Really helpful, thank you for doing this and posting.
Not much difference I can see from this video. I would have like to see a swab test in place of this many paper tests.
I was gonna say How can you afford 7 Visconti pens just for reviewing black inks? How can you justify that or better yet explain that to your wife/ GF lol 😆
LMAO WHEN HE SAID HE BOUGHT 7 HOMO SAPIENS I ALMOST GAGGED FROM LAUGHING
how was the bleedthrough on the other side? it would be really great if you did that too, because for things like writing in journals where you want to utilise both sides of the paper actually being able to read what you've written is super helpful! Thanks for this aside from seeing the backs this was really useful! I'm swaying towards dyamine - i've heard that noodlers is thicker and clogs the pens up. plus i'm a geek and love that dyamine have been going since the 1860s.
Excellent video but feel a medium nib would have been more representative...just say'in!😎
I could only afford to buy seven Platinum Preppy’s or some kind of $2 Chinese pen — although I would like seven HS’s — lol
I like blacks and grey blacks.
My favourite is the Diamine for black and Schaeffer Skrip black for a really good shading grey-black.
Great reviews thanks
Very nice and comprehensive job. Yeah. Amazing penmanship. Likely aided by having to write under the camera, a common challenge. I think that doing a very solid crosshatch on the left, so those stacked up on top of each other would make the comparison more effective. Further: the pens are not identical as each feed and nib will perform differently. Anyone that is into pens much would agree to that. Close...but in no way “identical”. At this level of presentation I doubt it makes much difference though. Again...very good presentation. One major ink reviewer does her writing samples beforehand which allows her to focus on her descriptions and comparisons. That would have cut the time of this thing in half, or more, which would have been good.
The Aurora Black seemed to be the best flowing although that could also be a slight difference in the pen and i wonder if this had an affect on the appearance. All that being said though if you factor in value for money then you gotta go noodler's or Diamine there is not enough difference in the more expensive inks to make them worth the extra base on these tests at least, would you agree with that?
So poor hand writing like mine 😂😂😂
That was helpful. Thank you!
Which are waterproof or permanent?
I went out and bought 7 Visconti Homo Sapiens pens ... jaw drops :)
Excellent job. I prefer Aurora Black overall, followed by Perle Noire and Old Manhattan .
Excellent video. Keep it up!!
note: j. herbin can be had much cheaper on a per ml basis by buying the 100ml bottle instead of the 30ml bottle.
Sailor Kiwa Guro is the only black I will ever need...so good. (Pigmented, so not vintage safe, but amazing for modern pens.)
Aurora black seems to be my reliable black. See @aag24 & others also suggested.
I have only two black inks, both of which I really like- Aurora black and J. Herbin Perle Noir. Excellent inks in their own right, very saturated and black.
Thanks for the good review. I am considering either the Parker Quink Black or the Waterman’s Black. I assume these will be good on the pen in terms of low or no corrosion and easy to clean? I have seen cartridges with Pilot Namiki Black ink, but I think that may be more on the permanent inks and more damaging to a pen. Grateful for your views please, I don’t want to damage my expensive Alfred Dunhill fountain pen.
I thought that Diamine Jet Black was the darkest they made, partly because it's no. 001 in their catalogue. Now I see comments about Onyx Black. Is it blacker?
None of these are black enough for me. I only have one black ink: noodlers Dark Matter which is the same formula used by the scientists who created the atomic bomb! I’m curious to see Aurora black as I’ve heard good things about that ink.
You definitely need to increase your black ink population. LoL. I like very dark contrast and saturation. I need permanent ink for addressing envelopes and for documents. My first black ink was Noodlers black, then switched to Noodler’s Black Eel, which flows nicely. Aurora Black is beautiful and intense. Lamy onyx when diluted slightly is reminiscent of Lamy special edition Petrol, which is discontinued. Most recently I recommend Platinum Carbon Ink. I also enjoy Some lighter blackish grays that have some permanent qualities - like Diamine Earl Gray, And Monte Verde Smoke Noir.
Sailor Kiwa-guro, Aurora black, and Montblanc permanent black are some of my favourite black inks.
really appreciate the video! need a black for official documents so will avoid these 6. Hopefully you have an Iroshizuku Take-Sumi to sell me on... appreciate your work!
Brings to mind the old song "Black is Black". Variance is difficult to get in black.
I have a bottle of Noodler's "Heart of Darkness". it is bulletproof and has always performed extremely well. My Parker's Quink black ink is also excellent, but it can be washed out.
Can recommend Platinum Carbon, not very pen-safe at it dries out quickly, but a very deep black unlike any of the ones shown
What pen are you using? Does it hold multiple inks? Or do you have 6 of the same pen?
Dave I also struggle to use black ink in my pens because there are so many fun colors out there for fountain pens! I think I’m keeping my black collection to just 3: Pelikan Edelstein Onyx to go in my birds, Platinum Carbon Black when I need pigment ink properties, and Aurora Black for best color. That will leave me room for all of the other fantastic colors you inspire me to buy! 😁
fortunately, unfortunately, im a primary black ink user, (APOLOGIES COLOURS ONLY USERS). I would suggest a gander at 'Noodlers black.' (I ditto the sentiments) "a very blaaaaaaack black" thats well behaved along with 'Heart of darkness' and 'Black eel' > (which is a lubricant type of ink for piston fillers like pelikan and reluctantly homo sapiens if youre using the lava rock style bronze, dark, steel age could stain the grip section if you dont wipe it off fast enough COURSE YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS....) Noodlers black inks ; the ones I suggested are great ones to go to for that rich darkness.
