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My reliable little carry pen is my blue Esterbrook SJ. I have a new check supplier and the paper is even less fountain pen friendly than the last supplier's. I was foolish enough to fill my Estie with Asa Blue, which is VERY WET, and now my fine nib writes like a BBB. I would like to find a nice blue ink (really, I'd like to find the same color as Asa Blue) that is much dryer. I don't think iron gall inks are going to work for my vintage pen which may sit in my purse for days without being written with. Most of the dry inks recommendations I've found are for brown inks -- like Pelikan 4001 Brown, which I have and like .... but is there something BLUE that would work?

 

I've tried writing with black and gray and gray-purple and gray-green and they bore me to death so those are out. 

 

 

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Lamy Blue is about the driest blue ink I know of.

 

L'Artisan Pastellier Bleu Azur and Bleu Ultramarine are less wet than some others. And they are not lubricating. Vanness Pens generally stocks these inks.

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Diamine's Registrar's is not a blue but more of a bluish-greyish blue-black... and apparently an iron gall... but one of the driest of all inks I have.

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Asa Blue is VERY wet but not all Diamine inks are. Denim or Prussian Blue are not so wet, also Sapphire Blue is nowehere near as wet as Asa.
Among more expensive inks GvFC Cobalt Blue is a very well behaving ink and quite dry.

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The five Stipula inks I have are all very dry, perfect matches for very wet Souverans plus they don't dry out in the nib when left uncapped for a couple minutes.

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I found that Diamine Presidential Blue to be pretty dry. OTOH, that gave it great shading, if you like that sort of thing.

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I found that Diamine Presidential Blue to be pretty dry. OTOH, that gave it great shading, if you like that sort of thing.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

Great point! It is nigh-impossible to find a gorgeous blue that scratches all the itches: one that shades, sheens, is nicely saturated, and behaves well on decent paper. You can have some but not all... which is why I'm neck deep in ink :lol:

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Great point! It is nigh-impossible to find a gorgeous blue that scratches all the itches: one that shades, sheens, is nicely saturated, and behaves well on decent paper. You can have some but not all... which is why I'm neck deep in ink :lol:

 

Heck, I'm neck deep just in BLUE ink. Followed by blue-black, followed by purple.... :blush: Followed by most other colors except for yellow/gold (not a lot of those) and orange (I have yet to find an orange ink that floats my boat).

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I've tried quite a few blue inks, currently use about 8 or 9, I wouldn't say any of them have been particularly wet or dry, unless we're talking about extreme cases, like really old and evaporated ink. You may want to try the cellophane trick: a small bit of cellophane between the nib and feed, which I use when I want inks to come out lighter; it might sound counter intuitive, but I've had no start or flow problems, but you need to make sure you're ok with it aesthetically; clear cellophane draws less attention, and comes as cookie and candy wrapper (without oily residues!).

 

You can cut a small rectangle, the height smaller by 5mm than the length the nib sticks out, the width enough to let you manipulate it, and cut it off once it's in so it can go into the cap.

 

I currently have this in two Pelikan m205, a Waterman le Man 100, a Faber Castell Ambition and a Muji. If it doesn't work out you can just remove it, it shouldn't affect the pen.

 

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