Fountain Pen Ink and Summer Heat


Once a week my fountain pens get a little play time whether they want to exercise or not. Doodles and a few written words ensure the ink still flows and the filler isn’t empty. To my surprise this time, several pens were dried out and in need of cleaning. Perhaps I missed a week but the more likely scenario is that warmer weather caused the ink to evaporate. No damage has been done but cleaning will take longer than usual with dried ink in the nibs and feeds. It was a reminder to pare my rotation for the warmest months and to add some lively summer hues.

  • Diamine Claret
  • Diamine Coral
  • Diamine Jade Green
  • Diamine Mediterranean Blue
  • Iroshizuku shin-ryoku
  • Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan
  • Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses
  • Sailor Yaki-Akari (turquoise)

My current utility inks, Noodler’s Zhivago and Waterman Florida Blue, are already loaded in a Parker ’51’ and a Waterman Carene stub. When temps get really hot, J. Herbin Larme de Cassis and Rouille d’Ancre will replace Kiowa and Nightshade.

From past experience none of these inks will be hard to rinse out should evaporation occur. Better not to have the problem in the first place, so my selection could get reduced further to one blue, one pink, and a turquoise all in wide nibs to maximize the effect. Summer will be colorful indeed.

Inkophile's Summer Inks for 2012

Inkophile’s Summer Inks for 2012

Swabbed swatches are fun but not great representations of ink colors. From a nib these inks will be more concentrated and darker. Note that Diamine Coral did not turn out accurately. It is more pale as well as brighter than in the scan. Kiowa Pecan is darker and slightly less green than pictured but to some extent that is dependent on the pen.

Thanks to Biffybeans/Stephanie and Ann Finley for some of the inks pictured here.



  1. Lovely selection! I wish Sailor had Yuki-Akari available regularly.


    • Thank you. It was sheer luck that I bought a bottle of Yuki-Akari from Swisher before it closed. But then I am a sucker for teal, turquoise, and aqua. Such happy colors!


  2. This is a very timely post. You have some nice selections here. I was thinking about “summer inks”, and whether I wanted to create an official summer line-up or not. this definitely nudges me into “why not?” territory.


    • Delighted to encourage a fellow inkophile, kp. 🙂


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