Trendy Means Turquoise


Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere so it’s time to break out suitable colors whether ink, pen or paper. For 2010 turquoise is the Color of the Year according to Pantone and just the thing to brighten the season’s writing wardrobe.

This year I’m hooked on Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku but there are lots of other choices from pale to dark or green to bright and clear, turquoise has a shade for anyone who wants a little summer sizzle in a fountain pen.

Turquoise Fountain Pen Ink Meets Beaded Jewelry

Turquoise Fountain Pen Ink Meets Beaded Jewelry



  1. Fantastic post. This is one if my favorite color categories. Iroshizuku Kon-Peki and PR Naples Blue are also fantastic turquoise colors. I really love when you put together these swatches.


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  3. Very pretty – another favorite color of mine.


  4. Very pretty display of turquoise, both inks and jewelry. I love that color in both.


  5. This post is so fitting! Just this morning, I was thinking about turquoise/teal inks and which one I might be interested in testing. Thanks!
    P.S. Happy Birthday to the Inkophile site!


  6. I’ currently using Kon-Peki from Iroshizuku and it’s a beautiful turquoise color. Thanks for showing what else is out there!


  7. Thanks for the nice comments. Every summer the light, bright turquoise seems the perfect complement to everything neutral from black to white to brown to gray. Come autumn the darker Asian turquoise fills the same niche. Adding a perfectly colored ink to my wardrobe just brings an extra smile to my day.

    Just noticed all the comments to date are from women. Do guys like turquoise ink or is turquoise a “girl thing”?


  8. Two other notables are Diamine Turquoise and Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo. The latter is one of the loveliest ink colours I’ve ever clapped eyes on…


    • I haven’t seen Diamine Turquoise but Tsuki-Yo alternates with Syo-Ro in my rotation. It is a lovely shade and produces strong color even from the narrowest nibs. I even like it as a substitute for blue-black because it is so unique. Thanks for mentioning it.


  9. I am currently hooked on Diamine Havasu Turquoise – it makes even my meeting notes a pleasure to look at.


  10. Thanks for the Syo-Ro tip! I recently reviewed Diamine Turquoise on FPN if that’s useful…

    Diamine seem to have a few inks in that colour range — no shock given how many bluish tints they sell. Their ‘Mediterranean Blue’ more or less fits in the Turquoise category too.


    • I use Mediterranean Blue in a wide nib and it shades amazingly well. Thanks for the reminder. Now to find a thirsty nib for it.


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