|Lab assistant, ready to assist.|
I decided to put them in a race to see which type gave better registrations. My money was on the ColorBox. So I set up my laboratory, beckoned my lab assistant, and performed the following experiment.
TL;DR: I ended up being wrong.
That the ColorBox pigment ink, having chalky pigments in it, will produce a clearer and more evenly distributed stamp registration.
Here is what I bought (each brand new for this little unscientific experiment): StazON, solvent ink, Jet Black, and ColorBox, pigment, Black.
Some thoughts on the packaging:
The ink pad container itself feels better (read: more sturdy) than the ColorBox equivalent. When replacing the lid, although not the best, I would trust it to stay closed better than the ColorBox one while on the trail. Actually, I have had the ColorBox ones open in my bag while on the trail - very annoying, inking up your bag's contents and damaging the ink pad. Nevertheless, neither container was all that stable, particularly for the price of the things. When are ink manufacturers going to realize that the containers they make have to withstand major hikes? Don't answer that...
Using the freshly-opened, brand new stamps and my old signature stamp, ink up and stamp off on the same paper, using the same amount of pressure and time for each.
Observations and Results
Okay, so here you go:
|Ink registration test|
|Ink smear test.|
I then performed a dryness test by taking my pointer finger and running it from the top of the page to the bottom. As you can see from the photo on the right, despite clearly depositing quite a bit of ink, the StazOn smudged far less than the ColorBox registration below. Again, disappointing.
Finally, I wondered about bleed through. About mid-way through my very first letterboxing logbook, I stopped using both sides of the page to take impressions as I was getting a horrible mess due to bleed through but also smudging across the page when the logbook was closed.
So I flipped the images over and took the photo below. As you can see, the StazOn bled through the page completely. The image on the reverse was almost as good as the image on the front. As for the ColorBox image, in the photo you can see the image on the reverse, but there wasn't actually any bleed through.
|Ink bleed through test|
So the final outcome for me was that the StazOn was superior in getting quality impressions, though I would be concerned about super-fine-detail carves where even a slight bleed may affect the quality of the registration. I'll be taking the StazOn out on the trail, but keep the ColorBox on hand for carves I know are going to be highly detailed.