- Where to buy: Pure Pens [Here]
- Price: £6.99
- Bottle size: 60ml
- Price/ml: £0.12 (2dp)
- Colour: Blue
- Shading: Some
- Sheening: No
- Recommend?: This is a fantastic blue
Pure Pens originally launched their own brand ink line with a Celtic theme, which was a huge hit. This is the second themed ink that they have released and this theme is “England”. You can find the other reviews down below:
Whenever I hear about a royal blue, I feel a little uneasy. Sure, some companies do it right, but whenever I hear the term “a royal blue”, they are often not royal. Parker Quink’s washable blue is an example of this (which sometimes can be referred to as a royal blue). It’s reliable and it’s a blue – it’s a good, safe, easy ink. What it isn’t is appealing. Writing with these sorts of inks (and I’m not singling out Parker as other brands have similar washable royal blues, such as Diamine), doesn’t provide me with excitement while writing. So when I heard that Pure Pens had released a royal blue, I was already interested to see what it would be like. Much more so because the namesake of this is where the monarchy resides – this isn’t just a royal blue, this is a damn regal one!
I am happy to say that this ink does well in terms of living up to its name. If there was a royal blue, this is what I expect. It’s vivid, it’s stand out but not gaudy, it’s usable and well behaved, its.. All you could expect from an ink and very pleasing to look at. I would even go as far to say that this sits in as my second favourite blue ink (Robert Oster Blue Sea was formerly first, but has since been replaced by Diamine Blue Velvet). But as such, here are a few colour comparisons:
The ink performs well on the types of paper we would usually choose to use (Rhodia, Clairefontaine etc.). It also performs well on cheaper paper – being that this is a royal blue, it’s important that it has this characteristic because quite often these inks are used in a setting in which you have to use blue. So that’s encouraging. It does appear a bit darker on this paper, though. As you can see below.
That being said, waterproofness isn’t entirely there, though it’s not too terrible. Very few inks are lately, so this doesn’t come as a surprise – but I will say, relative to other non-waterproof inks, this fairs quite well. Usually if I’m needing to write something and waterproofness is something that is important to me at that moment, I will just use a waterproof ink – instead of hoping that my favourite inks are waterproof.
Overall, I am very impressed with this ink and I think that it has been executed terrifically. I like the royal theme of a royal blue and that’s very fitting.
Disclaimer: I have been sent this ink for review purposes by Pure Pens. All opinions expressed are my own.