This month’s ink drop from Goulet Pens features brown inks with an aptly named title: “Box of Chocolates”. This is my second ink drop.
I was actually looking into brown inks late January, so I’m glad I waited.
The inks samples are: Waterman Absolute Brown, Diamine Rustic Brown, Pelikan Brown, Pilot Iroshizuku Ina-Ho, and Noodler’s Polar Brown
I love the quirky characteristics of the Ina-Ho. Out of the darker brown colors, my favorite is the Pelikan Brown, a more orange-rusty brown.
I liked the color and bulletproof quality of Noodler’s Polar Brown, but out of all the inks I’ve sampled since mid-December (about 25), Polar Brown is the only ink that feathered quite a bit during the swabbing process (Dip pen on Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book). I thought it was the new nib I was using, but then I switched to the one I normally use with same results. Then I thought maybe I was over inking the dip pen, but every attempt was feathered. I tried the Polar Brown on a variety of papers that I had on hand and the Rhodia dot pad and Circa SmartPlanner to-do list paper are the ones that didn’t feather or bleed as much as the others.
I’ll probably do some more testing- like actually filling a pen instead of using dip pen tests to see if I get a different result. I looked online and most reviews I found of Polar Brown said it didn’t feather at all. Anyone experience this? Maybe it’s just me? :)
What is your favorite ink from this drop? Do you have a favorite brown ink that didn’t make this list?
Unrelated to the Ink Drop: Big thank you to The Goulet Pen Company! Their customer service is impeccable!
Thank you for reading!Thank you so much for your support and for viewing this post!
For projects I'm currently working on, free PDF zines and printables, sketchbook pages, videos, & more support my work on Patreon! :)