I enjoy discovering new things and hubting for hidden treasures. That’s why I’m always eager to try new ink brands.
Glare is an indian fountain pen and ink manufacturer. They offer a line of fifteen inks sold in plastic 60 ml bottles. As indian post office makes sending inks difficult it’s not that east to try them outside India. Glare inks on the other hand can be easily ordered through ebay. Mine bottle was sent in styrofoam and described as “rubber part”
I used this ink for some time and I’m ready to share plenty of scans and my thoughts on it.
Ink comes in cardboard box. The label is mainly black and red and rather nice. What I find interesting is the fact that there’s MSRP of the ink printed on the box (275 rupees). I haven’t seen it on other inks. The bottle is made of plastic and is quite functional. Color of the lid doesn’t harmonize with the color of the ink. What’s pretty cool and definitely useful is the use of plastic Inner cap to stop leakage and spills. Similarly to Stipula inner lid it’s quite hard to open it without getting ink on your fingers. All in all I think the packaging is rather functional but somewhat aesthetically challenged.
Havana Brown is in the color range that’s quite pleasant to my eyes.
The flow is very good and consistent. I’m usually interested to see if the ink starts after I leave the pen uncapped for a while and Havana Brown starts even after two minutes (a try made with Lamy Safari). It didn’t cause any feathering or bleedthrough even on cheap copy paper. That’s good. It doesn’t offer any useful water resistance but, on the other hand, if you accidentally spill water on the text it shouldn’t blur instantly. The thing that could be much better is lubrication – it’s nowhere near Sailor inks. On most papers and in wet pens you won’t feel a discomfort however on bad quality or “harsh” paper you may feel too much feedback.
Additionally this ink is rather subdued and subtle, the saturation is medium, especially if youe every day choice is dryish fine nib. In wider nibs the inks has enough saturation to make you reread notes comfortably in both ambient and sun light.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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