June 28, 2013
The comments and item description of this ink do not accurately describe its
performance. I bought this ink as a go to workhorse for large, detailed dip pen
illustration and found that it was an unusual specialty ink that's qualities
make it inappropriate for illustrators.
It is very high quality with more pigment and shellac than any other ink I have
used giving it a beautiful satiny luster and darkness on the page. This
thickness is due to an extremely high shellac content. Because of this it never
feathers even on soft papers and can produce extremely fine detail.
The shellac however makes it unusable for anything more than a quick drawing.
It dries on the nib within ten to fifteen minutes and is so thick it must be
scraped and washed off under water. Over The course of a six hour illustration
it had to be washed off over thirty times and still caused erratic and
inconsistent lines. The more you use the ink the more these problems
The ink dries on the tip so thick it causes skipping in lines and inconsistency
in stippling. In addition small pieces of dried ink can come of the nib at any
time ruining an illustration. Eventually the ink will accumulate to a point
where it causes the entire reservoir to be dumped onto the page. This ink was
tested with the G nib, mapping pen and a flex nib and worked worst with the
smaller nibs. The shellac also lends the ink a satin finish which, though it is
pretty, is problematic for scanning. This ink is in every aspect; line work,
stippling flow and consistency, outperformed by a budget india ink like
speedball. Even when diluted, the shellac to pigment ratio is too high to make
this ink function properly and it's unreliable performance can easily ruin hours
of work, unacceptable for most illustrators.
Nevertheless the ink is of very high quality and looks beautiful, I could see it
having fine art or calligraphy applications though I would not use this with a
nice brush as it will abrade the bristles. Hope this is helps people know what
they are getting and if anyone does use this for inking manga every day please
post how to deal with the nib clogging.
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