Platinum Blacks

I was very kindly sent these 6 Platinum Classic Black fountain pen ink samples by Scribble at unitedinkdom. I tested a batch of Platinum inks back in April, you can link to the review here, the bottom line being that as creative fluids they were somewhat lacking. Most of us know about Platinum black as a line work ink, it’s superb in that it’s fountain pen friendly and is waterproof when dry allowing for washes of fp ink and bleach to be applied with the line work staying intact.

So what about these then? Well firstly, they’re great fun. When you start writing or drawing, the ink appears as a colour but then, after several seconds, the colour slowly darkens until it becomes very dark and in some cases, almost black! Like magic! But for me, the most exciting discovery was when blending with water. The colour bleeds out beautifully turning darker towards the initial source i.e. the top of the swatch card. Now, I have seen this happen before with Noodler’s Blacks. But the BIG thing here, is that these Platinum Blacks react with bleach where as the Noodler’s don’t. Not so here, the Platinum blacks appear to be more dye based and hence the bleach is able to react. There’s also a decent sheen too.

These may well prove to be a novelty fad for handwriting, but when used for more creative purposes, I believe these have great potential. Check out the abstract alphabets below. Look at he range of tone and colour and all from one ink! Now imagine drawing and painting a scene from your travels using one of these inks… and then writing up the story in the same! And all from the same source! Exciting or what?

Inks tested: Lavender Black, Cassis Black, Forest Black, Khaki Black, Cirus Black and  Sepia Black.

If you’d like to buy any of the original art featured on my site you can purchase it on my ETSY shop site or contact me direct. I will do my upmost to add value to your investment over time – click here to access the shop . I am also accepting commissions for swatch tests. So, if you have a favourite ink(s) and some words for someone special, or maybe just for yourself, drop me a line and we can discuss further.

If you’d like to know more about this project, please take a look at the Mission Statement.

All tests on Bockingford 200lb watercolour paper using brushes and a Noodler’s Ahab for the ink work.

Ink samples very kindly donated by Cult Pens

Just for the record – I do this for myself, I receive no remuneration what-so-ever and I tell it exactly how I see it.

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6 thoughts on “Platinum Blacks

  1. Nick, I confess I’ve yet to find these inks truly waterproof so I was actually a bit disappointed with them. They are somewhat water resistant but I was hoping to use them for linework drawing and then add watercolor washes over but they don’t ever seem to set completely. At least not on the paper I’ve tried. Please let me know if you’ve had better results.

  2. From what my tests reveal, these inks blend with water and release their base colours. If used for line work these would bleed when wet or damp but if allowed to dry hard, may well become waterproof. When I get bsck to the studio I may give this a try and find how how long they need to ‘cure’. N

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  4. This is just about the most beautiful set of images I’ve seen in a review – absolutely glorious! You’ve made me really WANT to be creative with ink, rather than just rattle words down on paper, so THANK YOU for that!

    • That is the purpose of the project – to demonstrate that fountain pen inks are NOT insignificant writing fluids. They are a source of unexpected visual wonder. Thanks Alsion. N

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