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.
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
Show through: Medium
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.
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.
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.
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