The Pilot “Tank” Non-Self

Pilot tank Fountain Pen


This test round ran from August 2010 to spring 2011. So that as ususal, it's just in order to let myself select which inks I'll utilize, but possibly of great interest to other people too. This test is made on quite thick report which will ben't very absorbing.
  • Caran d'Ace Saffron
  • Noodler's Tanager Orange
  • Waterman Havana
  • Pelikan Brilliant Brün
  • Caran d'Ache Amazon
  • Pelikan Brilliant-grün
  • Mont Blanc Englishgrün
  • Swisher Emerald
  • Mont Blanc Irish Green
  • Noodler's Midnight
  • Noodler's Ottoman Azure
  • Waterman Florida Blue
  • Swisher Nantucket Blue
  • Waterman South Seas Blue
  • Caran d'Ache Caribbean
  • Platinum Ebony
  • Noodler's Nuke
  • Omas Gray
  • Noodler's Shah's Rose
  • Noodler's Red-black
  • Noodler's Stockholm Indigo
  • Mont Blanc Bordeaux
  • Pelikan Violet
And some other kinds of ink as comparision.
  • Mont Blanc Marathon rollerball
  • Lamy M66 rollerball
  • Zebra Zebroller AX7
  • Uni Jetstream
  • Caran d'Ache fibre-tip
  • Pilot V disposable fountain pen

This isn't a scientific test, partly because i'ven't made use of archival report - which I don't think was crucial because actually a long timeframe test. So you can't rely on it for those who have expert reasons why you should use archival ink nor if longterm storage is an issue. I simply made it to steer myself and perhaps another person discovers it interesting too.
1st paper is an ordinary cheap spiral pad paper. The second paper is banana report. It really is quite rough and doesn't soak up ink whenever many office reports does.
1st line when you look at the photos is report which was stored dark for 4 months, the 4th column had been thoroughly soaked and rinsed in liquid for 10 minutes. The 2nd and third columns had been subjected to light when you are taped towards the inside of a window for 3 days and three months. I smudged and their particular roles tend to be switched involving the papers.
No fountain pen ink ended up being used in this round of examination, just ballpoint and rollerball. Inks/pens used:
  • Bic M10 and Orange
  • Ballograf
  • Parker ballpoint and serum
  • Schneider Express, Slider and Gelion
  • Uni Jetstream and Power Tank
  • Fisher
  • Pilot BRFN-30 and Permaball
  • Lamy M66
  • Low priced common plastic ballpoint refill
We can see that without surprise none associated with gel inks could deal with water and nor are they especially light fast. Something which amazed med had been that the M66 rollerball stood up to liquid quite well, also from the non-absorbing paper. (as a result of the nature of test, all inks had been let to dry for every single day before becoming afflicted by liquid.)
Another things that doesn't shock united states is inks noted for document use actually are much more permanent. One could have believed that the Parker refill from an "Urban" pen, that will ben't so marked, has been just like the others, but without having the tagging - but it's demonstrably maybe not but something different.
The 19 year old Ballograf refill offers a slightly various colour in use, but with regards to fastness it's just as good as a new. As you expected, as documentary standard also specifies a 10 12 months rack lifetime of refills.
One shock for the test is the Slider refills, considering that the black colored you're marked "for documents". although this is not a proper longterm test I would anticipated it to do far better regarding light fastness.

Ballpoint and solution

This test ran from 02-09-15. One strip was rinsed under operating liquid. One strip had been taped to your inside a screen facing on until 02-10-20 (5 months), one strip until 03-05-17 (8 months) and another strip ended up being 1 m from a screen perpendicular to it and subjected to company light until 03-08-18 (11 months). It could be noted that gave practically exactly the same impact as facing complete sunshine one autumn week.
  • Parker blue bold "new standard" ballpoint
    Liquid: OK.
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): minor fading
    Light (8 months): much more faded, somewhat greenish
  • Parker blue method ballpoint
    Liquid: okay.
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): small fading
    Light (8 months): much more faded, somewhat greenish
    Light (11 months): small diminishing
  • Parker black colored fine ballpoint
    Liquid: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): okay
    Light (8 months): Some fading
  • Parker gel 0.7 blue
    Liquid: Absolutely washed away
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): Faded to faint brownish
    Light (8 months): Totally faded
  • Parker gel 0.7 black
    Liquid: Smudged
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): small fading
    Light (8 months): Faded to brownish
  • Fisher blue strong ballpoint
    Liquid: Some smudging
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): okay
    Light (8 months): Fainter greyish
  • Fisher black strong ballpoint
    Liquid: Slight smudging
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): OK
    Light (8 months): Barely noticable fading
  • Rotring blue method ballpoint
    Water: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): Some color change
    Light (8 months): Faded to notably faint greenish
  • Zebra Jimnie blue solution
    Water: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): OK
    Light (8 months): OK
  • Zebra J-roller blue solution
    Liquid: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): OK
    Light (8 months): OK
  • Zebra J-roller black colored gel
    Water: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): OK
    Light (8 months): okay
  • Pilot G-1 1.0 azure
    Water: Some smudging
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): Some diminishing, greyish
    Light (8 months): Faded to light gray
  • Pilot G-2 0.7 azure
    Liquid: Some smudging
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): Some diminishing
    Light (8 months): Faded to light grey
  • Pilot G-2 0.7 purple
    Water: Illegible
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): hardly legible
    Light (8 months): Totally faded
  • Pilot G-2 0.7 red
    Liquid: scarcely readable
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): really faint purple
    Light (8 months): nearly totally faded
  • Niji J-Clear III black colored
    Water: Some smudging
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): okay
    Light (8 months): Faded somewhat greyish
  • Sakura Gelly Roll blue
    Liquid: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): okay
    Light (8 months): OK
  • Pentel K106 Hybrid Roller
    Liquid: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): OK
    Light (8 months): okay
  • Bic Intensity Clic 0.7 serum
    Water: OK
    Light (5 weeks/11 months): okay
    Light (8 months): OK

Ballpoint, rollerball, throwaway water feature pencils

This test went from 02-09-22. One strip was rinsed under working liquid. One strip had been taped towards inside of a window facing completely until 02-10-31 (5 days), one strip until 03-05-17 (8 months).


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