I’m not much of a chocoholic. In fact I can go months without the need for a bar of chocolate. I wonder then why the swatch of this ink makes me think about it so much. Yes it is brown, like chocolate, I get that, and maybe that’s all it is but what I could do with some Nutella or some Cadbury’s right now… Anyway to business. today’s ink is another runner from the Akkerman stables in the kingdom of the Netherlands, this time we’re looking at Hague brown.
On Test: Once again the quick brown fox has jumped over that lazy dog. I’m beginning to wonder if that dog isn’t as much lazy as it is actually dead! I used two pens to test this ink out. The first is my usual very wet vintage Mentmore that lays down a bulldozer shovel full of ink with every stroke. Using this pen the colour was deep and tenebrous. With my other pen, a much drier Waterman medium nib, it was more of a full-bodied chestnut (almost back to Nutella again). The dry time was fair at around 30 seconds on Rhodia paper and the rest as they say is history. No quirks in use, rather a dependable workhorse of an ink.
Summary: brown inks as a class don’t tend to dazzle first up. They are generally more conservative than that. This one is no exception, Hague Brown may not make you want to run off into the sunset with it laughing insanely but it will serve you well so it’s worth considering.