Organics Studio – Cobalt Blue

Ink:  Organics Studio Cobalt Blue

Pens Used:  Lamy Safari (F) and Pelikan M205(M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

Very nice blue.  It doesn’t have the most saturation, but it is a good amount.  There is nothing wrong with the ink per say, but, there is nothing that makes the ink stand out from the rest of the blue inks on the market.  The flow out of the pen is above average, while the lubrication is average.  The feathering is not as fantastic as most of Organics Studio’s inks, but it is better than most inks.  The ink does not bleed through.  It dried in about 10 seconds on this paper, and was resistant to smearing.  The cleanup of the ink was also a breeze.

The ink did stand up to the bleach more than most inks, but with enough bleach it could be easily removed from the page.  It also was below average on the water test.  The dip test rendered the text illegible, and the drip test also left it’s mark.  Overall, a very good ink, but for the same money, you can get a blue that stands out more, and has better characteristics.

Cobalt

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By Sean

Organics Studio – Aristolte Blue/Black (IG)

Ink:  Organics Studio Aristotle

Pens Used:  Delta Momo Tork (B) and Lamy Safari (M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This is a stellar blue/ black iron gal ink.  It has excellent shading, while still having great saturation after the reaction happens and the ink gets darker.   The ink flows right out of the pen.  The lubrication is nothing to write home about, but it is certainly not below average.  One of my biggest pet peeves is ink that feathers.  I take a lot of notes in school, so I do use cheaper paper.  This ink passes my feathering tests with flying colors!  On top of that, it still allows me to use both sides of the cheap paper.  It does not bleed through at all on this paper.  The biggest complaint is that it could dry a little bit faster, but all and all, I can look past that.  Being an iron gal ink, it requires a little more maintenance than most of the Organics Studio inks, but at the rate I use this ink, I can put it in any pen and empty it in two days.

Being an iron gal, it is water resistant.  The water drip test did nothing to the ink.  The dip test did take a little bit of the color away (I believe due to the slow drying time) but it is still legible.  On the bleach test, you can still see the ink was there, but the color is completely gone.

This ink has became my new favorite blue/black ink.  It is simply fantastic, and it is such a pure iron gal ink.  It is darker than Lamy’s blue/black, which was my biggest complaint with their ink, and you can still get a bottle of it, which is the problem with Rohrer and Klingner’s Blue Schwarz and Mont Blanc Midnight Blue.  For the US cutomers out there, companies can no longer import iron gal inks for whatever reason, so I strongly suggest getting a bottle of this ink now.   There was no question in my mind that this ink was worthy of five stars, and I am glad this is the ink to receive my first five star rating.

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Aristotle

By Sean G

Organics Studio – Nitrogen Blue

Ink:  Organics Studio Nitrogen Blue

Pens Used:  Pelikan M200(F) and Lamy Safari (M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This is Organics Sudio’s most saturated blue ink.  I presume this is their competitor for Bay State Blue.  This ink is just as saturated, but Bay State is a little bit brighter.  However, this ink is much more well behaved.  This ink flows beautifully out of the pen.  After the flow and saturation, the rest of the characteristics of this ink leave a little to be desired.  It does not really shade, which was sacrificed for the stunning saturation of this ink.  Also, the ink does tend to feather on most papers.  I would not use it on anything but Rhodia or Clairefontaine.  It does bleed through a little bit on this paper as well.  The ink has a below average dry time, taking almost 15 seconds to dry.  Also, it is not the easiest to clean up being as how saturated this ink is.  However, I put it in my Pelikan demo, and it did not stain like Bay State.

On the chemical tests, it also performed well below average.  The bleach removed most of the color, and with enough it would surely take away all of the ink.  The dip test destroyed the ink.  You cannot read a word of what was once written on  the page.  Also, it looks like bombs were dropped on the ink, the instant second a drop of water got on the page.

This ink, without a doubt, is a very nice blue.  However, due to some of its characteristics blue, I’m not labeling this as a must have ink.  If this particular shade of blue is the exact one you’re looking for, you will not be disapointed.  However, if you’re just looking for a very saturated blue ink, my ink of preference will remain Omas Blue.

