Caran d’Ache Inks Test – Part 2

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I sourced these Caran d’Ache samples from Rachel and Brian at Goulet Pens and Vijay at Stationery Shop stationeryshop.scotland@gmail.com.

These are a great range of inks, 18 in total, with plenty of artistic possibilities. I’ll post a couple of test pieces up later in the week.

Infinite Grey – A deep rich grey handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with strong hints of fluorescent blue at the outer edges. Reacts with bleach turning a neon white gold. I love this ink!

Magnetic Blue – A deep dark blue handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with hints of pink at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a neon white gold. It looks and behaves exactly the same as the Kaweco Midnight Blue.

Blue Sky – A typical royal blue handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with hints of pink at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a neon white gold. It looks and behaves exactly the same as the Kaweco Royal Blue.

Idyllic Blue – A weak mid blue handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out evenly with no hidden hues. Reacts with bleach turning a white neon gold.

Hypnotic Turquoise – A bright turquoise handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out evenly with no hidden hues. Reacts with bleach turning a white neon gold.

Caribbean Sea – A tropical green sea handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with hints of dark turquoise and cyan at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a white gold. It looks and behaves exactly the same as the Kaweco Paradise Blue. A very nice ink though with a great range of colour and tone.

Vibrant Green – A dark blue green handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with cyan at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a white gold.

Amazon Green – A dark grass green handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with hints of cyan at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a white neon gold. It looks and behaves exactly the same as the Kaweco Palm.

Delicate Green – A bright lime green handwriting ink that mixes readily with water grading out with feint hints of cyan at the outer edges. Reacts well with bleach turning a neon gold.

There has been much discussion about the similarities between the Kaweco and Caran d’Ache range. I think my evidence puts the theory beyond doubt. They’re lovely inks with the only real difference being the cost. The Caran d’Ache inks are more expensive.

Tests conducted on Bockingford watercolour paper.

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2 thoughts on “Caran d’Ache Inks Test – Part 2

  1. beautiful (and helpful) ink tests! the use of bleach is really stunning. i was just wondering, what kind of pen do you use to apply the ink? do most fountain/dip pens would hold up with it?

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