- Where to buy: Pure Pens [Here]
- Price: £6.99
- Bottle size: 60ml
- Price/ml: £0.12 (2dp)
- Colour: Light bluish green
- Shading: Not much
- Sheening: No
- Recommend?: An interesting ink. Most inks that are blue/green are dubbed “teal” but this is noticeably more on the green side, which makes it different to other teals
I have six inks to review from the latest Pure Pens batch of inks released in February 2018. The inks all have a Celtic theme to them, which gives the inks an extra level of personality above the colour they lay on the page. You can find reviews to the other inks below and the list will be updated as and when the reviews are published:
Cornwall holds a special place in my heart, as this is the family’s domestic holidaying spot (“proper job” has now become a colloquial term in our family, after the Cornish IPA of the same name). Sure, there have been holidays to America, Spain and even Dubai at one time, but Cornwall? Can’t beat it. Just can’t. Cornwall is the home to Porthcurno Cove; the most westerly spot in the United Kingdom and with a beach that leads to very beautiful coloured seas.
The name of this ink couldn’t have been better. I thoroughly recommend that you search on google for “Porthcurno Cove” and look at the sea in particular because this ink captures it perfectly.
Porthcurno Cove (and we’re now talking about the ink) isn’t a “blue sea” colour, but rather a turquoise-greenish colour. Not quite teal as the blue isn’t dark enough and the balance isn’t there either as it’s noticeably further towards the green side. Though, this isn’t a criticism of the ink.
The ink looks very similar to Diamine Marine (you can see a comparison below), which is another bluish-green.
How about water durability, is the ink waterproof? It is, after all, representative of water. Well.. No. It’s not, at all in fact. It was almost completely wiped off of the page.
The ink retains its colour on cheaper paper and there isn’t much feathering, though the back of the paper would be difficult to use after writing.
The first thing that I thought of when I put nib to paper and wrote the first word was that this is very similar to Diamine Marine (and I think Marine is also very similar to Steel Blue, if I have the inks correct). Well, I wasn’t wrong. Porthcurno Cove is on the left and Marine is on the right.
The two inks are quite similar. The main difference I see is that Marine is darker than Porthcurno Cove.
Initially I was a little put off by the colour as it just didn’t interest me a great deal because I’ve already done the light-blue-green inks before, but this ink grew on me. It’s a good performer and has an interesting backstory to it, as well as an additional personal element which I of course admire.
Disclaimer: These ink samples were sent to me from Pure Pens in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.