Oh, yes, it does well with water! Nice!!! This is totally one of my gray inks. It makes me swoon!
OK..so see those black specks on the water test? No, it’s not Gris Nuage gone crazy – that’s collateral damage from my Invincible Black spatter. Haha!
Do you have a favorite gray? Mr. Pentulant was using Montblanc Oyster Grey for awhile in his fancy new Boheme, but he wasn’t loving it.
How does it write?
It’s fine. It really is, but I cannot get past that color. Look at how it compares to the J Herbin Gris Nuage. Nuage is a bit on the blue side, but the side-by-side comparison really shows who green the Gray Flannel is.
But..I digress…it writes well. Great flow, no smearing. I’ve been loving broad nib pens lately, but this performed really well in my vintage Parker (not sure of the model) with a fine nib.
So…it’s probably easy to see that I’m not all wound up excited about this ink. I’m not. With so many shades of
green gray out there, I’m going to keep looking for the ones I swoon over.
I’ve asked before – but what are your thoughts about color? Purist like I am? Or mix-n-match is ok with you?
Really quick review for today…
Silver-Grey from DeAtramentis is one of my favorites from my Fifty Shades of Grey (Gray) post.
What I love…
..the name of the color matches the color of the ink!
..it’s a true gray – I don’t see any blue or red or green undertones
..no smear, no bleed, no nonsense
What I didn’t love so much…
..it smells a little funky (not like mold funk, but a definitely chemical / petroleum (?) smell. Something.
..maybe a little too fast-drying
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But..it is a true gray (ok, grey!) and I do appreciate that.
I’m not going to buy a full bottle of this ink (testing was done from a sample as usual). There’s just nothing that special about it.
Tyler Dahl LOVED this ink. A true sign that YMMV.
Have you tried it? What do you think? Wonderful or just meh?
UPDATE: For some odd reason, this post received a whole big mess of spammy posts. I’ve closed comments on this post, but please contact me if you have something to add to the conversation! xo
Kiri same from Pilot Iroshizuku is such a pleasing shade of gray. I like my gray inks to look as much like pencil as possible – so that the reader may even wonder if I’d written in pencil. A simple fine line. Mmm. This one fits the bill, but when compared with other grays – it seems to have some red qualities to it. It’s probably not enough red to notice when the ink is on its own, but the red is definitely there.
The above swab is on a cheap index card (really, are there any quality index cards out there these days?). The feathering on the index card had me concerned, but look below at the water test – no feathering, no smearing. For the water test, I write, wait a few seconds, and then drag a moistened Q-Tip across the writing. I also place a water droplet on the card – in this case, it’s on the L in “Pilot” – crazy, right?
Seize the Dave (the essence of storm clouds in a bottle)
Grays are a favorite color for me. Love, hate, or indifferent – how do you feel about gray ink?
|Grey from Diamine so stately and professional. A good basic grey.|
|Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same – delicate (hints of red)|
I’ve been loving the Iroshizuku inks lately. Have you tried any? Highly recommended. And the bottles? Gorgeous!
|Private Reserve Grey Flannel – Regular ole grey (with bits of green?)|
|DeAtramentis – Silver-Grey – Nice classic shade|
|Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun – soft and a bit blue|
|J Herbin Gris Nuage – delicate|