Ink Review: Vinta Inks Blue Blood 1521 – Dugong Bughaw

Vinta Inks are proudly made in the Philippines and for every bottle of ink sold the company makes a charitable donation towards the education of Filipino children, and to make their futures better.
This ink is Vinta Inks Blue Blood 1521 aka Dugong Bughaw from the sheening ink range.
Medium blue ink with heavy red sheen. It is very easy to see the red sheen while writing.

I tested these Vinta inks in my Pilot Custom 74 demonstrator pen with M nib. In my experience, this pen writes fairly wet.

The papers I wrote on were:
A6 Maruman Mnemosyne 192 memo pad
Clairefontaine A5 Clothbound Notebook
Silvine Originals A4 notebook
Tomoe River 52gsm Seven Seas Writer Journal.

Blue Blood wrote quite wet and exhibited a fairly long dry time on my smooth papers.

All of the inks I tested have two alternative names on their bottles, English and Filipino. The English name is permanently printed in white on the bottle and the Filipino name is handwritten in script on a paper label further down the bottle. The paper label has an ink swab showing the colour and there is also one of these on the box. I found it quite difficult to read the handwritten script ink names on the paper labels.

Vinta inks are available in attractive 30ml glass bottles from Cult Pens in the UK and Vanness Pen Store in the US.

  • Flow Rate: Very good – quite wet.
  • Lubrication: Very good.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Very saturated
  • Shading Potential: No shading seen. Lot’s of red sheen.
  • Show-Through: Some seen on the papers I used.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Some seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days – easy clean-up.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands easily.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not tested.

Vinta Blue Blood

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