Ink Review #276: Private Reserve Buttercup


Today's yellow ink is Private Reserve Buttercup. This ink comes in 66 ml bottles for $11 so it's one of the more cost effective inks. I don't remember where I purchased my bottle, but you can find it for sale at Anderson Pens


The color:

Buttercup is a bright spring yellow.


This ink goes down very light yellow, and darkens as it dries.


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

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen, and no shimmer

On 20 pound copy paper the ink behaved well, no issues that I noticed.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Robert Oster Yellow Sunrise, Private Reserve Buttercup, and Delta Yellow. Click here to see the Private Reserve inks together.

PenBBS #139 Phoebis Philea Johansson, Diamine Yellow, and Papier Plume Yellow. Click here to see the yellow inks together.


Longer writing: 

I used a medium Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.


Overall, I think this is a nice spring yellow. It's dark enough to be read but still pretty bright. I think it's probably too light and bright for most uses, but it might work well as a highlighter ink. 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.