Private Reserve – Ebony Blue Ink Review

  • Where to buy: The Writing Desk [Here]
  • Price: £7.99
  • Bottle size: 66ml
  • Colour: Grey-Green
  • Shading: Some
  • Sheening: A bit
  • Recommend?: It’s a good professional ink, but it’s very close to Noodler’s Prime of the Commons and I would far rather use that – especially as it’s bulletproof and £/ml is more economical.

Blue Suede I let off the hook for its name. Unfortunately I cannot do the same for this ink. This colour is not an ebony blue. It’s more of a grey-green. It reminds me of Noodler’s Prime of the Commons, but greener.

By “ebony blue”, I expected a nice saturated blue-black (or… Black-blue, rather). Disappointed? Well, I would be lying if I said I’m not a little disappointed.IMG_2371

HOWEVER! I am not put off of the ink; I think it is a very nice colour with some really nice sheening that you would usually see in Iroshizuku or Diamine Majestic Blue. I just feel a little let down by P.R for the naming.

The ink is, in my eyes, a grey-green, perhaps a grey-teal, but heavily leaning on the green side. It is much more of a vibrant colour compared to Prime of the Commons, but without the fancy “anti-tamper” quality. As I said, this also has more sheen to it.

The flow is very good, and it lubricates the nib very well. I have found that the Private Reserve inks I’ve tried are all well-flowing and wet (of course, the pen does play a part in this). I love wet inks as well, so thumbs up.

In conclusion, I really do like this ink. I would have to edit the label on the bottle, however… Maybe I am just being silly. I feel the ebony is too toned down and the green in the blue too obvious.IMG_2368

So – would I recommend this ink? Yes. For the colour I think that it is great. It is one that you can use professionally but because of the sheen, it is still quite fun.

Like with other Private Reserve inks, the ink isn’t very waterproof. Though, when it is exposed to water, you see something interesting……IMG_2370Its green..

IMG_2376But it’s hard to deny that this ink has a really nice colour to it, regardless of any naming. After all, it’s the ink we’re buying and not the name (though.. Some inks I’ve bought have been partly for the name.. Red Dragon..)

IMG_2405On cheaper paper, the ink performs about the same as other Private Reserve inks. It loses some of its vibrance, but is an otherwise nice ink that would look good in a business setting. With the fine nib it’s pretty much just a plain ink, and only really gets interesting with the broad nib. Feathering is bad with the flex nib, but as I said in the Blue Suede review, that’s to be expected from the flex nib..

Bleed through is quite bad, and this starts with the medium nib. I would recommend using this ink in a fine nib.

Below are pictures of the handwritten review:IMG_2361IMG_2365

I RECEIVED THESE INK SAMPLES FROM ‘THE WRITING DESK’ IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. NOTHING ELSE WAS PROVIDED FOR THESE P.R INK REVIEWS. ALL VIEWS ARE MY OWN.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ‘TWD’ AND UNITED INKDOM FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THIS.

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