Ink Review #854: Diamine Prussian Blue

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We are going to wrap up this week’s blue black inks with Diamine Prussian Blue, another ink that has been sitting neglected in my drawer for a long time. I purchased my bottle of ink from Cult Pens.

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The color:

Prussian Blue is an unsaturated, medium blue black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has some dark brownish sheen.

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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

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. You can only see the sheen in huge swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Prussian Blue is a bit lighter and less saturated than Lamy Blue Black and Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai. Click here to see the Diamine inks together, and click here to see the blue-black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Pastel Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is well behaved and it’s a very affordable, but I don’t love it. There are just a lot of other blue black inks out there that I enjoy more.

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

Ink Review #853: Monteverde Blue Black

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We are continuing on with blue black inks this week, today’s is Monteverde Blue Black. I purchased my ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Blue Black is a dark blue black that leans toward purple.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks less purple than it does in writing. There’s a tiny bit of red sheen.

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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: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. You can only see the sheen in huge swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Blue Black is similar to Robert Oster Blue Black, they both have purple tones. Click here to see the Monteverde inks together, and click here to see the blue-black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I really enjoyed this ink. It has a lovely wet flow, some nice shading, and is at a great price point.

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

Ink Review #852: Papier Plume Bayou Nightfall

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There are some inks that have been sitting in my drawer forever, waiting for attention. Paper Plume Bayou Nightfall is one of these inks, it belongs to the Papier Plume New Orleans collection. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Bayou Nightfall falls in-between colors-it has a bit of blue black, grey, teal mix. I think it’s closer to blue black than anything else.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks more grey.

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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: Medium-some of the ink washed away but you might still be able to read what was written.

Feathering: Low-there was a little bit of feathering in the flex nib on Leuchtturm paper.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Bayou Nightfall is a bit greener than the blue black inks I have, but it’s not quite full green or teal. Click here to see the Papier Plume inks together, and click here to see the blue-black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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

Overall, I find the color really interesting. It’s a great addition to the New Orleans collection.

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