Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a very dark blue, so dark it is almost black. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link.
Franklin Christoph Noir et Bleu is an exceptionally dark blue ink that leans towards purple. My feelings towards this one are very similar to the Dark Chocolate; it is a great workplace ink where conservative colours are appreciated. No one will make snarky comments about receiving a note written in this colour. The same can't be said for Yama-Budo or Habanero.
Shading: There is some shading in a broad nib, but in general, this ink lays down a consistently dark line.
Bleed Through: Rhodia fares well and Field Notes only exhibits the most minor spot bleeding but Copy Paper does suffer from spot bleeding in all nib sizes.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable but Field Notes and Rhodia are OK for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Water Resistance: There is some water resistance but it comes with much feathering and fading of the original ink's colour.
Drying Time: Like other inks in this series, the dry time on Rhodia exceeded 40 seconds. On copy paper and Field Notes the dry time hovers around the 20 second mark.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication.
Cleaning: Yet to be determined but other inks in this series have been very easy to clean and this ink's water resistance makes me think that it will be similar.
Colour Make Up
The thinnest portion of the ink trace's leading edge is made up of blue quickly followed by a maroon tinged brown. The bulk of the trace is tinted with a light blue.
While I have other Dark Blues and Blue Blacks on hand, this one leans more purple that the other similars I was able to come up with.
I like these exceptionally dark blues but the purple tinge in this one makes me wrinkle my nose. Colour preference is very personal and I'm sure that there are tonnes of people out there who would choose this one for its purple leanings, for me, I'll stick to the other two inks shown in the swabs above.
Franklin-Christoph provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.