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Private Reserve Sonic Blue

When we first picked up Private Reserve, we asked for some feedback on what colours you’d like to see most. With all our lines, we mostly grow slowly and hopefully organically, picking up colours or products as they’re requested. I remember someone said we should get all of the blues because they’re all beautiful. They were right.

Review of Private Reserve Sonic Blue Fountain Pen Ink with a TWSBI Mini

Private Reserve Inks are among our most popular inks in the shop. They have a few popular non-blue colours (Black Cherry, Avacado, spelled to differentiate itself from the fruit, Tanzanite), but by far the most popular colours are shades of blue.

Electric DC Blue, Naples Blue, DC Supershow Blue, these are some of the most vibrant and popular blues we have in the shop. They’re super saturated and some have sheen, and they just pop.

Private Reserve Sonic Blue, however, is not one of those bright, bright blues, and not one of the blues Private Reserve is best known for. Maybe its name is a little misleading, because it’s definitely not Sonic the Hedgehog blue.

When I first swabbed it, it looked a bit murky, like a foggy blue, and I thought it might be a little dull. However, its swab does not do it justice.

Writing Sample of Private Reserve Sonic Blue Classic Blue-Black Fountain Pen Ink

The writing sample is with a TWSBI Mini and a medium nib on Rhodia 80gsm paper (standard pads).

It’s actually a bit closer to a classic blue-black with some grey in there. It’s similar to Platinum Blue-Black, or Rohrer & Klingner Salix. While it’s not permanent or water proof, it’s also not quite as dry as Salix, and it shades beautifully. This is the sort of colour of ink old diaries or letters were written with.

As beautiful as the bright, saturated blues are, I have a thing for good shading, and less attention-grabbing kinds of ink. It’s a true indication of being written with a fountain pen, and makes it look more interesting. And because Sonic Blue is a less saturated blue, there’s quite a bit more shading.

Handwritten Excerpt from George Orwell's Essays with a Fountain Pen

Close-up of writing sample – look at the shading!

It’s well-behaved – not really any feathering or bleed-through on standard copy paper, easy to clean. Not too saturated, so dries fairly quickly as well. Great for the office, while still standing out just a bit.

Sonic Blue is a great blue-black or standard blue kind of ink, with shading and great behaviour. It gets overlooked a bit for its flashier neighbours, but it’s an old-school blue ink. Subtle and classy.


The Beginning of the Beginning

…of what we hope is a long and exciting journey.

The first of our shipments have begun arriving! We have currently placed orders or begun discussions with several companies, and the first three have arrived. It’s been a learning curve with UPS and getting through customs with brokerage fees and duties.

We are putting Private Reserve ink (US), Sailor fountain pens and ink (Japan) and Rohrer & Klingner ink (Germany) up on the site now. While you can’t actually buy anything yet – we haven’t quite launched the site live – you will be able to on April 17th. We’ve set this date in anticipation of the some of the other products we hope to have soon, but some of our orders are coming from pretty far so they might not be up on the site by launch.


The following ink colours are available in Private Reserve, all in 50mL glass bottles except the Invincible Black:


Gray Flannel
Shoreline Gold
Rose Rage
Ebony Purple
Fiesta Red
Naples Blue
Midnight Blues
Spearmint Green
Ultra Black-Fast Dry

Invincible Black (60mL)


The following colours are available in Rohrer and Klingner inks, available in 50mL glass bottles:


Blau Permanent
Leipsician Black

Iron-Gall Scabiosa
Iron-Gall Salix

And as well, we’re carrying three colours in the traditional drawing ink – not meant for fountain pens – for technical drawing, calligraphy or dip pens. They come in beautiful, large glass bottles and are available in: paynesgrau, bordeaux and ceresschwarz. 


We are also carrying Sailor products.


In fountain pens, we have the Reglus, Professional Gear Slim and Professional Gear in black, grey and orange. We don’t have nib sizes available for all pens, but we do have at least one of each of their seven nibs sizes available.

In Sailor inks we have available in 50mL glass bottles:


and the two:

Carbon Nano Black (also available in cartridge)
Carbon Nano Blue-Black (also available in cartridge)


We are expecting to get some paper and a few other fountain pen brands in soon from Germany, Japan, the US, China and India.