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Blackbird Ink is a new brand on the ink market. The ink is made in England by/for Mabie Todd Limited. I'm not sure if they create inks or order them from UK producer.


At the launch of Blackbird Ink six colors are available. All the inks are named after birds, which is a nice touch given they were created as a tribute to Swan inks produced years ago. At the moment you can get them in following colors:

  • Blackbird Black
  • Kingfisher Blue
  • Mallard Green
  • Robin Red
  • Sand Martin Brown
  • Starling Purple



The ink comes in 30 ml glass bottle that comes in a red cardboard box. The bottle is small, stable and functional. On the other hand, I'm not sure if you'll be able to fill MB 149 and other huge monsters directly from it.

The ink


Robin Red is a generic and rather boring red ink. It feels dry and looks bland. Nothing interesting here guys.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Color ID


Color range


Fabriano, Jinhao x750, medium nib



Field Notes, Jinhao x750, medium nib



Copy paper, Jinhao x750, medium nib



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  • 9 months later...

Thank you for this review - I have been searching for more information on these inks. Initially I was excited to see a revived Blackbird ink, but wasn't very encouraged when I looked through the colours, all look like rather bland primary shades. Does anyone have any information on the new manufacturers? Their website is rather scarce in this respect.




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