Update on Black inks

It has been some time since we posted a comparison of black inks, something that is useful to do because there are always new inks available and in some cases, the manufacturers make changes in their formulae.  In 2008, we had two posts on black inks – Black and Sorta Black Inks and also Black Inks (notice the catchy titles, eh!).  Several personal favourites were noted, including Aurora Black, Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, and Mont Blanc Black.  On the other hand, Private Reserve Ultra Black seemed to be the only ink that garnered negative comments – “soul sucking”, “evil”, and “you’d better have a W (presumably meaning a broad) nib because it doesn’t flow so much as it oozes”.

This post has several different black inks such as Sheaffer, Noodler’s Borealis Black and Dark Matter, to name a few.

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The Noodler’s Borealis Black (a poorly disguised attempt at Aurora Black) and Dark Matter acquit themselves rather well when compared to our all-around champion of Aurora Black. What about you – do you have a favourite black and if yes, why that particular black?

FPN Inks – Van Gogh Starry Night Blue & Dumas Tulipe Noire

The great people at the Fountain Pen Network (FPN) have created a few inks of their own (in association with the ink wizards at Noodler’s).  To date, the FPN has created three inks to be exact – Galileo Manuscript Brown, Dumas Tulipe Noire and the just released Van Gogh Starry Night Blue.  I ordered a number of the blues and one each of the brown and tulipe noire, however, I have not yet received the brown.  In any event, here is a scan of the blue and tulipe noire.  The people at FPN are so artistic that they even created the labels for the bottles!


The first two scans are of the blue – one of handwriting with a Sailor King of Pens Professional Gear with a Togi nib and the other a swab using a Q tip. 


This is a scan of the tulipe noire scan, swabbed with a Q tip.