Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Favorite Ink Colors

Everyone will find their favorite colors and ink brands and it comes from trying as many as you can. I have found that I prefer darker colors most of the time and I also like the richer, more saturated inks. I then started looking at my inked pens and the most used inks in my collection and decided to give you the list.

  1. Noodler's Heart of Darkness
  2. Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin
  3. Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi
  1. Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao
  2. Blackstone Sydney Harbor Blue
  3. Private Reserve Black Magic Blue
  1. Diamine Red Dragon
  2. Diamine Oxblood
  3. Pelikan Edelstein Garnet
  1. Private Reserve Ebony Green
  2. Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine
  3. Blackstone Daintree Green
  1. Noodler's Apache Sunset
  2. Noodler's Cayenne
  3. Noodler's Habanero
  1. Faber Castell Hazelnut Brown
  2. Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri
  3. Noodler's Kiowa Pecan
  1. Diamine Imperial Purple
  2. Private Reserve Ebony Purple
  3. Noodler's North African Violet

Well, yellow is so hard to read and I do not own any yellow inks

As you can tell, I really like Noodler's Ink and there is a reason for that. Nathan Tardif makes a lot of very interesting inks and I love the amount of permanence that many of his inks have. I also really like his viewpoints and how he wants to provide the most value for my dollar. I get the same feel from Private Reserve but these inks are just a joy to use.

Well, there they are. My favorite ink colors at this time. It may change as I continue to amass more and more ink to the dismay of my wife.

This post is my opinion only based off of my experiences. I am not getting paid by any vendors listed here nor am I affiliated by any of them.


  1. Hey Steve,
    Thanks for the posts. For those who are new to the fountain pen world like myself, think you could do a similar ranking of pen manufacturers for entry-level(<$25), mid($25-50) and high-end(>$50)? I value your honest opinion and would appreciate a good starting point.

  2. Sure thing. Thanks for the suggestion.