Ink Review: Cobalt Blue by Graf von Faber-Castell

Early this summer I sent a request to LSF Trading to see if they would be willing to supply Graf von Faber-Castell ink to the blog for a review. LSF was nice enough to send a bottle of the Cobalt Blue. Everyone needs a good everyday blue that is suitable for the workplace and GvFC Cobalt Blue satisfies this need well. The ink is sold in a 70 ml bottle for $30 Canadian which prices it on par or a little cheaper than other luxury inks in its class. 

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of 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: There is some shading in wider nibs which adds a nice character to your writing.
Bleed Through: There is some spot bleeding on Copy Paper.
Show Through: The back side of Rhodia is great and Field Notes did well too. Copy paper experiences some show through but you could work with it if you had too.
Saturation: Above average saturation.
Sheen: None.
Water Resistance: This ink is partially water resistant. Water resistance is better on more absorbent papers. While your writing will not be crisp after a spill, you will be able to read that important phone number.
Drying Time: The ink was fully dry after 25 seconds when using an EF nib on Rhodia. Other paper types tested showed a 15 second dry time.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication. 
Cleaning: In line with other luxury inks made by Pilot or Pelikan.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

The leading edge of the ink trace is a bright shocking blue which is followed by violet with some pink leanings.

Similar Inks 

Aurora Blue and the original formulation of J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean both make good substitutes for GvFC Cobalt Blue

Aurora Blue and the original formulation of J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean both make good substitutes for GvFC Cobalt Blue

Conclusions

Cobalt Blue performed well in all of my tests and is a well behaved ink on paper worth writing on. When similar inks came to mind, the original formulation of J. Herbin 1670 Bleu Ocean was the first match I though of and you may want to consider Cobalt Blue as its replacement if you are grumpy about the sparkles being added to Bleu Ocean. For myself, this ink is going to earn its keep at the office, no one will raise an eyebrow the way they might if you were using Kon-Peki.

Solicitation Disclaimer

LSF Trading, the Canadian distributor for Graf von Faber-Castell ink, provided the ink that was reviewed above. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the bottle free of charge.