It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Anderillium Flying Squid Blue!
Anderillium’s nature-inspired inks aren’t afraid to make a strong first impression! They have two lines of inks to choose from, Avian and Cephalopod, with Anderillium Flying Squid Blue coming from the Cephalopod line. All of their inks are handmade in Tampa, Florida, and are available in a hexagonal 1.5oz bottle. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Safari B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Not quite turquoise or teal, and not quite a true blue, Anderillium Flying Squid Blue is what I like to call a warm blue. While it doesn’t offer much in the way of shading, you can still achieve some beautiful medium to dark tones for a little variety. A fine nib shows off the darker end of its shades, while a broad nib allows you to experience the variety of shades this ink has to offer.
Anderillium ink writes beautifully. Flying Squid Blue has good flow, low feathering, and low bleedthrough. While it has absolutely zero water resistance, clean up was easy and it dried on Rhodia paper surprisingly quickly at a crisp 20 seconds in both a fine and broad nib.
A warm blue has been my favorite color of ink for a long time, and Anderillium Flying Squid Blue has quickly risen to the top of my list! If you’ve been looking for a non-shimmer version of Colorverse Ham #65, you can end your search here!
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.
Ink it Up!