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INK REVIEW – DAYTONE BLUE BLACK

Recently I received few  Ink bottles from one of my friend from Indore and they are Daytone Fountain Pen Ink. Daytone Inks are manufactured by Daylight industries and they are in to ink manufacturing since 1956. More information can be found about the company here : Daytone Webpage

Apart from Inks they manufacture lot of other stationary items. But this review is about one of the fountain pen inks that they manufacture.

The inks that they manufacture ( 8 Nos.) are as follows:

  1. Blue Black
  2. Emerald Green
  3. Brilliant Red
  4. Crimson
  5. Turquoise Blue
  6. Deep Black
  7. Royal Blue
  8. Bright Violet
  9. Brown (In Process)

My earlier Ink reviews are listed as below:

BRIL ROYAL BLUE
CAMLIN SCARLET RED
CHELPARK BLACK
BRIL LAUREL ROSE

Also I would like to add that I got the inks as a gift from one of my friend and fountain pen enthusiast, Ricky Bhasin.

This review is about BLUE-BLACK ink from Daytone.

 

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Daytone BlueBlack

 

Daytone BlueBlack comes in 60 ml plastic bottles and are priced at Rs. 20 Each (Indian Rupees). I found out that the ink is more of dark blue rather than blue black. It certainly is bit darker than Bril Royal Blue. But I was expecting something else from BlueBlack Ink.


INK SPLASH

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Daytone Ink Splash on JK Cedar -100 gsm – Top View

 

There is negligible sheen in this ink even if there is some massive ink pools on paper.

 


 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Daytone Blue-Black – Ink Drop

COLOR MATCH

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Daytone Blue Black – Color Range

 


 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on Tomoe River Cream Paper
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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm White Paper
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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on Bilt Matrix 70 gsm Off White Paper

 


INK SWABS

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Daytone Blue Black – Ink Swabs on Tomoe River Paper (Top – 3 Swabs, Middle – 2 Swabs, Bottom – 1 Swab)

 

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Daytone Blue Black – Ink Swabs on JK Cedar 100 gsm Paper (Top – 3 Swabs, Middle – 2 Swabs, Bottom – 1 Swab)

 

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Daytone Blue Black – Ink Swabs on BILT Matrix 70 gsm Paper (Top – 3 Swabs, Middle – 2 Swabs, Bottom – 1 Swab)

 

 


 

PEN SCRIBBLE

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Daytone Blue Black – Pen Scribble on JK Cedar 100 gsm Paper

 

The ink flow is smooth and the ink looks bit faded for blue black.

 


WATERPROOF TEST

The ink was quite water resistant and it was pretty mush clear and visible even after running it under tap water for 5 min and then keeping it in water container for another 5 more minutes. I must say I am pretty impressed with this property of the ink.

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Daytone Blue Black – Under tap Water

 

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Daytone Blue Black – After Waterproof Test

 

 


 

CHROMATOGRAPHY

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Daytone Blue Black – Chromatography

 

Only single colour shows in chromatography test.

 


 

INK DRYING TIMES

Ink drying times were tested on the Bilt Matrix paper and pen used was Jinhao 165.

 

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Daytone Blue Black – Ink Drying Test

 

 

 

 


 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on Tomoe River – Blown Up

 

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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on JK Cedar – Blown Up

 

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Daytone Blue Black – Writing sample on Bilt Matrix – Blown Up

 

Close up Pictures show that there is no shading and also no sheen and also no feathering.

 


 

CONCLUSION:

I don’t like this blue black ink too much but it has good water resistance.

My always goto blue black ink is Edelstien Tanzanite or Pilot Blue Black.

Manufacturer must take note of the fact that this ink needs to have more black character.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : No
  • Lubrication : Acceptable
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Good
  • Drying Times : Medium

 

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Group Buy – Ranga Model 5 (Varuna Gajendra)

Dear All

After the successful group buy of RANGA BAMBOO MODEL & RANGA MODEL 4C & Model 3

This is a group buy effort for the Group Buy – Ranga Model 5  (also famous by VARUNA GAJENDRA) which will be available only till 25th December.

We already have reached the minimum orders. So you can buy the pen straight away. Kindly reply me on the post below or email me at mehandiratta@gmail.com

Details of the pen in Four options are as below:

Ranga Model 5 (Eyedropper Version) 
The dimension is 7 inches length. the dia is 17mm or 18.75mm dia

  • Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Option – flat end or Round end
  • Nib Option :Ambitious 35 mm Fine Nib, upgrade to Ambitious 40 mm Gold Tone Nib at extra US $ 3, or  Bock (With Conklin imprinted) M or B at extra US $ 8.
  • Default settings: Ambitious Gold Color monotone F nib
  • Shipping: Included and is through Registered Post. Takes 2 – 4 weeks for delivery. Price includes shipping
  • Payment: Via Paypal to paypal account mpkandan@gmail.com

Ranga Model 5 (Cartridge/Converter Version with German Nib Units)

  • Finish – Polished or Matte (Bakul)
  • Nib Option : JoWo Nibs ​​/ Schmidt Nibs
  • Converter : Schmidt K5 Converter
  • JoWo Nibs options :
    • Gold Color Mono tone F, M or B nib
    • Dual Tone F, M, B, 1.5 Calligraphy Nib
    • Chrome Mono Tone F, M, B Nib
  • Schmidt Nib options:
    • Gold Color monotone F, M, or B
    • Chrome (Silver) Finish Monotone F,M & B.
  • Default settings:  Schmidt Gold Colored monotone F nib
  • Shipping: Included and is through Registered Post. Takes 2 – 4 weeks for delivery.Includes worldwide shipping
  • Payment: Via Paypal to paypal account mpkandan@gmail.com

 

  • Color Available :  Regular Ebonite (as per images below)
  • ​Mottled Brown
  • Mottled Green
  • Black Polished
  • Black Matte
  • Clear acrylic / Matte Acrylic (Matte from internal side)
  • Brown Ripple
  • Green Ripple
  • Olive Ripple
  • Yellow Ripple (Not Available)
  • Pink or Burgundy Ripple
  • Blue Ripple (Not Available)
  • Olive with pink ripple and black specs

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  • Premium Colors Available : Premium Ebonite (as per image below)
  • ​Solid Blue
  • Yellow/Black Swirls
  • Blue/Pink Swirls
  • Solid Green
  • Blue/White Swirls
  • Red/Black Swirls
  • Yellow/Green Swirls
  • Solid Pink
  • Blue/Green/Orange Swirls
  • Solid Orange

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Please note that the Group Buy (Discounted) International prices are as below:

Eyedropper Normal ebonite – 37 USD (Regular Price is US $ 50 to US $ 60)
Eyedropper Premium Ebonite – 55 USD (Regular Price is US $ 70)

German nib Normal ebonite – 65 USD (Regular Price is US $ 85 to US $ 93)
German nib Premium ebonite – 85 USD (Regular Price is US $ 108)

These are the great offers as compared to previous group buys. I have negotiated with Mr. Kandan for more discounts.
Secondly these pens are all handmade.

FOR SHIPPING WITHIN INDIA, PLEASE PM ME

 

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