It is awhile since I have posted anything as I have been away. I have on my travels managed to purchase a lot of new inks and a few pens. I am currently a little obsessed with Hypercolors copper ink, I am fascinated by this being a truly metallic ink, not a shimmer but metallic.
I came across these inks on instagram and contacted the retailer in Poland. The inks are made by luxpens in Poland and currently they are the only retailer of their products. The ink comes in 6 colours gold, copper, osmium, mercury, phosphorus and niobium all are in 50ml glass bottles retailing for $US10 a bottle. At 20c/ml they are extremely reasonably priced, the biggest cost for me was deciding to have them couriered rather than posted.
I am not going into any background about copper as I did that for my Lamy copper review I just wanted to get something up about this ink.
Firstly packaging is simple and I like that - no plastic or unnecessary bits and pieces to get rid of.
The first thing I did was put some ink on absorbent paper to get an idea of the colours that make it up.
First swatch is Tomoe river. The photo doesn't really do it justice and many will say it still looks like a shimmer ink but notice how even that so called shimmer is, it is not just random speckles.
The swatch in the col-o-ring is more convincing that this looks like a thin sheet of copper. It is metallic looking not at all like a shimmer ink.
The some drops on Tome river paper and it looks like the bottom of a copper pan.
In case there is a need for even more convincing that this is metallic and not shimmer.
Now that I have gone on and on about how the ink is metallic it is important to know how it writes. I used an Opus88 Omar with a fine nib. The ink was very well behaved and flowed smoothly and consistently on all the papers I tried
I recently bought some Midori paper to try and it brought out some nice shading in the ink
Last but by no means least Tomoe river paper, ignore my comment about it not being particularly fast drying as its not slow either.
This ink is not usually a colour I would choose but I am really loving its metallic finish. The price for hypercolors is very reasonable, service with Luxpens was great. I couriered the inks but don't let that put you off as I was offered postage at a very reasonable rate from Poland to NZ so I am sure it will be reasonable for other too.
As far as copper coloured inks go it is not hard to see who wins any competition hands down.