List of Fountain Pen Inks A. T. Cross A. T. Cross inks are simply re-labeled Pelikan inks. However, Cross cartridges are proprietary, and are the only kind that will fit in Cross pens. Aurora Aurora ink is manufactured in Turin, Italy, since 1919. Aurora inks are particularly curious, because they are available in only two colors: blue and black. However, they are regarded as the deepest and most intense colors in existence. They are also highly regarded for having generous flow. Bexley Bexley inks are simply re-labeled Private Reserve inks. Caran d’Ache Swiss manufacturer of pens and a broad range of art supplies. Although expensive, Caran d’Ache fountain pen ink is generally considered to be of very high quality with excellent flow and shading characteristics. Conway Stewart De Atramentis De Atramentis is a German ink manufacturer. Their inks are known for having the scents of fruits and flowers, among others. They also offer inks made from wine and beer. Delta Diamine Diamine Ink is a British manufacturer of ink founded in 1864 as T. Webster and Co. Diamine fountain pen inks are set in two categories: Old English Writing and New Century inks. The formulation of both series is the same, but the New Century inks arguably have more vibrant colors. Diamine also produce an archival quality ink known as Registrar’s Ink, a traditional iron gall based ink which is waterproof. However, unlike some of the bulletproof or eternal inks produced by Noodlers, the Registrar’s ink is not bleach proof or UV-resistant. Duke J. Herbin J. Herbin is a French brand of fountain pen ink and is considered the oldest brand still in activity, working since 1670. Lamy German pen manufacturer Lamy offers ink in a variety of colors. Lamy inks are available in Cartridges, as well as ink bottles. Montblanc Namiki Noodler’s Noodler’s Ink is a brand of fountain pen ink developed by pen collector Nathan Tardiff. Noodler’s is well-known by pen enthusiasts for offering inks in a wide variety of colors and characteristics. Of particular interest is the “bulletproof” characteristic. Such inks react with the cellulose in paper to form waterproof, solvent-proof, and UV-resistant marks. Other inks include ones formulated for use in very low temperatures, fluorescent for highlighting, lubricating, invisible, and non-bulletproof. In November 2003, the company ran a promotional challenge offering $1000 to anyone who can remove Noodler’s Bulletproof Black or Polar Blue ink from a standard check. The prize went unclaimed, and every year since then, another $1000 has been added to the purse. As of 2009, no one has come forward to claim the prize. In 2009, Nicholas Masluk, a graduate student at Yale University physics department, proved that “bulletproof” ink could be removed with diligent use of a laser that he built for a few hundred dollars using parts bought on eBay. Masluk contacted Nathan Tardif with his discovery, and the two went on to test a variety of inks to see how well they could withstand laser attacks. Noodler’s has since developed a new series of inks resistant to both chemical and laser attack. Parker Quink Quink is (a portmanteau word from “quick” and “ink”). This ink was developed in 1928 to be water-resistant, quick-drying, and non-fading. It is still marketed and is one of the most popular of fountain pen inks. Modern Quink formulations should not be considered to be water-resistant. Penman Penman fountain pen inks is a now discontinued ink label formerly manufactured by Parker. Released in 1993, they were withdrawn from the market when it was revealed, that the ink had problems with clogging, mostly with Penman Ebony (black). Distribution was voluntarily stopped in EU and NAFTA countries in 2000-2001 Other discontinued Parker inks include Parker 51 Ink and Superchrome. Pelikan 4001 Pelikan 4001 is a series of inks by Pelikan. It is so named because it was the first formula recorded in Pelikan’s fourth book of ink formulae. Pelikan 4001 has been manufactured in many colors, but currently it is available in about ten, in bottles and cartridges: Royal Blue, Blue-Black, Brilliant Black, Brilliant Red, Brilliant Green, Brilliant Brown, Violet, Turquoise and Pink. All colors except Pink are available in 30 ml and 62.5 ml bottles. All colors except Brilliant Brown are available in “international cartridges”, both short and long size. Royal Blue and Brilliant Black are also available in 50 ml, 250 ml and 1 litre bottles. Royal Blue can be easily washed out from clothes and textiles, as well as made invisible on paper with an ink eradicator. According to fountain pen enthusiasts, Pelikan 4001 is generally considered to be “safe fountain pen ink”; it does not stain or clog fountain pens very easily. Fount India Pelikan Fount India is an India ink that is designed for use in fountain pens (it does not contain shellac). It is very water-resistant. Platinum Private Reserve Private Reserve is a maker of standard international ink cartridges, and makes a wide variety of colors. Private Reserve also makes a wide range of fountain pen inks in bottle form. Private Reserve makes 37 colors of ink, and the more exotic colors include Buttercup, Purple Mojo, Purple Haze, and Sherwood Green. Private Reserve entered onto the scene several years ago to address the perceived lack of selection of colours in fountain pen inks. While initially quite popular, their appeal has faded as those interested in a broader colour spectrum have returned to the historically broad palette of J. Herbin or the innovative offerings of Noodlers. Rohrer & Klingner Rotring Rotring Brilliant is a highly saturated black ink. It comes in international cartridges only. Sailor Skrip Skrip is a series of inks made by the Sheaffer brand. In 2002 Sheaffer stopped manufacturing ink in the USA and moved ink production to Slovenia. The ink bottle, the formulae and color characteristics of the inks, and the names and availability of certain colors were changed along with that move. According to fountain pen enthusiasts, Sheaffer Skrip, whether in the former USA formula or in the current Slovenia formula, is generally considered to be a “safe fountain pen ink”; it should neither stain nor clog fountain pens very easily. As of 2008 Sheaffer Skrip is available in a 50 ml bottle with a conic side and the country name “SLOVENIA” molded into the bottom, and in proprietary Sheaffer cartridges with “SLOVENIA” molded into the side next to the brand name. Color selection is slightly wider in cartridges than in bottles. Some cartridges have clear sides with color-coded end caps (opposite the insertion end), while other cartridges are opaque and color-coded. Stipula Syll The bottles are a similar “wedge” shape as De Atramentis. Perhaps the same manufacturer? Visconti Waterman Waterman inks are currently manufactured in France. They are generally regarded to as “safe” inks by fountain pen enthusiasts. The inks are not highly saturated, but flow and lubricate well. Black, Blue-Black, Florida Blue, South Seas Blue, Violet, Green, Havana Brown, and Red are offered in 50 ml. bottles as well as long international cartridges. Black and Florida Blue are also available in short international cartridges intended to fit Waterman Ici et La and Lady fountain pens. Yard-o-Led Yard-o-Led inks are made by Diamine and are the same colors. References ^ ^ External links Noodler’s Ink Glenn’s Pen Page: About Fountain Pen Ink Pendemonium Swisher Pens Fountain Pen Hospital Categories: InksHidden categories: Articles needing cleanup from August 2008
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