Favourite bottled fountain pen inks

This document is old and only partially contains current information. I've bought lots of ink since I wrote it, so it's time for an update. You can find, sort of, updates at my blog.

I haven't tried out all possible or even available inks, as "good enough" is good enough for me. But I haven't stopped looking for improvements.

Blue-black usually isn't just a very dark blue, as traditionally it used to be archival ink, with the black part the permanent, often iron gall which is invisible at the time of writing but darkens the paper later, mixed with blue so you could see what you wrote, but which faded over time. The blue-blacks I've tried often don't write as smoothly as other colours of the same brands.