Join us as we investigate the case of Waterman Mysterious Blue!
Mysterious Blue is Waterman’s version of a blue-black ink, though it comes in closer to a medium blue. Waterman inks come in their unique 50ml bottles, which sport a ribbed cap to make opening easier. Waterman Mysterious Blue is also available in cartridges. This review was done with a Pilot Metropolitan F, Lamy Studio B, and on Rhodia blank No. 18 paper.
Waterman Mysterious Blue has a very consistent look, with low levels of shading and excellent saturation. Both a fine and broad nib give a hint of variety in beautiful blue tones while you write. It comes shockingly close to Diamine Misty Blue, leaning a touch darker and cooler by comparison.
This ink has very little water resistance, though you can still read a bit of the writing left behind after a splash. Interestingly, there is a green edge created by the water drops and ink mixing which could make this a fun color for artists to use. Waterman Mysterious Blue has low feathering and bleedthrough, and good flow. It has a very fast dry time of 15 seconds in a fine nib, with a broad nib needing to sit a bit longer at 30 seconds.
Waterman inks are a tried and true go-to line for fountain pen enthusiasts. Mysterious Blue makes for a solid medium-dark blue ink perfect for every day use. The bottles are a generous size, meaning you won’t be running out too quickly. Available as a bottle, sample, or cartridge, this ink is perfect for every kind of fountain pen fan.
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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