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Waterman Mysterious Blue

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#21 AndyYNWA


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 15:41

An interesting thing about this ink is that my sample was in the beginning a medium teal and in the end of the fill dark blue...  :huh:

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Posted 15 November 2016 - 17:25

I love the dark blue color of this ink when the ink line is first laid down. If only it would stay that color. Just not a fan of the way it dries green/teal or whatever.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 17:46

Is this the ink formerly known as "blue-black"?  I have a sample of that from long ago and it matches what I see in the first photo, which is greener than what I see in the other photos.  The latter look like more of a slate blue on my monitor.


I am thinking back to c.1960 when the "black" inks I could find were grey or a darkish blue-black.  With that passing for black, it was not clear what an ink called "blue-black" should be.  They tended to vary quite a bit from brand to brand, with an emphasis on grey and blue-grey.


Today it is normal for black ink to look black, and blue-black is often just that.  This Waterman ink seems to be a holdover from earlier days when blue-black was searching for an identity, though it probably represents the greenest definition.  I wish Waterman had updated their colors rather than the names;-)  Sheaffer and Parker now have black and blue-black inks that better match their name. 


I have a vintage bottle of Waterman Blue-Black, and yes, I believe it's the same as the current "Mysterious Blue."

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 19:55

Your belief is good! It was only the names which W changed, not the formulations. That was all back in 2012.



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Posted 17 November 2016 - 14:52

I love the dark blue color of this ink when the ink line is first laid down. If only it would stay that color. Just not a fan of the way it dries green/teal or whatever.

I kinda like the colour it leaves when it dries, but I agree with you: I really love the colour of this ink when it's still fresh, such a shame it dries in this greenish tone. It's a little frustrating watching it while dries  :lol:

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 17:48

I guess the "mysterious" part is how it got significantly LIGHTER after two days in the pen. (I waited to make sure the right-hand side wouldn't darken to match the left.) That doesn't offend me personally but if you want page-to-page consistency over a large manuscript this probably is NOT the ink for you.



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Posted 03 December 2016 - 05:04

That's strange.


I've noticed that the ink gets a bit darker if the pen is left uncapped for a moment, for example, the length of time it takes to go and make a cup of tea or coffee, or reply to an e-mail.


I'm not displeased, to be honest.

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 23:58

This ink has its own life. The way it ages changes depending the wetness of the pen, the kind of paper and lots of other components. Actually I've noticed that since my review, the sample on tracing paper is more blue than the other two. I'll try to post a photo in the next days maybe

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