I am a little stumped at the moment with reviews for the site so todays post is slightly different. One of my aims for this year is to finish a whole bottle of ink. With this in mind I thought I would share my modest collection of bottled ink. This exercise is hopefully interesting to you, but should also shed some light on my ink buying habits.
The complete list:
- Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai 50 ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao 50ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku 50ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho 15ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun 15ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji 15ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro 15ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Gaki 15ml
- Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-Ro 15ml
- Diamine Orange 30ml
- Diamine Amazing Amethyst 30ml
- Diamine Prussian Blue 30ml
- KWZ Brown Pink 60ml
- KWZ Rotten Green 60ml
- KWZ Honey 60ml
- J. Herbin Stormy Grey 50ml
- Noodlers Black 90ml
Writing out a list of the bottled ink I own highlights some obvious points. I gravitate to a number of ink brands, predominantly Pilot Iroshizuku ink. Once I’ve tried a manufacturer that I like I tend to go through the ink colours and buy several more. I’ve done this again recently with KWZ.
My choice of colours is very limited. I seem to sway to the blue and blue/green shades. This is a little disappointing, its like the school mentality of blue ink has followed me into adult life. I need more colour!
My Noodlers Black ink is the only anomaly in this list. This ink is waterproof and therefore great to address envelops and for sketching. I have been using this ink a lot in recent months as I try to improve my sketching skills. I doubt this will be the ink I’ll finish this year with an impressive 90ml of it, but I should deplete my stock pretty well.
All of the inks in this list are essentially full bottles. I never make it far before being distracted by a new colour which means I have a lot of ink to hand. If I am to finish a full bottle this year it will likely be the Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai even though this is one of the larger bottles. I really enjoy using this ink and usually have it in one or two fountain pens. It’s a year round ink choice for me.