Akkerman

Akkerman P.W. Akkerman was founded in 1910 and in 2010, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary, they issued a line of inks and a classic ink bottle.

This is no ordinary ink bottle in terms of style or size. It holds 150 ml of ink, the quantity of three standard sized 50 ml bottles.

The ink bottle uses a fills by the ink flowing from the large bottom section, into a small upper section. A small "marble" rests to divide the two sections. This is a method first developed by Jif-Waterman, the French subsidiary of Waterman at the time.

There are thirty colours to choose, each one named for a location in The Hague.

The Akkerman has produced a colour chart of the inks. Below is the colour chart and following that, Peter Notenbomer was kind enough to send me some scans of a test he completed of one of the inks. The colour chart is most likely made with a swab, and I find those to never truly show the colour tones of the ink. Note, for example, Voorhout Violet (third down, far right) and then look at the colour of that ink when used in a fountain pen shown in the scans that follow.

Akkerman Ink Colours

#8 - Diep Duinwaterblauw

#8 Diep-DuinwaterblauwI was fortunate to be given a bottle of Akkerman ink as a gift, and now that I have used it for a day or so, I am say, I am generally impressed with the flow and the writing properties of the ink and very impressed with the colour.

The colour is a deep, rich, dark blue. I think the camera nicely caught the colour tone in the image to the right.

The sample below is written with a Pelikan M800 Broad Italic nib. So if an ink is uncontrollable, this ink is so large that the ink will just flow out onto the paper. Not so with this ink. Writing was a pleasure.

Akkerman Ink #8 Diep=duinwaterblauw

In terms of performance, the flow is very good, even, and controlled. Even with such a big nib as the M800 Broad Italic. If you leave your pen, uncapped on the desk for a period of time, the ink does dry, and it takes a few strokes to get the flow back. Now all inks do that, but this one a little sooner than others.

I have read the comments on various web sites about colours #8 and #10 that some owners reporting some clogging issues, especially if the pen was left unused for some period of time. I rotate my on a regular basis and I will flush this out when not in use... as we should for all inks. I will report back if I encounter any problems.

Voorhout Violet

Voorhout Violet

Voorhout Violet, tested with Parker Vacumatic, Medium Nib.

Thanks to Peter Notenbomer from the Netherlands for testing Voorhout Violet and providing photos of the ink tests and the remarkable ink bottle. He tried the ink in a number of different pens, and found the performance to vary. This ink seemed to just flow out of his Visconti Rembrandt, too much ink in the ink section and this ink flows. He worked fine in some of his other pens. It was not a pen issue, as other inks are working just fine in that pen.

Voorhour Violet

The test above is with a Pelikan M200, medium nib.

Positive Aspects:

  • Deep rich colours, and when using larger nibs, the ink has good shading effect
  • Dries flat on the paper, no sticky residue.
  • Comes in a great looking bottle. Design of bottle allows using all the ink.
  • Well priced, 16.5 Euro for 150 ml (Approximately $23-24)
  • Wide range of colour choices.

Negative Aspects:

  • Ink takes time to dry. Even after 20 seconds there can be smearing. Left-hand writers take note.
  • Performance issues in some pens. Peter tested in Visconti Rembrandt (poor performance), Namiki Falcon, Pelikan M200, Parker Vacumatic, Swan Self Filler, Union Junior and vintage PW Akkerman pen - all with fine or medium nibs.
  • Very fast flowing ink, seems to leak out of pen rather than flow onto the paper.

Thanks Peter, appreciate the scans of your test and your comments.

The comment about the time it takes to dry is consistent with the comments that I have received from others. This is consistent with comments from others who have told me that in general the Akkerman ink is very wet and takes time to dry.