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Birmingham Smithfield St. Bridge Truss Blue - Compact Review



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inkstainedruth

I really like this ink. I have a couple of samples but need to get a full bottle... I've been running it in a Parker 61 and so far haven't had any issues with the capillary fill system getting cloggy.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Just checking. I have a bottle of this, but the color is way different from the pictures I saw online, and also way different from your review. My bottle is a much darker, somber blue, and leans a tad greener. I suspect it was either contaminated or I have an old formula? Would anyone know if this color was reformulated?

 

Sorry for the ramble, and thanks!

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D3N2

another possibility could be a wrong label. Birmingham has a lot of dark somber blues.

The scanner i use is calibrated, and the color is pretty much like the real thing :-)

 

I would bet for the wrong label, you can check my other reviews of Birmingham inks

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This review shows colors true to what I saw as well. Here's a link to my brief review:

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/330899-birmingham-pen-co-smithfield-st-bridge-truss-blue/

 

Note that my review is not on Tomoe River nor with a high-flow juicy pen, so my results don't show the sheen, nor are as dark--pen and paper matter a lot in how an ink ends up in writing. Blue inks usually have purple/magenta sheen, and the more sheen you see, the more the base blue will be shifted toward purple, less green. So you might also be seeing that difference.

 

It has less turquoise/green component than Diamine ASA Blue, if you have that one to compare to. Bit more similar to Sailor Souten.

 

Mislabeled bottles happen--just today I've finally confirmed with a [different] manufacturer that one of my ink bottles is mislabeled.

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D3N2

another possibility could be a wrong label. Birmingham has a lot of dark somber blues.

The scanner i use is calibrated, and the color is pretty much like the real thing :-)

 

I would bet for the wrong label, you can check my other reviews of Birmingham inks

 

 

Thanks, Jan2016. Yes, I think you're right. If it was not a contamination from the vendor, it might have been a mislabeled bottle. Will see if I can match whatever I have to other Birmingham blues..

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