I bought this ink because I have several pens that write a heavy wet line and this ink has a reputation for being a little “dry”. I was also interested in a brownish-grey color. I got my wish! This ink is so reserved that some of my pens insist on writing on cheap absorbent paper just to make a dark enough line! Saves me from buying so much of that smooth Tomoe River paper. This ink also gives quite a bit of shading if you let it. Combined with an extra-fine nib, it can even write in Moleskine journals without excessive bleeding. Works for me, but I don't use it all the time.