Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid @PiperFC

Scott at Franklin-Christoph was so kind as to send me samples of the new Franklin-Christoph Writing Fluids - a.k.a fountain pen inks - to try out and review. First up is the Black Magic ink!
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Bottle
Cute sample bottle!
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample Swab Close Ups
Top - one line from a Pilot Parallel 6.0mm. Bottom; three lines from the same pen.
Color: Black
Bottle: 59 ml
Price: $12.50
Price/ml: $0.21/ml
Where to buy: Franklin-Christoph
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample Back of Page
The first thing I noticed - and I mean the second the nib hit the page - is how fast this ink dries. Even on the Rhodia dot pad I was using. It was dry in a split second, even in broad nibs and wet nibs. It's like the paper just sucked the ink up and it was gone. This certainly caused the bleed through and feathering that is obviously visible, but it also means it's pretty water resistant. Besides, sometimes you just need an ink that dries darned fast, don't you? The hilarious thing about the water test is that I usually test dried ink and wet ink (just to see how much it will smear when wet) and I could NOT get it to stay wet in time for me to smear a brush over it.
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample
I tested the ink on Franklin-Christoph's own sugarcane paper (more details on this paper in a future post at FPGeeks), which the ink was formulated to perform best on. It did perform a little better - slightly less bleed through but more than enough to deter a lot of users.
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample on FC Paper
Franklin-Christoph Black Magic Writing Fluid Writing Sample

  • Dries in a split second!
  • Deep, solid black. 
  • Water resistant. 
  • High saturation but was easy to clean from my pens. 
  • Bleeds through paper that is typically fountain pen friendly (including Franklin-Christoph's own paper).
  • Shows through paper that is typically fountain pen friendly (including Franklin-Christoph's own paper). 
  • Feathers where ink pools or where the pen pauses in writing. 

Well this is a finicky ink, there's no doubt about that. It bleeds through what is otherwise fountain pen friendly paper, there is show through, and there is feathering, even with fine nibs. However, I was completely fascinated by how fast it dries, how jet black it is, and I was pleased that it was water resistant (at least in the water brush and water dripping test. I make no guarantees it'll survive being tossed in a river.). I have been using it to address the outsides of my envelopes to pen pals lately.

I received this sample free of charge from Franklin-Christoph to review and enjoy. My opinions are 100% my own and completely honest. I was not compensated monetarily to write this review.


Mina said...

So this is like a sharpie ink for the fountain pen? Interesting but I guess I don't use sharpie for the very reason....Maybe you can ink it inside a Preppy marker and use it on white broad as a refillable marker?

Jenny Frith said...

I adore your handwriting, Azizah!

Azizah Asgarali said...

Thank you <3 :)

Azizah Asgarali said...

Well put!! It is mind boggling and ink is no longer just ink! It's a fun task presenting all the inks and pens and papers and everything else that goes along with the addiction to everyone :) Mina (another commenter) described this ink as Sharpie ink - very interesting. Except it doesn't reek hehe.

Azizah Asgarali said...

Well put Mina hehe. Sharpie ink, just less smelly! I like the idea of putting it in a Preppy marker though. I've made a note of that, thank for the suggestion! (I will credit you for this genius idea!)

David Brennan said...

Wow it bleeds big time on 80gsm Rhodia - Not too many inks will do that...

Azizah Asgarali said...

Crazy huh? As Mina said, it's really like Sharpie ink. Crazy fast drying time though, which is pretty awesome.

Dirck in Saskatchewan said...

Interesting stuff-- it sounds like a version of the legendary Parker Superchrome that's adopted feathering as a better alternative to making non-"51"s burst into flame.

firthenonce said...

For it to bleed through and dry so quickly (even on Rhodia!) there must be some serious absorption and/or evaporation going on. Azizah says it doesn't smell yet I can't help wondering if there isn't alcohol in this Black Magic Writing Fluid--is there an inflammable caution on the label?

Brad linked to a comparison of Platinum Carbon and Sailor Nano pigmented blacks; Black Magic appears at least as dark as either of these, and may take the cake in the blackness stakes, at least until Nathan releases some sort of 'Black Hole' of inks.

Azizah Asgarali said...

Hmm I will go back and re-sniff it. I always sniff my inks though and I really couldn't detect anything unusual (ie. particularly solventy/alcoholy) about it but you're right, it must be if it's drying so fast! No warnings on the label lol. ... Should I try lighting some of it?

forthenonce said...

"Pen Blogger Burned To A Crisp!"

Mike said...

The only ink I've had do that on Rhodia is PR's Invincible Black, but even that doesn't bleed this much. And with an XF nib? Yikes.

Michel_de_Montreal said...

Wow, that's quite something. I have the blue-black ink from F-C aka Denim, and that one does not bleed through at all, much more behaved, however it's not as fast drying. Love that colour.

Azizah Asgarali said...

Oooh maybe I'll review that one next from them! I peeked in the bottle and it does seem very nice. I'll be curious to see how FC reformulates this one and what they change.

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