When I posted my review of Louis Vuittons (LV) black ink I said I was going to review the blue. This is a short post as I am not going to repeat a lot of what I said about LV inks. I will just post the tests.
I had been writing with this ink for a few days before I took photos to post here. I found the ink to be a deep very intense blue, definitely not blue black but the deepest of navy I have seen in a long time. So what I did the obligatory drop on absorbent paper I was surprised. It came out as a much brighter but still dark blue with very subtle purplish tones.
When I did the Black ink review I did not have my col-o-ring test book so I have swatched this ink twice , Tomoe river paper (as with the black) and the test book.
Col-o-ring on the left, Tomoe on the right. It never ceases to amaze me how yellow / cream the white Tomoe river looks when it is against something else that is white.
Both the swatches reveal a dark, navy blue which I quite like. However, I can tell you it does not write like this. Of note there is no sheen and minimal shading.
I used an Opus 88 picnic with a medium nib, the pen isn't the same as for the black ink but the papers tested are.
First up the cheap graph paper.
Second cheap note paper of similar weight to the Tomoe river I use.
Last but by no means least Tomoe river paper.
Its only when the ink is swatched that you can see it is blue. As you can see drying times are very similar to the black ink.
In a number of my other posts I have mentioned I am not a fan of blue ink however I really liked this. It is deep and I like the fact it does not tend to blue-black but remains true to blue. Because of this I was so sad when I tested it for water resistance. Whereas the black held up very well in fact quite impressively so, this not.
I know most people don't test whether inks are water resistant by holding them under a cold water tap but the black ink held up so well I had to do the same with the blue.
In summary: a great blue colour but expensive ($US52 for 50ml). Does not handle that well with significant feathering and bleed through on cheaper papers. Not at all water resistant.