Visconti Blue: Ink Review

Hi fountain pen friends! Madigan here. I’m reviewing the ink used by Sarah in this week’s Monday Matchup, Visconti Blue. I have to admit that I’ve caught the Visconti fever, along with the majority of the fountain pen world. While I would love to own a Van Gogh or Homo Sapiens, I’m more likely to own a bottle of their wonderful ink. I assumed their ink would be just as beautiful as their pens, and I was not disappointed. I love bright hues and the true blue in this ink is just gorgeous. Let me walk you through all the details!

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow– This is a wet one! Dry time is over 30 seconds but totally worth it for the gorgeous color of the ink. If you are writing in a journal or notebook, you’ll want to set it aside before turning the page or use blotting paper.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low-This ink smeared an enormous amount when water was applied! The lines basically disappeared and all you see is a mess.


  • Medium– You can definitely see a difference between the first
    and second swab. The second and third look pretty much the same, however. Not the most saturated, but not the least by any means.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy-The low water resistance makes this ink a breeze to clean out of your pen. Since it does have dark pigments on it, the same cannot be said for your hands…


  • Medium– I loved the shading in this ink! Not super high, but definitely noticeable. It was fun and pleasant to write with.


  • Medium– This is a steady flowing ink, maybe even tending towards heavy.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 40ml plastic bottle with an interesting shape.  2ml ink samples also available.
  • It comes packaged with a stand and a plastic see through covering. It’s an interesting design!  
  • Small opening, but deep ink reservoir. I think it could be difficult to get the very last bit of ink given the shape of the reservoir.

Summary: Love, not like this ink! It’s a bold blue that jumps off the page. The little bit of red sheen you can see on the Tomoé River paper is an added bonus. It’s vibrant and lively without being obnoxious. Perfect if you get bored with more understated blue inks typically seen in the workplace. As you can see with Sarah’s art, it’s a great ink choice for that as well.

You can get Visconti Blue ink at in a 40ml bottle for $17.50, in ink cartridges for $6.90, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

Do you have a favorite bright blue ink?

Write on,

2017-10-11T14:37:55+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Ink Reviews|9 Comments
  • Mitch Halpern

    Nice review, Madigan! Actually, I don’t have a bright royal blue like Visconti Blue in my current collection, but I fear the really long drying time of the VB would be very problematic for this southpaw. Do you have any suggestions for bright royal blues with faster dry times? Thanks!

  • FraijoManda

    What a lovely blue! Sailor Sky High is my favorite – kinda I wish I hoarded more of it!

  • Joshua Williams

    I have a question about this ink, I got a sample of it and I like the color, but I have tried it in two pens and got the same result in both, they felt scratchy. One of these pens is my favorite to write with, weight and balance mostly, but also because it is my smoothest pen, just a tiny hint of feedback, until I put Visconti blue in it, then it felt like I was writing with a drill bit, or maybe a saw. As soon as I switched to a different ink, back to exactly where I like it, soft, gliding across the paper. That is how that pen writes with every ink I have put in it except Visconti blue. Same with the other pen. It is a cheapo, got it for work, but I smoothed it down a little bit so it was comfortable to write with, but as soon as I inked VB it felt like I was cutting the paper, not writing on it. Same thing, a half dozen other inks wrote just fine in it. Anyone else have this experience? Anyone know why it is happening? I just can’t enjoy the ink when it makes my pens feel so terrible.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Visconti inks tend to be very dry, Joshua. I personally do not enjoy them for this reason. That could definitely be causing the issue you describe.

  • Rudy Pereira

    I just noticed, after getting a set of cartridges that the ink in the cartridges is a totally different colour when compared to the bottle… Got the cartridges for convenience when travelling, but it is close to a turquoise in my case… Any thoughts on this?

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That’s interesting, Rudy. Did you just recently clean the pen before putting the cartridge in? That can definitely water the color down and change the appearance in my experience. Also, some pens that don’t write as wet in my experience can make the color look a little starved when coming from the cartridge or if the cartridge is not fully installed, the same can happen.

      • Rudy Pereira

        Hi Lydia, I tried two pens. My daily is a waterman medium nib and fairly wet. I made a swatch by pouring some ink out and when compared to waterman blue it’s much, much lighter. Weird. I will go back to the converter. The lighter blue will get used up in another pen, I’m sure. Thanks for the reply!