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Nitrogen

By Sean

Organics Studio – Copper Turquoise

Ink:  Organics Studio Copper Turquoise

Pens Used:  Lamy Safari (M) and Lamy Safari (1.9)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This ink falls into the category, of neat, but not a daily user.  This is a beautiful Turquoise, and it is very user friendly.  It blows Monteverde Turquoise out of the water as far as characteristics go.  It has nice shading to it.  It does not have that much saturation, which leads to it delightful behavior out of the pen.  The flow is above average, and the lubrication is not terrible.  The ink barely feathers, and does not bleed through on this paper.  However, it still dried in about 5 seconds.  It does not smear easily, and was also a breeze to clean out of the pen.

On the chemical tests, the bleach completely removed the ink, and the drip test had its way with the ink as well.  Following the dip test you can barely read what was written on the page.

Even though it is not the most popular color, because this is one of the better turquoise inks, I gave it a 3 star rating.

Copper

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By Sean

Noodler’s – Bay State Blue

Ink:  Noodler’s Bay State Blue

Pens Used:  Hero 329 (Parker 51 Ripoff) (fine stub by Sean G) and Lamy Safari (M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

If you have spent time on FPN, or any other fountain pen related network you have probably heard about this ink.  This the most vibrant, brightest blue your money can buy.  However, that comes at a hefty price.  There are horror stories involving the staining power of this ink.  I was afraid to put it in any pen worth more than $10.  The ink has excellent flow, and great lubrication.  It has no shading, it is just 100% saturated blue the whole way.  It also has a tendency to bleed through paper, especially cheaper paper.  It dries rather quickly, about 5 seconds, and does not smear.  I gave this ink no stars for cleanup.  It is quite the undertaking to clean this out of any pen.

This ink basically ignored the water. Both the dip and the drip test did nothing to the ink.  However, the bleach did remove the ink from the paper.

I gave this ink 2 stars because of the horror stories it causes (including my own personal spill on a desk at work) and because it is a royal pain in the you know what to clean up.  Also, the slight feathering and bleeding through are a negative for me.  I would only recommend this ink for the beautiful blue that it is, and would advise EXTREME caution while using this ink.

BSB

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By Sean

Noodler's Kung Te Chung

Noodler’s – Kung Te Chung

Ink:  Noodler’s – Kung Te Chung

Pens Used:  Pelikan M200 (Italic) and Platinum Preppy (F)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This is another one of Noodler’s very unique inks with a wonderful backstory.  This ink is a recreation of a vintage type ink reserved for royal use in China.  This ink is designed to be PERMANENT, which it nails.  With that said, what else does this ink offer?

The ink is a really nice shade of blue/purple, one I haven’t seen too many inks match, and it is as saturated as I’ve ever seen for a fountain pen ink.  The ink doesn’t flow particularly well, as both pens showed signs of hard-starting and skipping during use.  The ink is unique enough that I could still recommend its use, but keep in mind that it takes some manipulation and patience.  I cleaned it the day of use in the Pelikan, but left it sit in the Preppy.  While it did come out after some coercing, it is not something I’d want to do frequently.  I’d recommend sticking to the provided pen when using ink.

Outside of the cleaning and maintenance of this ink, it actually performs really well in terms of feathering, and its chemical resistance.  Water and bleach have almost ZERO effect on this ink, which is remarkable.  The ink didn’t budge at all.  It also sported a reasonable dry time, virtually no smearing, and minimal issues with showthrough and bleeding.

In conclusion, this is a high quality and usable ink that has its purposes in the pen world.  With that in mind, it also has its quirks that have their own demands.  II would advise caution with this highly unique ink.  Also as a note, this is one of Noodler’s most expensive inks, costing around $30 for the large 4.5oz bottle.

Noodler's Kung Te Chung

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By Tyler

Pilot Iroshizuku – Asa Gao (Morning Glory)

Ink:  Pilot Iroshizuku – Asa Gao

Pens Used:  Mont Blanc 149 (F/M) and Platinum Preppy (F)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This ink is a wonderful shade of blue – enough purple to not look to washed out, but not too much.  The ink is pretty saturated, and really jumps off the page.  It isn’t overly saturated whereas it would compromise flow or performance, which is really nice.  The ink seems to flow perfectly out the pen, with very little issue, which has been the norm with other Iroshizuku inks I’ve tried.   The ink also sported a good dry time, as well as an easy cleanup.  It is an all-around great ink.

