“I don’t use shimmer ink… they really just don’t do anything for me.” Sound familiar? You’ve likely read that on my blog. Possibly more than once.
Over the years that I’ve been part of the fountain pen world, I’ve actively avoided shimmer ink. On the rare occasions where I actually bought a shimmer ink, I let the shimmer settle, using just the color, without the particulate.
My main reason for avoiding shimmer is the extra maintenance. I didn’t want to deal with clogging or the extra effort required to get the shimmer particles out of the feed and converter.
That all changed in February last year.
2023’s February Ink Flight box featured Van Dieman’s Birds of a Feather Series. One of the inks was Elegant Peacock Train.
When I swatched it, I fell in love with both the base color and how it looked with the shimmer.
Since I had this gorgeous shimmer ink, I decided to use it. I made sure to put it into one of my pretty ink sticks so I could completely disassemble it for cleaning.
To my surprise, it didn’t clog. Elegant Peacock Train proved to be a rather well-behaved ink, working better than some of my standard inks.
For the main writing sample for this post, I purposely didn’t agitate the ink. This provides a subtle shimmer. If you click to view the below image larger, you can see some shimmer in various spots, especially in the bottom three quotes.
But, as you can see in this next image, at certain angles, it’s almost impossible to see the shimmer. You can see how pretty the base ink color is, though.
These next images prove that the shimmer is there, and fully visible at the right angle.
And, finally, here you can see just how pretty the ink can be in standard use if you make a point to agitate it some before writing.
Having avoided shimmer for so long, after trying Elegant Peacock Train, I found myself curious to try other shimmer inks. Somehow, over the course of 2023, I bought 16 bottles of shimmer ink. And, honestly, I love using them.
So… yeah, I’m a shimmer ink convert. But, I can also readily acknowledge that there are some bad shimmer inks. There are still shimmer inks that clog my pens and really annoy me. So, I plan to only buy shimmer inks after testing samples.
Of course, to paraphrase, humans make plans, and the gods laugh.
Have you tried Elegant Peacock Train? Do you like shimmer inks? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.