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  1. Akkerman Delfts Blauw This is short impression on Akkerman’s Delfts Blauw, inspired by Delft China... At first, I was not so impressed by the ink. It was almost too pale too bare. And it didn’t agree with my dry Waterman W2, though the only ink which agrees with this pen is R & K Verdigris. But after a couple of days it grew on me. Even in Waterman W2 it was alright. But the pen was still scratchy. It looks best in a monster Jinhao 450 with a fude nib. In my opinion it needs a wet wide nib. It’s a beautiful colour to use for this time of year, and with all the suffering going about, a
  2. In addition to the regular line of inks Akkerman in The Hague now offers a range of 'Dutch Masters' inks. Though the bottle says 'limited colors collection'I cannot find a reference to what the limited stands for (limited edition, limited range of colours,...), and I forgot to ask. I'm fortunate that the shop is just a short train ride from my home, so I could have a look at the ink before buying. Here is my review of the ink (bear with me, it's my first review). Sorry for the handwriting The bottle is the larger, non-faceted version. Just like the smaller bottles for the regular addition
  3. Gasquolet

    Ink Colour Changing In The Pen?

    I have recently had two pens, piston fillers, both celluiloid, filled with different Akkerman inks where over time the ink colour has changed remarkably. I have a good number of pens, many of them piston fill or self fillers because that's my wont and because most of them are older or vintage. I have never seen such a striking change of ink colour as I've just experienced though and wanted to ask if others have seen the same. The first case could be put down to time in the pen with the ink losing water and becoming more saturated: This is a Geha pen from the 60's filled with Akkerman SBRE
  4. alexander_k

    Some Blues

    If there were a support group for blue ink addicts, I should attend the meetings. I just can't resist the blues. I already have more than enough but still keep buying and comparing them, always in search of yet another perfect blue ink. Until recently my favourites were Diamine Midnight (dark blue), Visconti Blue and Akkerman KoninginneNach-blauw (light blue). Rohrer & Klingner Blau Permanent fell out of favour when I discovered that it was rather too washable; pity, because it's lovely. After many months of sticking to the same inks (mostly to use up the ones that failed in similar compa
  5. PICTURES HAVE BEEN UPDATED - LATER PAGES relating to the origin of the akkerman bottle, here are a few predecessors of the akkerman bottle, made by the dutch firm of gimborn. this inkbottle is the very first "longneck-bottle" or langhalsfles although this bottle doesn`t use the marble in the neck yet. this bottle is extremely rare, I know of 2 in a museum and a third I`ve dug up in a bottledump in the netherlands, which I traded with a former employe of Gimborn. the second model of the "longneck-bottle" are these ones, in two sizes "the baby-longneck" and the "longneck" to my
  6. During a recent trip to The Hague I bought a couple of Akkerman inks at their store. After a fresh supply was brought in from the store room (apparently these inks are popular) I could test the inks using a toothpick. I already reviewed Ruisdael’s Stormachtig Blauw; this review deals with #9 'Steenrood van Vermeer’. The Steenrood (stone red) refers to the colour of bricks, and the picture by Vermeer illustrates the warm, mellow colour of those bricks, and so does this ink. As I said the ink catches the colour of bricks very well, a warm reddish brown (or brownish red, if you prefer). I like t
  7. milkb0at

    Swan Double-Decker Ink Bottle

    At Brooklands Museum here in the UK they have some of Barnes Wallace's (he of Dambusters bouncing bomb fame) effects, including a draughting set and this Swan ink bottle. I can't quite see through the dark glass (possibly encrusted with ink) to see if that is a marble in the top chamber, but I suppose it is. Is the Akkerman bottle based on this Swan bottle? Or were these Double-Decker type bottles common in those days? Basically, if anyone has any knowledge about this kind of bottle I'd be grateful for the education. There are various other ink bottles, desk sets etc distributed aroun
  8. PW Akkerman shop has big offer of products. But so have other shops. None of them though has ink ink in such a cool bottles: Akkerman ink is PW Akkerman private label ink that can be bought in 30 colors: While it's never been officially confirmed some people (me included) believe Akkerman is actually repacked Diamine ink. There's no shame in it, guys. Just admit it Anyway a sample of Zuiderpark Blauw-Groen was sent to me by fellow FPN-er. Thanks mate. The color is rather similar to Diamine Teal. The ink behaves very well. It doesn't cause any feathering - even on Moleskine an
  9. white_lotus

    Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blue-Green

    I'd had this review for a while, but hadn't posted it. The ink is the Akkerman #24, Zuiderpark Blue-green, an unusual color right on the border between blue and green. I'd received a sample and decided to give it a try. The few Akkerman inks I have are quite good, though there is a rumor that they are repackaged Diamine ink. I don't know if Diamine has this color, I'm not well-versed on their range of inks. The Akkerman bottles are fantastic. If I remember correctly the ink behaved well. But it's difficult to decide whether the ink is blue or green. For this reason it was difficult to adjust
  10. dcwaites

    Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue

    Having received a bottle of Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue, I thought I would do a review. I did it on Rhodia paper, to show the ink off to its best advantage, but I also tested it on other, lesser quality papers so I could get a better understanding of its overall performance. This is a deep, rich, saturated ink, with a tiny hint of red dye that accentuates the Blue. It shades, it sheens, it looks good, it behaves well. Just to get a better view of shading and sheening --
  11. PW Akkerman shop has big offer of products. But so have other shops. None of them though has ink ink in such a cool bottles: Akkerman ink is PW Akkerman private label ink that can be bought in 30 colors: While it's never been officially confirmed some people (me included) believe Akkerman is actually repacked Diamine ink. There's no shame in it, guys. Just admit it Anyway a sample of Diep-Duinwaterblauw was sent to me by fellow FPN-er. Thanks mate. The color is a deep blue black with a hint of turquoise that I can tolerate. Ink behaves well and feels smooth even in finer nib
  12. I have a number of blue black iron gall based inks, so I thought I'd do a comparison. In addition to the usual color comparisons, and water tests, I thought I'd see how they looked when newly applied vs dried for over 24 hours. I'll note that I bought Diamine's Registrar's Ink years ago, but had to get rid of it when it turned on me. After a couple of years on the shelf, the ink developed some dark gritty iron-like sediment in the bottom of the bottle which didn't mix when shaken, and the color of the remaining ink was watery grey, at best. When it was new, it was an exact match for
  13. alexander_k

    Three Ig Inks

    THREE IG INKS Waterproof, bulletproof, all kinds of inks that can withstand abuse from human malice or carelessness, the weather, time; I read about them and fail to find the fascination. First of all, I like inks that wash off easily from my hands, clothes and pens. I'm not that accident-prone but when I used to carry a Pelikan M600 in by breast pocket, many were the times when the cap unscrewed by itself and the pen decorated me with large blue blots. If those blots hadn't washed off, I might have given up on fountain pens - or carrying them around, at least. Secondly, what's the use of re
  14. dcwaites

    Serendipitous Blend #1

    This is the first of my blends that I have made by "accident", that was nice enough that I wanted to write it up and keep it. This is a blend of -- Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue - 1 part Akkerman #3 Diep Duinwaterblauw - 1 part Water - 2 parts.
  15. white_lotus

    Akkerman #23 Bekakt Haags

    Now Akkerman is a longtime pen shop in The Hague, Netherlands. For their 100th anniversary a few years back they had special bottles made in 150 ml capacity and 31 inks to fill them. After the anniversary, they switched to 60 ml bottles, but still the fancy vintage style that's really excellent for filling your pens. Originally you had to travel to their shop in The Hague, then they had some group purchases, and then Vanness Pens started carrying them. Now Anderson Pens does as well, and both allow online ordering, so it's very easy to obtain these inks now. Well they were easy beforehand, b
  16. white_lotus

    Akkerman #22 Hopjesbruin

    Earlier this year I picked up the two Akkerman brown inks at the Long Island Pen Show. Of course the bottles are wonderful. Supposedly Diamine makes these inks for Akkerman. So in theory they tend to match something already in the Diamine line. But I couldn't tell you which ink that would be here. #22 is a nice sandy brown, bordering on muted orange. Apparently one of the more popular Akkerman inks. I can see why. It's good. For some reason on a couple papers there was too much red in the image and I wasn't able to take it out without messing up the ink image. The ink is fairly water resis
  17. white_lotus

    Akkerman #15 Voorhout Violet

    Akkerman is the line of inks from The Hague, Netherlands, said to be made by Diamine for them. They have the coolest ink bottles. And the ink inside those bottles is very good. The inks are available in the US from Vanness Pen and Anderson Pens. Google's ability to translate Dutch is stymied by the word "voorhout". The ink is a soft, muted violet, very pleasing on the eyes, more neutral and bluer than the KWZI Violet #7. And the ink handles very well. Not water resistance at all. The usual papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. The MvL and Hij pics s
  18. NickiStew

    P W Akkerman Inks Test

    Well, well, well. Thirty one of these inks tested in total and half way through I got the strangest feeling of ‘Déjà vu’. But before I go into that, a little bit about Akkerman. It’s a Dutch brand, with a heritage, and consists of 30 colours with a washable blue. And a very attractive group of colours they are too. Not only that, they come in the most incredible bottles! BUT that’s where I stop. These inks behave exactly the same way as Diamines. Okay, I haven’t tested ALL the Diamine range bit I have checked and cross checked with the ones I have and to my mind there is no doubt so if you w
  19. Wrathen

    Akkerman #23 Bekakt Haags

    So this is my first ink review and I was mostly spurred to do one because there are very few ink reviews for this ink, which I find wonderful. So I have had this ink for a week and a bit, but it has given me the opportunity to test it a bit in two different pens and so far I can say I LOVE the ink. I have never been a huge brown in fan, but with getting a Pilot Custom 823 in Amber I felt that it would need to at least sometimes be filled with a brown ink "to match" ... DONT shake your head I know you do it too!!!. So while I havent gotten my Pilot 823 back from Dan Smith yet I should have it
  20. Hi all, I'll make this short and sweet as I'm on my way to buy some nice Dark Green FP ink (oh I'm so lucky!). Let me introduce myself, I am a mixed nationality (fountain pen) person who simply adores old pens (go away MB M collection what are you doing in such a beautiful catalog), I have some newer pens like the Lamy Dialog 3 (which writes like a charm) but my love is my MB 149. I hope to be able to partake in giving advice and I'll definitely bother you guys with questions about ink, nib age and other (fun) stuff. All in all I'm excited to join this community and have been 'lurkin
  21. New pen! So that makes two fountain pens that I now own
  22. white_lotus

    Akkerman #8 Diep-Duinwaterblauw

    Akkerman is the line of inks from The Hague, Netherlands, said to be made by Diamine for them. They have the coolest ink bottles. And the ink inside those bottles is very good. The is a thread that explains the names for the ink and their references, but this one I think is "Deep Dune water blue", but you'll have to find the thread to be sure. This ink is actually very similar in color to the Thistle Ink powder that was going around the P.INKs and people ooo'd and ahhhh'd over. A better color than the Organics Studio Blue Crab LE. The ink is not water resistant at all, and with boring chro

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