Parker Penman Sapphire is one of those inks that I hear about all the time. Many consider it to be a grail ink. It was only produced from 1993-2000, so there are only so many bottles out there. Currently, a new bottle of ink goes for $100-150 on eBay. I’ve always wanted to give it a try, and a pen friend sent me a sample recently so I try it out. I like reviewing discontinued inks so I can try to find a current alternative. Let’s take a look!
Sapphire is a beautiful bright medium blue.
In large swabs the ink has some pretty sheen, a coppery red.
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
Show through: High
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a lot of feathering and bleeding.
Sapphire is right in-between Monteverde Sapphire and Monteverde Ocean Noir. Diamine Skull and Roses is also similar, but it has more sheen than Sapphire does.
I used a Kaweco Al-sport Rose Gold with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, but I did have a clog and some hard starts.
Overall, it’s a gorgeous color, really, it’s amazing. The color isn’t so amazing that I can overlook the performance though. There was feathering, bleeding, hard starts, and some clogging. If I want this color blue I would reach for Monteverde Sapphire or Monteverde Ocean Noir.
Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was donated 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.