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  1. I have had this Diamine Sargasso Sea sample for reviewing for a while. I looked at this sample and thought how similar it looks to Diamine Blue Velvet. However, after I started writing with it, I started to see that it leans a little more towards the red end of the colour spectrum than Blue Velvet does. I like that about it, and I would happily live with both colours. Notably though, Blue Velvet is more expensive because it's one of the 150th Anniversary inks. This is an excellent dark to medium blue type. It varies according to the type of nib used, and looks darker when written with a F nib
  2. ErrantSmudge

    Ink Review: Monteverde Horizon Blue

    Monteverde's revamped line of inks recently got my attention for their comprehensive lineup of clear, distinct hues, as well as good value. A 90ml bottle can be had for about $13-$15 USD from the better known online retailers in the United States, making it a very good deal. Monteverde touts their "ITF Technology". From Monteverde's promotional material, here's how it claims to benefit us writers: At my recent visit to the 2017 LA Pen Show, Monteverde gave a free bottle of Malibu Blue ink to all show attendees. A company representative had all their inks available for sampling with swabs, a
  3. Morbus Curiositas

    Diamine Majestic Blue

    Diamine Majestic Blue After reading so much nice reviews in Diamine inks I had to buy 2 bottles of their inks when I was at La Couronne du Comte. I bought the lovely teal a blue/green ink which reminded me a bit of De Aramentis Pigeon blue and this Diamine Majestic Blue. I can say one thing in advance: I love these inks. To start with I love the shape of the bottle which for me is a mixture of classy and classical Btw did you know that Diamine uses almost the same lids on their bottles as De Atramentis does. Anf there is one other thing it has in common with De Atra
  4. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine China Blue

    My latest ink is Diamine China Blue I haven't used Diamine Diamine China Blue before so I thought I would try it out. It's a single dye pure blue. There are no purple, or any other coloured dyes added. Think of the blue you see on blue and white china. It's that sort of blue. It lives up to it's name very well. It's more saturated than I expected, and has some water resistance, as many blue inks do. I would call it an everyday blue, not quite Royal Blue, that suggests a little added purple or red, but a really nice, unassuming plain blue. It's quite similar to Waterman Florida (Serenity) Blue
  5. This is a review of my new custom color from Noodlers. Some of you may have seen my previous color Omaha Brown. Every custom fountain pen I build comes with a bottle of ink. Previously I had been sending out Omaha Brown and then I ran out. I went to the fine people at Noodlers and requested another color. My only stipulation this time was that it would be a bright Turquoisey Blue. (Okay, that is a really specific only stipulation I know) Anywho, they agreed and we went back and forth on the details. The end result is what you see in the review below. It turned out that Nathan just comb
  6. Diamine Majestic Blue vs De Atramentis Steel Blue An Ink comparison for a somewhat peculiar reason Notice Diamine and De Atramentis use similar lids There is of course nothing so special about comparing two inks especially then they are both blue inks. What is peculiar though that they are both very talented at smudging and staining. But I will come back to this later first have a look at the colours. I will enter in the links to the more extensive reviews of both inks at the end of this review Handwritten text comparison Let me "throw up" another comparison
  7. Morbus Curiositas

    Diamine Teal Vs De Atramentis Pigeon Blue

    Diamine Teal vs. De Atramentis Pigeon Blue Both these inks are inspired by colour found on birds For the people who have no knowledge of birds. The Bird on the Right is a Parakeet which modelled for Diamine and the bird on the right is a bald eagle which inspired De Atramentis Colour Comparison Just as these birds and their colour are different both inks and birds also have some familiarities The De Atramentis ins seems to be a bit bright like the colour on the Pigeon. The Teal to my eyes is darker Ink Behaviour Both inks are very smooth wr
  8. Morbus Curiositas

