Ink Review: Pharmacist's Urkundentinte

When I placed my order from Pharmacist, I ordered five inks in order to maximize shipping value.  The one's I ordered are:

  1. Purpura Imperialis (which is the one I was the most excited about)
  2. Urkundentinte (the "Document Ink")
  3. Darkening Absinthe (what I understand to be a dark green ink, which I have not used yet)
  4. Turkish Night (a dark teal--not yet used)
  5. Terra Incinerata (sepia--not yet used)

I intend to publish reviews of all five.  Here are my thoughts on Urkundentinte (apologies in advance for any butchered spelling or translation).

This ink initially goes down as a lighter shade of blue black, perhaps a little lighter than Waterman blue black.  The most comparable color I have is the Montblanc limited edition Meisterstuck Diamond blue (review also forthcoming).

When it dries, however, it darkens considerably, almost to black, but still with some blue tint to it.  I've heard that the ink will continue to darken as it cures on the document over a period of weeks/months.

Again, this is an iron-gall ink, like all Pharmacist inks, so the same disclaimers apply to this ink that apply to the Purpura Imperialis.  Here is my review:

Written Ink Review:  Pharmacist's Urkundentinte
Written Ink Review: Pharmacist's Urkundentinte

And her is an extreme close-up showing the color change and some better color fidelity. The color in this photo is pretty spot-on, at least on my monitor.  The bottom writing is 15-seconds fresh, the top after about a minute.


Once again, another ink that I think is destined to become a favorite.  Doesn't turn heads around the office, and it's permanent iron-gall to boot.

An Ink Review: Pharmacist's Purpura Imperialis

For my first ink review, I've chosen a new ink from my collection, Pharmacist's Purpura Imperialis.  This ink is interesting, and particularly suitable for the inaugural "Vintage Writing" blog post, because it's an iron-gall ink.  Iron-gall ink has been used historically for it archival qualities.  It lasts for centuries, if not longer, and will most likely outlast the paper you write on.  Note:  Iron-gall ink can be high maintenance.  Don't mix it with other inks, don't leave it in your pen for longer than a few weeks without cleaning, and when you do decide to change inks, flush the pen with a solution of dilute vinegar and distilled water.  [Enough said about that here.  Anyone who is interested can find more than enough written on the subject online.] This particular ink is made by an individual in Belgium who goes by the Fountain Pen Network handle Pharmacist, and my understanding is that he makes these inks in small batches for sale through FPN.  As his name illustrates, he's a pharmacist by trade.

The ink itself appears dark purple in the pen.  I used my Pilot Custom 74 Violet Demonstrator with this ink, and had no issues.  The ink is extremely well-behaved, even on the cheapest-of-the-cheap copy paper at my office.  I had no problems with bleed-through, feathering, or smearing.  The review below was written in a Clairefontaine notebook, hence the slower dry time, but even on this paper, writing with a very wet nib, there is next to no smearing at 20-30 seconds.

Full Written Review
Full Written Review

Here is a close-up of the writing.  Note that the color has not changed all the way to an almost-black yet.

Close-up of writing
Close-up of writing

In short, this is one of my new favorite inks, and will see some good day-to-day use in the office.  Questions and comments are welcome!

P.S.:  I have used the camera on my samsung galaxy in lieu of a scanner.  IMHO, this camera does a better job of capturing the true color of the ink, even though the picture may not be as clear.  I think the color reproduction as reflected here is pretty accurate of what you get with the ink.