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November 26, 2012 - Posted by Elizabeth to Inks

Blue and black are the most common inks used for everyday writing and are often required for professional or legal use. As we discovered with black inks however, not all blue inks look alike. In this article, I categorize our more than seventy blue inks into four color categories and pick a few from each category that I like.

Standard Blues and Middle Blue Shades

These blues fall into the broadest category, which includes your most basic colors of blue ink. These inks range from slightly purple to more green in hue, but all in all are among the standard shades of blue that can be used professionally.

I am especially fond of the Diamine Asa Blue. This ink is a vivid shade of blue when dry, with just a hint of green. The bright tone is more visible in the ink swab, and this ink lays down a beautifully bold blue line when used with a fountain or dip pen.


Dark Blues and Blue Blacks

If you don’t want black ink, but still want your writing to stand out slightly from printed text, then a blue black ink may be just what you need. These inks are our darkest shades of blue and are perfect for those who want a little bit of color in a dark line. The darker blue inks are suitable for office and professional use as well.

The Sailor Nano Blue Black ink is one of my personal favorites. This ink is water-resistant when dry, and comes in a unique bottle design that allows an elevated ink level even when the ink is running low.


Purple Blues

These inks contain more red in their formulas, and subsequently have a violet tone. A couple of these inks are pretty true purple shades, while the others could be used as standard blues but have a very purple look.

The J. Herbin Lavender Scented ink is a good example of a blue ink that runs a little closer to the purple side of the color spectrum. This ink looks like a standard blue in writing, but you can see the purple come out better in the larger swab. Also, this ink is made from hydrosols and smells like the lavender flower it is named after.


Light Blues and Turquoise Shades

Our last blue category brings together the lighter shades of blue as well as turquoise and teal inks. These inks are fun and bright, and though they may not be good to use on your legal documents, they’ll add fun color to your letters and class notes.

The Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku Ink has now become one of my wish list items. This ink dries to a lovely shade of darker teal when written with, and the deep almost sea-green color is even more visible in the swab. This ink is also housed in a beautiful glass bottle, which makes it a great gift item.


Wrapping Up

The chart below lists all of the inks we’ve seen in alphabetical order, along with their color category. Lastly, you can find our all-inclusive swab sheet at the end, which shows all of the inks tested for this article. We’ve done our best to sort the inks in order of color.

Product Category
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Aqua Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Aqua Lagoon Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Asa Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Beau Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Bilberry Blue Purple Blue
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - China Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Denim Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Eau De Nil Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Florida Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Havasu Turquoise Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Imperial Blue Purple Blue
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Indigo Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Kensington Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Majestic Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Marine Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Mediterranean Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Midnight Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Misty Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Presidential Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Prussian Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Royal Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Sapphire Blue Purple Blue
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Sargasso Sea Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Steel Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Teal Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Turquoise Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Twilight Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Diamine Ink for Fountain Pens - 80 ml Bottle - Washable Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Bleu Ocean (Ocean Blue) Dark Blue/Blue Black
J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Bleu Azur (Azure Blue) Light Blue/Turquoise
J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Bleu Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not Blue) Purple Blue
J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Bleu Nuit (Midnight Purple) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Bleu Pervenche (Periwinkle Blue) Light Blue/Turquoise
J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Eclat de Saphir (Sapphire Blue) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
J. Herbin Scented Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Lavender Purple Purple Blue
Lamy T52 Fountain Pen Ink + Ink Blotter Tape - 50 ml Bottle - Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Lamy T52 Fountain Pen Ink + Ink Blotter Tape - 50 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Lamy T52 Fountain Pen Ink + Ink Blotter Tape - 50 ml Bottle - Turquoise Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Master Swab Sheet None
Monteverde Fountain Pen Ink with Ink Treatment Formula - 90 ml Bottle - Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Monteverde Fountain Pen Ink with Ink Treatment Formula - 90 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Monteverde Fountain Pen Ink with Ink Treatment Formula - 90 ml Bottle - Turquoise Light Blue/Turquoise
Parker Quink Fountain Pen Ink - 2 oz Bottle - Permanent - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Parker Quink Fountain Pen Ink - 2 oz Bottle - Washable - Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Pelikan 4001 Fountain Pen Ink Collection - 30 ml Bottle - Royal Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Pelikan 4001 Fountain Pen Ink Collection - 30 ml Bottle - Turquoise Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink Collection - 50 ml Bottle - Sapphire Blue Purple Blue
Pelikan Edelstein Fountain Pen Ink Collection - 50 ml Bottle - Topaz Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Pilot Fountain Pen Ink - 70 ml Bottle - Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Pilot Fountain Pen Ink - 70 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Asa-gao Morning Glory (Vivid Purplish Blue) Purple Blue
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Kon-peki Deep Ocean Blue (Deep Blue) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Ku-jaku Peacock (Deep Turquoise Blue) Light Blue/Turquoise
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Syo-ro Pine Tree Dew (Dark Turquoise Blue) Light Blue/Turquoise
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Tsuki-yo Night Sky (Greenish Deep Blue) Dark Blue/Blue Black
Pilot Iroshizuku Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Tsuyu-kusa Day Flower (Deep Blue) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Platinum Fountain Pen Ink - 30 cc Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Platinum Pigment Ink - 60 cc Bottle - Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Blau Permanent (Permanent Blue) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Blu Mare (Sea Blue) Light Blue/Turquoise
Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Eisen-Gallus-Tinte Salix (Iron/Gall Nut-ink Salix Blue) Dark Blue/Blue Black
Rohrer & Klingner Writing Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Königsblau (Royal Blue) Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Sailor Fountain Pen Jentle Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Sailor Fountain Pen Jentle Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Sailor Fountain Pen Jentle Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Sky Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Sailor Fountain Pen Nano Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Blue Black Dark Blue/Blue Black
Stipula Calamo Fountain Pen Ink - 70 ml Bottle - Deep Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades
Waterman Nostalgia Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Inspired Blue Light Blue/Turquoise
Waterman Nostalgia Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Mysterious Blue Dark Blue/Blue Black
Waterman Nostalgia Fountain Pen Ink - 50 ml Bottle - Serenity Blue Standard Blue/Middle Blue Shades

All Blue Inks Sorted By Color

View the image on the left to see the swabs in full size.

*Note: Our swabs have been touched up to represent the most accurate depiction of the ink colors in actuality, but note that every monitor is calibrated differently for color and brightness. Each swab has been done on one sheet of the Maruman Mnemosyne Word Book, using a Brause 361 “Blue Pumpkin” calligraphy nib and a cotton swab.


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