Ink Review #641: Franklin-Christoph Honeycomb


Franklin-Christoph Honeycomb is somewhere between a yellow and a brown, it’s the color I think of when I think of honey. I got a sample of this ink from a sample swap with a friend.


The color:

Honeycomb is a true “honey” color.



In large swabs the ink looks more brown, and you can see the little bit of green undertone.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 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 okay in the other nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Honeycomb is more brown than any of these yellows, the closest being Robert Oster African Gold. Click here to see the Franklin-Christoph inks together, and click here to see the yellow inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M605 White Transparent with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink has an average flow.

Overall, I love the color of this ink. It’s a pretty honey gold, with plenty of interesting shading. I’m adding a full bottle to my wish list.

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.