Matching Ink Colour to Pen Colour – Conclusion

First things first. Here are the names of the ink swatches in the scan:

1. Diamine Tropical Blue
2. Diamine Royal Blue
3. Diamine New Century Sapphire
4. Herbin Eclat de Saphir
5. Herbin Blue Pervenche
6. Noodler’s Ottoman Azure
7. Private Reserve Lake Placid Blue
8. Waterman South Seas Blue

Montegrappa considers my new pen to be turquoise. While turquoise is not included in the actual name of any of these inks, The Writing Desk includes two of these eight inks in its Turquoise Col-o-rama, namely #5 Herbin Blue Pervenche and #8 Waterman South Seas Blue.

Using a picture of the pen as well as a scan of the ink swatches obviously makes it difficult to match the two for a variety of reasons. IMHO, the biggest problem is the 2-dimensional picture cannot possibly show the depth and variation of the colour of the pen.

While I have not made my final decision, I have reduced the possible choices to three, listed below in the order of my likely preference:
1. Diamine Tropical Blue
5. Herbin Blue Pervenche
8. Waterman South Seas Blue

I like the Diamine Tropical Blue because it appears, to me at least, to include a few more darker shades of blue than either of the Blue Pervenche or South Seas Blue. Whether I choose one of these three, the remaining five or one of your other suggestions, I don’t think I could go wrong because they are all wonderful colours of ink, IMHO.  For example, I know that some suggested #6 Noodler’s Ottoman Azure, which has been a long-time favourite of mine.

Thanks again to all of you for your suggestions and comments.

Matching Ink Colour to Pen Colour

My family was fortunate to have enjoyed a three week tour of Europe this summer.  While in Italy, they were kind enough to buy me a Montegrappa Classica fountain pen (as a gift for me staying home with our dog, Ginger, and watering my wife’s flowers).  I have included a picture of the pen below, which comes from Airline International, as I have not been able to take my own pictures as of yet.  The depth and variation of the colour of this pen is really something to behold – it reminds me of the different shades of blue that one can see while flying over the Atlantic Ocean/Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea when headed to one of the islands in the Caribbean.

Unfortunately, I have become infected with a mild form of a syndrome, that I have come to learn affects a large portion of the fountain pen user community – matching the ink colour to the pen colour.  I was not even aware of the existence of such a disorder until I came into contact with a compulsive matcher; in fact, the thought of matching had never even occurred to me.

Until recently, whenever I picked out a pen to write with, I filled it with whatever ink appealed to me at that moment, whether based on a recent purchase, my mood at the time or simply (dare I say) at random. The pen colour never entered into the decision.  Apparently there a fountain pen users who are compulsive about matching – their ink selection must always coordinated with whatever pen that they are going to use (query what happens to them when they cannot find such a match??).  Some users (like me) have a milder form of this affliction – the pen colour is more of a guideline to use, when an identical match cannot be found, they choose a colour that is complementary or contrasting.

That long story leads me to my current dilemma – I have this wonderful new blue pen to fill, but with what ink?  I have a very large collection of blue ink and I have narrowed down the candidates to those that are included in the scan below.  But I can’t make a decision, I need your advice on which ink to use.  I don’t guarantee that I will use the advice of the majority who respond (hey, this is not a democracy but I am a benevolent dictator).  In order to remove any potential bias that the names of the inks might create, I have simply numbered the choices.  When the selection period is over, I will post the names of these inks for your reference.

By the way, in the course of creating these ink swatches and scan, a couple of them did stick out as being somewhat closer than the others; however, I have not been able to reach a decision.  I know I can’t go wrong whatever I choose but I just want to have a bit of fun with this.

Lastly, the paper used for these ink swatches is an 80 lb. premium blend that was removed from a Behance Dot Grid Book that I purchased from Russell at papeterie nota bene*.  This paper has a wonderful texture to it; however, what makes this paper so neat is the light geometric dot matrix.  The dots can be used in whatever ways you can think of (I use them for writing in a straight line), and they disappear after you write over them.  I would trade all my Rhodia, Clairefontaine and even Whitelines for these Dot Grid Books!