Since I started this office supply review blog I became fascinated and addicted to blue black inks, and it has now also led me to become fascinated with green black inks. This review will take a look at the Private Reserve Ebony Green ink that I picked up from Goldspot, who carries a ton of Private Reserve inks here, in addition to their other ink and pen selections. As I always try to point out when it applies, Goldspot did give me a small discount on my purchase of this ink for the review.
One of the things that I was worried about when I first started using mixed color inks was the look and if it would appear to be business appropriate, and in the case of the Private Reserve Ebony Green, it certainly meets the “business appropriateness” criteria. Nothing about this ink jumps up and screams “hey look at me” but instead it just kind of hangs out on the side, but still causes anyone paying attention to do a double take because of its unique look.
The first writing sample shown above is of the Private Reserve Ebony Green in the new Rhodia Web Notebook that I just recently reviewed. This notebook has a nice ivory color paper that does really well with almost all fountain pen inks, and this one is no exception. The Pelikan M215 Fine point fountain pen that I used for this review put down a very nice line with this ink that stayed consistent in size, did not feather, and showed almost no bleed through. The dry time was pretty good for you lefties, it appears to have dried within about 3-4 seconds, although when I reviewed the notebook here, it seemed like it leaned a little more towards the 5 seconds side of drying…but then again, my mental counting out loud clock could just be out of whack.
Next up was the Private Reserve Ebony Green writing sample in the Clairefontaine notebook with bright white 90g paper. Again, on this paper the line was solid with no feathering and it appears to have even less bleed through than the sample in the Rhodia, and also seems as if it dried slightly quicker. The contrast of the ivory paper vs. the white paper seems to bring out a little more green on the white background, as is probably not a surprise, but it still has a moderately dark green look to it, just not quite as dark as on the ivory Rhodia paper.
The last writing sample I did was on the Levenger paper which I use exclusively for all of my Ink Comparison Log postings. That writing sample can be found over on the top of the side margin by clicking on “Green Black Ink” under the Ink Comparison Log link. As with the other papers, the performance here was great, showing a consistent line with no feathering. In comparison to the Clairefontaine white paper, the Ebony Green ink appears noticeably darker on the Levenger paper, but still maintains a nice deep dark green hue. Dry time on the Levenger paper with the Ebony Green ink was almost instant, however the bleed through is slightly worse, so that is a trade off you will need to think about depending on what your priorities are.
Ovearll the Private Reserve Ebony Green is a great ink, and its definitely one of my favorite office supply reviews that I have done to date. Although the ink performs differently on different types paper as is expected, all of the results are well within (if not above) what I would expect from a high quality brand of fountain pen ink. As I mentioned before, I picked up this ink from Goldspot, where they offer the 50ml bottle for $7.49, so if you are looking to try out a green black ink, I would recommend checking out their site, or your favorite Private Reserve ink dealer.