Sunday, June 5, 2016

Private Reserve - Ebony Inks

I am a big fan of rich, dark colors. Vibrancy is nice but my favorite inks tend to be more of the saturated, dark and rich side. Then I found a 4 ink set of Ebony inks made by Private Reserve and I had to get them. Here is what I think.

Ok, I am really enjoying these colors especially the green, purple and brown. Other manufacturers sometime have an issue with these 3 colors for whatever reason. 

Ebony Green

I have found a few green colored inks I like that don't looked washed out such as Private Reserve Avocado, KWZ Hunter Green, Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine but not as nice as this Ebony Green, in my opinion. It has a richness to it and I believe the added black helps define some depth in the color itself.

Ebony Purple

Purple is another ink I have had issue with. I am not a big fan of purple as it reminds me of the evil Lakers in basketball. I have used various purple inks, mainly in samples and they were either too light, too bright or washed out. This looks like an authentic purple with some nice dark undertones. A true purple.

Ebony Brown

I have a few brown inks that I enjoy but this one has become my favorite. I have Noodler's Brown and it is too light. I have Faber Castell Hazelnut Brown and it is lighter but shades very well. Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri was my favorite for the longest time due to its shading, flow and darker shade. Ebony Brown by Private Reserve is my new go to brown ink and I have 3 pens loaded with it at the moment.

Ebony Blue

This ebony based offering is my least favorite of the 4 inks. A blue-black ink is more common to find by other manufacturers and I feel this one is a bit to teal-ish. It seems to have green in it. My favorite blue-black is Noodler's Air-Corp Blue Black. That is a rich dark blue that really keeps the integrity of the blue throughout. This color was disappointing. 

3 out of 4 is not too bad. I believe the 3 colors that are successful here are because they are somewhat unique and not really found elsewhere whereas this blue black is all to common. It is still a nice blue but there are better offerings out there in the same vein.

I like Private Reserve inks for the most part and I have a few of them. These 4 inks are a good idea and I like it when ink companies make these subset inks. Noodler's has several with their Warden Series, Polar Series, VMail Series, Eel and Baystate series. I may have to do some more of these sets, and not just the Noodler's ones.

This review is based off of my opinion and experiences. I do not represent Private Reserve in any way nor am I being compensated.


  1. Nice review, I really like the Ebony Brown and Ebony Green.

  2. Thank you. Those 2 colors are fantastic. Ebony Brown is my favorite out of the 4.