Omas Blue Color Change

Some of you were excited a year ago when we announced that we’d be carrying Omas ink, because of the famously beautiful, dark Omas Blue. This ink was pretty much the reason we wanted to carry Omas ink at all. But from the very first batch we received, there were inconsistencies with the color. We opted not to sell the ink until we could figure out what was going on. And now, a year later, we finally have consistent colors coming in (with assurance of ongoing quality).

The fact we’re getting in consistent color is good, but it is a different color than the dark Omas Blue that had originally drawn us to it. And that’s what this blog post is all about, to let you know the color has changed. Here is the new (left) vs. old (right) Omas Blue:

I haven’t inked it up to see if the performance is any different, but I thought at a minimum I could let the world know about the color change.

Here are some ink color comparisons to the “Old” Omas Blue:

And here are the inks that look like the “New” Omas Blue:

What do you think of the change?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T14:38:05+00:00 August 16th, 2012|Ink Reviews|22 Comments
  • Nick Alexander

    I'll stick to Liberty's Elysium!

  • Hildebrando

    I think ink manufacturers should not change the color without changing the name.

  • Stefan Vorkoetter

    I think they changed it from something unique to something ordinary.

  • Freddy

    I'm not a big fan of most blue inks so I'm happy the one I do like (and, to me, it's more blue-black) is Diamine Denim. That the Omas Blue has changed so radically is not a good sign, in my opinion. The new shade is not what folks associate with the color so your heads-up video here is another great service of the Goulet Pen Company. Please continue to offer these honest appraisals. They are much appreciated.

  • Me too, but I'm a little biased! 😉

  • I definitely think they should change SOMETHING, whether it's the name, label, or in this case, the box. Some inks when they undergo reformulation don't change names completely, just have some kind of designator showing what's different about it. I think back to Noodler's reformulating #41 Brown, and how the new version says 2012 on it. That's a step in the right direction, but it's still confusing when you read reviews of the ink and you don't know if what you're seeing is what's still being sold or not. It's even more confusing that most retailers don't distinguish when changes are made (sometimes we're never notified of changes, like the Waterman name change situation).

  • Yeah, pretty much.

  • Thank you! Denim is a pretty awesome color, I'm a fan of that one. I have no actual knowledge of what happened to this ink, but I'm guessing that there was an inconsistency with their raw dye, and they had to reformulate using another dye…which changed the color.

  • RagingDragon

    Meh. How close are the dark OMAS blue and Visconti blue?

  • Michael Hosea

    I like them both. I guess I can understand feeling the loss of the old color, but on the bright side I don't mind seeing a color that comes in between Kon Peki and Liberty's Elysium. Have to see how vibrant it ends up looking in ordinary writing.

  • Hunter

    Really disappointing after waiting all this time to end up with the "new" blue. Sorry, Omas but you blew it (pun intended).

  • Yeah, I was bummed to see the change. I loved the old color.

  • I believe the old Omas was a little darker, but I also don't have the Visconti to compare. It's about the only major ink brand that I don't have.

  • Yeah, I would have liked to do a full-on review of the new ink, but I didn't have the time. I wanted to just get this post out there about the color change since the new color is out there selling right now. Don't get me wrong, the new color isn't bad, in fact it's quite pleasant, it's just not the same dark blue that it was before.

  • David

    The new Omas Blue color is uninspiring IMHO. If you want something like the old Omas Blue, I recommend the Private Reserve Electric DC Blue. PR EDC Blue is well behaved and quite washable – so it is easy to clean out of pens etc. Plus the PR bottle has a nice wide opening.

    Thanks for the heads-up Brian. David

  • I like the look of it – didn't like the old colour. How does it comPare with Pelikan Edelsten Sapphire or Diamine Sapphire?

    • It's not as purple as either of those colors. The lightness is about right, but the hue is different. The ones I posted in the blog were the closest colors I could find to Omas Blue.

  • Yeah, Electric DC Blue is a pretty good match to the old color. Thanks for your input!

  • Michael Hosea

    Getting the information out is the right thing to do, as was not stocking it during the problem time. I have the advantage (now) of never having really known the old color. I was not thinking much about ink when I could have gotten it. If I knew and loved it, I'd be annoyed by the change. BTW, just perusing your swabs, what do you think about De Atramentis Hyacinth as a substitute for the old color? I think I see some hints of red in the Hyacinth that I don't see in the Omas swab, but it looks a lot closer to me than the new Omas Blue.

  • Hyacinth would be closer to the old color than the new Omas Blue. It's not a dead-lock match as Hyacinth is a little more on the purple side, but it's close.

  • Visconti Blue iirc is slightly lighter in shade and slightly greener than old Omas Blue.