ink users worry about too much, although there are some specific use cases that require it. I reach for water resistant inks when I’m doing large color ink charts or playing with mixed-media.
Inks that perform well on copy paper:
Rohrer and Klingner Salix
Rohrer and Klingner Alt-Goldgrun
R&K Salix actually fits in a lot of these categories (copy paper, iron gall and water-resistant), but my favorite feature is that it works really well on absolutely crap paper. When I’m trying to use up a notebook with awful paper I use Salix more than any other ink.
Sailor Jentle Black
Rohrer and Klingner Verdigris
Sailor Jentle Yama-dori
Wet inks are my favorite, probably because I like juicy broad nibs. These three inks are the ones I reach for most, but in general Sailor (including Sailor store brands like Bungubox, Kobe, Kingdom Note, Pen Saijiki and Usagiya), Monteverde, KWZ, Taccia and Pilot Iroshizuku inks have wetter than average flows.
Sailor Jentle Ultra Marine
Sheeny inks have become all the rage lately. Monster sheeners are beautiful but so high maintenance! A lot of them dry very quickly in the nib, have sticky flows and smear even months after drying-I’m looking at you OS Nitrogen! When I want sheen, I stick to high sheening inks because they perform a bit better and don’t smear. You can find the difference between monster and high sheening inks here: All The Sheen.
Platinum Lavender Black
Platinum Khaki Black
Platinum Forest Black
Robert Oster Heart of Gold
Diamine Moon Dust
Nemosine Coalsack Nebula
Shimmer inks aren’t my favorite, mainly because I don’t love high maintenance inks and shimmer is definitely high maintenance. When I do use shimmer inks, I usually stick to neutral, metallic-looking ones like gold, silver and black. I was sad to find out Nemosine stopped making their shimmer inks since I really enjoy theirs.
What inks are you loving right now?
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