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  Eclipse is a soft but..., September 27, 2012
Eclipse is a soft but still quite dark black. I'm not sure if that's the best way to describe it... it doesn't tend to shade to gray, as some other blacks (Diamine Jet Black is a good example, and one I unfortunately have much experience with). Eclipse is dark and rich, but not at all a pure black or a sharp (crisp?) black. The blue-purple tones soften it quite a bit.

I really like the color, but I have to admit that when I saw the swatch, I hoped the blue-purple tones would be more apparent. Unless I angle my paper just so and peer at it quite closely, I can only catch a faint hint of it, using my Waterman Kultur fine nib. Maybe a medium or broad nib would show it off, but I don't have any at hand to see (even the Waterman fine is a little too wide for me - I like EF or the F of Japanese pens most).

Bleedthrough on regular paper isn't bad, mostly only in spots where I hesitated with the pen or made multiple strokes, and there's very little feathering so far except on super cheap paper, which is nice.

If you're looking for a black ink, this is a respectable option, but definitely consider reviews with writing samples!
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