My acquisition of ink has hit over drive lately and I’m not sure why. This has put me way behind on ink cataloging that I really like to keep current so I don’t sample or buy the same thing again. Not saying that has EVER happened of course but just in case. I like my ink catalog system of index cards and big ink splotches.
Where I struggle and why I usually end up staring at a new bottle of ink or several sample vials is how to most efficiently test them in a pen I like to write with. I have tried a dip pen but it just doesn’t hold enough ink to get a true picture of the ink. I’m a disciplined pen cleaner and probably could be found guilty of some OCD when it comes to flushing and cleaning my pens. So I end up procrastinating on new inks when I dread the cleaning afterwards, especially if I don’t like the color. I still use the Q-Tip swabbing to create the big ink blotch but it’s a bit hard to write with on a 3×5 index card .
My perfect ink testing pen would have the following attributes:
- A converter that turns easy, or a push pull, to make cleaning easier
- With a twist converter I want the least number of twists to move the plunger
- A Smooth Nib to enjoy the testing
- A broad nib that lays down a lot of ink to reveal any shading and the true color.
My current favorite tester is a Faber-Castell Ambition Broad nib that I received in trade from a fellow blogger. It hits all the right notes as a tester for me. An easy converter, a broad smooth nib and lately it’s been getting quite the work out.
What do you use for testing? Any attributes I’m missing?
Remember: Write something nice……
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