Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey
Pen: Kaweco Skyline
Paper: Rhodia Dotpad 80gsm
I stumbled upon the #1 ink in the Perfect Grey Ink countdown without really looking for a better grey than I already had. I was already perfectly satisfied with Diamine Grey when I decided I wanted to pick up a Kaweco Skyline pen. I knew that I wouldn't have a suitable converter for that pen, so I decided to grab some ink cartridges for it. I went to Goulet's site and did a search for standard international cartridges. I noticed Graf von Faber-Castell Stone Grey, and decided it would go well with my grey Skyline Sport.
When I got my Skyline, I popped in a cartridge and began writing and couldn't believe how much I loved Stone Grey. It is slightly warmer in tone than Diamine grey and something about it just stood out to me. I loved the shading, the tone and how well it behaved. I didn't have the feathering issues I'd had with Lexington Grey, yet the color was extremely close. Dry time is right in the middle of all the inks I tested at 6 seconds with an EF nib.
If there is a downside to this ink, it is the price. At Goulet, a 75mL bottle is $30. Though, as much as I love this ink, I am willing to pay it. Especially since you get such a big bottle. The bottle design is awesome as well, so as soon as I run out of my cartridges, I'll be picking one up.
I hope you enjoyed the countdown! Let me know in the comments or on Twitter what your favorite ink is, grey or otherwise!