Aurora and Platinum are by "word of mouth" are great dark rick blacks as well; (Platinum 'Carbon' black is pigmented> giving it a dry fast property yet is really dark. aurora may be a basic but really a great quality black as well).
just to note im currently using parker quink right now...... since I first stated my journey..... and NEVER KNEW IT HAD ANY SHEENING PROPERTIES WHAT SO EVER.... THAT BLOWS ME AWAY...... GUESS I CAN DISPEL MY CONCERN FOR WHAT DOES WHAT.
P.S. Apologies for the long comments..... talking about these things are fun to discuss...... (am I WRITE?)
I only have two black inks, quink black and heart of darkness. The quink was my first ever ink, but now that I have heart of darkness I never use quink anymore, it's just not black enough! I have also wondered about my aversion to some colours in relation to school and I remember being very hesitant to try blue inks. But what I've found is that I love blue inks, as long as they don't look anything like royal blue. Royal blue is my archnemesis of ink colours.
Hero234 is my blackest black, Quink is my go to black.
I tend to like grey inks better for some reason. But I do have one bottle of black ink: Noodler's Heart of Darkness. I really like how Lamy Black looked. But I still have 1/2 a bottle of HOD ink. Another reason I don't write as much with black ink these days is because I now really like blue-black inks!!!
I love black ink, but it has to be blaaaaaaack! I was put off blue, and particularly Quink blue from school. Current favourite is Diamine Onyx Black, but I am saving up for a Take-Sumi.
BTW, I came to this video on the recommendation of WaskiSquirrel.
I quite like black inks, though I seldom use them. I have too many other colours I like far better and use far more frequently. I actually still like solid blue-blacks best out of the traditional ink trio that also includes blue.
I have only seven black inks, of which my favourite three are: Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, Iroshizuko Take-Sumi and my #1 remains Aurora Black (if it had good permanence, it would be perfectly peerless among blacks). All these are outright true blacks. Which is why I like and use them. The other four blacks I have are: Waterman Intense Black ( huge disappointment), Noodler’s Black (bullet proof, but somehow boring) Pelikan 4001 brilliant black (too dry and underwhelming) , and Kaweco Pearl Black (very black and the nicest among these four) .
Is this suitable for drawings and painting?
Labeling the ink as permanent black is misleading. Camlin should change the name to just Black.
I bought one yesterday and it's dirt cheap here in India! Can you do a comparison between this and a basic black ink of Parker?
In India this ink costs 20 rupees, which is USD 0.28 ...yes 28 cents...and AUD 0.40. really in India, the only thing it has going for is it's price and I low-key hate this ink, I don't like washed out blacks. But camlin blue is pretty damn good especially for the price
I have also been using this ink and found that because it is dye based, it does have an odour, especially when I first uncap my pen. It is a very well priced though.
Can you show us your camera setup!!
Congrats for 200 subs!
Great Video and beautiful writing! I'm looking for very very black carbon ink, is Take-Sumi black enough? Thanks!
Thanks Teoh for sharing, very informative demonstration and review
Not lightfast? I mean, what the point of it, then?
Is Iroshizuku water proof ink?
why is the nib of your fountain pen bent like that, what type of nib is that?
Cannot believe I've paid 28 euros for a bottle of ink...though it does sit nicely on my desk.
Have you compared Iroshizuku Take Sumi to regular Black Ink Pilot?
that was a nice review you gave. i have never seen a nib like that which you used with the Take-sumi ink. I missed what you called it. I take that it is used for drawing. I liked that you wet the ink to show if it fading too. Once I wrote a check and envelope to pay a bill and used an Iroshizuku ink. Apparently it rained while the envelope was in the mail because the organization I mailed it to returned the check and envelope to me. It was only an illegible cloud of turquoise ink on both the check and the envelope. Good thing checks have names and addresses on them! ;-)
I am a big big fan of Noodler's Bulletproof black; however, this Take-Sumi has a VERY nice sheen and is very smooth. I use this ink in my Pilot Metro CM nib, and it is a joy to write with. If I need permanence, in a separate plastic bottle, this ink mixed with a small amount of Noodler's will give it allow the Noodler's to stick, while having the smoothness of this ink.
On Tomoe River paper, Take-Sumi has a reddish sheen to it.
I have this bottle. It is so beautiful with the fude nib!!
Wow it's so nice when U write it with that ink
So its not permanent ?
Xclnt review pal
Very nice review just bought the taki sumi
That Duke pen is absolutely awesome. When I started the whole fountain pen thing in 2009, my first pens were Jinhao and Duke, and I even had a Duke Bamboo, but nothing like THAT. That's a serious piece of kit. The fude nib is cool too. I wish I had a use for something like that.
Great review. Thanks
Hi Teoh - was wondering what pen you are using in this video?
what inks do you recommend for archival properties and water resistance?
I never thought to use this water based. I love this in my Vintage Esterbrook SJ with my oblique stub nib on white and ivory paper. Thanks for the review.