12-17-2013, 04:02 PM
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I like to keep a record of some of my inks so after looking at how Brian Goulet does his tests and checking out what others have done at places like The Fountain Pen Network (http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/), I developed my own. This afternoon I decided to test three of the Iroshizuku inks:

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I found the discrepancy in the drying times very interesting and, ironically, the ink in the pen with the fine point took the longest to dry. (That is the Tsukushi and it is in the brown pearlescent Parker Vacumatic that Johnny just gave me.)

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 12-17-2013, 04:08 PM
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Freddy, I thought your handwriting was excellent, but your doodles get top marks Biggrin

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 12-17-2013, 04:09 PM
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That's wonderful penmanship, Freddy. The Tsukushi is a really nice brown, and is something that I would consider using on an everyday basis. The shading evident from the swab is great, and I'd be interested to see what it can do in an italic or flex nib.

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 12-17-2013, 04:10 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:08 PM)beartrap Wrote: Freddy, I thought your handwriting was excellent, but your doodles get top marks Biggrin

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 12-17-2013, 04:13 PM
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That's amazing that the Yama Budo dries so quickly!

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 12-17-2013, 04:16 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:09 PM)Elendil Wrote: That's wonderful penmanship, Freddy. The Tsukushi is a really nice brown, and is something that I would consider using on an everyday basis. The shading evident from the swab is great, and I'd be interested to see what it can do in an italic or flex nib.

Bob, I have seen no shading in any of the Iroshizuku inks that I have tried so far and I was somewhat surprised by that. Considering that the other two inks tested here were written with stub nibs I thought there might be some shading but I really didn't detect any to speak of. Sad

I agree with you about the Tsukushi being a great everyday brown. However, its slow dry time could prove to be problematic in a business setting.

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 12-17-2013, 04:18 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:13 PM)Ronnie Aloha Wrote: That's amazing that the Yama Budo dries so quickly!

I know! It has been like that from the time I put it in the pen a couple of days ago. What makes it even more amazing is that it is a wet ink in a pen using a stub nib.

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 12-17-2013, 05:20 PM
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Nice tests Freddy! Thanks for sharing! I really like the purple shade and I find the dry times interesting? Would the main factor be the nob or would the ink also be a factor, though they are from the same company?

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 12-17-2013, 05:27 PM
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(12-17-2013, 05:20 PM)Lradke Wrote: Nice tests Freddy! Thanks for sharing! I really like the purple shade and I find the dry times interesting? Would the main factor be the nob or would the ink also be a factor, though they are from the same company?

Luke, I'd definitely think it is the ink formulations because the ink with the longest drying time had a fine nib on the pen. All other things being equal, the broader the nib one would expect the longer the drying time as a broad nib is releasing more ink at one time than a fine nib. Perhaps the dyes needed to make each color has an effect on dry times.

If someone knows more I hope (s)he will speak up because I certainly found it odd.

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 12-17-2013, 05:43 PM
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Excellent penmanship! I wish I could do that, but due to carpal tunnel, which causes not only stiffness, but also a slight twitch in the index finger of my writing hand...my penmanship is absolutely horrible.

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 12-17-2013, 06:51 PM
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(12-17-2013, 05:43 PM)Arcadies Wrote: Excellent penmanship! I wish I could do that, but due to carpal tunnel, which causes not only stiffness, but also a slight twitch in the index finger of my writing hand...my penmanship is absolutely horrible.

Honestly, Byron, as I have gotten older I have found my penmanship deteriorating to some degree. Sad

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 12-17-2013, 07:00 PM
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then your personality shines through even more Smile

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 12-17-2013, 09:32 PM
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Great work on those tests, Freddy!
That Yama Budo is an amazing colour!
I just love looking at your penmanship, my friend, as it is just so beautiful! Smile

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 12-18-2013, 11:53 AM
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Excellent Freddy. Thanks for the review.

The drying times intrigued me as well. I actually had to keep scrolling back and forth to make sure I was reading it correctly. None the less these look like excellent inks.

Enjoy every written word.

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