Average Customer Review
11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful
, January 7, 2009
One of the only truly waterproof inks on the market. Noodler's claim is not
exactly correct about their bullet proof inks. Though the parts of the ink that
have bonded with celluloid are waterproof the other dye resting on top is not
waterproof, don't be fooled. If you are doing watercolor washes over noodler's a
a slightly gray wash will result! Carbon ink is the only fountain pen ink that
is truly waterproof!
Feeds and works perfectly in my Pilot VP and even in all my cheap fiber feed
pens like the petite and varsity.
Not as black as noodler's but is still very black, this ink is well into the
black, black range even in a fine point pen.
It is also the smoothest ink I've ever used, the carbon particles lubricate the
point very well.
Just don't let this ink dry out in your pen use it once or twice a week and
don't store the pen with the ink in it. Heck if you let any ink dry in a good
pen or store any pen with ink in it you've done a no,no.
8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful
I've been using this...
, February 27, 2010
I've been using this ink for about a month now in my Lamy Fine Point Safari.
This pen travels with me everywhere, so the ink never gets a chance to dry up in
the pen. This a very smooth black that, once it dries, stands up well to my
watercolor washes without any smearing. I prefer Platinum Carbon to the
Noodler's Bulletproof Black that I used to use.
7 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
I'm a long-time user...
, December 29, 2012
I'm a long-time user of Cabon and other pigmented inks in my fountain pens. I
keep Platinum Carbon in my Pilot Vanishing Point (F), which is my daily-carry
pen, as well as my Pelikan Souverän M1000 and Omas Ogiva fountain pens. The
Pelikan and Omas have customized extra-fine nibs and optimized feeds for those
nibs, but Carbon flows just as freely through them as any Noodler's, Omas,
Iroshizuku, or Pelikan inks I've used in them. I've had Carbon sit idly in my
Omas for weeks at a time and had no hard starts nor feeding issues with it.
Bear in mind that I'm rather meticulous (feel free to call me anal retentive if
you want) when it comes to cleaning my pens: I flush with cool, clean water
until it runs mostly clear; flush with a mild amonia solution two or three
times; soak the entire nib and feed section (yes, I disassemble my expensive,
piston-fill pens too) in the same kind of mild amonia solution overnight; flush
three or four times with cool, fresh water; leave nib and section to dry
Using that procedure, I've never had flow nor clogging issues.
In terms of the properties of this particular ink, it is quite completely
waterproof AFTER IT'S HAD A CHANCE TO DRY FULLY. If you're going to be going
over the lines with a wash or markers, I'd strongly suggest giving it a full
hour to dry even though if you've only done line work with Carbon it ought to be
dry enough after five or so minutes (tops).
The color is rich and dark enough, depending on how "dry" or "wet" your feed is.
This is not an ink intended for use with dip pens (although I've used it with
pointed pens after mixing in some gum arabic with excellent results). I will say
that with my drier pens, the color isn't quite as saturated as a few of
Noodler's blacks, but to my eye it seems at least as dark as Noodler's most
popular "Bulletproof" black; and without the smell of his "Bulletproof" inks!
As I mentioned before, I always keep my daily-carry pen filled with this Carbon
ink and plan on continuing to do so until Platinum stops making it, which I hope
never happens in my lifetime.
HTH & YMMV
7 out of 9 people found the following review helpful
The ink is indeed waterproof....
, January 23, 2011
The ink is indeed waterproof. It also dries quickly. BUT it is not very dark
(more greyish than black), it tends to spread and feather on even good quality
paper, and I would hesitate to call it fountain pen friendly. I filled a Lamy
Safari I didn't care much for with it, and I used it every day for about two
weeks. The ink stained the converter, and flushing it from the pen is proving to
be quite a task. I will settle for using disposable drawing pens from now on. I
just hope this ink hasn't totally destroyed my Safari.
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
, February 1, 2011
I bought this ink and...
, January 8, 2014
I bought this ink and initially used it only with the Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
and it was great.
I liked it so much that I decided I would try to refill the ink cartridge that
came with my Pilot Penmanship fountain pen and it took a pen I generally liked
and turned it into a pen I completely love and use regularly. It doesn't
evaporate in the pen if you let it sit for a while and it doesn't sink into
paper and feather out. I love it.
Now I immediately remove the ink that came in the crappy cartridge that was sent
with the pen and replace it with this ink.
Shame they aren't going to be selling it anymore. I can't imagine why this is