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
Vibrant Green has moderate flow, average lubrication. I see nothing (except the price) that would set this ink apart from other green inks on the market. Also I’m not really into greens leaning toward blue and that’s what we see here. I say no. This ink is a waste of money even if you can afford it. The color isn’t special, it’s not particularly well behaved, it has no water resistance. If you want Vibrant green buy J. Herbin’s Lierre Sauvage that is not only cheaper but also superior in every parameter to Vibrant Green.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Oxford Recycled ( 90g, satined paper ), Caran d’Ache Varius, B
CIAK, Caran d’Ache Varius, Broad nib and Kaweco Sport Classic B nib
Cheap no-name notebook, Hero 5028, stub 1,9