First Look: Seitz-Kreuznach Arctic Blue Ink

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I used Seitz-Kreuznach Arctic Blue in cartridge form, in a Kaweco Sport with a 1.1 mm calligraphy nib and also with a fine nib.

This ink is lovely, lighter shade of blue or turquoise with nice shading. It dried quickly and cleaned up very easily for me. I noticed that occasionally Arctic Blue hesitated on startup, but when that happened ink flow was fine after a scribble or two. And that might have been a function of the cartridge or of the nib and feed, rather than the ink itself. Arctic Blue was notably resistant to feathering even on my worst paper.

To get a better idea of the color, here is a closeup of Arctic Blue with the darker Diamine Turquoise above and the standard blue Parker Quink Blue below.

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In hue, Seitz-Kreuznach Arctic Blue fits right in with Pelikan 4001 Turquoise and Caran d’Ache Hypnotic Turquoise.

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Arctic Blue has almost no water resistance, which is the flip side of its easy cleanup.

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Paper towel chromatography of Arctic Blue is below.

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Seitz-Kreuznach sells Arctic Blue at a great price, with very reasonable shipping charges. Living outside the EU, I order from Seitz Global, which offers Seitz-Kreuznach ink in 100 ml glass bottles for $9.90 and in 20 ml glass bottles for $3.25. Short international cartridges are $2.19 for eight or $3.62 for 14. George Seitz kindly added this cartridge to an order I placed, so I could sample the ink, before they started selling the smaller bottles.

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