Start writing with a fountain pen and you will discover about a billion different colors and flavors of available inks and if you are like me, you will want to try as many as possible to find the perfect shade with the best flow for your favorite pen. When you start testing many different brands/colors of inks, it can be helpful to set aside a notebook specifically for that purpose. I suggest using the same kind of notebook that you use on a daily basis because that will help set the benchmark for how the inks perform on your favorite paper. Didn’t know that water based fountain pen inks can act differently on different kinds of paper? Oh yes…. Most definitely. (Gel ink pens as well) In fact, part of the reason I started my personal blog, Spiritual Evolution of the Bean was to find the perfect journal.
If you wish to sample many different inks without spending a ton of money on full bottles you may never use, Pear Tree Pens and Goulet Pens both sell ink samples. Visit their websites for more information.