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L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio inks have been around for many years but don't seem to attract much attention in the English speaking community. I guess that we have too much to choose from.


Several months ago, namrehsnoom published the most extensive and exhaustive review of Bleu Atlantique: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/316800-lartisan-pastellier-callifolio-bleu-atlantique/. There is nothing new I can add, but since the ink quickly become one of my favourites I decided to post some additional pictures.


I tested the ink on four different papers: Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm, Moleskine (of the worst kind) and Xerox Performer 80 gsm using some of my favourite wet writing pens.






Leuchtturm & Moleskine




Clairefountaine, Leuchtturm, Moleskine and Xerox.


Although some feathering and line widening can be seen on the Moleskine and Xerox, they are not even close to be as bad as with a wet pen filled with most other inks I tried. I'd say that the ink behaves similarly well on some lesser quality papers as Salix, Pelikan Blue/Black and Pelikan Royal Blur but with a bit more lubrication.



Ink characteristics


Saturation: low to medium (great for shading)

Lubrication: above average

Feathering/woolly lines/bleed-through: low

Flow: average

Drying time: average


Namrehsnoom gave it earlier A+ score. I'd go for A, simply because I found even better performance in another Callifolio ink.


Anyway, either A or A+ are absolutely deserved. It is really hard to find an ink of interesting​ colour one can use almost without limitations on more absorbent papers.

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Great photo review of a well-performing ink. And thank you for linking to my review. I also like these cerulean-type blues a lot, but I guess I've been spoiled by Pelikan Edelstein Topaz, which remains my top ink for this colour category. And I totally agree that these Callifolio inks are underrated (probably because they are not readily available)

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You're welcome! I admit that I'd wish to see more inks reviewed by you. I appreciate your thoroughness and the inclusion of less fountain pen friendly types of paper.


I have mixed feelings about Topaz. It's a beautiful ink with some amazing properties but fails me terribly whenever I try to use it at work on a copy paper. I can blame my pens, however, some inks still fare better.

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This ink surprised me, I didn't expect to like it as much as I had when I bought the bottle.


BTW I really like the layout of your comparison, very succinct quick eye comparison. :)

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If you like the colour I'm pretty sure you will not regret the purchase, especially when using a wetter pen.

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