Tyler Dahl: Ink Review

Waterman Florida Blue Ink


Before I begin the review, allow me to just plug my Twitter feed shamelessly, yet again: @Peninkcillin. I am able to guarantee you that I do not tweet incessantly and when i actually do it is pen/ink relevant.

Bottle and pricing
While this ink does not pass Florida Blue anymore, the newest variation, Serenity Blue, costs $8.64 for a 50 ml / 1.7 oz container, or $0.17 per milliliter. Very affordable.

Colors and saturation
Waterman Florida Blue is quite very saturated though not to ever the extreme. I have compared it side-by-side with 3 other blue inks that we have actually tested before, which are similar: J Herbin 1670 Anniversary Bleu Ocean, Diamine Majestic Blue, and Private Reserve Electric DC Blue.


Its a neutrally bright ink, tilting towards cheerful part, with small suggestions of violet.

Ironically, Florida Blue is apparently many just like my last review, J Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean. Out of the two, based just on color, i'd choose Florida Blue. But of most four i'd select Diamine Majestic Blue.

Shading
It's stablemate, Havana Brown, had some good shading, thus I was not amazed to observe that Florida Blue also shades, however not as extreme.

Feathering
I did not see any.

Bleedthrough
It doesn't bleed whenever you'd think but there is some ghosting on low priced photocopy paper. All within parameters.

Flow, lubrication, and smoothness
I will be very happy with Florida Blue's flow and smoothness. The pen begins wet each and every time and it also writes really effortlessly. It's most certainly not the wettest or smoothest ink i have experienced but it is up here with of the greatest.

Drying time
Much like a great many other inks, drying times vary depending on the quality of the report. It dries quickly on cheap paper and much reduced on top-quality, glossy report.

Smearing when dry
Nothing.

Liquid weight
Liquid weight definitely is not when you look at the publications for Waterman Florida Blue. 1 min exposure under operating water destroyed the majority of it.

Conclusion
Although this is not best Waterman ink, as well as the best blue ink I tested, I would undoubtedly start thinking about Florida Blue (or rather Serenity Blue) basically were hoping to find a classic, safe blue ink. It is center of the pack but the wet circulation and smoothness, along with the price, succeed shine.


Here you will find the two examples on photocopy and Rhodia 80g, respectively.


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