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Posted by Dirck on 18 August, 2009

In a previous post, I wonked publicly about a bottle of Quink blue-black which I had recently bought. In a somewhat more recent post I indicated that there was action underway by Newell/Rubbermaid. Guess what arrived in the mail yesterday?

I got a large package with three bottles of the self-same ink in it– one replacement, one by way of apology, and one in lieu of the money spent sending them the offending bottle (which works about about right, given current ink prices).

But, what of the quality? Those to whom the unhappy ink was returned declared befuddlement at the way it was acting, so one would assume the replacements are not inclined to fade, and are generally the same colour as I’m used to.

I’ve only opened one bottle. I’m of mixed opinion, and I’ll try to be entirely fair. There is not the odd and rapid descent into something rather paler and greener, and that’s a very good thing. It is still somewhat paler than I’d hoped… but reflection suggests that I may be unfairly comparing a fresh bottle of ink to one which has been opened at regular intervals over the past year or so, with evaporation concentrating the colour. That colour seems a little more blue in the old one, all the same.

To which I’m sure some will cry, “Fussbudget!” and rightly so. I will conclude thus: I’m not quite back to wholeheartedly suggesting Quink blue-black as a good combination of colour, permanence, availability and cost, but my reservations are very slight and still open to modification. I do entirely congratulate the Canadian wing of the Newell/Rubbermaid Office Products Group for having a consumer relations department that reacts quite briskly and gives every appearance of care and concern about the product– if you have any issues about one of their products, don’t hesitate to contact them.

Today’s pen: Parker 21 Super
Today’s ink: The latest Quink, for a real-world test run.

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