    De Atramentis Steel Blue

    De Atramentis Steel Blue I first started using this ink when De J sent me a Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen in Blue as a thank you for the great ink comparison of all De Atramentis inks I made. Somehow I find this Steel Blue ink quite well fitting to the Blue of the Fountain Pen Before I start I hereby mention that that I will compare this ink with Diamine Majestic blue soon. The reason for this is somewhat peculiar, both inks smear strongly when a drop of water is spilled on it, even after a long period of drying. But no worries both inks are very beautiful. So I will not only p
  9. jj9ball

    Colorverse Quasar

    Colorverse inks seem to have just shown up to the scene. They are from South Korea and are a little pricey, but my experience so far is very good. The colors are very vibrant and seem to be pretty well behaved so far. What follows is my ink review of Colorverse Quasar, which is one of my favorite colors.... burple. I absolutely LOVE burples of all shapes and sizes. I hope you enjoy the review. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks.
  10. Today I'm reviewing Diamine Majestic Blue A medium to dark blue ink from the standard range, Diamine Majestic Blue seems to be discussed more frequently than most other Diamine inks. Many love it's strong blue colour and red sheen, while some report problems like it stains hands and pens. I must admit I haven't written with it for ages and am guilty of letting my half full, old style 80ml bottle, sit around, unused, in a box. I took it out and examined it carefully. First I tipped it upside down and can report there was no sign of any sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Then I turned it up
  11. RudraDev

    Ink Review: Krishna Cool Breeze

    Hi, I recently went on a hunt to find the best turquoise-blue ink I could find and I landed on this ink by Krishna pens. This ink is a part of their super-saturated series and the color is a super nice azure. Here's the full review: Color: The color is a super vibrant turquoise without any green undertones. this ink is a true blue. the color is somewhat similar to Robert Oster Fire and Ice and Noodler's turquoise. Drying time: THe flow of this ink is very wet. I used a medium nib and it took about 35-40 seconds before it became completely dry. the pen I used was relatively dry flowing, so
  12. Morbus Curiositas

    De Atramentis Document Ink

    De Atramentis Dokument Tinte Blau / Document Ink Blue Dear FPN friends, This time an ink review of a very special ink. De Atramentis Document Blue. This ink is mentioned for doctors, lawyers etc. and for all who need a permanent ink for official Documents To be qualified as a document ink the ink has to meet certain standards. The standard in Europe is ISO 12757-2. This means that the ink has to be lightfast and may not be influenced by any outer influences. To show you the resilience of the inks I have poured several aggressive Fluids over it and… Nothing happened. It is like if
  13. jacobgmusic

    Noodler's Polar Blue

    Noodler's Polar Blue A Newbie's Perspective In my last review I mentioned that my favorite color is Green. If I had to choose a second favorite color, I would choose blue. I like this blue, yet, I wish it had shading. I really like inks that have nice shading properties. Anyways...
  14. First of all I must apologise as this ink should have been launched at the same time as the other Diamine new colour: Classic Green, that The Good Captain launched in his excellent review. However, due to me having been laid very low by a bacterial stomach infection, I'm late on parade with this review. Still, the show must go on, so I have written with this ink a few times and finally managed to get the review form done and scanned. So I'm back in bed with my trusty MacBook typing this. As many of you will know, Oxford Blue has to be a dark blue. That is Oxford University's team colour, wher
  15. I recently purchased a few standard (60ml) ink pots of the camlin royal blue ink. As soon as i laid down the first line. I noticed that the colour has been changed. I had purchased a few ink pots from Mumbai and the other from Ahmedabad. I noticed that no matter the location, the colour now is different than the previous ink. (Both have manufacturing dates of around mid-late 2014) The change is ever so mild, but it is noticeable none the less. The newer colour has become more of a uniform blue which is a bit lighter in hue. The earlier colour had a purple-grey undertone to it which made it a
  16. Honeybadgers

