Blue, Blue Black, Jet Black, Sepia, Claret, Turquoise
On a recent trip to my local pen store, Vancouver Pen, I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of bottles of Yard-O-Led writing ink. From what I understand, Yard-O-Led inks are made by other suppliers, with Diamine Ink of in England currently producing the line.
Given the price of the small Yard-O-Led bottles, when compared to that of Diamine, quantity and price is one of the things to consider. My first reaction when I saw the 28.4 ml ( 1 ounce bottles) was that the bottle was simply too small. Well at least it is a narrow bottle so that for the first dozen fills you will have the nib in the ink.
At $9.00 CDN for a one ounce bottle of ink, the price is steep and using it with large pens is not a good match in design and function.
Well the title of the ink says it. This is what I call a true blue as there are no purple or other undertones to the colour.
The blue has a flat tone, as the scans show. I found the ink flow was good and it dried in a reasonable time - same characteristics as the Diamine blue ink. In terms of colour, the current Blue is similar to the Royal Blue of the Diamine line.
Evidently, the previous blue was more like the Diamine Tropical Blue.
This ink was a bit of a surprise. I could tell from the colour of ink in the bottle that there was a gold tone to the colour. When I wrote with the ink there was a fair amount of variance. All too much variance in colour for me.
The ink may be great for a few words on a card, it will certainly look distinctive. However, when I wrote a page of text with the ink I found it difficult to read.