Today is supposed to be the bluest day of the year, the day we’re all depressed. Well I say if you must have the blues at all let’s make them the inks that we use today instead… In this particular comparison I have brought together six excellent blue inks of various hues to showcase the delights of each one. As with all my showcase blog posts this is not meant to be an in-depth review, rather it is more to whet the appetite of those who may be interested. So if you like any of these inks visit your local pen and staionery shop and buy them!
Blue is perhaps, apart from black, the most classic ink colour; so much so that many of us are somewhat put off it as it is often the default setting for the inks with which we grow up. But today let’s look at them for what the are, namely great inks that justly deserve to be appreciated and used. So here goes!
The first ink I’m using is relatively new to me, being Rohrer & Klingners ‘Verdigris’. This is to my eye a beautifully sophisticated shade of blue. The colour is tremendously reliable and the ink offers a most attractive variance of shade that is accentuated more by using a broader nib. Now one of my favourite inks it sells (at least in the UK) at a great value for money price. The bottle is perhaps something of a let down, but then you can’t have everything in life can you?
Second comes the Pilot Iroshizuku ‘Tsuki-Yo’ (moonlight) that I recently reviewed here. I was advised that this ink would grow on me over time and it has. An ink that travels and performs very well indeed.
Third we introduce Diamine ‘Eau de Nil’. Essential to describing this ink are the terms ‘subtle’ and ‘nuanced’. It is a great shade of blue that performs well and offers great and delicate levels of shading. As with all Diamine inks it is very reliable. I think it’s well worth the price and essential for every blue ink aficionado out there.
Next in line is the Cult Pens/Diamine collaboration in their ‘Deep Dark’ series – Deep dark Blue. A real full-bodied blue ink that totally lives up to the reputation that this series of inks has acquired. I love this concept and I love how this ink performs. A real winner that I use every single day!
Diamine Sargasso Sea is the penultimate ink in our brief showcase. One of the first inks I ever reviewed online here. It is as strong and bold a blue as you could ever wish for. Perhaps not as subtle as some of the other shades here but so very, very vibrant. This will be one of my stock inks for the forseeable future and one that I intend to use in February’s #InCoWriMo project.
Last but by no means least is a waterman’s blue-black ink that has been one of my ‘old faithful’ inks over many years. A doyen of my few vintage pens it is solidly formal and distinguished. I think it performs well alongside many of its younger and more exotic counterparts.
Summary: These six inks are some of the best blue inks that I have used. Of course there others that could be here, watch out for a future installment to see even more. So feeling blue this Monday? Then why not get yourself a new blue ink from this list, you won’t be disappointed