I already have two of these. In my experience, the best part about using these,
is the quality of the nib, very smooth, like something costing much more. The
feed system and the cap design keep the nib wet and easy to start without
In fact I am giving one as a Christmas present.
I ordered this mainly out of curiosity. I had looked at various scans, and read
many reviews on the internet, and still I could not figure out what it would
look like. Was it olive? Was it an olive that would shade to black?
The evening that it arrived, I loaded my Kaweco Dia and a Parker Frontier.
I found it to be a very well behaved, nice wet,... black. Oh well I thought,
black ink is good, easy to use up.
Then after a couple of days I looked at what I had written, and it looked more
like a dark olive!! Wow! The olive is like a secret between the writer and the
ink. This is what I would use if my teacher or a boss insisted on black ink.
Unless astute, he or she will never figure out that you are actually writing in
olive!! Pretty cool!
I love this ink! It is ideal for use on forms where you want to distinguish your
writing from the adjacent print. Yet, it is dark enough that no one can object
to it as looking unprofessional. It is very dark in a wet writer, and comes
across as more of a greenish teal in a fine nib or a dry writer. I also find
that it flows well in my Parker Vendome as well as my Rotring Core XL nib.
I had very high expectations for this ink because I loved the idea behind it. I
was also looking for a taupe colored ink that was dark enough to be easily read.
I was very excited to receive it in the mail. I love ordering from Jet Pens
because I never have to wait longer than afew days for anything.
The color is ok. It is fun to watch it turn from a purplish brown to a more
muted gray brown, but the consistency makes it hard to use. In my Kaweco Dia it
starts and stops. Finally I tried it in my Parker Frontier and found it to be
mostly usable but NOT smooth, sort of scratchy but thick. This later formulation
behaves more like a water based paint than I would like. I am still looking for
the perfect pen for it.