I do not feel that the...
January 11, 2015
I do not feel that the Ohto blue-black is a watered down blue-black ink. Let me
explain. Many inks identified as “blue-black” come in a range of tones,
intensities, and colors, within, what is called, 'blue-black,' including inks
that are bluer than black or more black than blue.
The blue-black family, if you will, can even include colors that are like Rohrer
& Klingner’s verdigris or various versions of blue-gray ink.
I would place the Ohto “blue-black” in the blue-gray branch of the family.
Although not as deep or intense as, say, Noodler’s blue-black which is so
intense it doesn’t really offer shading possibilities, this Ohto blue-gray ink
does offer nice shading possibilities because the blue-gray color is not as
saturated or intense as the Noodler’s blue-black. This also means that it
will be easier to flush ink residue from a pen.
The Ohto ink is manufactured in Austria, as are some Montblanc inks, and it may,
in fact, be the same manufacturing facility.
The Ohto ink flows well, in a pen with a properly adjusted nib and feed, and the
shade of blue-gray is certainly a lovely color, with shading possible, making
this ink a good choice for someone writing with a medium, broader, or flexible
nib. I filled my medium-nibbed S.T. Dupont Fidelio with an Ohto blue-black
cartridge and the ink worked well for me.