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List of staining fountain pen inks

Last update: 2019-09-21

I decided to write this article due to a very ironic situation and because I’m salty. It just so happens that my brand new Pelikan M605 White Transparent arrived one day and I thought it’s a good idea to ink it up with Pelikan Edelstein Star Ruby. Turns out it was a bad idea because the ink stained the cap of the piston and even went between the two o-rings of the piston head as well. Sooooo yeah. AeARDrtfskldf’mgdkds’fmgds!

Anyway, now that the pen can’t be fixed manually and requires service I thought I’ll make this list so other people who have demonstrator pens will know what inks to avoid if they don’t want to ruin their pens. The good thing is that barrel stains can usually be removed with fountain pen cleaning solutions like Rohrer & Klingner Reiniger (Diamine, Platinum and some fountain shops sell their own stuff as well) or with a 5-10% Ammonia (start with less) – Water solution. The bad thing is that these stuff didn’t clean the piston on the M605.

So the plan is to maintain a list of inks by brand which stain pens. The though part is that I can only list inks that I personally used in demonstrator pens or if I find any info on the internet. This is where you come in dear reader! Please send me an e-mail or leave a comment here if an ink you used stained any part of your demonstrator pen (let me know the pen as well). Thank you very much in advance!

I would also humbly request to only send me an e-mail if you experienced staining personally. FPN and reddit is full of threads with staining issues and as I have time to read through them I will update the list.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pennonia Inks Available

Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that our own store brand inks are available! πŸ˜€ It has been long in the works but they are finally here! There are a total of 11 colors available with plans to include a purple color in our line-up soon.

FAQ:

1. Why did you choose to use Hungarian names?
A. You may have read my first ever blog post. Pennonia is derived from Pannonia, the geographical region where Hungary is located. I wanted to pay homage to my Hungarian heritage and nationality.

2. Why did you choose these specific colors?
A. Quite honestly, personal preference. I also wanted to cover all the main colors so there would be more choice than a blue and a black ink.

3. Will there be more colors and new colors in future?
A. The short answer is yes. The long answer is: probably. Depending on how popular things get I’ll consider introducing more new and maybe even wacky colors or even taking out existing colors! All I know is that I don’t want to go crazy and have a bajilion of them. My goal is not to be the next ink vendor who has 100+ colors. I want to stick to a core set of colors for the time being and maybe introduce a new color a year, or do limited editions. I know some might not agree with me on this but I’m a simple guy, I want my stuff to be simple too.

4. Okay okay, so did you make these inks on your own?
A. Ink making has become quite popular with brands popping up like crazy over the last few months and I knew that if I’m going to start a fountain pen business then I will want to have my branded merchandise in it. I already have my ink swatch book (which btw I’m going to update in the near future based on customer feedback! πŸ˜€ ) so ink was the next step. Unfortunately I’m not a chemist so I didn’t create the inks myself, instead I contracted the ink making out to professionals in Europe who do know what they are doing. They have been very helpful and supportive and I can’t thank them enough for making Pennonia inks a reality.

5. I have a question but it’s not in the FAQ, what’s up?
A. Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll answer your questions as soon as possible! πŸ˜€

Swatches:

Products:

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Colorverse Special Edition JOHANNES KEPLER

I received samples from Colorverse! πŸ˜€

The three special editions include: Planetary Motion, Somnium and Conjecture

The colors are great and I especially like Planetary Motion and Somnium. Both are really nice muted colors and I don’t think I have actually seen a green like Somnium before. Plantery Motion is also really good but the ink is a bit dry, flows well though and has awesome shading properties. Conjecture is smooth and not so muted compared to the other inks. The paper used to create these is Clairfontaine Clairmail 60g/m2.

Colorverse Planetary Motion
Colorverse Planetary Motion

Colorverse Somnium
Colorverse Somnium

Colorverse Conjecture
Colorverse Conjecture

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Ink Review #4: Pelikan Edelstein Olivine

Pelikan Edelstein - Ink Review

Hello everyone! Here we are, another week and another ink review! This week’s choice is the Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink of the Year 2018. It’s available in limited quantities since we’re already in 2019 so get yours from your favorite retail outlet if you like what you see in the review. πŸ˜€

Before we continue I just want to give a shout out to the Fountain Pen Companion! Thanks to this nifty website it’s really easy to track your inks, participate in leaderboards and share your collection with others! πŸ˜€ If anyone wants to have a look at mine, you can see check it out here.

