I'll open by saying thank you to Hieronymus Stationers Ltd. for supplying the ink featured in this review. They are a company that focuses on personalized stationery as well as high end writing instruments and accessories. In early February they contacted me to ask whether I would be interested in reviewing their new line of inks. I responded back to say that I would love to try out their offerings and a few days later a courier package arrived decked out with sample vials as well as samples of the letter press card stock that is used in their bespoke stationery line.
The company has structured their ink line into five core colours; black, blue, brown, green, and violet, each consisting of three colour intensities. The 01 line is comprised of saturated versions of the colours, the 02 line are lighter tint versions of the 01's and the 03's are pastels in the same colour families. Upon initial consideration, I thought this was a unique approach that had a lot of merit to it, now that I have received the product samples I think that the execution was flawed. From the six samples that I have on hand, only the 01 versions would be useful in the workplace. The one 02 that I have tried is too light for most purposes but I have used it in letter writing and it has been fine for this. The 03's which I have swabbed are so light that I would be hesitant to use them for anything other than artistic purposes, they are certainly too light for written correspondence unless invisible ink is your final goal.
I loaded the Brown 02 into my Pelikan M605 and have been using it for the last two weeks. I would describe the colour as a warm grey rather than brown and this confused me enough that I sent an email off Hieronymus asking if the samples had been mislabelled. The ink performs well, similar to what you might get from Waterman. This is a good thing, I like Waterman ink and their blue black is on my short list. The problem is that this ink is US$48 for 50ml. Even when you remove the VAT, it is still more expensive than Iroshizuku, Edelstein, or Graf von Faber-Castell. I have spent a lot on ink over the last few years but I just can't wrap my head around prices as high as these. I suspect that the market for these inks will prove to be exceptionally limited.