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!
Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures!
- Nice Medium Blue
- Subtle Shading
- Good performance in Field Notes
- No U.S. distributor…yet
- Price of shipping
10 thoughts on “P.W. Akkerman Shocking Blue – Ink Review”
I hate to advertise in a comment, but just so you know, Vanness in Little Rock, AR carries it. It runs $38 per bottle from us. We have the full range of colors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Awesome! Last time I checked the site, I didn’t see it up there.
They aren’t allowed to advertise it on their site, by request from Akkerman. But they can send you a list of the swabs and what they have in stock:)
ENABLERS. That’s some good insider info. Probably going to be picking up a bottle in the near future…
I’m dying for a bottle of Akkerman ink, just for the bottle shape. I wish there was a US distributor! Now, since I saw the bottles, I’ve been seeing Akkerman everywhere. It’s just one of those things.
Vanness Pens carries them! Check Chris’s comment for the email address 🙂