I thought I'd catalogue some of the inks I've tried here, and add more as I try more samples.
|Document Brown Ink from De Atramentis - image from the website here.|
|De Atramentis Document Inks - White, Burnt Sienna (custom mix of the Yellow and Brown), Brown, Black.|
|De Atramentis Document Inks - Yellow, Red, Magenta (also called Fuchsia), |
Violet and Green
|De Atramentis Document Inks - Grey (custom mix of the Blue and Brown), Fog Grey, Dark Blue, Blue, Turquoise (also called Cyan)|
See here for mixing
See here for three-colour mixes
De Atramentis standard inks
These inks are dye-based, rather than pigmented, so not waterproof or lightfast. I tried some to test, exploring the interesting effects you can get with ink and water or adding watercolour but the colours were too unpredictable. Best used for writing! I use these in my writing pens for notes in my journal or letter writing.
These muted inks come in 6 different colours and are completely waterproof. I've written about them here. It is not a range I have explored much, though I have heard good reports of them.
Pilot Iroshizuku Ink
The name is made up of 'iro' (colouring) and 'shizuku' (droplet), and 'each ink name derives from the expressions of beautiful Japanese natural landscape and plants'. (From the website here)
This is a relatively new range of dye-based inks. Lovely for writing but not for adding watercolour, though I rather like the softening effect on the first one.
They come in gorgeous glass bottles. I'll explore these further for writing...
|Pilot Iroshizuku Inks - Fuyo-Syogun (Old Man Winter), Kiri-Same (Autumn Showers), Tsukushi (Horsetail), Yama-Guri (Wild Chestnut) and Tak-Sumi (Bamboo Charcoal).|
|The colours available in Iroshizuku Inks|
Sailor pigmented Nano inks
I am sad to say it but these were a disappointment as I'd originally bought them for sketching so wanted waterproof inks. The Blue Black is almost waterproof but the black is not, though it was supposed to be. They are also available in cartridges. Fast drying.
Still - there are times that it is nice to draw with a semi-waterproof ink and get softened lines.
|Sailor Nano inks - black and blue-black.|
|Quink bottle. From the website here.|
|Parker's Quink, Black.|
An old friend . introduced in 1931 - who hasn't had a bottle of this at some stage? I actually only use this to play with, making use of the dye properties and the separation that occurs when wet. Dye-based inks are made up of many colours and the blues and reds create interesting effects. Colours available include blue, blue black, black, red and green.
I bought a few of these inks - I loved the colours. However I started to have problems with my Lamy pens and was told the ink reacts with the plastic of the feed, so now they sit in a drawer. (Apparently this problem has been fixed so newer Lamy pens won't react.) These are large generous bottles (3oz) and great colours. Not waterproof, though there are a few in the range that are supposed to be.
Thanks to the comments below, here is the link to the PDF listing the properties of the inks.
|Noodler's Inks - Apache Sunset, Kiowa Pecan, Red Rattler (lubrication ink), Blue, Turquoies (lubricating ink) and forest Green.|
This also comes in Blue in a waterproof ink. It is lovely and rich. Totally waterproof. It also comes in cartridges, and is great in the Platinum Carbon Pen. I also use it in my Platinum brush pen. The bottles are simple and hold a generous 60ml of ink.
|Platinum Carbon Ink - black|
|Sailor Storia Ink - Lion (Light Brown)|
Made in Japan, this range is fast-drying, pigmented and waterproof, as far as I know.
This one is - and is a lovely raw sienna colour.
I love Sailor pens, which can have perhaps the finest nibs available, and am interested in the inks they produce.
|This lovely image from Pen Chalet shows the cheerful bottles of Storia Ink.|
There are 8 colours, all bright and named after a circus theme. Spotlight (yellow), Fire (red), Balloon (green), Lion (Light Brown), Clown (yellow green), Magic (purple) Dancer (pink), Night (blue).
I'd love to see these in some neutrals too. I still continue my search for a lovely waterproof grey...I may try mixing the Fire and Night to see what sort of neutral they might create...
Their cartridges come in more colours. Non waterproof.
|Lamy ink - black.|
Higgins make loads of different inks but this is the only one called a fountain pen ink. I haven't tried it in a fountain pen though...non waterproof.