This month, we take a trip to the Hague, Netherlands to P.W. Akkerman, a famous writing shop that has been in business since 1910. For their 100th anniversary, they released a set of 30 ink colors named after locations within the city. Their new Dutch Masters collection of inks are inspired by paintings of famous Dutch painters.
The inks themselves are wonderful, but what really excites many pen enthusiasts (myself included) is the simply awesome bottle that it comes it. It's part science experiment and part antique writing fluid vessel.
Although our Ink Flight crew doesn't get the full experience of using this bottle while filling their pen, being able to experience each of these unique inks is just as fun. Plus, now that you have an idea of what colors you would enjoy, maybe buying a full bottle of Akkerman is in your future?
Here is a rundown of all the colors in June's Ink Flight #5:
This lightly saturated tannish-brown ink has a wonderfully dramatic shading quality.
Dutch Masters Steenrood Van Vermeer
This rich, rusty red color has a smoky look and sheens green on Tomoe River & Clairefontaine paper.
#13 Simplisties Violet
This vibrant violet shades and has a hint of sheen. A simple purple done exceptionally well.
#5 Shocking Blue
Chances are, you may have heard about this color from a review or two online. It's Akkerman's most famous. This super-saturated blue is quite shocking, as it also carries a high degree of sheen.
#11 Treves Turquoise
Personally, this color was the one that started me into Akkerman inks. This brilliant turquoise flow beautifully and has a wonderful shading effect.
Dutch Masters Van Huysum's Sapgroen
Invigorate your writing with the fresh, lime green of this lightly saturated ink.
Dutch Masters Israels Zeeblauw
Forget Lamy Petrol. If you want a dark teal that shades, this Dutch Masters color is a fine replacement for the scarce Petrol.
Here are my personal favorites from this flight:
Steenrood Van Vermeer, #11 Treves Turquoise, #5 Shocking Blue
And the not-so-favorites:
None. Seriously. It's the first time I really couldn't pick any ink that I wasn't a fan of. All of these colors are fun to write with and I'm currently rotating the pens that are inked daily.
Box Extras - Brause Dip Nibs
Last month, we sent you a brush to swab your inks on the Col-O-Ring books. This month, a dip nib holder and a set of flexible dip pen nibs were included in sampling and writing with each ink.
The straight handle nib holder is built of wood and fits a variety of differently shaped dip nibs in its grasp. If you would like more details on the nibs and how to use them to sample inks, please check out our information page on Ink Flight Five here.
GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY (USA shipping addresses only)
Leave a comment below to let us know what you think about June's Ink Flight, Akkerman inks, and/or playing with the dip nibs. We will pick one random commenter to win a July Ink Flight Box on Wednesday, June 21st at 8:00 pm. My sincere apologies to our international friends, we will only ship this giveaway to USA addresses.