Ink Review #311: Vintage Sheaffer Skrip Permanent Jet Black


Today's ink is vintage Sheaffer Skrip Permanent Jet Black. Thanks to John from Fountain Pen Love for sending over a sample for review. This ink was popular in the 1930's. The first thing I noticed about this ink is the slight chemical smell, similar to how Sailor inks smell.


The color:

Jet Black is now a brownish-grey. When new, it was black.



In large swabs and ink drops there is some pretty black sheen, again showing that sheen is not a new invention, but can be coaxed out of most inks if laid down wet enough on Tomoe River paper.


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: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shadingtiny sheen, and no shimmer. You can only seen the sheen in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering and some bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Pelikan Edelstein Onyx, Sheaffer Skrip Permanent Jet Black, and Noodler's Black


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M805 Stresemann on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. When dry it has a matte finish. There was some nib creep as well. 


Overall, the color is much more muted than it was when new. It still behaves well, just isn't as dark as it used to be. If you are looking for a modern alternative, give Pelikan Edelstein Onyx a try.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Fountain Pen Love for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.