My Favorite Inks

I plan to update this blog post as I go, but here is my current list of favorite fountain pen inks, organized by color. I’ve reviewed some, but most are on my to-do list. In my experience, these are the best of the best–great color and performance.


  • Aurora Black


  • Sailor Jentle Blue
  • Pilot Blue

Blue Black:



  • Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün (….greenish gold)
  • Platinum Citrus Black (Iron Gall)


  • Diamine Graphite



  • Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki
  • Monteverde Fire Opal



  • Sailor Jentle Oku-Yama
  • Sheaffer Skrip Red
  • Diamine Oxblood

Teal / Turquoise:

  • Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori (Peacock)
  • Monteverde California Teal
  • Diamine Eau de Nil
  • Robert Oster Fire & Ice
  • Waterman Obsession Blue


*last updated on March 5, 2018


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