Ink Review #565: Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue


We are continuing on with blue inks this week and one ink I’ve had on my list for a while is Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue. I purchased my sample of ink from Anderson Pens.


The color:

Sydney Harbour Blue is a medium blue with a bit of green in it, not quite a teal but close.



In large swabs there is some pretty dark pink sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer. There was less shading than I expected.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in every nib size, so it’s not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:


The two closest inks I have to Sydney Harbour Blue are Robert Oster Lake of Fire and KWZ Baltic Memories. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Kaweco Sport in Lagoon Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, the ink has a great flow, pretty color and some pretty pink sheen. It’s a winner for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.