Ink Review #827: Vinta Lucia


Vinta Deepwater Blue Lucia 1952 is another ink from the Pastels collection. According to Vinta’s website, “Dyesebel is one of the most important Filipino comic book characters in Philippine history. It was originally created by the Filipino illustrator Mars Ravelo. Lucia is the name of Dyesebel's mother. She was obsessed with collecting and gazing at artistic depictions of mermaids while she was pregnant, so the baby (Dyesebel) was born with what looked like a fishtail instead of legs. Dyesebel's first appearance in the comics was in 1952.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Lucia is a beautiful medium dusky blue. I love dusky blues and this one is gorgeous.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off the pinkish undertone.


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: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

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:


Lucia is similar to Sailor Ink Studio 340, and is lighter than Robert Oster Evening Sapphire and Grey Seas. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


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

Overall, I really enjoy this ink. Unlike other Vinta pastel inks I’ve tried, I found this ink readable even in an extra-fine nib. The color is beautiful and has some nice shading. I think I need to pick up a full bottle of this ink from Vanness Pens at the San Francisco Pen Show next week.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Vanness Pens 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.