Monday, July 6, 2009

What is your favorite shade of blue or green ink?

Diamine Greens and Blues

A few weeks ago when I posted a blog on how I had swabbed all 60 Diamine Fountain Pen Inks, I broke them down into three color groupings: green to blue, yellow to red, and purple to brown. Of each of the three images, the greens and blues got twice as many hits as the other two and it led me to question, what shades of blue and green are people most searching for?

Are you looking for a bright shamrock green or a vivid blueberry? Or do you prefer more muted shades - like an olive green or a Prussian blue?

I've already worked through quite a number of these inks - Emerald, Umber, Kelly Green, Jade Green, Steel Blue, Aqua Blue, Royal Blue, Sapphire Blue, Prussian Blue and Majestic Blue. (Reviews are in the works) While I'm typically not a blue/green sort of ink user, I surprisingly found myself liking more of these colors than I initially thought I would.

So how about it folks? Which shades of blue and green are your favorites, or which are you still searching for?

15 comments:

Shade said...

I think it's because of the "Business-appropriate" tone of blue inks. the entire 5th row and most of the 4th are business-appropriate blues, and I daresay the entire 2nd row would be acceptable as well.
That was originally my big draw to fountain pen inks, the sheer amount of colors available and useable in them, and the fact that you can change which color they put out just by switching the ink(something you just -cannot- do in regular pens).
My chosen color would be the O Emerald. Dark enough to be serious, but still nice and greeny.

Kim said...

I prefer bright blues, so when I want blue, I always reach for my Pilot Varsity filled with Noodler's Baystate Blue. Since there are reported risks of it messing with many fountain pens, I only use it in the "disposable" pen.

Joe said...

Blue is by far my favorite color of ink. For signatures on official documents, I almost always go to PR American Blue, or as I call it American "flag" blue. It's a lovely color but the ink is prone to feathering on lots of papers. For brain-storming and journaling, a nice turquoise like Noodler's Navajo Turquoise or PR Naples Blue seem to stimulate creativity. Waterman Florida Blue is a trusted go-to ink for daily to-do lists. I look forward to trying some of the Diamine inks you've featured on your site.

As for Greens, I've yet to find a green ink that I like for regular use. PR Sherwood Green is a nice color, but takes far too long to dry.

Andy Hoffman said...

I prefer a very dark, very blue, blue. Parker Penman Sapphire was my old favorite, no longer available. My current fave is Levenger's Cobalt Blue.

Mr. Guilt said...

Right now, I'm partial to Diamine China Blue.

I was very fond of the old Parker Penman Saphire. However, they don't make that anymore (for good reason). The Diamine Mediterranean Blue is close to it.

The China Blue is more "matte" to me, which I like. That said, I tend to fall into moods.

Tom (Goldspot) said...

I agree with Joe on the Navajo Turquoise, one of may favorite all-time colors. Baystate blue is a great, electric, eye-popping blue, but at the expense of staining my feed and converter. Noodler's Blue-Black is great, too. It is a wonderful seller at our store.
I have PR Tropical Blue loaded right now, which is nice and bright like the Navajo Turq, but doesn't have the same green content that made Navajo a more richer-looking ink.

Deirdre Saoirse Moen said...

My favorites, in no particular order:

Noodler's Ottoman Azure, a nice bright blue ink reminiscent of the color of Iznik tiles.

Noodler's Legal Lapis, my favorite bulletproof ink, which is much greener than the name implies. I always have a pen inked with it with me.

Noodler's Navy, a very well-behaved ink and a nice color, also greener than the name implies. Of the colors you show,it's closest to Diamine Blue-Black.

Private Reserve Blue Suede, the closest ink I've found to my favorite color, but it does take a while to dry so it's not always practical. I keep a matching pen inked up with it though.

silvermink said...

I like dark dark greens (a la PR Ebony Green) and light-but-still-usable-for-normal-writing blues (a la Waterman South Sea). I barely use "standard" blue anymore - too staid for my liking.

Meg Wesley said...

I vote blue-black. Ever since I found a blue-black shade in a pen one time, I have been hooked on it. Lovely color and you can get away with writing with it for more formal applications. Like pop-essays at school.

Sam said...

Definitely Light Green for me, I just love that natural green sort of colour; does that make any sense at all?!

dizzypen said...

I LOVE greenish blues! I already have Steel Blue on order. I can't wait!

matje said...

i prefer muted and dusty, like Herbin Vert Empire, or Pelikan Blueblack. but what i would really love to find is a true but dusty lavender blue, any suggestions?

julia said...

I am not a big fan of greens. I tend to go for darker shades, particularly colours with grey tint. From this group, I liked Prussian Blue, Majestic Blue best BUT I also liked Mediterranean Blue as well!

Leo said...

I am new to FP's, ink etc. and so far using Waterman FB. I got a dozen samples from Pear Tree and like PR DCSS and Electric best of the blues. I got Sherwood and Spearmint and found them too dark/light to suit me. I mixed the two getting about a 1:1 mix and found it just right and REALLY nicer than either one alone.

Economist said...

Noodler's Luxury Blue. I, too, am a fan of the old Parker Penman Sapphire Blue, and this is as close as I can get in a bulletproof ink. Second choice, somewhat bulletproof, is the Pilot/Namiki blue cartridge in the Namiki Falcon pen. It's one of my 3 starts every time pens, the other two being pretty much any Pelikan classical design, and the very inexpensive, very reliable Pilot 78G.

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