REGULAR/STANDARD BLUE INKS
J. Herbin Éclat
|J. Herbin Éclat de Saphir|
American Blue is my favorite Private Reserve blue ink. It is bright, saturated, and has excellent flow. Shading is best in broad and stub nibs, where I occasionally see a distinct red sheen. American Blue is a well behaved saturated ink, and does not stain or clog my pens. My PR
|Private Reserve American Blue (Fast Dry)|
I have Noodler's Baystate Blue, and I love its bright color, but I am more drawn to the depth and richness of Noodler's Blue. It's a saturated blue ink, and takes longer than most inks to dry. I usually use it on my broad-nibbed pens.
DARK BLUE/BLUE-BLACK INKS
Noodler's Midnight Blue and Bad Belted Kingfisher (BBK)
|Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher|
Pelikan Blue-Black is my favorite blue-black. It's from Pelikan's 4001 ink series, and a dry ink, so I use it mostly in broad and stub nibs. It's very expressive, turning grayish blue
|Pelikan 4001 |
My bottle of 1670 Bleu Ocean came from this ink's first batch. It doesn't have the additional gold flecks, and I like it that way. Most people avoid this ink because it is heavily saturated, but I love its deep, dark blue color, and
|J. Herbin 1670 |
|J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche|
|Pelikan 4001 Turquoise|
Below is a photo of the ink swatches on a page.
These inks are my favorite blue inks. They are the most behaved, easy-to-maintain-in-pens inks, they do not clog nor stain my pens. The pens in my EDC are always filled with one or two of them.
I got these inks from different stores at different times, but in Manila, they are available at Scribe Writing Essentials. For availability and prices, contact Scribe through their website, or visit their stores in Eastwood Mall, Shangri La Plaza Mall, Glorietta 5, SM Aura, and SM Megamall.