September 27, 2012
Eclipse is a soft but still quite dark black. I'm not sure if that's the best
way to describe it... it doesn't tend to shade to gray, as some other blacks
(Diamine Jet Black is a good example, and one I unfortunately have much
experience with). Eclipse is dark and rich, but not at all a pure black or a
sharp (crisp?) black. The blue-purple tones soften it quite a bit.
I really like the color, but I have to admit that when I saw the swatch, I hoped
the blue-purple tones would be more apparent. Unless I angle my paper just so
and peer at it quite closely, I can only catch a faint hint of it, using my
Waterman Kultur fine nib. Maybe a medium or broad nib would show it off, but I
don't have any at hand to see (even the Waterman fine is a little too wide for
me - I like EF or the F of Japanese pens most).
Bleedthrough on regular paper isn't bad, mostly only in spots where I hesitated
with the pen or made multiple strokes, and there's very little feathering so far
except on super cheap paper, which is nice.
If you're looking for a black ink, this is a respectable option, but definitely
consider reviews with writing samples!
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