Blue Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Blue Fountain Pen Ink Comparison

Blue symbolizes peace, honesty, stability, and professionalism. The color of clear skies, fresh water, and denim jeans, blue is ubiquitous—favored over any other color in such diverse cultures as the US, China, and Indonesia. It’s no surprise that blue is the most popular ink color after black. Blue inks come in a stunning variety of shades and hues, so whether you prefer a cheery sky blue, a deep navy, or a vibrant sapphire, there are plenty of amazing inks to choose from.

Let’s take a look at our top blue ink recommendations, then delve into an in-depth comparison of all of our blue fountain pen inks.

Recommendations

Our Favorite Blue Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki

Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki

For all the dozens of great blue inks out there, there is really no contest as to which is our favorite. Despite being a relatively light, azure blue, Iroshizuku Kon-peki has a mesmerizing sense of depth and luminosity that’s hard to capture in words or pictures. Looking at Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki is like looking up into a clear summer sky, filled with subtle gradients of light and deep blues. It’s vibrant enough to be easily readable even in a super-fine Japanese F or EF nib, but broader nibs really show off the ink at its best.

If you want something a little more restrained but still filled with that beautiful, indefinable energy, check out Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa and Asa-gao. On the other hand, for the days when you just want to cut loose with a bright sky blue, we love Iroshizuku Ama-iro.

Everyday Workhorse Blue Ink: Waterman Serenity Blue

Waterman Serenity Blue

If you want a reliable blue ink that will work with any pen on any paper, no questions asked, there’s none better than Waterman Serenity Blue. In fact, Serenity Blue is so well-behaved that it’s our go-to ink for testing problematic fountain pens. If a pen doesn’t write well with Serenity Blue, there’s almost certainly something wrong with that pen. Longtime fountain pen users may recall that it used to be named Waterman Florida Blue, but we think the new name is a much better fit for this tranquil royal blue ink.

Alternatively, Lamy Blue is a reliable, fast-drying, and well-behaved blue ink, especially in wetter-writing pens that can have trouble with wetter-flowing inks. Included in cartridge form with the ever-popular Lamy Safari, it is many fountain pen users’ first ink. The bottle is conveniently shaped for filling pens and even includes a built-in roll of blotting paper for cleaning your pen after filling it.

Fast-Drying Blue Ink: Noodler’s Bernanke Blue

Noodler's Bernanke Blue

For a fast-drying blue ink, we recommend Noodler’s Bernanke Blue. It dries in under 10 seconds on virtually any paper when used in a fine nib pen, making it a perfect choice for left-handed writers and anyone who likes to jot quick notes on the go in a pocket notebook. Bernanke Blue feathers a bit more than most fountain pen inks, but not nearly as badly as many other fast-drying inks. The ink is named for Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed during the global financial crisis who more than quadrupled the US base money supply—hence the need for a fast-drying ink to print all that money.

If you want the absolute fastest-drying blue ink, go for Noodler’s Polar Blue. It dries almost instantly on copy paper and in just over three seconds on Rhodia paper. The downside is that Polar Blue feathers badly, even on fountain pen friendly paper like Rhodia. Polar Blue is also waterproof, fade-proof, and freeze-resistant—meaning that it won’t expand and burst your pen or ink bottle if it gets left out in the cold.

Permanent Blue Ink: Platinum Pigment Blue

Platinum Pigment Blue

Most fountain pen inks have relatively low water and UV-resistance, so if you want to make sure your writing will last a lifetime, it’s important to choose an ink with good water and fade resistance. We recommend Platinum Pigment Blue. Pigment inks are made with insoluble pigment particles that are waterproof once dry and typically have excellent fade resistance. The one thing you need to keep in mind when using a pigmented ink is that it’s extra important to clean your pen regularly to avoid clogs—we recommend once every month or two.

