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    Default Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    The first time I have posted anything here.

    There has been some discussion about ink bottles recently and I bought some Sheaffer inks in the ink-well-style bottles. One of these is blue - and what a lovely blue! I am not normally a fan of blue inks but this is so rich, it's lovely.

    Attached a scan and a photo. The photo is much nearer but still hasn't got the full richness I enjoyed so much

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    That is a very nice deep blue with excellent shading. I like blues but hadn't considered this previously- I will, now.
    Some days, it's hardly worth chewing through the leather straps....

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by oldstoat View Post
    That is a very nice deep blue with excellent shading. I like blues but hadn't considered this previously- I will, now.
    In fact it's not far away from that Bleu Azur you kindly gave me,

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    Default Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    I've been looking for a blue but couldn't decide on which one. Looks like I'll have to add this into my consideration too.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    I suppose I should point out that I bought this (and a black and a permanent red!) really only for the bottles. I do not know if the ink is still in production.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Cob View Post
    I suppose I should point out that I bought this (and a black and a permanent red!) really only for the bottles. I do not know if the ink is still in production.

    Cob
    What does the bottle's label look like (photo is easiest)? Does it say "Permanent Royal Blue" or "Washable Blue" or "Deluxe Blue" or just "blue" or "Blue"?

    If the label is red, or if the label is blue and yellow but has a large lowercase word "ink" on it, then it is the same blue as current production but the manufacture of it was reformulated when they moved production to Europe. If it has the words "Permanent", "Washable", or "Deluxe" on it then it is not the same color as the "blue/Blue" from some point in the 80s through now.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    I also bought an old bottle that contains 'Sheaffer's Blue ink', just for the bottle. I must dip a pen in it to try it out and see if it's as nice as your blue Cob.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    What a pretty color! I don't know why, but I'm surprised. This one is added to my wish list.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharlie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cob View Post
    I suppose I should point out that I bought this (and a black and a permanent red!) really only for the bottles. I do not know if the ink is still in production.

    Cob
    What does the bottle's label look like (photo is easiest)? Does it say "Permanent Royal Blue" or "Washable Blue" or "Deluxe Blue" or just "blue" or "Blue"?

    If the label is red, or if the label is blue and yellow but has a large lowercase word "ink" on it, then it is the same blue as current production but the manufacture of it was reformulated when they moved production to Europe. If it has the words "Permanent", "Washable", or "Deluxe" on it then it is not the same color as the "blue/Blue" from some point in the 80s through now.
    Here's a snap:

    Sheaffer Blue.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by reprieve View Post
    What a pretty color! I don't know why, but I'm surprised. This one is added to my wish list.
    My thoughts exactly; I am a naughty boy: everyone talks so much about inks with jaw-breaking Japanese names, I suspect that sometimes we are apt to forget that the traditional makers probably know quite a lot about making ink!

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Thanks for the review! Those 'inkwell' bottles are pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailor Kenshin View Post
    Thanks for the review! Those 'inkwell' bottles are pretty cool.
    Yes one of the great designs; happily I now have four of them which might be enough unless an interesting colour turns up. I mentioned the permanent red - it is so RED I might do a write up on it. The black is er, black... But I have the peacock blue and also the modern-bottled purple and these are very good inks - based on my limited knowledge and experience, so I should be happy to try another.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Cob View Post
    Here's a snap:
    That is the current blue, although as I said they "reformulated" all the inks about 15 years ago when they moved production to Europe. IE they adjusted their recipe to the ingredients available in the EU.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    Now I'm feeling warmly nostalgic. Sheaffer/Skrip were some of my first inks.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    For those interested, I bought the ink from eBay seller tatandmoretat; he has black, blue-black, blue, green and red.

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    Default Re: Ink Review Sheaffer Blue

    I have a small collection of vintage Sheaffer inks, and they have aged well. I believe the oldest is from the 40s, and the ink is as fresh as new. It's worth picking up a bottle or two if you like the colors.

    The old Melon Red has become my primary grading ink. Depending on the nib, it's anywhere from pink to vermillion.
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