Ink Review #351: Organics Studio Glycine Blue Shimmer


It's new ink week, where we talk about inks have have been released in the last year. Let's start off with Organics Studio Glycine Blue Shimmer, from the Amino Acid line of inks. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Glycine Blue is a medium blue. This swab only showed a tiny bit of silver shimmer. There is one spot on the swab where the ink actually damaged the paper causing it to pill a little bit.



In large swabs there is a little bit of beautiful dark purple 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: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering in every nib size as well as a tiny bit of bleeding, so it's not an ink I would recommend for cheap paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Organics Studio Alanine Aqua, Organics Studio Glycine Blue, and Robert Oster Evening Sapphire. Click here to see the Organics Studio inks together. Alanine is much more of a turquoise, while Glycine is a medium blue. Evening Sapphire is the closest non-shimmer ink.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, I was disappointed by the amount of shimmer, I was expecting a lot more than I got. My sample seemed to behave ok, but not great. In some of the large swabs the ink damaged the paper, which I've never seen happen before. After speaking with other ink reviewers, I cannot recommend this ink simply because it is so inconsistent from bottle to bottle. Mine behaved okay, others do not, and have begun to break down, so purchase at your own risk. If you like this color, give Robert Oster Evening Sapphire a try.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Pen Chalet for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links.