Ink Review #185: Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue


Akkerman is a brand that's new to me,  but I'm super excited to try it out. I have heard nothing but good things about the brand so far, and finally decided to give it a shot. Their bottles look amazing, but I have yet to buy a bottle-I hear they are wonderful (the bottles hold 60ml of ink). I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens


The color:

Shocking Blue is a dark blue with lots of pink sheen.


This ink has a lot of sheen packed in-it's a dark pink.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: No shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen showed on every paper at least a little bit in every nib size. It's just a little short of monster sheen territory.

On 20 pound copy paper the ink did feather a bit but other than that it performed pretty well.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Diamine Majestic Blue, Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue, and Organics Studio Emerson. Just by looking at the swabs I think Majestic Blue and Shocking Blue are really similar, but since I haven't reviewed it yet I can't say anything for sure. I do have Majestic Blue on the schedule for review next week, and I will discuss how similar they are then. Emerson looks similar to Shocking Blue, but does have more sheen.


Longer writing:

I used a Waterman's Ideal 52 1/2 flex pen on Tomoe River paper. I love this pen/ink/paper combo. The ink had an average flow.

I am a sucker for that sheen though-it's beautiful.

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Overall, I really like this ink. It's a beautiful blue with tons of gorgeous pink sheen. I am interested to see how it compares to Diamine Majestic Blue, but that's a review for another day. I do think I would buy a full bottle of this ink-I like it a lot and I am interested in their bottles.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.