Best Brown Ink for Fountain Pens

The color brown is humble and unassuming. Few people would choose this as a favorite color, but many of the world’s most breathtaking sights are brown, from enormous sequoia trees to a freshly brewed cup of tea. The use of the ink color brown gives your writing and illustrations an organic, earthy vibe. It can give an old-world ambiance when used with cream or ivory-colored paper.

 

Although most people don't immediately think of brown fountain pen inks, they are a lively, highly readable color with a wide range. Both writers and artists prefer its closeness to black and the ability to use brown inks as an alternative to more conventional colors. You might just come to love the look of aged, sepia tones that can add some character to your writing.

 

Here are some of the best brown inks for fountain pens that you can try:

 

1. Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi

We go to Pilot for this medium and versatile brown. When wet, it writes warm and reddish, but it dries to a wonderful milk chocolate tint. The subtle shading makes one think of hot cocoa with cream flowing in it. It is buttery smooth and free-flowing without being excessively wet, just like other Iroshizuku inks. On paper and notebooks made for fountain pens, it works beautifully. Tsukushi has better water resistance than usual, making it an excellent choice for all writing situations.

 

2. Diamine Espresso

Espresso is a well-behaved and reliable dark brown ink. It is quite legible since it is as dark as you can get without using brown-black ink. It's a decent option for a real, dark brown ink since most other inks this dark contain hints of black or other undertones in them. Shading and sheen are also limited. This is a reasonably-priced, everyday brown ink.

 

3. J. Herbin Caroube de Chypre

Caroube de Chypre is a gorgeous shading warm brown ink with gold sparkles and a beautiful glint of green sheen that is ideal for invitations and thank-you notes. Use it with a broad, wet fountain pen or even a dip pen for the brightest sheen and sparkle. For regular writing, a fine nib can produce more subdued and softer glitter. In terms of how it behaves, Caroube de Chypre can be compared to Emerald of Chivor, but Caroube de Chypre dries slightly more quickly. If you want to keep it loaded in your pen for longer than a month or two, just be careful to clean it frequently as part of proper pen maintenance

 

4. Robert Oster Caffé Crema

This brown ink has excellent shading and falls just in the middle when it comes to its hue. Because of the variety of colors you can get from it, it's one of the most enjoyable inks to write with on this entire list. This ink is just attractive and enjoyable to use. Robert Oster Caffé Crema is versatile and works well for note-taking and journaling in general.

 

5. Platinum Pigment Brun Sepia

If you’re looking for something that’s a little more water resistant, then the Brun Sepia Pigment from Platinum is a great option. The ink writes smoothly with some shading and a bit of a drier flow. Although it has a bit of a longer dry time, once it has dried, it is completely water resistant. It won’t budge even when dripping water on your writing. Those who are looking for decent brown inks that are impervious to water will like this one. 

 

Whether you lean more sepia or want your brown ink more chocolatey in color, there’s no denying that this versatile and underrated shade of fountain pen ink deserves more attention. Try out a brown that suits your preference and writing needs, and see how it can impr

 

Happy writing!

 

 

Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting

Author: Ramona

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