Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue: Ink Review

Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink

Hello ink lovers! Madigan here, reviewing the fantastic Faber-Castell Midnight Blue, one of their newest releases. I’m a big fan of deep, dark, blue ink, so I couldn’t wait to get this in my fountain pen. It had a few surprises, so be sure to read on!

Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink
Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink
Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink
Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– This ink was completely dry at 30 seconds. Pretty much in the middle ground of inks. Not a quick dry, but you won’t have to worry about it smearing too much when you turn the page in your notebook. 

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Medium– This is marketed as water resistant, and while you could still make out the lines, it did smear a good bit. I don’t think that your work would be completely lost, but it wouldn’t hold fast. Maybe stick with the Noodler’s or De Atrementis Document Ink if you want a truly steadfast ink.

Saturation:

  • High– The depth of this ink doesn’t change from one swab to the next. It’s highly saturated and oh-so-beautiful!

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Medium– It’s a darker shade, so you may have to spend a little more time on the cleaning process. 

Shading:

  • Low– Little to no shading with this ink. If you are looking for shade, look elsewhere! 

Flow:

  • Medium– No hard starts or gushes! This is a comfortably free flowing ink.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 75ml glass bottle with cartridges and 2ml ink samples also available. 
  • Very pretty box and bottle. Would make for a great statement piece on a desk. 
  • I really like the label and cap.
Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink

Summary:
This is a solid dark blue ink. It is a well behaved, dark and sultry. It is an appropriate ink for the workplace while still having a little bit of flair. I don’t think that this took the place of my favorite blue/black ink (which is Diamine 1864 Blue Black), but it has some great qualities like holding up to water a little better.

Graf von Faber-Castell Midnight Blue Fountain Pen Ink

You can find Faber-Castell Minight Blue at Gouletpens.com in a 75ml bottle for $30, standard international ink cartridges for $3.50, or a 2ml ink sample for $1.50.

What ink do you use at work? 


Write on,
Madigan

2017-10-11T14:37:54+00:00 March 3rd, 2016|Ink Reviews|19 Comments
  • Briggsae

    Nice review Madigan. I always think I’ll like blue-blacks, but I never enjoy writing with them. At work I usually use Noodler’s black american eel for my lab notebook. It flows well and I can spill stuff on it without losing data.

    • Hi Briggsae! Fair enough. Not every ink (or ink color!) is for everyone. Noodler’s does make some fantastic black ink. What pen do you put it in? πŸ™‚

      • Briggsae

        I have a Parker 45 desk pen that was my Grandfather’s. I tried Noodler’s black, but it dried out too easily. The lubrication in the eel seems to help with that somewhat.

  • Katherine Stewart

    I really like dark blue inks too, so far my favorite has been the Dianine Blue-Black, but I’m always ready to try a new ink! I’m always surprised at how much variance there is between the blue-black inks!

    • Tom Johnson

      Katherine, there really is a great variance, some blue-black inks are just medium blue colors. The original blue-black inks of the early to mid-20th century started blue then turned black as they oxidized. So they were blue inks that turned black. I think an ink called blue-black should be, at least, a very dark blue ink. I like the color of Diamine’s 1864 Blue-Black.

    • Hi Katherine! I couldn’t agree more. They are so fascinating to look at. They can change drastically just by adjusting your nib size. In art, they are especially fantastic because you can get so much color variation. Diamine Blue-Black is a good one! πŸ™‚

  • Tom Johnson

    Madigan, before I retired, I used black inks at work. The last few years I used Noodler’s Black. I also had a bottle of Sheaffer’s Orange and one of Waterman Green. I used the latter inks for editing, making comments on documents, underlining. But my primary ink was black. For a while I also used Noodler’s Kung Te-cheng in the Preppy fountain pen and marker pens that came with the KT-c ink. But, were I working today, I would probably add a very dark blue or blue-black ink. I’m using Platinum Pigment Blue ink in my Cool and it is a very fine, well behaved ink that is nicely dark. For something really different, I love Noodler’s General of the Armies, but not for a conservative work place.

    • Hey Tom! Fantastic suggestions as always! I really like Noodler’s Kung Te-cheng… maybe my next Monday Matchup ink?!? The Cool would make a great match!

      • Tom Johnson

        Ohhh! Madigan, that would be a great Monday Matchup. Warn people not to let it dry up in a pen. I did get it cleaned out with some help from Goulet Pen Flush and and ultrasonic cleaner. Brian or Drew once told me that it is best to stay on the good side of Kung Te-cheng.

  • Miranda Pratt

    I use J Herbin Eclat de Saphir and Rouge Caroubier at work. I chose those because the pens provided at work were all blue and red and I like bright colors. I’m slowly uncovering other colors on filed documents. At one time someone used purple ink, so I think I could use just about any color I chose.

    • Hi Miranda! I feel like as long as you avoid the super bright colors (like hot pink or magenta) you should be OK. Both of those inks are totally gorgeous. Good choices! πŸ™‚

  • David

    I use Pilot Blue Black – everywhere. I buy it in big 330ml bottles. I even add it to my morning coffee – there’s just something about the smell of Phenol in the morning!

    • Hey David! Haha!! I bet it makes that coffee extra tasty and your teeth extra colorful. πŸ˜› I haven’t actually tried that one. I’ll give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • Aquaria

    Pilot Namiki Blue, Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao, and Waterman Serenity Blue tend to be my go-to inks for work.

    I do have a new bottle of Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo, though, that will probably go into heavy rotation soon.

  • JC Wetzel

    I usually use the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue at work. Dries fast and in a fine nib usable for almost any paper quality… besides its cheap.

  • stormkite

    My everyday is one of the Noodler’s blacks, usually X-Feather or HoD (“inherited” a couple bottles from a former co-worker – not wild about it but it works) but I keep a bottle of Kingfisher blue in the drawer for signing legal documents. Blue makes it easy to tell what’s an original signature. (I’ve a scary-sharp lawyer…)

  • ssi1991

    THIS IS CONCERNING ONLY INKS FROM GERMAN MANUFACTURERS:

    People should learn what “document proofness” (Dokumentenechtheit) means:
    A writing medium (e.g. ink) may only be labelled as “Dokumentenecht” (document proof) per German law if it fulfils or exceeds all test criteria set within ISO 12757-2. If a writing medium meets the requirements it may be used in law, diplomacy, wherever document proofness is required.
    I do not know the exact criteria set within ISO 12757-2, but:
    An ink must
    1) dry quickly (smear proof)
    2) be permanent (cannot be corrected it altered without any alteration being easily noticeable)
    3) be lightfast (the colour must withstand a predefined dose of light without fading a certain amount)
    4) must withstand the influence of water (water resistance), certain chemicals and solvents. BUT it does not have to absolutely stay put like “bomb proof” inks such as DeAtramentis Document inks or “bullet proof” Noodler’s inks. That is exceeding the requirements. The original writing must still be easily legible despite the influence of water and that requirement, for instance, is easily met by GcFV Midnight Blue.

    Many people apparently like to misunderstand point 4. I hope that will now not happen again.

  • Shmuli Shulman

    I use Diamine 1864 Blue-Black. How does the Midnight Blue compare?

  • MP

    Right now, I’m using Liberty’s Elysium. I teach English, so I can mostly use any color I want. Liberty’s Elysium is nice because it can stand out on essays, but it’s still blue so it’s okay for signing documents. I also love the way it performs. I’m a relative newbie with fountain pens though, so I don’t have very many inks. I’m looking forward to trying out other colors at work in the future.