Another interesting permanent blue ink is Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron. Part of Noodler’s Warden Series of forgery-resistant inks, it’s mixed on a per-bottle basis rather than in batches. This means that even if a forger manages to identify the ink you use and buy a bottle himself, the two inks would be distinguishable from each other using forensic chemical analysis.

Lighthearted Blue Ink: Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning

Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning

For a fun, lighthearted blue, we love Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning. Infused with shimmering silver sparkles, this turquoise-leaning blue ink really is lightning in a bottle. Shake the bottle immediately before filling your pen for maximum sparkle, or let the ink sit for a minute or two after shaking for a more subdued shimmer. Like Platinum Pigment Blue, it’s safe to use in any fountain pen, but we recommend cleaning your pen regularly to avoid clogs.

If sparkles aren’t really your thing, check out Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro, which we also recommended above as one of our all-time favorite blues.

Deep Blue Ink: Diamine Majestic Blue

Diamine Majestic Blue

For a deep, serious blue that’s anything but boring, we recommend Diamine Majestic Blue. It’s a richly saturated dark blue with lighter blue undertones and and an eye-catching red sheen that shows up on ink-friendly papers like Rhodia. Because it’s so saturated, Majestic Blue is slower-drying than most inks and can smear even after it dries—especially if you live in a humid area. Even so, the beautiful sheen, shading, and saturation of this ink makes it one of our all-time favorites.

If its slow drying time and low smear-resistance make Majestic Blue a non-starter, check out Noodler’s Ottoman Azure. It doesn’t have Majestic Blue’s signature sheen, but it has the same captivating depth and richness. The name is inspired by the blue tiles found in Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque.

Intense Blue Ink: Noodler’s Baystate Blue

Noodler's Baystate Blue

For an intensely vivid, high-contrast blue ink that immediately catches the eye, nothing else comes close to Noodler’s Baystate Blue. This dark sapphire ink has a neon vibrance that makes it seem to glow on the page. It also dries quickly and has excellent water resistance, though it can lose some of its vibrance after getting wet. For all its amazing properties, however, there are some downsides that have earned Baystate Blue (or “BSB” as it’s often called) an infamous reputation among many fountain pen users.

It behaves beautifully with some pens and papers but feathers and bleeds badly with others—often in ways that defy conventional understanding of which pens and papers are more well-behaved than others. It also stains just about everything it touches, from pens and converters to clothes, tile, and even steel countertops. These stains can usually be cleaned from nonporous surfaces with a 10:1 mixture of water and bleach, but we still recommend using reasonable caution when filling a pen with this ink.

If you’d rather stick with an ink that’s non-staining and fuss-free, J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir is a great choice. It can’t match Baystate Blue for sheer brightness, but it has a fun, friendly energy all its own.

Washable Blue Ink: Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue

Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue

Made with schoolchildren in mind, washable blue inks like Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue are specially formulated to wash out of most fabrics in the laundry. They can also be “erased” using an ink eradicator like the Pelikan Super Pirat. Washable inks can’t write over areas where an eradicator has been used, so the Super Pirat includes a marker end for writing in corrections that match the color of Royal Blue.

Other washable blues include Lamy Blue and Parker Quink Washable Blue. Oddly, Diamine Washable Blue is not actually washable but only the color of a typical washable blue ink.

Color Groups

Blue is the largest and most varied color of fountain pen inks. While most colors can be safely divided into five or six groups, blue inks have twice as many, each with its own distinctive look and feel. Let’s take a look at them, starting with the most common ones and then moving on to the more exotic shades.

Medium Blues

Diamine Presidential Blue
Diamine Royal Blue
Diamine Washable Blue
Noodler's Bernanke Blue
Noodler's Blue
Noodler's Luxury Blue
Pilot Blue
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa

Sitting right in the middle of the blue ink spectrum, these versatile medium blue inks are a perfect starting point.

