thINKthursday – Parker Blue-Black

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Parker Blue-Black

Parker Blue-Black is a straight-shootin’ classic.

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday – Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

Parker ink is as utilitarian as it gets; they only produce a black, a blue, and a blue-black. The black and blue-black are meant to be permanent, while the blue is washable. Parker Blue-Black is a lovely color that makes for a great workhorse ink. The ink comes in a 60ml glass bottle and is economically priced. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy AL-Star B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

At the time of this review, there are a couple different types of Parker Blue-Black floating around out there. The more teal version is the older version, while this review is for the newer formula. Parker Blue-Black is on the bluer side of blue-black inks. The ink has some green to it and shades nicely. At its lightest, the ink is a lapis blue. From there, it shades to a traditional dark navy blue. At its darkest, the ink is a deep denim color. Some blue-black inks can lean towards grey, but Parker Blue-Black stays firmly in the blue category.

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

For delicate vintage pens, we always recommend either Sheaffer, Waterman or Parker inks. These are tried-and-true ink-makers that reliably produce safe inks. Parker Blue-Black has good flow with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. The ink is moderately saturated with great dry times of 15-25 seconds. While the ink is marketed as permanent, it is only moderately water-resistant. Even with its slight water resistance, the ink cleans up very easily.

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

When you need an ink for that one office pen, or something that’ll keep working day after day, Parker Blue-Black is a great ink to count on. It has a lot of personality for a blue-black, and a no-fuss demeanor that gets the job done.

thINKthursday - Parker Blue-Black

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!
Chris

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