A few weeks ago, I reviewed a custom ink that I had made at Inkstand by Kakimori. If you haven’t seen that review, which goes through the background of how to get to Kakimori and the process, you can find it here.
At the time, I mixed 3 colours for the team at Kakimori to make up for me. The second of these, I’ve nicknamed “Powerade”. I wanted to make something that was a teal colour, that doesn’t lean too green (my pet peeve). I don’t think I quite got there with this colour – that’s one downside to the process. The pens they provide for you to test the colours are glass dip pens, which writes differently to fountain pens. When I made up the ink and tested it with the glass dip pen, the colour was perfect, but the ink is dry and the darker colour doesn’t quite show up in a fountain pen.
The result is that the ink looks a bit like a lighter version of Diamine’s Eau de Nil. The ink produced is pigmented so I’m careful to only use it in pens I can completely disassemble and clean. I only really use it in my Pilot Preras or Metropolitans and these don’t write wet enough for the ink to show up any darker.
As I said, the process was quite fun, but its not exactly the most cost effective way to ink up your pen. The pigmented ink, I feel, also provides a bit of a limitation in the use of the ink after, but I’m probably over paranoid about it. On the plus side it is water proof (in my testing anyway), so that’s a big bonus for anyone that spills water or needs archival qualities in their ink.
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