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In my quest of blue-black inks , I have acquired Parker Quink blue-black (latest formulation ), Pelikan 4001 blue-black (earlier version) ,and Pelikan 4001blue-black (latest version) ,and found none of them satisfactory to my visual appeal , I mean the "exact" blue-black for me. However, Pelikan latest formulation was closer, but not entirely satisfactory. Therefore, I decided to mix parker blue-black (present formulation) 3 equal parts with Parker black (present formulation) 1 part. These were bottled inks, no cartridges. I am presenting my result as a very informal and personal review for comments by fellow FPNers .I may not be the first one to do this. Sorry for my poor camera work.


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On my monitor it looks similar, if not identical to, Private Reserve Midnight Blue. Beautiful color.

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Hmm. I've read that current formulation Quink Blue-Black is basically the same as Waterman Mysterious Blue. Maybe I should try mixing WMB and Quink Black and see what happens. (Those two inks are my go-to tester inks for vintage pens for the most part).

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That 3 to 1 mix is also my preferred BB!

I alternate between the Quink recipe and 4:1 Waterman Florida Blue and Waterman black (which is a little more purple).

The Waterman BB + Waterman Black (3 to 1) yields about the same result as the Quink mixture.

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Although Waterman changed the name Blue-Black to Mysterious Blue, the formulation remained unchanged. Also, IYAM, that ink is the same as Parker's Quink Blue-Black. Worse off, both are IMO not really blue-black but more of a turquoise-grey. Thus, adding more black is logical and helpful, but the green remains.



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