A colleague showed me his Twsbi Eco and I was so impressed by the piston-filler concept, it re-kindled my love of fountain pens after a 4-year hiatus. Now I need a nice blue ink to go with it .
I've been using Parker Quink permanent blue for most of my life and I love it. My other favourite ink is Waterman Florida blue (last bottle I purchased was in 2009 so I still use the old name in my head ).
Looking for an ink that's slightly less "purple" and more "blue" than these, with the following qualities:
- Quick-drying (I'm left-handed)
- Wet/smooth feel of nib on paper (I currently use a Lamy EF nib)
- Saturated/strong colour. I don't like dilute inks that show shading (I dislike Quink washable blue and Pelikan 4001 Blue for this reason)
- Won't stain the polycarbonate barrel of the Twisbi (hence my hesitation to try anything by Noodler's)
- Won't fade over time (Quink washable blue was notorious for this, school notes would be grey by the time I needed to study from them a year later)
Regarding the shade of blue, - something that's more light/blue than the Quink/Waterman, but far from torquise (I use it for work so it has to look "serious"). No darker colours - I'm not a fan of "murky" hues like Quink blue-black, much prefer pure blue or pure black.