It took a while but I finally cleaned the space around my ink shelf and and arranged the bottles somewhat to take a photo of the entire collection. The title is a bit untrue because as of these photos, 619 bottles of ink were on the shelf (well, one I forgot was on my desk) but I have 18 bottles of ink that are on the way as well making for a total of 637 bottles (593 if you discount the 44 duplicated). That's around 33.47 litres (8.84 gallons) of ink. I have an additional 99 samples and swatches of 165 inks that I have neither bottles nor samples of. In total I have 858 swatches of unique inks.
I don't have as nice a presentation of my inks as the ink collector that Inquisitive Quill managed to see but it's much nicer than it used to be! I've divided the the shelves loosely by brand or country of origin. But only loosely. Australian inks are on the bottom shelves (only because I got to them last!) German inks are mostly in the same shelf, French inks are mostly in the same shelf, and so are Italian and Japanese (mostly). Sailor is spread over 3 shelves, Noodler's over 2 and Montblanc and Diamine get one shelf each.
There is *no* direct sunlight whatsoever.
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The collections comes in at 41 unique brands (including all Sailor made store exclusives as "Sailor) and the break down by colours puts blue at one ink shy of double the next largest. In the collection 81 bottles are of discontinued inks.
I like blue; a count clearly 152 if you include Turquoise and Light Blue. I'm not a huge fan of greens though and I have 62 of them so I don't know how that happened. And 30 black‽
81 Discontinued Inks