Review: Daytone Dark Grey Fountain Pen Ink

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016

Yesterday I received from amazon.in two 500 ml bottles of Daytone Dark Grey ink. The ink is produced by The Daylight Industries, a company based in Indore. I haven’t heard of Daytone ink and I accidentally discovered it the other day while searching for fountain pen ink online. It seems to be a new venture, and I was pleasantly surprised because it is unimaginable that anyone these days would think of launching a new brand of fountain pen ink as a business venture!

daytone-dark-grey-ink-bottleA litre of dye-based Daytone Dark Grey ink came in two 500 ml plastic containers that have narrow nozzles at the mouth. It took me some effort to pierce it and it will be easy to fill eyedropper pens directly from the bottles. You just need to turn the bottle upside down and squeeze it a little and drop-by-drop it will fill your eyedropper fountain pen’s ink tank. You can, of course, pour some ink into a smaller bottle or an old glass inkpot. It would have been convenient for most buyers if the package contained an empty 60 ml ink bottle.


As I write this review, the ink flows nicely in my Doctor Deluxe fountain pen that I bought a year ago from ASA pens. I have noticed no clogging and the ink dries on paper pretty quickly. What disappoints me is the colour of the ink. It is by no means grey! It would be more appropriate to call it ‘blue black’ and, in fact, the colour reminds me of Chelpark’s Blue Black ink that I used for a long time in the 80’s and the 90’s. I would have liked the ink to have a blackish and perhaps brownish tint for I also plan to use this ink for ink and wash sketches and I needed a lighter shade of black or a darker shade of grey. So, if you are looking for a real grey ink, Daytone Dark Grey “free-flowing dye-based ink” will disappoint you. If I may, I would like to urge the manufacturer to keep it in mind and review the chemical composition of this ink for the next batch of ink they will produce so it is really grey!

ink drawing of bullock cart

My pen and wash sketch with Daytone Dark Grey Ink

I have used the ink on A4 size cartridge paper and have noticed no feathering. But it bleeds on very inexpensive paper. I have sketched with it and then used a moist brush to create shades and the ink is reasonably water-resistant. It would have been a good sketching ink had it been grey.

Sample of my writing with Daytone Dark Grey Ink

Sample of my writing with Daytone Dark Grey Ink

Daytone Dark Grey fountain pen ink is a fine writing ink and students and writers and anyone with a love of fountain pens and inks will like it. It will be preferred most by those users who are looking for a different colour of ink than the traditionally staid royal blue or black. Daytone Dark Grey ink is not an upstart in the domain of inks! It is not eye-catching but has a pleasing grace.


Daytone Dark Grey ink is manufactured by:

The Daylight Industries

A-2, Indira Square, Scheme-31

Near Sadhu Vaswani Nagar Garden

Indore – 452001

Phone: 9827061135

Email: daytoneindia@gmail.com

Daytone Dark Grey ink is available on the date of publishing this post at amazon.in if you are prepared to order two 500 ml bottles. It costs Rs. 300 + Rs. 100 (shipping) = Rs. 400. The ink is also available in fifteen 60 ml bottles. You can also buy those small bottles in an assorted pack of 15 colours. Some buyers may prefer to buy fountain pen inks in smaller quantities, but there is no such option online as yet.

For my sketches using Daytone Dark Grey ink, please visit: www.lineandwash.com

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Chelpark Fountain Pen Ink Review – Blue and Black

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015

The only fountain pen related advertisement that I have seen in the mainstream electronic media is that of Chelpark fountain pen ink. In the 1980s when Chelpark ink was relaunched, we used to watch an advertisement on televisions with an image of the Chelpark fountain pen ink bottle and a slogan that read ‘Rediscover the pleasure of writing with inks. Chelpark, fine inks.’


Chelpark Company Private Limited is one of the oldest fountain pen ink manufacturers in India. Originally a subsidiary of the Parker Pen Company in India, the company was renamed Chel-park when the Bangalore-based Chellaram Company took over the operations. Besides fountain pen ink, the company also used to manufacture inexpensive fountain pens with brand names like Moti and Sona.

pen and wash sketch

Chelpark fountain pen inks are hard to find these days. I have two bottles of Chelpark Washable Royal Blue and Chelpark Black ink. I use them regularly. I also use Chelpark black ink for sketches. The black ink has a bluish tinge and appears to be closer to a grey shade than pure black. Camel’s Permanent Black ink is a darker black than Chelpark’s. These Chelpark inks are nice free-flowing inks well-suited for daily use. The inks dry quickly on paper. These come in 60 ml glass bottles with metal caps. The metal caps appear to be made of very thin metal sheets and they are not water tight. So do not shake the bottle after opening the seal of the cap.

Chelpark fountain pen inks are dye-based and not water resistant. The company claims that the ink contains Cleen-X, an ingredient that prevents gumming and clogging, metal corrosion and rubber rot. It also dissolves and flushes away sediments and cleans the pen as it writes. It is manufactured by P.G. Stationery Private Limited, Bangalore, India. Three different addresses of this company are inscribed on the cardboard pack of these two bottles and on the label of the glass bottles. I am not sure which of these is their present address.

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Chelpark fountain pen inks revive memories of earlier times. I wish these inks were more easily available. Chelpark fountain pen inks used to be available in a variety of different shades besides blue and black. The other shades have been Ruby Red, Turquoise Blue, Sapphire Blue, Blue Black, Crimson Violet and Emerald Green. Some of these inks are still available on ebay.com.

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