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Manufacturer: Cross
Series, colour: Blue-Black
Pen: Waterman Hemisphere „F”
Paper: Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2)

Flow rate: very good
Lubrication: good
Bleed through: unnoticeable
Shading: noticeable
Feathering: unnoticeable
Saturation: good

A drop of ink smeared with a nib


The ink smudged with a cotton pad




Water resistance


Ink drying time


Ink drops on a handkerchief




Sample text in an Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2)


Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2)


Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2)


Sample letters in a Clairefontaine (gramatura 120 g / m2)


Palette of shades




If you have interesting inks and you want to give a sample for testing - welcome.
We can exchange a color sample.


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This is one I could see myself using. I'm very fond of a lot of the blue-blacks I've tried.

Thanks for the review. And, well, not.... (Do I need more ink? Um, depends on your definition of "need".... B))

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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Thanks akszugor! Great, informative review.

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."


B. Russell

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I got myself a bottle of Cross blue-black ink a year or so ago because they claim it to be document proof according to ISO standards.

The colour of my Cross Blue-black is rather dark violet than blue-black, but it writes well and it does not dry out in the pen,

even when I don't use it frequently. I like it because of these qualities, not so much because of the colour.


Your sample looks really blue-black and not at all violett.

Until some time ago Cross branded their name to Pelikan 4001 inks. They even had the Pelikan bottles.

But for quite some time they have a new manufacturer.

The bottles are a unique (square) shape and it says "made in China" on the bottles. (Pelikan 4001 ink is made in Germany).

The price is significantly higher than before, they now want to be more high-end than budget.

I wonder whether you got one of the last examples of the old ink? :huh:


Does your ink have a "Pelikan style" bottle or a square bottle?

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My ink is from a "Pelikan style" bottle.


Then you probably have the old (discontinued) ink and not the new one.

I did not know they also had the blue-black;

whenever I saw them in a shop it was only either blue or black, never blue-black. :huh:

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