De Atramentis Green Apple is another I picked up from Goulet Pens back last year sometime when they were have a sale. There are several others from that shipment that I haven’t done yet, plus a few from Ink Drop. Other than that I no longer buy De Atramentis inks. They’ve simply been too fussy for my use.
Green Apple is the same in this regard. As of the time of writing the entry I still hadn’t been able to figure out what it was that was turning me off the ink. By the end of the sample it had become fairly obvious though: it just doesn’t work on a wide enough variety of papers.
In a fine nib Green Apple is passable on most papers. It still has a touch of feathering on the majority of recycled or standard copy papers, but not so much that it’s unusable. With that colour though I’m more inclined to use it as a “fun” ink which means predominantly using a stub/italic or bold nib. That’s where it all falls apart. De Atramentis inks in my experience aren’t designed for non-coated papers. They bleed, they feather, they generally get all over the place.
I’ve come to expect a certain amount of this in fountain pen inks in general, but De Atramentis seems to be worse than usual. It’s unfortunate because I find their inks to be fun and I can’t help but love anything that includes a line of thinly veiled Harry Potter colours. I have no use for inks that have to be used on specific types of paper though. To me pens and inks are tools, they should be as accessible and low maintenance as possible. Green Apple (and De Atramentis in general) doesn’t make the cut.