I have a shelf full of vintage inks which I sometimes use but are really there for the bottles. Otherwise I am quite unadventurous about ink. Until recently it’s been blue, blue/black and black. Then someone gave me Baystate Blue and I confess to being impressed by that astonishing electric blue. More recently another kind person gave me tester bottles of various inks and I have been trying some of those.
Really, though, I’m not about bright ink colours. Yes, I like them but they are a distraction. For me, it isn’t about presenting a pretty page, it’s about getting information down. Also it’s about write-testing restored pens. Both of these uses require ink that stands out well on the paper and that ink has to be safe for any pen I put it in. I don’t want to experiment to discover which inks are safe. I already know that Watermans and Quink are.
I read somewhere that newspaper editors discard letters written in green ink. This is because the seriously obsessed, the conspiracy theorists and other types of loony tunes favour green ink. Pity, because I quite like it. I wonder what that says about me?