Darker, stronger, more solid, simpler, and deeper black monochromes:
1. Go digital monochrome
What’s the best for black and white?
RICOH GR III in high contrast black and white JPEG mode is superior to even Kodak Tri-X 400 film pushed to 1600 with yellow filter.
Why? RICOH GR III has the deepest and most sublime blacks, JPEG, straight out of camera!
Thus it seems if your goal is to advance your monochrome photography, digital black and white photography is a better approach than compared to black and white film photography.
To reach a deeper level of contrast, start shooting with flash. If you don’t use a flash, you cannot go deeper.
With flash, you gain a deeper foothold and control over reality.