Ink Review #288: Birmingham Piano Girl Pink


Today's ink is Birmingham Mary Lou Williams Piano Girl Pink. I purchased my sample of ink from Birmingham Pen Co. The ink is available in 5ml samples and 30ml bottles. 


The color:

Piano Girl Pink is a dusky maroon, not quite a pink.


In large swabs the ink is very dark, almost a black. In ink drops, the ink spread out farther than the drops.


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: Low-there was some feathering on Rhodia, mainly in the flex nib, but in some of the other nib sizes as well. The ink also feathered on the Col-o-ring card and in the flex nib on Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low

Other properties: Very low shadingno sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper there was some feathering.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Kyo-no-oto #6 Adzukiiro, Birmingham Piano Girl Pink, and Diamine Burgundy Royale. Click here to see the Birmingham inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a Waterman 52 1/2 and a broad Pilot Vanishing Point Copper on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, it's not really a pink but more of a maroon. There's a bit more feathering than I like, similar to the other Birmingham inks I have tried this week. I wouldn't recommend this ink if you use Rhodia as your main paper, but give it a try, you might love it.

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