Royal Blues

Aurora Blue
Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean
Kaweco Royal Blue
Lamy Blue
Monteverde Blue
Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue
Staedtler Royal Blue
Waldmann Blue
Waterman Serenity Blue

Slightly darker and more purple-leaning than medium blue, royal blue is the most iconic shade of blue fountain pen ink. Royal blues can give your writing a sense of sophistication without being overly formal.

Sapphire Blues

Diamine Sapphire Blue
J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
Noodler's Baystate Blue
Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire
Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

Slightly more purple-leaning than royal blues, sapphire blues have a warmth and energy that makes your words leap off of the page.

Azure Blues

Diamine Florida Blue
Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning
Noodler's V-Mail Midway Blue
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki
Sailor Jentle Souten

Leaning slightly towards turquoise, azure blues are bright and cheerful—perfect for fun notes and friendly letters.

Deep Blues

Diamine 150th Anniversary Blue Velvet
Diamine Majestic Blue
Diamine Sargasso Sea
Diamine Shimmering Blue Pearl
Noodler's Eel Blue
Noodler's Ottoman Azure
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao

These vivid dark blues manage to combine fun and formality, making them work just about anywhere.

Midnight Blues

Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue
Diamine Midnight
Noodler's Midnight Blue

These dark, serious blues can appear almost black, especially when used in wetter pens.

Muted Blues

Diamine China Blue
Noodler's Polar Blue
Parker Quink Washable Blue
Platinum Pigment Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue
Sailor STORiA Night Blue

These low-saturation muted blues let your words do all the talking. Many waterproof inks reside in this group.

Purple Blues

Diamine Imperial Blue
J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis
J. Herbin Scented Lavender Blue

Even more purple than sapphire blues, these blues will certainly make your writing stand out from the crowd.

Ocean Blues

Diamine Asa Blue
Diamine Kensington Blue
Diamine Misty Blue
Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron
Noodler's Navy
Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue

These blues have a subtle greenish undertone, giving them a mysterious and contemplative feel.

Ice Blues

Diamine Beau Blue
J. Herbin Bleu Azur
Noodler's Lightening Blue

These very light, slightly turquoise-leaning blues are fun to use but can become tiring to read for very long.

Blue Blacks

Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue
Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black
Diamine Blue Black
Diamine Denim
Diamine Indigo
Diamine Prussian Blue
Diamine Shimmering Shimmering Seas
J. Herbin Bleu Nuit
Kaweco Midnight Blue
Lamy Blue Black
Monteverde Blue Black
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts
Noodler's Blue-Black
Noodler's Q-E'ternity
Parker Quink Blue Black
Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite
Pilot Blue Black
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai
Platinum Blue Black
Sailor Jentle Blue Black
Sailor Nano Sei-boku (Blue Black)
Waterman Mysterious Blue

An intriguing and varied group that can be considered its own separate color, blue blacks are grayish dark blues that can lean toward teal or purple.

Performance Comparisons

Drying Time

Fastest-Drying Inks

Fountain pen inks take longer to dry than gel or ballpoint inks, so choosing a fast-drying ink is especially important for lefties and students who don’t have time to wait. We’ve found the fastest-drying blue inks to be:

  • Noodler’s Polar Blue
  • Noodler’s Bernanke Blue
  • Noodler’s Q-E’ternity
  • Noodler’s Lightening Blue
  • Noodler’s Upper Ganges Blue

All of these inks spread or feather more than most inks, especially Polar Blue and Blue Lightning. For a well-behaved blue that dries almost as quickly as these, we recommend Lamy Blue.

Click below to see the full results of our testing, which we performed by drawing X’s with a dipped fountain pen and smearing them after 3, 10, 20, 30, and 60 seconds.

Drying Time Test Results
Drying Time Test Results

These tests were done on Rhodia DotPad paper with a TWSBI ECO 1.1 mm fountain pen. Rhodia paper is ink-resistant, and drying times on it are longer than on other, more absorbent papers. The exact drying times you experience will vary depending on the pen and paper you use, so the results below are best used for comparing the relative performance of the inks.

