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  This ink is not as water..., September 17, 2013
This ink is not as water or smudge resistant as the pictures in the description indicate.
Presumably this ink, being carbon pigment based, is made for artistic applications, if you intend to use it for art or illustration it may however be disappointing. Pens like microns, pitt and staedtler use pigment ink because it is waterproof, permanent and can stand up to erasing and washes. The sailor pigment ink, though it handles well in fountain pens and is very beautifull, bleeds considerably, even when fully dry, when gone over with a wash and it smudges and smears pigment when rubbed with an eraser. These two qualities make it a bad choice for pen and ink illustration, though still quite nice for sketching and looser, free hand drawing where erasing is not required.
You can see clearly in the pictures above that the stroke that is washed over is a very thin layer, almost grey and therefore has less pigment to bleed. When applied at full opacity it bleeds considerably more and can even be reconstituted days later, which is fun if you want to play around with grey washes. This is not something that would be important unless you are an artist and I do not think jetpens is trying to misinform anyone.
Despite these limitations, this ink works beautifully in flex nib fountain pens, is great for figure drawing and sketching or calligraphy. It dries to a very nice satin finish which accentuates the texture of papers. I use this ink in an antique flex nib pen with a water brush for black and grey portraits and love it. If you are looking for a good ink to use with watercolour, this is not it, before spending so much on ink you should know exactly what you are getting.
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