If you would like me to do a review of one of the inks from my collection let me know in the comments below, on the PenAddict Slack on reddit or through e-mail. πŸ˜‰

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail. Reviews in the future might have updated methodology but I’ll let anyone know if anything changes! πŸ˜‰

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Pelikan is one of the oldest fountain pen and ink manufacturers in Europe and they are known worldwide for giving us reliable writing instruments and inks alike. In this part of the world one of the most popular inks is made by Pelikan, the 4001 Royal Blue.

Now you may or may not have known that Pelikan also has a line of premium inks called “Edelstein” which translates to “gemstone” or “jewel” (or “drΓ‘gakΕ‘” in Hungarian πŸ˜‰ ). Of course each ink is named after a precious stone/mineral from which the ink derives it’s color from. In total there are 16 colors available, with the original 8 standard colors and 8 Ink of the Year colors. Later on Pelikan announced that they’ll include Aquamarine and more recently Garnet in their standard line-up.

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Ink Review #2: Rohrer & Klingner Morinda

Rohrer and Klingner Morinda - Ink Review

Hello again everyone! πŸ˜€ I have another ink review ready and this time my choice fell upon Rohrer & Klingner Morinda! I’m a teacher so I have to use red a lot during my work and this ink has been my go to red ink for grading in the last couple of months. I’ve written with it on really terrible copy paper to some really nice paper as well like Rhodia, Leuchtturm1917, Piccolo Press.

If you’re interested in the review process please check out this blog post. I’ve written it down in detail.

1. Introduction and personal thoughts

Rohrer & Klingner is a German company and has been in the ink game for a century now. Their fountain pen inks are fairly well known in the fountain pen community so I’m sure most of you have already heard about them. They are of course also famous for their calligraphy and drawing inks however those are not suitable for fountain pen use and you should only ever use them with dip pens. Their standard line-up consists of 18 fountain pen inks, their Dokumentus permant ink line-up has 6 and their sketchINK has 10 nano-pigment fountain pen inks.

Before I start talking about Morinda I just want to mention my general experience with Rohrer & Klingner inks. The gist of it is that I find all of them to be really high quality…they’re also really wet inks. It’s up to you to decide whether that trait bothers you or not but for me it’s usually not a problem as it means I won’t have flow issues and I rarely write on paper that allows feathering. I honestly believe they make really good inks as I have never been disappointed by the color (looking at Diamine “Scarlet”) nor the way the inks write. Granted I have only tried out 11 out of the 18 so I might have a fluke when I get around to the last 7 but I doubt it.

Sorry for dragging this on, I’ll talk about the ink now! πŸ˜‰ So, Rohrer & Klingner Morinda. The ink comes in a 50 ml glass bottle with a really nice looking label and a tin cap to keep the ink from spilling (although I have seen their standard line-up with plastic caps). It doesn’t have a funky smell like some Diamine and Sailor inks do. What I find really nice and interesting is the color of this ink and how it looks under different lighting. I had a bad start with this ink when I first got it a couple years ago because when I inked my pen with it, it was after a long day’s work and it was already dark. So naturally I was in my room with my weak and warmed toned lights and when I wrote my first line I was really disappointed. πŸ™ The ink appeared a brownish red to me and I remember saying out loud “This sucks!”. I wrote a couple of more lines, then put everything away and didn’t use it for the rest of the day. As I’m writing this review with the writing sample in front of me (it’s 6 PM at the moment) it looks exactly the same as I first saw it back then. However…

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Inktober 2018 – Day 31; PILOT Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku

So this is it! The final picture for this year’s Inktober! I would like to thank all of you for checking out the pictures and for staying with us until the end! A special thank you goes to Eli Tempfli for these beautiful drawings! It would’ve been impossible without you! πŸ˜€

Iroshizuku ku-jaku Ink Swab
Iroshizuku ku-jaku Ink Swab

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Inktober 2018 – Day 27; Rohrer & Klingner Blu Mare

There are so many turquoise inks in the wild and going by color I think some are indistinguishable from another. What makes the R&K Blu Mare distinct is it’s good flow. So if you like ink that is a bit more runny definitely check this out.

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Rohrer & Klingner Blu mare (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab
Rohrer & Klingner Blu mare (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab

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Inktober 2018 – Day 27; Rohrer & Klingner Cassia

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Rohrer & Klingner Cassia (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab
Rohrer & Klingner Cassia (50 ml bottled ink) Ink Swab