    Nemosine Neptune Blue

    Onwards with my Nemosine reviews! Neptune is the farthest known planet in our solar system, with an orbital period of over 160 years. Invisible to the naked eye, it was the only planet found by mathematical prediction and first observed in 1846 Neptune blue is more of a pastel blue, quite similar to the color of neptune itself. The pictures are a bit more violet than they should be due to my slightly yellow desk lamp. The color is not bright and vivid, but it's well saturated and has some lovely mild red sheen. It's extremely well behaved on bad paper, with mild-medium water resistance, I'
  17. Hi, I'm pretty new to fountain pens and ink in general and I was hoping to find an ink that matches the color of my 2007 Mustang. The color name is listed as "Vista Blue" but every Google search I run that includes the words Vista and Fountain Pen just pulls up articles related to the Lamy Vista pen. I'd really appreciate any help finding a good color match for this. I've attached a picture of the car for reference
  18. Hello! as I'm writing this, I need help for cleaning ink of my hands. and the ink is a Pilot iroshizuku Asa-gao ink. i like the blue-ish color on paper but not on my hands or all over my desk. it has been tough to remove it from my hands and I tried the following: Clorox: Not quiet efficient: 3/10 + bad odor Laca thinner: not recommended. efficiency: 3/10 + sting badly and hurts and let you skin dry. Ethyl alcohol: still lots of rubbing and not so efficient: 3/10 Isopropyl alcohol: good ol' rubbing alcohol. but still rubbing needed: 4/10 Water: what do you expect? 0/10. note: at firs
  19. Waterman Bleu Sérénité / Waterman Serenity Blue Dear FPN friends, This time an ink review of another ink manufacturer, but... Still with a little touch of De Atramentis to it The ink in this review I received with my Waterman Carène DeLuxe Fountain Pen. Although it came in cartridges (quoting my Fountain Pen Hero SBRE Brown :" Real man use bottled ink" , and I believe real woman too) I really love the ink. It is just the type of vivid blue I love most. What about the touch of De Atramentis??? As always in my handwritten reviews I do a little story. As some of
  20. Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them. This one is Blue Pearl. This ink is medium bright blue with a great silver sheen My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me. Diamine recommend that you gently agitate
  21. visvamitra

    Aurora Blue

    Aurora inks come in three basic colors: blue, blue black and black. The bottle holds 45 ml of ink. Inks can be also bought in cartridges. Aurora Blue is one of most recommended blue inks. I can see why as it's a problem free, low-maintenance ink. The thing is I find it mind-numbingly boring. So, even though it's a good ink, I don't use it. On the other hand if you enjoy such colors, Aurora Blue won't disappoint. It behaves well on most papers and offers excellent flow and wetness. It's slightly better than Pelikan 4001 Blue but also 4 times more expensive (in Poland) - forced to use Royal
  22. ErrantSmudge

    Ink Review: Monteverde Sapphire Blue

    Monteverde's revamped line of inks recently got my attention for their comprehensive lineup of clear, distinct hues, as well as good value. A 90ml bottle can be had for about $13-$15 USD from the better known online retailers in the United States, making it a very good deal. Monteverde touts their "ITF Technology". From Monteverde's promotional material, here's how it claims to benefit us writers: At my recent visit to the 2017 LA Pen Show, Monteverde gave a free bottle of Malibu Blue ink to all show attendees. A company representative had all their inks available for sampling with swabs, a
  23. julia239

    Bungbox Omotesando Blue

    There is some water-resistance, if you get to it fast enough, but long-term, it doesn't hold up. Rhodia Writing Samples Tomoe River Writing Samples Clairefontaine Triomphe Writing Samples Original Crown Mill Laid Paper Writing Samples
  24. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Midnight

    I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order. I wanted to review Twilight and Midnight consecutively to see their differences or similarities. This one is Diamine Midnight. I would call it a dark blue ink. It leans more towards the blue-red portion of the colour spectrum than Twilight and Prussian Blue. It's quite similar to Tchaikovsky although it seems to contain slightly less red, and is lighter than Regency Blue It's a well behaved, saturated ink with not much shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubr





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