When I got sick few many years ago (virus called pens and inks), I started picking different inks. I was amazed by Caran d’Ache Color of the Earth series. The inks were packed in nice and heavy glass bottles and the colors were, mostly, unique.
The thing is the inks were discontinued before I had a chance to try all of them. I was disappointed to hear Colors of the earth were replaced by Chromatics.
OK, I’ll admit that the bottle is cool, colors seem nice, so what’s the problem?
One – no more Amazon and Grand Canyon! I can get over Amazon, with time I started to prefer murkier greens, but Grand Canyon was in my top 5 of browns.
Two – the price. OK, Chromatics bottles are 50 ml compared to Colors of the Earth 30 ml bottles yet the price per ml increased by 25,7 % (I compare prices in Poland : 55 PLN / 30 ml vs 115 PLN / 50 ml).
Are they really worth it? Well, I like the way Caran d’Ache market their products, I like the bottle and the brand. Let’s take a closer look at the content, not the packaging and marketing (where CdA excels).
- Cosmic Black
- Delicate Green
- Divine Pink
- Electric Orange
- Hypnotic Turquoise
- Idyllic Blue
- Infinite – Grey
- Infra Red
- Magnetic Blue
- Organic Brown
- Ultra Violet
- Vibrant Green
Infinite Grey has grown on me. Colorwise it’s close to idea of perfect grey ink. It’s not really grey, it’s quite rich and can give varius resuklts on different papers. On the other hand it’s very expensive ink but it’s properties are only good, but not great. It washes almost completely away when faced with water resistance test. Feathering is non-existent which is cool. The flow is ok and the lubrication is average.
In summary I enjoy the color but I don’t think this ink is really worth the money you need to pay for it. If I could get a bottle for, say, 60% of the MSRP I would do it right now. As I can’t I’ll need to find something else once I run off the generous sample (close to 10 ml) I received some time ago.
Drops of Ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Kokuyo Campus Myo, TWSBI Eco, stub 1,1
Lyreco Budget 60 g paper, Visconti van Gogh, Fine nib