Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I've Got the Blues (and I Love it).

Blue, for now, is the most common color that I have in the inks and pens I own. It is one of the few colors that I can use in a professional setting, and I often select a variation of blue depending on my mood. I will be doing reviews of some of these pens/ink individually, but I wanted to get this posting up to show how great these colors are. 

One surprising finding was that the Uniball Vision Elite Blue-Black was remarkably close to the Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo. The Uniball even had similar shading, which is far less common in rollerballs. Some of blues look way different than I expect them to when they are compared side by side. 

For brighter blues, the Waterman South Sea Blue and the Pentel Slicci .7 Sky Blue are really fantastic.
For darker blues, I love the Sharpie Pen Grip Blue, the Pilot Blue (Pilot Varsity), and the Private Reserve American Blue.

I was not as big a fan of the Zebra Sarasa 1.0 Shiny Blue or the Uniball Jetstream Light Blue (I prefer the regular Jetstream Blue). The Noodler's Blue-Black was also quite similar to Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo and the Uniball Vision Blue-Black. 

So, what are your favorite blues?


  1. Thanks for doing this post--that's a lovely variety you have there. My favorite blues are Iro Tsuki-Yo & J. Herbin's Bleu Myosotis.

  2. Wow, look at all those blue pens! Although I rarely use blue (I prefer to use black for my notes), I really like the blue-black color. It's such a unique color!

  3. I have always preferred blue to black. However, in my professional roles I'm not often able to use blue. In the legal and healthcare world, you have to use black. Sigh.

    I often however write my own notes in blue, or if I'm feeling spunky some other color like purple or a dark pink. :)

    Thanks for the review. I see some more blue pens I need to check out. :)

  4. @ Holly Wendt - You're very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed the posting. I have heard good things about the J. Herbin Bleu Myosotis, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying it out yet.

    @ Min Ye - There are many excellent blue-black options out there, and you can, of course, do a little blending with fountain pen inks. I never use to branch out from black until I started getting some ink samples.

    @ Ferretkingdom - I'm surprised that they don't let you get away with blue! Most places keep both colors in their office supply areas, and I am hoping that it opens up to browns, greens, and purples, too. I guess we can only hope...

  5. Great collection of blue inks!

    I've been in a really "blue" mood lately. I have Noodler's Midnight Blue in my Lamy Vista. Its such a great dark blue - its my answer to the "which blue-black ink should I buy?" question :) This week I broke out my Uniball Signo 207 micro in blue... just felt right :)

  6. Sara,

    I will have to check out that Noodler's color! The Uniball Signo 207 in blue is a fantastic color, but I have not had a chance to try it in the micro version. Thanks for posting, and let me know if you try some other blues that you recommend.