What is this Pigmented Ink You're Trying to Feed My Pen?
Pigmented ink is crafted with tiny particles of pigment instead of dye to color the ink formula. In the case of the Sailor Storia inks, the benefit is a quick dry time, water resistance and lightfastness. Pigment particles sit on top of the paper instead of being absorbed into the paper fibers like dye ink. Use the ink with a acid-free paper and you've got a combination that can be preserved for 200-300 years. Imagine writing about the 2015 VMA's and trying to explain Miley Cyrus to the human race of the 24th Century. They way things are going, they will probably have someone that will make Miley look like a Puritan spinster.The drawback of pigmented ink is the cleaning aspect, which needs to be approached with more frequency and care. Give Sailor some faith in creating an ink that is safe for fountain pens, considering how much care they put into crafting a quality writing instrument. That being said, I would still err on the side of caution when using these inks in your pens.Follow these tips to properly use pigmented inks in your fountain pen :
- Up your cleaning schedule to less than 5 days after initially filling the pen with pigmented ink.
- To create a more frequent cleaning schedule, only fill the pen to partial capacity so it will deplete quicker.
- Soak the nib with a bit of windex cleaner (containing ammonia) to help with any stubborn ink that won't clean out.