Krishna Waterproof Black Ink is the star of this week’s ink review and giveaway. So for all those fountain pen lovers out there who have been on the hunt for an excellent waterproof ink or a go-to black ink to reign supreme over all other black fountain pen inks, or possibly…both…read on to see if you’ve stumbled across the answers to all your questions. Krishna’s Waterproof Black ink is part of their basic colored ink link, the Lyrebird ink series.
All About the Ink Maker: Krishna
Krishna Inks was created by Dr. Sreekumar, a medical doctor by day, and an ink connoisseur by night. What started as a passion for fountain pens and grinding nibs, has evolved into a passion for producing inks in a variety of styles. Krishna Inks boasts not only a solid line of regular inks, but sheening inks, iron gall inks, and more. Available in over 70 different ink colors, Krishna inks are likely to pop up in the majority of fountain pen users’ ink collections.
Krishna’s Lyrebird inks have two basic colors: Blue-Black and Pure Blue. This week’s featured ink, Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Black, is one of four new waterproof fountain pen inks added to the Lyrebird line in 2019.
All About the Ink Series: Krishna Lyrebird Ink Series
In addition to this week’s featured ink, there were three other waterproof ink colors added to the Krishna Lyrebird ink series in 2019, including Blue-Black, Ebony Green, and Rose Red. All four waterproof Lyrebird inks are NON-iron gall inks (which makes them safe for fountain pens).
Pen Chalet is a proud, authorized retailer of Krishna products with a full range of Krishna inks. Find your next Krishna fountain pen ink at Pen Chalet.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Krishna Waterproof Black Ink
Krishna Waterproof Black is a soft black color with a bit of grey. While it’s not a super opaque black, it is dark enough to show up well on paper.
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It’s Time: Krishna Waterproof Black Ink Review
Let’s not waste any more time. We’ll dive right in with the details we gleaned during the tests for this week’s ink review. If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about Krishna, waterproof fountain pen inks, or black fountain pen inks, read on. And remember, that we recently added a new “test” to our weekly review process, the “1 Dip Test” where we test the featured ink of the week to see if one dip is enough to create a full line of writing across the page without re-dipping the fountain pen.
Read the full review of this week’s featured Krishna ink below!
Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):
We put together a new fountain pen ink review each week, so it’s safe to say that we’re not new to the ink review game. One thing we learned quickly is that when you’re measuring or gauging fountain pen ink performance, the materials you’re using during the tests make a big difference. So, we always list the products used during each week’s ink review upfront.
While reviewing Krishna Waterproof Black fountain pen ink, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (which has a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on French-made Rhodia dot pad paper. Please remember that different papers and nib sizes may produce different results.
What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Krishna Use?
Krishna waterproof black ink comes in 30 ml. or 1 oz glass, medicine-type bottles with sealed lids. The labeling is simple and clear. And while the inks come packed in an elementary cardboard box, they do not have much internal packaging to protect the ink during transit.
How Much Does Krishna Waterproof Black Ink Cost?
Krishna Waterproof Black ink is an extremely economical fountain pen ink. If you’re interested in value pricing, check the current discount pricing at Pen Chalet.
How Did Waterproof Black Ink Fair in the NEW 1 Dip Test?
Krishna’s Waterproof Black fountain pen ink performed well during our newest test, the 1 Dip Test. We used the one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper. Dipping the pen into Krishna’s Waterproof Black ink one time, we were able to write across the paper on all three writing samples easily. (We used one dip per writing sample). Writing samples included: S, X, and scribble lines (see the photograph of the samples above).
How Fast Does Krishna Waterproof Black Ink Dry?
Krishna Waterproof Black fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 11-12 seconds, which was longer than we anticipated. (At Pen Chalet, we generally consider any dry time under 10 seconds to be reasonably fast and appropriate for daily use, so we would have to conclude that Krishna waterproof black isn’t necessarily an everyday ink choice).
Does Waterproof Black Ink Bleed Through?
We saw absolutely no bleed through at all during normal use of Krishna’s Waterproof fountain pen ink. We didn’t even see any bleed through during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering?
We saw no feathering during normal use and almost no additional feathering during the water test.
How Does Krishna Waterproof Black Ink Stand Up to Water?
During the water test, Lyrebird Waterproof Black ink held up well. We saw no line distortion and very slight (if any) additional feathering. The lines were clear and crisp, with only very slight color smearing when running the wet swab over the sample. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). We categorize Krishna waterproof black in as water-resistant, not quite 100% waterproof, but very close!
Does Waterproof Black Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?
We saw a lot of shading traits during our review of Waterproof Black ink: deep, dark black, soft black, and light grey. Remember that shading it all about your penmanship and the nibs you are using!
Final Conclusion on Krishna Waterproof Black Ink:
This week’s fountain pen ink comes to you from Krishna Inks! We deemed Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Black “water-resistant” and very inexpensive. This ink is a beautiful, dark color and offers excellent shading traits. It has a longer dry time than expected, and it’ not quite 100% waterproof, but it’s very close. Happy writing from India!
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