Ink Review: Blue Suede by Private Reserve

This is the third ink in our "Turquoise & Teal" series. I purchased a sample of this ink to match the 2014 Summer Edition Edison Nouveau Premiere that was made from a material called Caribbean Sea. After testing it out, I knew that 2 ml wasn't going to be enough and a bottle was added to my next ink order. 

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Anderson Pens Goulet Pens Stylus Fine Pens WonderPens
Price / 66 ml Bottle $11 US $11 US $12 CAN $12.50 CAN
Price / ml $0.17 US $0.17 US $0.18 CAN $0.19 CAN
Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Great shading in a teal colour that is easy to read when used in a journal or for correspondence.
Bleed Through: Like the other Private Reserve inks reviewed this week, bleed through is a problem on Field Notes, even down to EF nibs. Copy paper shows a lot of bleed through as well. 
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: Sheen can be seen when some nibs are used on ink resistant papers.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: I gave up at 40 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow. Excellent lubrication.
Cleaning: Easy.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, the ink trace is lead by a narrow band of cerulean followed by ocean blue and then teal green.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

Conclusions

I like this colour a lot but the ink's high saturation makes for long dry times and easy smudging. I always seem to come away with ink on my hands after using this one. I think that I should try diluting it to see if the drying time and smudging problems go away while still exhibiting the nice shading that I love. The more I test these inks, the more I realize that I'm willing to put up with a lot of misbehaviour from an ink if it scores highly along the shading, sheen, or unique colour axises of a review. My use is almost exclusively limited to Tomoe River, Rhodia R Premium, or Clairefontaine Triomphe; on these papers the feathering, spread and bleed shown on the Field Notes writing sample is not experienced.

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