Ink 3 Sec 10 Sec 20 Sec 30 Sec 60 Sec
Aurora Blue
Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue
Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue
Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black
Diamine 150th Anniversary Blue Velvet
Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue
Diamine Asa Blue
Diamine Beau Blue
Diamine Blue Black
Diamine China Blue
Diamine Denim
Diamine Florida Blue
Diamine Imperial Blue
Diamine Indigo
Diamine Kensington Blue
Diamine Majestic Blue
Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Diamine Midnight
Diamine Misty Blue
Diamine Presidential Blue
Diamine Prussian Blue
Diamine Royal Blue
Diamine Sapphire Blue
Diamine Sargasso Sea
Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning
Diamine Shimmering Blue Pearl
Diamine Shimmering Shimmering Seas
Diamine Washable Blue
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean
J. Herbin Bleu Azur
J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis
J. Herbin Bleu Nuit
J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
J. Herbin Scented Lavender Blue
Kaweco Midnight Blue
Kaweco Royal Blue
Lamy Blue
Lamy Blue Black
Monteverde Blue
Monteverde Blue Black
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts
Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron
Noodler's Baystate Blue
Noodler's Bernanke Blue
Noodler's Blue
Noodler's Blue-Black
Noodler's Eel Blue
Noodler's Lightening Blue
Noodler's Luxury Blue
Noodler's Midnight Blue
Noodler's Navy
Noodler's Ottoman Azure
Noodler's Polar Blue
Noodler's Q-E'ternity
Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue
Noodler's V-Mail Midway Blue
Parker Quink Blue Black
Parker Quink Washable Blue
Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue
Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire
Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
Pilot Blue
Pilot Blue Black
Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa
Platinum Blue Black
Platinum Pigment Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue Black
Sailor Jentle Souten
Sailor Nano Sei-boku (Blue Black)
Sailor STORiA Night Blue
Staedtler Royal Blue
Waldmann Blue
Waterman Mysterious Blue
Waterman Serenity Blue

Water and Highlighter Resistance

Water and Highlighter Resistant Inks

Most fountain pen inks will smear if they get wet or highlighted. If you like to highlight your notes or want to make sure that an errant spill won’t eradicate your hard work, it’s important to choose an ink with good water resistance.

We’ve found all of the following inks to be nearly or completely waterproof:

  • Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts
  • Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron
  • Noodler’s Baystate Blue
  • Noodler’s Polar Blue
  • Noodler’s Upper Ganges Blue
  • Platinum Blue Black
  • Platinum Pigment Blue
  • Sailor Nano Sei-boku
  • Sailor STORiA Night Blue

All of these inks also work well with highlighters. Other blue inks that work well with highlighters include: Diamine Imperial Blue, J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean, J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir, and Pilot Blue.

Click below to see the full results of our testing, which we performed by soaking the inks in water for 30 seconds, smearing them with a waterbrush, and writing over them with ink and gel highlighters.

Water and Highlighter Resistance Test Results
Water and Highlighter Resistance Test Results

These tests were done on Rhodia DotPad paper with a TWSBI ECO 1.1 mm fountain pen, Kuretake medium water brush, Stabilo Boss ink highlighter, and Monami Essenti Dry gel highlighter. Rhodia paper is very smooth and non-absorbent, allowing inks to smear more easily on it than on other, toothier papers. Because of this, you may experience better results than those below if you use a toothier, more absorbent paper.

