Higgins Black Magic Ink - 1 oz Bottle - Black

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4.0 (3 reviews)
Higgins is renowned for their high-quality inks. The Black Magic is a pigment-based drawing ink that is waterproof, fade-proof, and acid-free. This opaque ink has a permanent, intense semi-flat (matte) black finish on most surfaces. It is ideal for use with technical pens, airbrushes, dip pens, and brushes. It is not made to be mixed with other inks, but you can dilute it with pure water. This ink is not laundry-proof.
Model NumberHIGGINS 44011
Weight1.5 ounces
Bottle Size 1 oz
Ink Characteristics Acid-Free, Fade-Resistant, Non-Toxic, Permanent, Waterproof
Ink Color Black
Size - Height 7.3 cm
Size - Width 4.3 cm
Usage Airbrushes, Brushes, Dip Pens, Technical Pens
Water Resistance Full

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This is a fairly decent...
May 9, 2014
This is a fairly decent ink, but where it really shines is the bottle design. While using an eye-dropper seems counter-productive to refilling your nib pens, once the habit sets in you realize how efficient and clean the whole process is. It makes me wish that all ink containers had a dropper.

What drops the review a star (actually I would have given it 3, but that dropper... THAT DROPPER!) to 4 is Higgins tendency to have their ink feather out on lighter paper. Higgins is not a good combination with Deleter's Manga Paper. I would suggest to really experiment with ink/ paper combinations and if you have problems swap the paper for a heavier one like bristol board..
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Higgins Black Magic used...
May 19, 2015
Higgins Black Magic used to be my go-to ink years ago. Now, while I did not buy it through Jet Pens, I decided to give Black Magic another shot. I don't know if it was just this batch, or if this ink is not good as I remember. This ink bled horribly on any paper I used it on, mainly Strathmore 400 plate britol, Strathmore 300 bristol (smooth), Canson Artist series Smooth Bristol, and Eon Art Boards. Upon further investigation, EonProd recommends staying far away from this ink. Not only did the ink bleed, but it was a gray... nowhere near black. This is NOT the Black Magic ink I remember from years past.

I'll recommend ANY ink over this ink. Heck, you're better off with Speedball Super Black (actually not too bad of an ink).

I wanted to give this ink 2 stars, but I'm giving it an extra star because it could just be my batch. However, I don't think it was as evidenced by EonProd's ink recommendations for their Bristol.
Ryan Kirby
Higgins Black Magic is...
May 28, 2014
Higgins Black Magic is my go to ink at my local art supply store. It's the darkest ink I can find and it really lays out evenly with fountain pens/brushes. I use it exclusively on my 108 lb Paris Bleedproof paper from Borden & Riley (just the right weight to prevent feathering, and smooth enough to preserve all of the fine details in my artwork). I wouldn't recommend it on thinner/printer paper as the other reviewer mentions, but if you are looking for a truly black ink, this is a great start.