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    Hi all,
    Simply looking for a good ink recommendation for an extra fine (0.4mm) nib fountain pen.

    Ideally a bright/light blue or Turquoise (a blue that stands out clearly next to black); i.e. Parker standard blue is a bit too dark.

    I'm asking because i've not used extra-fine nib before and have concerns about flow.

    Any advice greatly appreciated,
    Thanks,
    T
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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Aurora Blue or Montblanc Royal Blue, if you want a basic problem-free ink without over-saturation, sheen or sparkles.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Thanks @FredRydr will check it out.. Also, Turquoise suggestions would be welcome (just found a nice Turquise pen with EF nib)

    One more completely seperate question: I keep all my fountain pens in a jar and use them all once a week in a flurry of note writing. Should i store them nib up or nib down position? (or does not matter)

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    You will want an ink with good lubrication :

    Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki or Ama-iro
    Sailor Manyo Sumire
    Kuretake Shimbashi-iro
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    Pelikan Edelstein Topaz (eventually)

    You should store your inked pens nib up or laying horizontally.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    I've been doing a series of ink reviews using a Japanese EF nib, which is (depending on the ink) about .1mm finer than your desired size. Thus, anything that works well there will almost certainly work well in your nib. I've shared a spreadsheet of my inks with ink review results (for those reviewed) and links to the reviews. You can sort and filter based on color and lubrication and find the best inks for you. I don't distinguish between blue and turquoise - they're all listed under "blue". I have to run right now, but can answer questions later if you have any.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    I really like Pilot Kon-Peki @ Lithium466, but it's a bit pricey, so think will go for Robert Oster great southern ocean from @LizEF's very comprehensive list.

    Many thanks to all for the advice,
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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Quote Originally Posted by twingall View Post
    I really like Pilot Kon-Peki @ Lithium466, but it's a bit pricey, so think will go for Robert Oster great southern ocean from @LizEF's very comprehensive list.

    Many thanks to all for the advice,
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    Great Southern Ocean can be quite dark from an EF nib, FYI. I recommend sampling if you can. That said, I love that ink.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    hmm, pilot Kon-Piki would be significantly lighter?
    Will try sampling if pos.. tks

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    I really like Waterman Serenity Blue and find it quite wet, that would suit an EF nib .
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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Quote Originally Posted by twingall View Post
    hmm, pilot Kon-Piki would be significantly lighter?
    Will try sampling if pos.. tks
    From what I've seen, Kon Peki is a lot lighter and a very different shade - but I've never seen it in person.

    Good blues that are bright enough in an EF nib to distinguish from black (the ones in bold have better than average lubrication; all have at least average which should be good enough with FP-friendly paper):

    * De Atramentis Steel Blue (leans turquoise, but not)
    * Any of the Royal Blues: Kaweco, Montblanc, Waterman Serenity Blue, Pilot Blue.
    * Noodler's Baystate Blue (not that I recommend it)
    * Pelikan 4001 Turquoise (though I haven't tested it in an EF yet)
    * Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-gao (nice and bright)
    * Robert Oster Blue Sea or School Blue or Blue Denim
    * Visconti Blue (good alternate to Baystate Blue)
    * Waterman Inspired Blue (turquoise)

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Monteverde has some very nice blues:
    Horizon Blue and Caribbean Blue (turquoise)....

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Lamy Pacific is a turquoise (but there are a LOT of inks in this exact shade). I think of it as my happy color.

    For a good true blue sort of blue, I am very pleased with Scribe Indigo which is a Parker Penman Sapphire dupe.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Here is a shot of the color for the Scribe ink:

    https://flic.kr/p/2odbsKS
    https://flic.kr/p/2odbsLD
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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    Lamy Pacific is a turquoise (but there are a LOT of inks in this exact shade). I think of it as my happy color.
    It's been said that Lamy Pacific is just Lamy Turquoise by another name. If this is true, then it doesn't have good lubrication for an EF nib. Better to go with one of the many other standard turquoise inks, but one with better lubrication.

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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Waterman Inspired Blue is a bright, cheerful, robin's egg turquoise blue. Here's a sample writ with a $2.99 "Dollar" demonstrator. I haven't tried it in an EF nib, but I strongly suspect it would behave nicely in one.
    Other turquoise-like inks I own that look beautiful and behave nicely are Lamy Turquoise, Diamine Havasu Turquoise, and Monteverde Capri Blue.


    inspired blue.jpg


    Monteverde Sapphire is a bright blue that works quite well in my very fine Montblanc 221. It's not turquoise, but more of an electric sapphire:

    sapphire.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamus View Post

    Monteverde Sapphire is a bright blue that works quite well in my very fine Montblanc 22. It's not turquoise, but more of an electric sapphire:

    sapphire.jpg
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    Default Re: bright blue ink suitable for Extra fine nib fountain pen

    Kon-Peki is a nice choice, but I would also look at Noodler's Baltimore Canyon Blue...

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