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Comparing Different Turquoise Inks

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#1 Mineralogy

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 02:47

Hi all!

 

When I first tried out Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki, I thought it was perfect in almost every single way except for one small thing - it would have been amazing if it was just slightly lighter. Then, I discovered Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro, which is a lot lighter and exhibits fantastic shading as well. However, on my journey to find the perfect turquoise ink I've noticed that there are many lookalikes, making my quest harder and harder. I've finally decided that I will order a bunch of samples and compare some of the most popular turquoise inks out there in one massive ink review, which will ultimately go up on my blog. 

 

However, I am not sure how many people will be interested in something like this. I've read a number of reviews that compare four or five different inks, but what I am planning now is significantly larger. Here are the inks I am thinking of reviewing. Feel free to let me know if A. you would be interested in something like this, and B. if you are, what ink(s) you would like me to review or remove from the list. I am thinking of keeping the list limited to inks that are in an affordable price range (I'm looking at you, Caran d'Ache) and regularly available (i.e. not limited edition). Also, (please let me know if you disagree/agree with this or not but) I am thinking of focusing on inks that exhibit notable shading. 

 

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Caran d’Ache Hypnotic Turquoise

Diamine Aqua Lagoon

Diamine Aqua Blue

Diamine Havasu Turquoise

Diamine Mediterranean Blue

Diamine Turquoise

J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche

Lamy Turquoise

Montblanc Turquoise

Noodler’s American Eel Turquoise

Noodler’s Navajo Turquoise

Organics Studio Copper

Omas Turquoise

Pelikan Turquoise

Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki

Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Sheaffer Turquoise

Waterman Inspired Blue (previously South Sea Blue)


Edited by Mineralogy, 28 June 2014 - 04:09.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:00

Quite a project. It's always interesting to see ink comparisons and a very helpful reference when one is looking for a particular shade.

My favourite turquose right now is Montblanc Honoré de Balzac Dandy Turquoise. It's a LE, however, and will probably not always be available. But it's a true turquoise with brightness while at the same time easy on the eyes.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:04

Maybe the regular Montblanc Turquoise ink?

 

Or did you try the Edelstein Topaz? I ordered a bottle, it's on its way.


Edited by zepp, 28 June 2014 - 03:05.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:05

I would be happy to forward you a sample of Montblanc Balzac Dandy Turquoise to add to your comparison.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:08

Quite a project. It's always interesting to see ink comparisons and a very helpful reference when one is looking for a particular shade.

My favourite turquose right now is Montblanc Honoré de Balzac Dandy Turquoise. It's a LE, however, and will probably not always be available. But it's a true turquoise with brightness while at the same time easy on the eyes.

Thanks Joane for the feedback and suggestions! I am trying to stay away from limited edition inks because it can be quite upsetting when they stop being produced... but I do agree, some of the best shades are L.E. :)



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:10

Go for it! Lots of people will have at least one and probably want to buy at least one. I'll at least read it!



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 03:49

Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Parker Quink Turquoise



#8 Mineralogy

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:00

I would be happy to forward you a sample of Montblanc Balzac Dandy Turquoise to add to your comparison.

That's very kind of you, alarickc! I suppose I'll let you know if it is requested.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:06

Iroshizuku Ku-jaku

Parker Quink Turquoise

Thanks for mentioning the Ku-jaku! From the reviews of Parker Quink Turquoise that I have seen it does not seem like it exhibits much shading... correct me if I am wrong. Nevertheless, if people are interested I will review it as well.

Go for it! Lots of people will have at least one and probably want to buy at least one. I'll at least read it!

Great, thank you!



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:08

Maybe the regular Montblanc Turquoise ink?

 

Or did you try the Edelstein Topaz? I ordered a bottle, it's on its way.

Is the MB turquoise limited edition? All I get when searching is Honore de Balzac: Dandy Turquoise.


Edited by Mineralogy, 28 June 2014 - 04:11.


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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:15

I quite like Waterman Inspired Blue. I don't have a lot of inks and can't give you comparisons, but I find it to be very beautiful. Reliable start up.

 

I purchased it at my local fountain pen store. I was told Waterman inks are trouble free - safe inks with good flow.

 

Great topic. I'm looking forward to watching your list evolve and reading your reviews.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:24

Thanks Joane for the feedback and suggestions! I am trying to stay away from limited edition inks because it can be quite upsetting when they stop being produced... but I do agree, some of the best shades are L.E. :)


I can understand the reluctance to review an ink no longer available and it's definitely up to the reviewer to set the parameters. The one advantage to including such inks is that sometimes people are looking for a replacement and if they can see the LE ink next to others that are currently available, it can help them to find a close match.
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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:42

I don't think MB has a regular turquoise ink right now, just the LE which is mostly sold out.

I'd appreciate if you add Visconti turquoise. I have 2 pens that are reserved for turquoise only so this would be of interest to me.

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 07:18

I think it would be very interesting.   I like turquoise inks and have started slowly sampling them on my own, but it's going to take me awhile.  :P

 

I didn't see Monteverde turquoise on your list - it is quite a pretty ink, although a bit lighter than some.  



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 00:53

Please do this! I have a pen that I want to use exclusively with turquoise ink, and this project would be immensely helpful.

 

What about Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue and Noodler's Midway Blue?

Admittedly, they might be more sky blue than turquoise.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:39

I love Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku and am glad you have it on your list. I would add Diamine Marine also.

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Iroshizuku, Diamine, and Waterman inks are my favorites!

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:44

I recently purchased a bottle of Monteverde Turquoise ink and realized that I actually could like it. Other than adding this particular ink to your list, I think that you have a great idea.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:09

I look forward to seeing your review of all the inks.  I found that a similar review on brown shades was very helpful in my selecting a sepia ink.  While I have a favorite Turquoise, it would be great to see it compared to other inks of a similar shade.


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 11:57

I love Turquoise! I feel you should add Noodler's Turquoise, the regular one. It is a bit darker than most but is really a great ink, shades beautifully. Lamy turquoise is another favorite of mine.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 22:49

So you are going to buy samples and try all of these right?  I"m looking forward to seeing it.


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