Our Carbon ink has the distinction of being one of the most lightfast ever tested by Aardenburg Image Archives. Given the length of exposure received, it is the only Black & White ink to outpace HP, Canon and Epson.
We did not design this ink to be many magnitudes more permanent than leading inks. The secret of this ink rests in pure carbon expertly ground to specified tolerances and encased in a micro-encapsulation of acrylic co-polymer. If fade-resistance is the essential criteria for you – this is the ink set for you. Everything else is a compromise.
Carbon inks are formulated so that color tone *ab values are very close, resulting in a very linear, photographic warmth. Like our Neutral ink set, this produces a reflection of color tone to the human eye that traverses the entire tonal range. It’s a very precise way to express a Carbon photograph.