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Diamine Asa Blue Ink Review

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review

Pen: Nakaya Neo Standard Medium, Folded Nib Dip Pen
Ink: Diamine Asa Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid

Diamine Asa Blue Fountain Pen Ink Review-14Pros:

  • Smooth writing
  • Nice shading
  • Great everyday color
  • Diamine reliability

Cons:

  • None!

Notes:
Jetpens recently started carrying the small bottles of Diamine Ink. I saw them and immediately got to shopping. These 30ml bottles are ideal for an ink you “like” but don’t “love”. It’s more of a commitment than a sample, but not as much as a full bottle – ideal for trying out an an ink that you think you might like. I’ve been wanting to try Asa Blue as a more affordable alternative to Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki for a while now, so into my shopping cart it went.

The color reminds me much of Kon-Peki, but slightly more subdued and therefore more appropriate for everyday writing. After only a few lines in, I knew that this ink would fast become a favorite. This lovely shade of medium blue is a pleasure to write with and even nicer to look at. I’m a huge fan of Diamine ink – great saturation, flow, color variety, and shading without breaking the bank. I’ve been using this ink for a few weeks now, and I’m hooked. Asa Blue just may beat out Kon-Peki for my number one blue!

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J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche – Ink Review

J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche
Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenPilot Vanishing Point, Medium Nib
Ink: J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes:

When I saw that J. Herbin now offers small sample size bottles, I had to jump at it! Thanks to JetPens for sending over the bottle for review! As vibrant and nice as the color is, the performance of the ink is rather poor. The wet flow writes nicely, but results in some pretty bad feathering and bleed through. I haven’t had this issue with other J. Herbin inks, making this atypical. There are plenty of other blues out there, lots very similar. Unfortunately, I’d recommend passing on this one. If you like what you see and you absolutely have to have it, it does work well on Rhodia paper.

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Pros:

  • Nice vibrant shade
  • Generous flow
  • Nice light to dark blue shading

Cons:

  • Only performs well on Rhodia paper
  • Lots of feather and bleed

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Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo Fountain Pen Ink – Review

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo

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Specs:

Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo Fountain Pen Ink Review

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Notes:

No surprise here, another well-performing, beautiful ink from the Iroshizuku line. Tsuki-Yo (Moonlit Night) is a great shade of medium blue with a tiny hint of green in it. It has some nice high contrasting shading going on in this 1.5mm stub, and I really want to put it in a flex nib. It could easily be used as an everyday ink, as it’s not too crazy a shade, and it is relatively conservative. As with all of the Iroshizuku inks, it comes in a great looking box and an even better looking bottle. It’s so hard to not love these inks, the only thing getting in the way of me owning the entire collection is the price. They’re a bit pricey at $28.00/bottle (50ml), but I really enjoy them as a display piece. I have yet to go through an entire bottle of any ink, so they should last a very long time. Tsuki-Yo is has great flow, is nice and wet in the 1.5mm stub. It’s not too dry or too wet, and performs well on most paper. I really love this ink, and I’m glad I have a bottle now. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending the bottle over for review!

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Rohrer & Klingner Salix Iron Gall – Ink Review

Rohrer & Klingner Salix

Fountain Pen Ink Review

PenLamy 2000, Binderized Medium Nib
Ink: Rohrer & Klingner Salix
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP – Dot Grid – B5

Notes: This is the blue iron gall ink offering from Rohrer & Klingner, and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a solid performer on all  types of paper I’ve tried it with (even cheap copy paper). It’s a well-behaved ink that could be easily used as a daily driver due to it’s versatility. The ink shades wonderfully and it’s super smooth in my Lamy 2000. This particular iron gall does on lighter initially than Diamine’s Registrar’s Ink. Shading is about the same though. As with all iron gall inks, they darken up a bit as they dry, while permanently bonding with the paper in the process. I was a big fan of R&K Scabiosa (I recently bought an entire bottle), and now I can add Salix to the want list. Like all iron gall inks, try not to leave it loaded in a pen too long, as they can become corrosive over extended periods of time. I’ve never had an issue, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. I’m really loving this ink though, and I think I may need to add a bottle to my collection. Thanks for reading!

Pros:

  • Smooth
  • Awesome shading
  • Great on cheap paper
  • Iron gall permanence!

Cons:

  • None!

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Wahl Eversharp Wahlberry Ink Review

Wahl Eversharp
Wahlberry
Ink Review

PenLevenger L-Tech Stealth, Medium Nib
Ink: Wahl Eversharp Wahlberry
Paper: Rhodia No. 16 Blank with a sheet of Doane Paper underneath for guides.

Pros:

  • Nice medium blue
  • Very smooth

Cons:

  • Not very unique

Notes:
I had to do some digging around to get more info on this ink. Big thanks to Cary over at FountainPenDay.org for sending me over a sample! Wahlberry was the first of two inks released by Wahl-Eversharp over the summer. It’s advertised as an easy-flowing, fast-drying, non-clogging, smooth writing ink that’s ideal for their new line of flex nib pens. They say it’s safe specifically for older and vintage pens as well. I haven’t had it loaded up long enough to test all the claims (at the time of review), but it is very smooth and it is easy flowing. Theres some mild shading that I’m sure would pop more had I loaded it into a flex nib. The ink isn’t particularly unique, as it falls toward the darker end of medium blue, but it’s a solid performer at a reasonable price from a trusted brand. I have to get around to checking this stuff out in a flex nib and see what it’s really capable of. I like the ink, but there are so many blues out there that I’m not sure this is one I’d end up with a bottle of.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the review!

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