Good Ink, Bad Ink

Good Ink Bad Ink

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There are inks – good inks and bad inks. How come inks be bad? Well, this is only my evaluation and my understanding as per my usage criteria.

While going through some registers, I found my old writing samples.

The inks used in that writing sample were Diamine Sapphire (good ink), Diamine Sargasso Sea (good ink), and Pelikan Royal Blue (bad ink)

So, what makes them good or bad?

When we write for the first time, the ink makes a certain kind of impression on paper – the particular colour, hue, intensity, saturation. If that impression continues to remain on paper over period of time, its a good ink. If that impression fades over period of time – its bad ink. Its as simple as that.

Take for example this image

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The three inks from top are: Diamine Sapphire, Diamine Sargasso Sea , and Pelikan Royal Blue.

Now for closeup
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The top one is Diamine Sapphire, and the bottom one is Diamine Sargasso Sea

Now another closeup

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The top one is Diamine Sargasso Sea and the bottom one is Pelikan Royal Blue.

It is very clear as to how the Pelikan Royal Blue has faded. Usually Royal Blue – which is perhaps the most popular ink color among any brand fades so easily over a period of time.

Among the above, none are water proof. Eventhough the Diamine Sapphire shows some water resistance, its not water proof. To the above criteria of a lasting impression on paper, if the ink is also water proof, that adds the well needed punch to the ink.

Its usually better that we go with good inks for writing our important documents / works. Otherwise its really a let down when we write important things in our Diary / Registers, and after few months find that the effort we had put in for those writeups look washed out.

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