Ink Water (Soak) Water (Brush) Highlighter (Ink) Highlighter (Gel)
Aurora Blue
Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue
Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue
Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black
Diamine 150th Anniversary Blue Velvet
Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue
Diamine Asa Blue
Diamine Beau Blue
Diamine Blue Black
Diamine China Blue
Diamine Denim
Diamine Florida Blue
Diamine Imperial Blue
Diamine Indigo
Diamine Kensington Blue
Diamine Majestic Blue
Diamine Mediterranean Blue
Diamine Midnight
Diamine Misty Blue
Diamine Presidential Blue
Diamine Prussian Blue
Diamine Royal Blue
Diamine Sapphire Blue
Diamine Sargasso Sea
Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning
Diamine Shimmering Blue Pearl
Diamine Shimmering Shimmering Seas
Diamine Washable Blue
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean
J. Herbin Bleu Azur
J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis
J. Herbin Bleu Nuit
J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
J. Herbin Scented Lavender Blue
Kaweco Midnight Blue
Kaweco Royal Blue
Lamy Blue
Lamy Blue Black
Monteverde Blue
Monteverde Blue Black
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts
Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron
Noodler's Baystate Blue
Noodler's Bernanke Blue
Noodler's Blue
Noodler's Blue-Black
Noodler's Eel Blue
Noodler's Lightening Blue
Noodler's Luxury Blue
Noodler's Midnight Blue
Noodler's Navy
Noodler's Ottoman Azure
Noodler's Polar Blue
Noodler's Q-E'ternity
Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue
Noodler's V-Mail Midway Blue
Parker Quink Blue Black
Parker Quink Washable Blue
Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue
Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire
Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz
Pilot Blue
Pilot Blue Black
Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa
Platinum Blue Black
Platinum Pigment Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue
Sailor Jentle Blue Black
Sailor Jentle Souten
Sailor Nano Sei-boku (Blue Black)
Sailor STORiA Night Blue
Staedtler Royal Blue
Waldmann Blue
Waterman Mysterious Blue
Waterman Serenity Blue

Conclusion

With so many blue inks to choose from, there’s sure to be one you’ll fall in love with. Do you already have a favorite blue fountain pen ink? Is there one you didn’t see here that you’d like to see us carry? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Click here to see all of our fountain pen ink comparisons!

