Glenn's Pens - Inks of Note

Inks of Note

My inks of note are my preferences. Like many using fountain pens, inks become a bit of an excessive aspect of writing with a fountain pen. Would we ever be happy with just one bottle? Of course not. And why should we.

The many brands of inks all offer a range of colours, and eah brand tends to have its own writing characteristics. While you do not need to brand match your pen with its brand of ink, you will find that some brands just don't flow as well as others in various brands of pens.

Overall, from the posts on various pen web sites, the big questions always seems to be the search for the perfect blue. Perfect is relative, in that what one person likes is not the same another.

My tastes change and what I liked as an ink say a few years ago may not be what I like currently. That is the emjoyment of having ink options.

Lots of ink options

Waterman Blue Black

Waterman Blue Black has always been one of my go-to inks. It and other blue-black inks I reguarly use are in Inks of Note - Blue Black

Louis Vuitton Brown

On one of visits to Paris I stopped by the Louis Vuitton store and picked up some of their ink. Expensive, but beautifully packaged. Good Ink also.

Brown and Blue inks in Inks of Note.

Graf-von-Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

The Graf von Faber-Castel line of ink is very good. Cobalt Blue is one of my favorites.

iroshizuku ink

The iroshizuku line of inks are so popular, as they should be. Overall, excellent inks.

Inks of Note

One of the advantages of using a fountain pen is the wide selection of inks. My pen cabinet is a testimony to the saying: "You can never have too much writing ink!"

Some of the inks that I use become my inks of choice, or a ink to take note of. These are the inks that I find I keep cycling through my pens on the most frequent basis.

I think to be a great ink, it has look good when you are using it, and also, when you go back to read something you have written some time later. I have had may share of experiences with inks that on one day look great, but when I go back at a later time, I have to ask myself: “What were you thinking!”

Quantity or mass of writing is also a test. Just about any colour looks great for a single line, a quick note on a card. When look at an entire page of writing and some of the colours just don´t look so good.

I tend to lean towards bold colours, colours that have a presence on the page, inks with solid saturation of tone, so with a broad or stub nib the mid-section of the stroke is not washed out.


Inks of Note by Colour

  • Blue — Give me a dark blue ink and I am happy. Blue is one of the colours that most writers have in their collection of inks and a regular question of pen enthusiasts is: what is the best blue.
  • Blue-Black— I tend to use the blue-black inks quite a bit as my writing has a darker tone. Many have a flat colour tone. I think that a written page with blue-black ink has a classic, timeless look.
  • Black — nothing looks sharper than a signature written in a bold dark black ink.
  • Green— this is me on the edge, I move from my blue comfort zone and use green frequently.
  • Purple — if it is not one of the above colours, then my pen may have one of the colours that I group in the purple group.
  • Red and Orange

The actual tone of ink will vary depending on the nib used in terms of the width of the stroke, the pressure used to write, pressing harder creates more ink flow, the flow of the pen itself impacting the amount of ink hits the paper, and the characteristics of the paper in terms of absorption or feathering.

Enjoy your ink, and express yourself.



Aurora Black

Aurora Black

Aurora, one of the oldes pen companies in Italy has just three colours: blue, black and a blue black..

Like many users, the best black is an important colour. A good black is really dark both when it is wet, just flowing off the nib, and after it dries. Aurora black is like that. It has good writing characteristics in terms of the flow. It is a solid consistent colour. There is no shading of tones if you use a broad pen nib.

The ink comes in a very function bottle. Tall and narrow. It is easy to fill any type of pen.

Namiki Blue

Namiki Blue

Well there is not only one blue that I like, and recently I have started using the Namiki Blue as a bright strong blue. I am liking it. It is very well suited for both business and personal writing.

The bottle is shallow, however, there is a plastic filling sleve that fills with ink to enable the filling of the pen through most size pen nibs.

Olivine Ink of the Year 2018

Edelstein Olivine

The 2018 Pelikan Ink of the Year was a beautiful rich green, Olivine. A warm Olive Green that just is gorgeous on paper. By the time arrived, I was preparing for one of our trips to Europe and this became the colour for my 2018 Travel Journal.

The Edlestein ink comes in a beautiful crystal glass bottle. The bottle looks great on your desk and provides a fairly good fill experience in that it is not too shallow in design. My only wish was a cleaner looking font for the label: Edelstein, but over the years I have more acceptance of that design aspect.

Good writing characteristics. It results in a good solid line of ink, with a reasonable dry time. Good and flat, not shiny characteristic.


Edelstein Topaz

I like this blue as it has a strong hint of turquoise, but sill comes across as a blue ink. I have been using this ink for some time and looking back at notes I have written, entire pages wiritng in this colour look goo.

Excellent writing characteristics, as with the overall line of ink.

Topaz, when you want your blue to be not just blue.


Star Ruby

Edelstein Star Ruby

This is the Pelikan Ink of the Year for 2019 - a brighter version of its Ruby ink that is part of the regular production line. It has a pink/burgundy tone and once you start writing with you, you may find the more traditional reds look a little brash.

Same classic Edelstein crystal glass bottle.