3 Oysters Blue
Take a dip in the serene waters of 3 Oysters Blue.
3 Oysters delivers another great ink with their Blue. This ink is part of their ‘Delicious’ series of inks, while their other series have names based on locations around Seoul. The ink is a rich true-blue that has some lovely red sheen. The ink comes in a 38ml square glass bottle. One of the corners is cut off the bottle, allowing it to balance on the flat edge for easier filling when the ink level gets low. This review was done with a Pilot Prera F, Platinum 3776 B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
3 Oysters blue shades well and covers an appealing range of blue hues. At its lightest, the ink is a cerulean sky blue. From there, it shades to a cobalt. In a fine nib, this is where the color progressions end. With a broader nib, the shading is more pronounced and the ink delves into deep navy blues. The ink produces a lovely red sheen, but mostly when using a broad nib on good paper.
I have had nothing but good results with 3 Oysters inks, and Blue is no different. The ink had good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The ink had good dry times at 20-30 seconds. While the ink didn’t have any water resistance, clean up was very easy.
Everyone seems to have a favorite blue ink, and I am no different. Sailor Souten continues to be my all time favorite, but 3 Oysters Blue gave it a run for its money. Add to that 3 Oysters fairly economical price point and you’ve got yourself a real winner of an ink.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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