I have, love, and use Franklin-Christoph items. Huge fan here.
Black Magic ink from Franklin-Christoph, though? It has some amazing qualities, but I am not a fan.
Let me explain . . .
The above image sums it up nicely. Black Magic reminds me of writing with a felt-tip marker. The pen (a Lamy Safari with medium ink) would barely touch the paper and just like (black) magic, I’d have a tremendous spot of ink. If I paused even for a nanosecond, another huge spot of ink.
On to the amazing qualities . . .
Black magic is crazy black. It’s incredibly saturated. Black inks aren’t my favorite, but if I’m using black, it better be black.
And then there’s this . . .
Black Magic don’t smear. (You can quote me on that.) It seriously, seriously, seriously doesn’t (Does. Not.) smear. I couldn’t get it to smear even when I tried.
Before writing with it for a few days, I mostly liked the ink. However, after i few days on regular writing on a variety of paper brands/types, I was worn out from all of the bleeding and washed that ink right out of my pen.
I could see loving this ink. An extra fine nib or a pen with a super-stingy feed to control the flow combined with the right paper and it could be a perfect black. I’m just way too busy to spend time with such a fussy ink when there are so many inks that work well, you know?
What is your favorite black? I’m still loving Noodler’s Black.
Oof. That is a heavy bleeder!
My favorite ink is Noodler's Heart of Darkness because that's the only one I have. But I heard great things about Noodler's Black. Apparently it's even darker than HOD. I'll get a bottle of that once my HOD is done.
To me, Noodler's HOD is darker than Noodler's Black. HOD is crazy dark! I think this F-C ink is unusable by most people.
Unusable because it's so dark?
Because it bleeds so heavily. I'm glad to send you a sample vial of it if you'd like to try. Just drop me an email. Christine at christinewitt dot com