Ink Review #640: Akkerman Dutch Masters #3 Gele Oker Van Frans


Akkerman Dutch Masters #3 Gele Oker Van Frans, aka French Yellow Ochre, comes in beautiful 120ml glass bottles. I really enjoy bright yellow inks in the summer.


The color:

Gele Oker Van Frans is a bright, happy yellow, almost an orange.



In large swabs the ink looks bright orange rather than dark yellow.


Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Low

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a bit of bleeding and feathering in the flex nib but it did well in the other nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Gele Oker is close to Diamine Sunshine Yellow and Toucan Gold. Click here to see the Akkerman ink together, and click here to see the yellow inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Kaweco Sport Orange with a double broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice summer yellow, and well behaved. It’s very similar to Diamine Sunshine Yellow however, so I don’t think I need both. It is very light in extra fine and fine nibs, so I prefer to use it in medium and broad nibs.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a pen friend. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.