The chemical and solvent tests were average for this ink – the  water removed the majority of the ink, leaving only a stain on the page.  The bleach oxidized the color almost entirely, which is standard for a blue in this range.  This is not a permanent ink by any means.

The reason for this otherwise perfect blue ink to be only worth 4 stars is its high price tag.  Iroshizuku inks are on the very high end of ink prices (even if you get a really nice bottle too), so for me, it wasn’t worth the full 5 stars.  If price isn’t really an issue for you, then this is a 5-star ink for sure.  Price not withstanding, the ink is a very well-behaved, and well colored ink that deserves at least a sampling.

Pilot Iroshizuku Asa Gao

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By Tyler

Noodler’s – Whaleman’s Sepia

Ink:  Noodler’s – Whaleman’s Sepia

Pens Used:  Waterman Commando (F/M) and Platinum 3776 Shoji (F)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This ink has a fantastic backstory, and was enough to warrant me to buy a full bottle.  This is one of those inks that should have a user-beware warning.  It has a horrendous chemical odor (like many of the Noodler’s eternal inks), and seems thick.  That being said, I spent about a week using this ink before reflecting.

For starters, the ink is very saturated, and very dark.  It writes in a brownish gray, but dries to be black for all intents and purposes.  The ink performed reasonably well all week, on most paper types.  It had a tendency to be a hard starter, and had some skipping issues.  I believe it had to do with the viscosity of the ink.  The ink is usable, but has a personality to deal with.  Also, it should be noted that this is one of the most expensive Noodler’s inks, at $18 for 3 ounces.

The solvent and chemical tests revealed an added bonus feature of this ink – it is a security ink.  When bleach is added, the ink becomes a salmon pink color, as a fraud detecting agent.  A pretty neat, and VERY unique feature for fountain pen ink.  It is also waterproof, and therefore almost permanent.  These additional features warranted a complex rating for this ink.  The high-maintenance nature makes this a 2-star ink for those concerned about frequent pen cleanings.  For those who don’t mind the extra work, this ink is a 4 or potentially 5-star ink, as it is highly unique, and fraud-deterring.  A very nifty and niche feature. 

Noodler's Whaleman's Sepia

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By Tyler

Noodler’s – Blue Nosed Bear

Ink:  Noodler’s – Blue Nosed Bear

Pens Used:  Parker Vacumatic (Flex M) and Pelikan M405 (M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

I’ve had this ink on my radar for a very long time, and I finally pulled the trigger on it.  I was very much looking forward to this ink, so perhaps this is why I felt so disappointed when I first gave it a try.  The ink has a really nice, unique color.  However, thats where my enjoyment of this ink stopped.  I put it in my Pelikan to start – my standard for an average nib – and the ink feathered pretty badly.  The ink is advertised for flex pens, so I then tried it in one. Same story, but a little worse.  The flex nib puts down more ink at the bottom of strokes, and the ink feathers pretty noticeably, even on some of the higher-end papers.  For me, feathering is the one thing that I can’t stand in an ink.  I can deal with other aspects of problematic inks – but not feathering.

On the solvent tests, the ink showed above average water-resistance, especially for this color range of blue/greens.  It also showed an interesting level of bleach resistance, as the blue color was removed, leaving behind a black tint.  I was surprised by this, which gave it an extra half star.

Noodler's Blue Nosed Bear

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by Sean

Visconti – Brown/Sepia

Ink:  Visconti – Brown/Sepia

Pens Used:  Parker Vacumatic (oblique, broad) and Platinum 3776 Shoji (M)

Paper:  Georgia Pacific Premium Bright Paper (90g/m^2)

This ink is a low to medium saturation brown with a high amount of shading.   It really shines in a larger, wetter nib, as opposed to the drier medium nib on the Shoji.  The ink is  well-behaved ink that showed no signs of  difficulty cleaning, bleedthrough, or significant feathering.  This ink would be a 4-star ink if you only use broader nibs, while it would only be a 2 or 3 star ink in smaller, drier nibs.  I met in the middle and gave it a 3.5.  Definitely worth a peek if you are a big fan of brown sepias.

Water resistance, as well as bleach resistance are non-existent.  This is definitely a washable ink.

Visconti Brown Sepia

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by Tyler