As promised, I wanted to share some of my favorite inks after that long series.
Vinta Aegean Armada is, by far, my favorite ink to use in a pen.
Vinta is an ink company in the Philippines that does some really lovely sheening and shading inks. This particular ink is very similar to Diamine’s Ghost in the way it contains like three million shades right in my wheelhouse, but this one is darker than Ghost, making it a lot easier to read on a page, and its flow is fast enough that it makes my writing feel bold. It’s not the most velvety ink to write with, but it has a faint texture to it that I enjoy.
The ink splotch looks different in different lights, the above being in morning sunlight and the bottom in yellow-tinged artificial light.
I use this ink in my Conklin Duragraph pen, and even when I’m a bit irregular in my writing habits, it never clogs or needs water to get running again. I know part of that is the pen, but some inks dry too quickly even inside the pen.
But even though it stays wet in the pen, it dries very fast on paper. In the splotch the edges of the ink look feathery, so I also share the heart test just to show how the feathering doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t get a decent edge when I’m drawing.
Storytime: I had a horrible situation in which I didn’t secure the cap well enough before traveling, and some of the ink in the bottle spilled. As upset as I was at the loss of almost half the 1 oz bottle, it’s really neat to see how different the ink looks on waxed cardstock.
Notice the box only labels the ink as “Armada,” but the site itself calls it Aegean. with Armada in parentheses. The bottle itself is screenprinted with the word Aegean and again has Armada on the paper label. I really like the concept of multiple names that are presented at different times in one’s unboxing experience.
If you’re looking to find Vinta inks, I got mine at Vanness a while back, but I know little about the company. If I purchase from them again I’m going to do a little research.
Next up, my second favorite ink!
(last image box text: The box reads “Vinta” in large script, with “Est, 2018” above that in block writing with a decoration of a diamond-shaped ink nib. Below the “Vinta” script is the word “Inks” in block lettering, “fountain pen inks” below that in a lovely serif font, and on the box is a label that reads “Armada” in cursive writing, then has “30 ml 1 oz” below the script and “For fountain pen use” in all caps next to a teal swatch of ink.)