It’s time again (a little late, actually) to look at a new set of inks thanks to Goulet Pens and their Ink Drop service. This month’s selection was dark and spooky, as would be expected, so let’s take a look!
A couple of things to note at first – the Fraktur variant is one that we’re practicing over on Reddit. It’s a bit different from the one I usually do, but it came out looking quite nice. If you’re interested, the miniscules are here, and the majuscules over here so you can try for yourself.
You’ll also note that this set of inks is very friendly for everyday use. You probably won’t get any funny looks for using these to write notes at work or mark exams or whatever you put them in your fountain pen for. So if that’s one of the metrics by which you look for inks, there you go.
Noodler’s Nightshade is a red-black ink, to the point where I’d say it’s more sepia than anything else. It shades a bit with a broad edge, but in an ordinary pen it should work just fine.
Noodler’s Heart of Darkness really does deserve the name. It’s black. It’s Joseph Conrad sailing through the untamed wilds of Africa on top of the flagship of the Haggunenon star fleet black. Really not much more I can say about it other than if you’re looking for a black ink, this one’s got you covered.
De Atreamentis Fog Grey is – much in the spirit of how Sahara Grey back in August is really green – not really all that grey. It’s blue. Sure, it’s a slate blue and a lovely one at that, but if you’re hoping to write pale, fog-like letters that seem to emerge from the mist to rest above the page, well… It’s blue.
Private Reserve, I must say, does some fine blue inks, and this one is one of them, even though it’s on the purple end of the blue spectrum. Their blues – and this is no exception – have a vivid quality to them that I like.
Finally, Waterman’s Mysterious Blue is quite nice. I’m not sure it really qualifies as “mysterious,” as there’s very little mystery about what it is. I don’t know the process for naming inks, though. Maybe the Chief Ink Namer at Waterman was binge-reading Sherlock Holmes stories when the Chief Ink Mixer dropped a bottle of the stuff on her desk and said, “Name this! Now!”
Stranger things have happened.
Anyway, to sum up – a nice selection this month, suitable for all your writing needs, whatever they may be. And as a final point, I’d like to point out that this is an original limerick, as the internet has been disappointingly bad at producing limericks of quality. Thank Grodd for rhyming dictionaries…