Friday 1 March 2024

Stationery Review 14: Karkos Brown Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys,

Karkos Brown Fountain Pen Ink comes in this amazing brown colour and I really wanted a brown coloured ink. I bought Diamine's, Ancient Copper from Stationery & Print Shop in a 30ml bottle. I came to know later that the ink from that particular batch that comes in plastic bottles is not the right Ancient Copper ink. Only the ink in the bigger glass bottle is the real Ancient Copper Diamine fountain pen ink. 

Comparing the Ancient Copper we got in the plastic bottle is more like an Orange Brown in colour. When I compare Karkos Brown Ink with the Lamy Topaz Crystal Ink, there is hardly any difference in both the colour inks. Karkos Brown is a little lighter and that's it. Why spend so much amount of money when you have the same kind of colour at cheaper prices in the Karkos Range of inks. Even the ink pigmentation on the paper looks exactly the same so maybe the same colour dye is being used or the same chemical formula is being used in Karkos and Lamy inks is my feeling. It feels like if you dilute the Topaz crystal ink with distilled water, it can become Karkos Brown. 

I have thought that I would use the Lamy LX Fountain Pen in Brown body Colour with either of these two inks. If you have another better brown ink, please do let me know and till that time, I will continue to use this one. 
Stationery Review 14: Karkos Brown Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle
After my first order with the Ali Express App, I was glued to the platform mainly because of the two games that give you gold coins that you can pay for your products with. I found some of the fountain pen inks that I wanted to try. Whatever Inks I was getting here in South Africa were very expensive and I thought of not investing that much amount of money into the same.

I bought this Karkos Orange Fountain Pen Ink in a 30ml bottle for USD 1.97 (ZAR 38) each. Express Pencils Store is available on the Ali Express App from where I ordered this ink. Check it out and if you like it, you can also order it.

Also, the South African Post Office charged me only ZAR 36 to release the packet so based on the items inside the package that got equally distributed to all the 6 ink bottles and 1 glass pen. The overall cost of the ink then came to ZAR 45 approximately based on the exchange rate for a 30ml ink bottle.
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The ink comes in a plastic bottle with a simple sticker saying the name of the ink. The opening of the bottle is protected by a plastic seal that can be taken in and out to not spill during transport etc. The plastic quality of the bottle is fine. The cap is in the same colour as the ink but it doesn't truly match the same. It takes a little while to take the plastic seal out but on its way from China to South Africa, it's kept in a ziplock bag and there was not even a single drop of ink spill. All the inks came fine and perfect.

If any ink brand wants to send us their inks, please contact me at Even if they cannot ship to South Africa, I can provide them with the Aramex Global Shopper Address where they can send the same to their local country address as well and I pay the courier charges to get them to South Africa.

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