Today we are taking a look at one of the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Ink colors – Infinite Grey. Previously we reviewed the Delicate Green which was a really fun ink to use and it looked great too. This ink was picked up from the nice folks over at Goulet Pens, but there was no consideration or discount for the product featured here, it was purchased at full price for the purpose of this review.
One of the cool things about the Caran d’Ache Chromatic Series Inks is the bottle and the package that they come in. The boxes are a very interesting and unique hexagonal box that lifts open to reveal the glass hexagonal bottle with a cool metal twist off cap. The cap itself is pretty heavy and reminds me of a large hex nut. In addition to just looking cool, you can see that the bottom of the bottle is actually slanted, which makes it easier to fill your pen and get more ink out of the bottle.
Taking a peek inside of any bottle of ink usually reveals a pretty dark looking color but you can also usually get a sense of the inks true color based on the thinner residue left on the cap or sidewalls of the bottle. In this case you can see that the Caran d’Ache Chromatics Infinite Grey is a lighter Grey ink with almost a silvery tone to it, but not in a metallic looking sense.
The Caran d’Ache Chromatics Infinite Grey Ink is a very well behaved ink that flows smoothly and didn’t show any visible nib creep to speak of when used in my TWSBI Diamond 540 or Pelikan M205, which was used for the writing sample here. I did a good deal of writing with this ink and my Pelikan F nibbed M205 in a Black n Red notebook, which was a great combination. The ink dried pretty quickly, didn’t feather, didn’t spread, and didn’t bleed through on the other side of the writing.
At a quick glance you can see the difference between the Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey and Noodler’s Lexington Grey is pretty obvious. The Noodler’s Lexington Grey has a much darker and charcoal-like look to it
A closer look shows that both of these inks are a little bit flat and don’t really show much in terms of shading, but you can really see the difference in the colors here. You have to keep in mind that exact tones and colors can vary based on monitors, cameras, lighting, and paper, however the relative contrast here is pretty true in terms of the Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey being more of a light and silvery color compared to the darker flannel tone of the Lexington Grey. The Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey is not only a smooth and nice writing ink, but I personally like the unique color tone you get with it. Its also pretty nice to have such a cool looking bottle that you can display on your desk while using this ink. Head on over to Goulet Pens to grab a bottle of the Caran d’Ache Infinite Grey if you are looking for a great writing and good looking grey ink.