The following two photos are from Platinum Pens website.
Back in February, when I first read Bruno Taut's post on CRÓNICAS ESTILOGRÁFICAS about the new Platinum Mix-Free inks, I was intrigued but not really all that interested. After all, I have almost 90 bottles of ink that I need to wade through.
As a result, when they were actually released a few weeks ago, I did not purchase the set and do not know that I ever will (those 90 bottles are leering at me from their shelf).
However, I can't say that I did not want to try them out for myself. After all, two of my fav inks, Carbon Black and Pigment Brun Sepia.
Recently I have been playing Pear Tree Pens Thursday Morning trivia game on Facebook (when I remember) and I won a sample of ink carts and then won a second time. The second prize was the same as the first, so Ryan asked if I had tried the Mix-Free inks yet and if not would I be interested? Heck yeah!! Only condition, I needed to write this blog post. (hey, Ryan, twist my arm, why don't you?)
The set consist of nine basic inks. I'm not a big fan/user of blue or black so I would probably never buy the Aurora Blue or Smoky Black (I thought that the black might be a good ink for art, but although the ink is water resistant it is NOT waterproof). The Sunny Yellow and Fiery Red are my next least favorites, although I think both might make really good highlighting inks for my new Pelikan M205 Duo. Let me tell you, this red is radioactive. I'm normally a fan of red inks but this one is too much for me on it's own. Much like the Sailor Irori, it's just too red. Although, I'm sure that I can make a really cool orange from these. (note to self, add that to the "to do" list).
I absolutely love the other colors as standalone inks - Aqua Blue, Cyclamen Pink, Leafy Green, Earthy Brown and Silky Purple. But then I got to thinking, a friend in London has been struggling to find a decent replacement for MontyB Racing Green, since it has been discontinued.
The results aren't perfect but I think that they aren't too bad. This could be a solution for all the Racing Green fans out there.
|MB Racing Green is the one with the connecting sepia line, the others are my test mixes|
6 parts Leafy Green
3 parts Earthy Brown
3 parts Sunny Yellow
2 parts Aurora Blue
2 parts Smoky Black
1 part reducer
MontyB is a little grayer than my result, but hey it's close. Let me know if you come up with something closer.
So to get your own set of these lovely inks - head on over to the Pear Tree Pen Company and tell them that O-kami sent you.
I am not being compensated for this review and I have no relationship to the Pear Tree Pen Company, other that the provision of the samples used in this review.