review: de atramentis pigeon blue - ink between the teeth

Jun 11, 2018

review: de atramentis pigeon blue

Listen, I'm running out of ways to start off these blog posts. So here you go.

De Atramentis distributed inks under the Architekt name for a while—I don't know if they're still doing that. Although "De Atramentis" doesn't appear anywhere on the bottle, they're made in Germany inks and the very unique bottle is exactly the same. Pigeon Blue is also a color that is produced in the normal De Atramentis line.

Regardless, De Atramentis inks are made in Germany. I'm pretty sure there's one guy making all of these inks, which is actually wild. There are a lot of inks, so go him. The bottles are shaped like spools, and you get 35 ml of ink, which I was really surprised about. It's a heavy bottle and it seems so chunky, but it contains less ink than a bottle of, say Robert Oster.

Pigeon Blue, as you might imagine, is supposed to be the color of a pigeon. I always thought pigeons were more gray than blue, but of course there are pigeons with feathers that are of slightly different color. I don't actually see pigeons all that often (seagulls and turkeys are the Trash Bird that roam my streets). Regardless, Pigeon Blue is a light turquoise color.
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This scan is terrible, putting the ink more in the realm of a light, baby blue. Here's a picture in natural light that actually makes sense.
 As you can tell, it's closer to a turquoise color. I first saw this ink on the Well-Appointed Desk, and Ana describes it as a "grey turquoise" which I certainly agree with. It's not a true turquoise, but something a tad dusty.

Pigeon Blue has a little bit of water resistance: you'll lose most of your writing, but I think it'll be readable with some squinting and hard work. It's a little bit of a wet ink, so it takes more than fifteen seconds to dry. In regular use on Tomoe River paper, I found it took about 30 to 45 seconds before it dried down completely.

The ink only has a little bit of shading, and no sheen. I wouldn't call this either a shading or sheening ink. It's very true to its color.
Pigeon Blue is quite different from other turquoise-y colors that I have, mostly because it is so much lighter than the others. Pretty obviously not similar to Sailor Jentle Yama-dori (darker), Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris (darker and bluer), or Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo (darker and bluer).

I've had this ink in a number of pens, since I've had it for a very long time (you can tell because the store I bought it from, xFountainPens, changed their name to the Birmingham Pen Company and no longer carry this particular imprint!). Most recently I had it in my Nemosine Singularity with a broad nib. Juicy, wet flow. The two paired perfectly together, although I have yet to find an ink that isn't perfect for the Singularity.

I like the color of this ink a lot, and I'm glad I got a full bottle of it! I don't think I'll be able to pick up a second bottle any time soon, but I sure hope I do eventually.

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