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!
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
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 Gouletpens.com 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?