Ink Review #857: Troublemaker Blueberry


Recently Shigure Inks sent me their two store exclusive Troublemaker inks. I reviewed Grape Vine yesterday, so today we are taking a look at Blueberry.


The color:

Blueberry is a medium blue with lots of red sheen.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has a lot of red 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: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. There might be more shading but if so it’s hidden under all that sheen.

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

Comparison Swabs:


Blueberry has less sheen than Organics Studio Emerson, but more than Robert Oster Lake of Fire. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Edison Collier Blue Steel with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I didn’t have any issues with the ink smearing.

Overall, I was impressed that it doesn’t smear! A lot of high sheening blue inks smear on Tomoe River, so I was so happy when this one didn’t. I like the color, it’s affordable, and has some great sheen.

Disclaimer: This product was provided by Shigure Inks for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.