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#1 chkuo

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Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:44



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Posted 03 March 2009 - 17:13

I may need to rethink American Blue - I love the color but had found it to be very slow drying to the point of smearing well after it dried... I mix it with Noodlers Luxury Blue for a nice version that improves both their qualities (negates the flatness of luxury blue, dries and doesn't smear)...

But it IS a fantastic color ...
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Posted 03 March 2009 - 17:17

I like the Americian Blue but I did notice that it bleeds through on my Moleskine Cahiers, whereas Noodler's Bulletproof black, which I normally use with the cahiers, doesn't.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 02:04

I hadn't intended on trying PR American Blue, but the dealer who sold me my Faber Castell Pearwood Ambition threw in a few American Blue cartridges, so I had to try it out. I like it and it appears very similar to your scan. Thank you for the review!

#5 chkuo

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:52

The test was from a cartridges (a free gift from Artlite in Atlanta when I visited the store a while ago), I don't have a bottle.

Curiously, I find the ink to be fast drying (as you can see in the scan) and I have no problem with smearing. The color is interesting, but a bit too dark for me. Also the poor water resistance is disappointing. I am still searching for my prefect blue...

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:17

QUOTE (chkuo @ Mar 4 2009, 04:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The test was from a cartridges (a free gift from Artlite in Atlanta when I visited the store a while ago), I don't have a bottle.

Curiously, I find the ink to be fast drying (as you can see in the scan) and I have no problem with smearing. The color is interesting, but a bit too dark for me. Also the poor water resistance is disappointing. I am still searching for my prefect blue...


I've been using it for the past few months:

1. Very wet. While it doesn't feather, it makes a fine nib write like a medium
2. Slow drying
3. Vivid/Consistent color--doesn't fade
4. Beautiful blue
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 18:46

PR American Blue is my "standard" blue. Nice color.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 18:51

QUOTE (Pepin @ Mar 7 2009, 10:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Consistent color--doesn't fade

Yes, it does - only not as quickly as something like Quink .
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