Ink Review: Akkerman Delfts Blue

Today I’m reviewing Akkerman Delfts Blue ink.
Delfts Blue is named for delftware pottery that has been made since 17th century.
It is a single dye blue ink and is a straight, light, unsaturated blue. It’s a really attractive shade of blue.It is a very well behaved ink that didn’t suffer from any starting issues when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance.

I would say it had medium flow through my pens and lubrication was smooth across the paper.

It dried within 15 seconds on the Xerox Colorprint paper and didn’t smear after it was dry.

Akkerman Delfts Blue is available in special Limited Edition 60ml bottles from Akkerman Den Haag web-site, Vanness Pen Shop & Anderson Pens.

I think it has a doppelgänger in Diamine China Blue, but the Akkerman bottle is worth the extra.

  • Flow Rate: Medium.
  • Lubrication: Smooth.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Some shading seen.
  • Show-Through: Nothing worth worrying about.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after 1 week – very easy clean-up.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands very easily
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof, but shows a little water resistance.

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