De Atramentis Petrol: Ink Review

Green fountain pen ink

Why hello there, fellow ink lovers! Madigan here, doing an ink review on the pleasing De Atramentis Petrol. I love seeing the inks that my coworkers choose to use in their Monday Matchups. Since we have over 600 inks, it’s easy to overlook some great ones. Lydia chose this color to do her Gone With the Wind inspired Monday Matchup. I was immediately impressed with the calm, dreamy, color of it. Read on to get all the details on this great green ink!

Green Fountain Pen Ink


Green Fountain Pen Ink


Green Fountain Pen Ink


Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Medium– This ink takes a standard amount of time to dry, around 20 seconds or so. Definitely not quick dry, but shouldn’t cause too many issues with quick note taking or long journal writing.

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– Keep this ink away from water unless you’d like to lose your writing! It could look really nice in ink washes, however.


  • High– Wowie, wow, wow! Check out that saturation. Not a hint of difference between the first and third swab.

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– This ink washed easily off of the nib and out of the converter. No troubles there!


  • High– Love the shading in this ink! Seriously, it’s gorgeous. I wasn’t expecting it, but even with the Lamy medium nib you get lovely dark green on the down strokes and lighter green on the upstrokes.


  • Medium– Not too wet, not too dry, this ink was just right.

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 35ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
  • A utilitarian bottle with no box.
  • Large round opening making it easy to fit your pen in and fill.


Inks Similar in Color:




To put it simply, I love this ink. I’m a sucker for green and for any ink that shades, so this one is a no brainer. It’s bold enough to stand out against the page, but still conveys a feeling of calm and tranquility. It would be fantastic to use in your journal. I can see it being awesome in a demonstrator as well. If you are a teacher, I can see this being a fantastic ink for grading papers. It’ll stand out against the page, but won’t alarm students with jarring red.

You can find a 35ml bottle of De Atramentis Petrol available for $12.95 or a 2ml sample for $1.30.

I’m curious- do you have a favorite green ink? Let me know in the comments below!

Write on,

2018-01-03T16:51:18+00:00 May 19th, 2016|Ink Reviews|15 Comments
  • Out of curiosity, is this comparable to Pelikan Edelstein’s Aquamarine?

    • Hey Cecily! Aquamarine is more of a deep turquoise while Petrol is more of a true green. You can see some of the sheen with Aquamarine too, but both are fantastic shaders. Does that help? If you have specific questions let me know. πŸ™‚ You can find my review on Aquamarine here: i

      • It does help, thank you. Without seeing them side-by-side, it’s hard to get a good comparison. I really like the Aquamarine sample I got from Goulet yesterday, but I’ve already gone past my fountain pen budget for the month, and can’t order it right now. πŸ˜€

  • Tom Johnson

    Hi Madigan, my favorite green ink: Emerald of Chivor. I also use Noodler’s Hunter when I don’t need the shimmer. This is a very relaxing color, yet still has a richness to it. Use it writing letters while sipping a mint julep on the veranda! Your Monday Matchups and Ink Reviews cost me some $$ today. I just ordered bottles of Liberty’s Elysium and Rachmaninoff, both because I loved what you, Zippy, and Jenni did with these inks recently.

    • Hi Tom! Sorry, not sorry?!? All of those inks are fantastic! Emerald of Chivor is, of course, a favorite, but sparkle isn’t right all the time. I can’t wait to hear what you think of them both! πŸ™‚

  • Joe Perry

    Why is it called petrol? Isn’t that another word for gasoline?

    • Hi Joe! I’m not sure why it’s called that. As far as I know, they use the word Petrol for gasolinein the UK and Australia. The ink isn’t scented or anything, so your guess is as good as mine in terms of where the name comes from.

  • Mitch Halpern

    I like dark greens the best. My current fave is Diamine Sherwood Green.

    • Hey Mitch! Sherwoood Green is a great one. Definitely a darker shade of green than this. Have you used much De Atramentis ink?

  • Uniotter

    Love R&K Alt Goldgrun, Emerald of Chivor, and also Private Reserve Avacado (sic).

    • Hey Uniotter! Love all of those as well. Maybe I’ll do my next Monday Matchup with PR Avacado…

  • krockshelton

    The probable reason it is called petrol is that in some countries the gasoline has a dye added to it. I believe that diesel is one color and regular gasoline another to keep you from putting the wrong gas in your car as diesel engines in cars are more prevalent internationally. I know when I lived in Buenos Aires the regular gasoline was blue or pink I can’t remember which.

    • Hey krockshelton! I had no idea that other countries did that. Mind blown! Thanks so much for sharing your insight. I guess in Germany (where De Atramentis is made) gas must be green. πŸ™‚

      • ec

        I have no idea where Allan got the color name, but the R L Allan premium-bound NAS Bible is available in a “Petrol Blue” goatskin cover. It’s a grayish blue, though, not green. But Petrol!

  • Julia K. Orr

    My favorite green is De Atramentis Jane Austen, but Petrol is lovely as well!