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!
- 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):
- 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.
- 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.
- Low- Little to no shading with this ink. If you are looking for shade, look elsewhere!
- 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.
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.
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?