Fountain Pen Ink
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