Ink Flight #5 Reveal

Previous Ink Flights (Ink Flight #1 - Noodler's, Ink Flight #2 - Robert Oster Signature, Ink Flight #3 - KWZ, Ink Flight #4 - J. Herbin)

ink flight 5 reveal pw akkerman

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. 

akkerman ink bottle

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:

#22 Hopjesbruin

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. 

currently inked june's ink flight on leuchtturm paper

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.


36 comments

  • In total agreement: the Van Vermeer looks amazing! Clearly a standout in this set. Can’t wait to get my hands on more of those clever Akkerman bottles, too. Great choice this month!

    David Murphy
  • Love the Akkerman bottles. Having just started teaching myself a little calligraphy, I’m sad I missed the chance at the Brouse nibs. What a great box!

    Aaron
  • I did see a review on the Shocking Blue, and I can see why it’s their favorite. Some beautiful shading was brought out of it, and the chromatography was lovely. It’s a gorgeous blue. But there are a couple others in this flight I’d like to try…

    Kit
  • I don’t know why I’ve hesitated purchasing an Ink Flight but missing this last one has convinced me, never again!

    TTurner
  • Those colors make me think of tropical water and sunsets—gorgeous! Great inks to use in my outdoor journals.

    Victoria

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