I picked up this bottle of Stephens Fixed Blue ink for a song considering the price of ink these days. It’s about half full. The seller packed it well but there was a tiny bit of leakage by time it got to me. Really just an insignificant amount – until it got on my fingers, where it became truly significant. It is, indeed, fixed! With much washing I was able to reduce it, not remove it!
It’s strange ink. First applied it looks decidedly purple. Also, it seemed rather weak, as if it had lost its intensity. When I looked again I did a double take. It had become fully blue and it stood out well on the paper despite having been applied with a very fine nib. I’m very pleased with it but I can’t put a date to it. “Old”. That’s near enough!