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Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue


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#1 bioluminescentsquid

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 07:16

I got this ink at the LA pen show and did the writing samples quite a while ago, but never scanned and uploaded them until recently.

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We'll first go over the basics - it's a very wet ink, and will flow generously out of pens. This also makes it prone to bleed on the worst of papers, although I haven't found it to be troublesome (despite for longer drying times due to sheer wetness) on friendly papers. No water resistance to note of!
I'll be first to admit that I don't like the color. I like blue-blacks, but this one is just too teal for my tastes. Still, it is acceptable when used in a very wet pen, where it almost looks black.

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Staples Bagasse paper; I dip tested this, and thus it blobbed in the start.

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Kokuyo looseleaf

 

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Daiso notebook paper

 

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So, now you're probably thinking that this is quite a run-of-a-mill ink. Not quite.
To end this review, I'll just slip in this scandalous photo.


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(No, no photoshop/glitter was used here. I hope I got you sheen fans swooning!)

 


Edited by bioluminescentsquid, 21 March 2016 - 07:17.


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 07:45

Very nice review. I like this ink.



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 08:19

me too ... i love this ink... out of all the blackstone inks


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Posted 21 March 2016 - 15:06

I currently have my TWSBI eco stub filled with this, liking it a lot. I never see it as light as some of your samples show, but I'm currently journaling in a Leuchtturm which seems to suck in the ink a bit compared to some papers. I think there's a family resemblance to Sailor Yama-Dori, anyone else?



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Posted 21 March 2016 - 18:04

LOVE this ink... I do like Barrier Reef for the sheen... but Sydney Harbour has my heart for the color...  One of my favorite inks.  It has been in my EDC for almost a year.. 

 

 

 

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Posted 21 March 2016 - 18:50

Lovely colour but behaviour can be kind of wild & unpredictable. This is an ultra wet ink (like their Daintree Green) & can feather like crazy. Had some batch variations. Nib gauge can look at least a size wider. Even had bleed through on Tomoegawa. I like it a lot though!

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 12:27

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 16:26

This is an ultra wet ink ... can feather like crazy. Had some batch variations. Nib gauge can look at least a size wider.

 

Interesting. Not my experience at all. It puts down a line exactly as wide as the contact area and doesn’t feather even on some non-coated papers. It shades and sheens like crazy, which I like. I adore this ink in moderately wet pens with very fine nibs (Japanese F territory), where it will form a super-crisp rope of ink behind the nib that doesn’t spread in any way.

 

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^—this is grocery-list grade paper (my iPad camera distorted the colours). No feathering at all. No bleed-through and hardly any show-through. There’s no scale in the image, but the line width is Sailor F territory.


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Posted 11 April 2020 - 20:54

Interesting. Not my experience at all. It puts down a line exactly as wide as the contact area and doesn’t feather even on some non-coated papers. It shades and sheens like crazy, which I like. I adore this ink in moderately wet pens with very fine nibs (Japanese F territory), where it will form a super-crisp rope of ink behind the nib that doesn’t spread in any way.
 
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^—this is grocery-list grade paper (my iPad camera distorted the colours). No feathering at all. No bleed-through and hardly any show-through. There’s no scale in the image, but the line width is Sailor F territory.


Well my post was written a while ago & my experience was with ink bought maybe five or six ago, back when Kevin had just started making his Blackstone inks. Perhaps quality and/or formulation has improved since......?

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Posted 12 April 2020 - 06:12

Yes, could be. It’s one of the most saturated inks I know, by the way. A real sheen machine. I have two bottles, one 33% diluted, one pure. In certain pens, the ink is magical.



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Posted 13 April 2020 - 11:26

Well my post was written a while ago & my experience was with ink bought maybe five or six ago, back when Kevin had just started making his Blackstone inks. Perhaps quality and/or formulation has improved since......?

 

I was also a very 'early adopter' with this ink, and had no problems of this sort with my first bottle - but yes it's possible there have been improvements to the formulation of these inks.  I really like it - except in the driest of pens, it's prone to sheen a little (to a lot), and is a lovely dark blue with just a hint of grey-green.



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Posted 13 April 2020 - 13:46

I love the hue of this ink, but always had difficulty to call it a ‘blue’. At most, I’d call it a very saturated teal.  In dry pens, the teal dominates a bit more and it becomes a bit blue-ish. In wet pens, I see mostly a very saturated, very dark green with undertones of red (mostly sheen), black and blue-black.








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