Ink Color Group Drying Time Water Resistance Ink Highlighter Gel Highlighter
Aurora Blue Royal Blue Average Average Average Poor
Caran d'Ache Idyllic Blue Royal Blue Average Average Average Poor
Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue Blue Black Average Good Poor Good
Diamine 150th Anniversary 1864 Blue Black Blue Black Average Average Poor Poor
Diamine 150th Anniversary Blue Velvet Deep Blue Fast Average Poor Average
Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue Midnight Blue Average Average Poor Average
Diamine Asa Blue Ocean Blue Average Average Poor Poor
Diamine Beau Blue Ice Blue Slow Poor Excellent Poor
Diamine Blue Black Blue Black Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine China Blue Muted Blue Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Denim Blue Black Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Florida Blue Azure Blue Average Average Good Average
Diamine Imperial Blue Purple Blue Average Average Good Good
Diamine Indigo Blue Black Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Kensington Blue Ocean Blue Average Average Good Average
Diamine Majestic Blue Deep Blue Slow Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Mediterranean Blue Azure Blue Average Average Average Average
Diamine Midnight Midnight Blue Average Poor Poor Average
Diamine Misty Blue Ocean Blue Slow Average Good Good
Diamine Presidential Blue Medium Blue Average Poor Average Average
Diamine Prussian Blue Blue Black Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Royal Blue Medium Blue Fast Average Average Average
Diamine Sapphire Blue Sapphire Blue Average Average Average Average
Diamine Sargasso Sea Deep Blue Slow Average Poor Poor
Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning Azure Blue Average Poor Average Average
Diamine Shimmering Blue Pearl Deep Blue Average Poor Poor Poor
Diamine Shimmering Shimmering Seas Blue Black Average Poor Poor Average
Diamine Washable Blue Medium Blue Fast Average Average Average
J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean Royal Blue Fast Good Excellent Good
J. Herbin Bleu Azur Ice Blue Slow Good Excellent Average
J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis Purple Blue Average Good Excellent Poor
J. Herbin Bleu Nuit Blue Black Average Average Average Good
J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir Sapphire Blue Average Average Good Good
J. Herbin Scented Lavender Blue Purple Blue Average Good Good Poor
Kaweco Midnight Blue Blue Black Average Poor Average Good
Kaweco Royal Blue Royal Blue Average Average Good Good
Lamy Blue Royal Blue Fast Poor Average Poor
Lamy Blue Black Blue Black Fast Average Average Good
Monteverde Blue Royal Blue Slow Poor Average Poor
Monteverde Blue Black Blue Black Average Poor Poor Good
Noodler's 54th Massachusetts Blue Black Average Excellent Good Good
Noodler's Bad Belted Kingfisher Ocean Blue Average Good Poor Good
Noodler's Bad Blue Heron Ocean Blue Average Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Baystate Blue Sapphire Blue Average Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Bernanke Blue Medium Blue Very Fast Average Good Average
Noodler's Blue Medium Blue Slow Poor Average Good
Noodler's Blue-Black Blue Black Slow Good Poor Average
Noodler's Eel Blue Deep Blue Slow Average Poor Average
Noodler's Lightening Blue Ice Blue Fast Excellent Excellent Good
Noodler's Luxury Blue Medium Blue Slow Good Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Midnight Blue Midnight Blue Slow Average Poor Average
Noodler's Navy Ocean Blue Slow Average Poor Poor
Noodler's Ottoman Azure Deep Blue Slow Average Poor Average
Noodler's Polar Blue Muted Blue Extremely Fast Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's Q-E'ternity Blue Black Fast Average Average Average
Noodler's Upper Ganges Blue Ocean Blue Fast Excellent Excellent Excellent
Noodler's V-Mail Midway Blue Azure Blue Fast Poor Average Average
Parker Quink Blue Black Blue Black Average Average Poor Poor
Parker Quink Washable Blue Muted Blue Average Poor Good Poor
Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue Royal Blue Average Average Average Poor
Pelikan Edelstein Sapphire Sapphire Blue Average Average Good Average
Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite Blue Black Average Average Poor Poor
Pelikan Edelstein Topaz Azure Blue Fast Average Average Average
Pilot Blue Medium Blue Average Good Good Average
Pilot Blue Black Blue Black Average Average Average Average
Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai Sapphire Blue Average Average Average Average
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-iro Azure Blue Fast Poor Poor Poor
Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao Deep Blue Average Average Poor Poor
Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki Azure Blue Average Average Poor Average
Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-kai Blue Black Average Poor Poor Average
Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-kusa Medium Blue Average Average Average Average
Platinum Blue Black Blue Black Average Excellent Good Poor
Platinum Pigment Blue Muted Blue Slow Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sailor Jentle Blue Muted Blue Average Average Good Average
Sailor Jentle Blue Black Blue Black Fast Average Poor Average
Sailor Jentle Souten Azure Blue Average Poor Poor Poor
Sailor Nano Sei-boku (Blue Black) Blue Black Average Excellent Good Good
Sailor STORiA Night Blue Muted Blue Average Excellent Good Good
Staedtler Royal Blue Royal Blue Average Poor Average Poor
Waldmann Blue Royal Blue Average Poor Average Poor
Waterman Mysterious Blue Blue Black Average Poor Poor Poor
Waterman Serenity Blue Royal Blue Average Average Poor Poor


Title art based on Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa. Inks used: Diamine 150th Anniversary Regency Blue, Diamine Asa Blue, Diamine China Blue, Diamine Indigo, Diamine Shimmering Blue Lightning, Diamine Shimmering Blue Pearl, J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean, J. Herbin Bleu Azur, and Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki.

Sources

Jordan, William. “Why is blue the world’s favorite color?” YouGov. 12 May 2015.

Wolchover, Natalie. “Pie Chart: Humanity’s Favorite Colors” LiveScience. 31 July 2012.


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