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View Full Discussion Anyone know the difference between these and let's say the Sailor jentle ink. i'm a novice when it comes to fountain pens, I'd pairing this with a Faber-Castell LOOM Fountain Pen (extra fine + fine ). I was receromended the Sailor jentle however it's almost 3/4 times as expensive as they also come in 50ml bottles and cost twice as much roughly. Not to mention this drop would work out pretty cheap as well . Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You
If you need help deciding which inks you like best, try Vanness Inc. (https://vanness1938.com/) They sell a LOT of inks in 4 ml trial sizes. I was able to sample everything from super pricy Bungubox inks ($5/4ml) to cheap Noodler's ($2/4ml). They also have several R&K inks. They also have very quick shipping. About once a month now, I'll spend $20 on samples to try all the brands (and colors) I can. (It's surprising how different inks feel in different pens and nib sizes. Even if you hate one ink in one pen, it could be your fave ink in another.)
I've been in the hobby for about 6 or 7 years now and I've used both Rohrer & Klingner and Sailor Jentle. Both are very safe to use in your fountain pens. I buy Jentle inks because some colors they offer can't be found in other brands; the same can be said for R&K. There's no reason to buy a more expensive ink if you can find a similar color at a cheaper price, unless there's a major difference in formulas (Noodler's bulletproof black won't be the same as, say, a washable black from a different brand). Really, it's all down to preference. Some people buy exclusively one brand,, some people distribute their collection over a variety of brands, some people buy one color by one brand and never stray from it.
@bonnielass's suggestion to buy samples from a distributor like Vanness or Goulet Pens is a great one, because you can figure out what you like with a small initial investment. Colors look different on your screen than when you actually get to use it: ink swatches tend to be made with something like a cotton swab that applies a liberal amount of ink, and with a finer nib like the one that you have, they might not be as true as you'd like them to be. If you're able to, you should definitely try a number of different colors from as many brands as you can, and narrow it down from there. If you only have a few pens and don't use them that much, you may not even want to buy a bottle unless it's a color you really like and use constantly; fine nibs by nature put less ink on the page, which means a bottle of ink will last you a very long time.
I'd be happy to help if you have any other questions. There are tons of brands out there and it can get confusing and tiresome to sort through all the information of where they're available, what properties they have, etc.
Thank you so much for the reply, very informative and much appreciated. Can't wait to test the ink out =] has a nice yellow selection available which also happens to be my gf's favourite colour. Thank you