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  This black is absolutely..., June 27, 2013
This black is absolutely terrific for drawing, the best choice I have found for water-soluble black ink that can be lifted and moved with water. Unlike about a dozen of the other fountain pen blacks I have tried (not counting the water-INsoluble ones here), this ink is remarkably lightfast (4 months in a sunny window and counting). (Two other very nice and similarly pretty darned lightfast ones are not truly black - De Atramentis Night Black, which is actually a very dark green, and Diamine Eclipse, which is actually a very dark violet -- I have and enjoy these too.) The other blacks I have tried fade much more quickly, often turning brown first. This includes Aurora, Pelikan, Private Reserve Velvet Black, the other Diamine blacks, J Herbin Perle Noir, and a number of others.

The Diamine Jet Black is a true black, a bit on the cool side, and is completely water-soluble. I have some loaded into a fine Aquash waterbrush and some loaded into a Pilot Petit1 pen converted to an eyedropper. Add a big waterbrush with water or a watercolor brush or two and a vessel of some kind to contain water, and you have part of a great traveling drawing kit. I would add a water-INSOLUBLE black, either a fountain pen ink (Noodler's, Sailor, or Platinum) or a permanent marker (like a Faber-Castell calligraphy marker, for its nice variable line width), so that you can have both permanent and movable black inks.

I've been looking for a reasonably lightfast (like I said, four months and counting in a sunny window) completely water-soluble black ink for drawing, and I have finally found it. It also behaves well in a fountain pen and comes in Diamine's generously-sized 80 ml bottle. Bliss!
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
  Nice solid Black. Minimal..., May 14, 2012
By dar...
Nice solid Black. Minimal bleed. Almost no feathering, even on cheap paper. Is not extremely contrasty, and does exhibit some shading.
I do prefer a darker black, but for rapid journal writing it will flow. It just might be for you.