Diamine Aqua Blue
Pen: Hero 9018 Fude Nib
Ink: Diamine Aqua Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP B5 Dot Grid
- Reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue
- Beautiful shading
- Great flow
- I want to swim in it
This one is a real winner. The awesome shading, great flow, and best of all, it reminds me of Sheaffer Peacock Blue (discontinued). This pen and ink combo is pretty awesome too. The wet fude nib really shows off the shading capability of the ink. Another positive for me is the brand, Diamine, which happens to be my favorite ink manufacturer. There is really nothing bad I can say about this ink at all, I love it. If you’re searching for a great turquoise, or a replacement for the now discontinued Peacock Blue, don’t sleep on this one. Thanks again again again to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending this one over in the giant sample package she sent.
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Fountain Pen Ink
Pen: Lamy Safari, Fine Nib
Ink: P.W. Akkerman Shocking Blue
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP Dot Grid – B5 size
Notes: Here’s another ink from P.W. Akkerman that I happen to like quite a bit. Shocking Blue isn’t really all that shocking (when compared to Noodler’s Baystate Blue), but it is a great medium blue with some nice subtle shading. Typically I use darker blue-blacks, or lighter blues like Iroshizuku Kon-Peki or Sheaffer Peacock, but this ink is making me want to explore that middle ground a little more. It’s exceptionally smooth in this Lamy fine nib, I’m really enjoying the combo. The major downside to this ink is the availability in the United States. It’s hard to find, and it usually ends up costing around $24.00 per bottle, plus international shipping from Europe. It’s recommended that you buy 3 at a time so the shipping is affordable. That adds up to around a $100 ink purchase. On the plus side, the bottles are huge and look really cool. Hopefully a pen shop in the US starts distributing this ink soon, because the two I’ve tried so far have been great. I won’t be buying a bottle of it, but Shocking Blue has started a search for a readily-available alternative.
UPDATE: This ink was kind of tough to clean out of the Safari I had it in, your mileage may vary though. No staining of anything, just lots of flushing needed to get it out.
Huge thanks AGAIN to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending me the sample!
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- Nice Medium Blue
- Subtle Shading
- Good performance in Field Notes
- No U.S. distributor…yet
- Price of shipping
De Atramentis Plum
Fountain Pen Ink
Pen: Sailor Magellan Demonstrator – Medium nib
Ink: De Atramentis Plum Scented Ink
Paper: Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP Dot Grid in B5
Notes: Wow…Finally a De Atramentis ink that I actually really like! I wish the rest of their line performed as well as this one does. No feathering or bleeding, and it’s just the right amount of wetness. The color is like a darker Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku, which I really like. I only wish the Ku-Jaku was a bit darker, but the De Atramentis Plum definitely fills that void. This is a scented ink, but the pleasant plum scent is really only noticeable when filling the pen from the bottle, of if you get dangerously close to the feed. To me, the scented ink thing is kind of gimmicky, but I guess if you were using a dip pen and had a open ink well, it could add to the experience. The smell doesn’t affect the performance, which once again is really great. The ink shades really nicely, from a light turquoise to a deep blue-green. Make sure you click on the images and blow them up to full size, it’s really nice to look at. I was expecting some purples, because that’s typically what I think of when I hear the word “plum”, but not here. If you’ve had less than enjoyable experiences with De Atramentis ink before (I’m looking at you, Oriental Red), check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. Oh yeah, and thanks to Azizah over at Gourmet Pens for sending over the sample!
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- Great color
- The scent is there, but it’s hard to detect
Noodler’s Ink – Baystate Blue
Pen: Noodler’s Ahab Flex in Medieval Lapis
Ink: Noodler’s Baystate Blue
Paper: Kyokuto FOB COOP Dot Grid – B5 (Available at JetPens.com)
Well…the infamous Noodler’s Baystate Blue…here it is. Noodler’s Baystate Blue has obtained a spot as one of the worst-behaving, pen-destroying inks out there. It eats vintage ink sacs, melts Pilot feeds, and turns any demonstrator you have into a blue pen. With that being said, it’s one of the most vibrant, saturated, and bright inks I have ever used. With all of the problems commonly associated with the ink, I decided to fill up my unruly Noodler’s Ahab. For some reason, two negatives make a positive here. The ink writes smoothly, and flows nicely in the Ahab. Adding some flex to the written line doesn’t make the ink shade, I suspect due to it’s high level of saturation. Writing normally is smooth and consistent though. The ink does manage to bleed through just about every paper I use it on, so every day practicality is at a minimum. If you like the color (which many do, myself included) I would suggest dedicating a cheap pen to the ink. On the positive side, it’s super vibrant, and smooth. On the negative side it feathers, bleeds, and eats pens. Proceed at your own risk when trying this ink!!! Also, huge thanks to Peter for sending me the bottle!
- Super vibrant.
- Very Smooth
- Super Saturated
- Destroys pens
- Stains everything
- Lots of feathering and bleed through, even on good paper
- Long dry time
Pen: Lamy Al-Star, Broad Nib
Ink: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
Paper: Rhodia dotPad, No.16
Notes: Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron was one of the first inks I tried out when I got my first Safari. The ink introduced me to what a fountain pen ink could really be. The ink exhibits great shading properties, it’s practically bulletproof, and is a unique shade of blue. It’s borderline blue-black, but with the shading, there are lighter highlights that stand out, making this ink a pleasure to look at. Bad Blue Heron not only looks great, but it is an absolute pleasure to write with. This is probably the best flowing and the best lubricated ink I own. It’s a dream to write with in my Binderized Pilot Vanishing Point Medium Nib, and can be seen in that review. It is usually in at least one of my daily carry pens as well. The only “downside” to this ink is that with most of the pens I have tried it in, there is a considerable amount of nib creep. This bothers some people, but I don’t mind it. Other than that, there isn’t really anything else I can say that’s bad about this ink. If there was one ink I would recommend, it would be this one. The shade of blue is perfect for everyday writing, but the shading properties make it less boring than a normal blue. Definitely add this stuff to your next sample haul.
Enjoy the reivew, I really love this ink.
The Lamy broad nib + Noodler’s BBH = heaven. It lays down a nice, wet line with great shading.
make it shade.
This ink can practically be layered. It’s fun to draw with, it gets darker the more you use.