I am always looking for an excuse to "fiddle" with my Fountain Pen database. This afternoon I was playing around with the random function in Filemaker looking to see if I can add a bit more variety to my pen/nib/ink selection algorithms. In the end I didn't make any change but instead used the code I had created to select random inks from my collection. It was selecting some very interesting inks that I hadn't seen for quite a while. (inks are taking two years between uses at the moment).
So I set the script to select six and these are what resulted. I dragged out my trusty dip pen and scribbled their names on Tomoe River paper.
I designed my lightbox for only one ink bottle at a time so its a bit cramped for all six.
Noodler's scored three of the six spots, with the shade-rific Apache Sunset, the Eternal/Bulletproof/forge-proof Hunter Green and the very long named Whaleman's Sepia. Montblanc gets one entry with their very nice twilight blue - Blue Hour, Sailor's take on racing green is there with Epinard, and finally Organics Studio's ode to Walt Whitman's famous poem Leaves of green - to say it is a dark green is false in my humble opinion.
A side effect of the dip pen is that the writing tends to be very wet (dark) at the start, levels out and then tapers off as the ink is used. Sometimes I turn the pen so you will see a darker patch mid-scribble.