25 Days of Dupes 2021 – Day 1

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Day 1’s ink is Seize the Night, a standard ink. None of the inks I swabbed was a perfect dupe, so I made my own custom mix (recipe below). If you have a suggestion for a possible dupe, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the wrap up post.

Enjoy, and happy inking!

Day one swabs. Comparing Seize the Night to Birmingham Pens Gayety Theater, Sailor Jentle Shigure, Papier Plume x Woodshed Dorchester Blue, Robert Oster Barossa Grape, and a Platinum Mixables custom mix.

Recipe for Custom Mix: 4 drops Platinum Mixable Sunny Yellow, 2 drops Platinum Mixable Aurora Blue, 4 drops Platinum Mixable Silky Purple, and 3 drops of water. I used a pipette so I would have equal size drops. But you can substitute any measurement for drops (tsp, ml, etc.) depending on how much ink you want to make.

Day one swabs at an angle

The large brush swab and horizontal writing sample in the center is the Inkvent ink. Below the Inkvent swab, I’ve swabbed each Dupe ink and included the ink name. All swabs were created with a small paintbrush, and all writing was with a Zebra G dip nib.

As a reminder, I can’t guarantee that the color you see on your screen will be true to life. However, with all the dupes on the same page, and scanned/photographed together, any differences in color will show equally across all of the inks. You’ll see how the colors look in relation to each other, which is the main point of these posts.


What do you think of today’s color? What do you think of the dupes? Is this one you’ll want to get later, or do you already have a dupe ink? Let me know in the comments.

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