Waterman Black [full size photo] – This is only my second black ink and of the two I really like it the most. Its a very deep true black. Waterman Black ink is nice and wet, but is very well behaved. This ink dries really fast and doesn’t seem to feather or bleed through paper at all, as far as I can tell. The ink lubricates very well and starts right away. No real delay in using it at all. There is a tiny bit of shading, which is fine since I rather prefer solid dark black. On the other hand my Diamine Onyx Black has a lot of shading and looks a bit muted.
I currently have this ink loaded in my Vintage Conway Stewart Dandy #720 fountain pen. I love the way it writes, and I know its safer than many other inks out there for this vintage pen. I do find some nib creep in the Conway Stewart, but I think that is because of the primitive feed. Nothing too much to worry about in other pens I have tested it in.
I have enjoyed this ink so much that I recently purchased Waterman Havana Brown. I suspect I will eventually own all of the other Waterman inks as well. The properties that make up this ink are ideal. This is an ink I can recommend, if you are looking for a nice solid ink!
Matt is a Systems Development Director for a multinational franchise. Matt has lived and worked in Hawaii, Chicago, South Florida and currently resides outside of Atlanta. He enjoys his hobbies including Technology, Gadgets/EDC, Fountain Pens, Wetshaving, Clocks, Antiques & Coffee. He even roasts his own coffee weekly.