Ink Dupes #13: Noodler’s and Organics Studio

How many royal blue fountain pen inks are there? I think I own 6 or 7 myself. So for the next few Ink Dupes, I’ll be comparing them to each other. You’ll be getting an Ink Dupe post every week for a bit so I can power through these.

As a side note, Bert’s Blue (an exclusive for Bertram’s Inkwell) is sold out, and Tyler of Organics Studio has mentioned that he can’t find the recipe. So, for the time being, that ink is discontinued. Maybe in the future it will be available again. Sadly, I couldn’t find a review for Bert’s Blue, so you’ll have to do without.

The Inks

Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium
Price: ~$12.50 USD
Bottle Size: 88.7ml (3oz)
Price Per Ml: $0.14
Availability: Goulet Pens Exclusive
Organics Studio Bert’s Blue
Price: ~$13 USD
Bottle Size: 55ml
Price Per Ml: $0.22
Availability: Discontinued
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Noodler's Liberty's Elysium and Organics Studio Bert's Blue

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Ink Dupes #12: Diamine and Colorverse

When looking at the swabs for these two in my swab notebook, they looked almost identical, but in this test, I noticed a distinct difference. So, while this isn’t exactly an ink dupe, I felt it was worth sharing for those who, like me, thought that they are.

Also, Colorverse Photon is only sold in a two-pack with Gluon. The price listed for it is the total price for both, and the price per ml is the price of both bottles divided by the total mls (80) of both bottles.

The Inks

Diamine Soft Mint
Price: ~$15 USD
Bottle Size: 80ml
Price Per Ml: $0.19
Availability: Readily available
Colorverse Photon
Price: ~$36 USD
Bottle Size: 80ml
Price Per Ml: $0.45
Availability: Readily available
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Diamine Soft Mint and Colorverse Photon

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Ink Dupes #11: Organics Studios and Diamine

For those who don’t know, BWIPS stands for Baltimore Washington International Pen Show. The BWIPS 2018 ink was a special edition ink that was given away around the show that year. Because it was such a small batch, I couldn’t find an ink review, but I’ve found it to be rather dry.

The Inks

Organics Studio BWIPS 2018
Price: Free
Bottle Size: 80ml (ish)
Price Per Ml: 0
Availability: Limited Edition
Diamine Dark Forest
Price: ~$16 USD
Bottle Size: 40ml
Price Per Ml: $0.40
Availability: Readily available
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Diamine Dark Forest and Organics Studio BWIPS 18

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Ink Dupes #10: Diamine and Lamy

Here’s another “fan request”. While they definitely look different in chromatography and swabs, I think they’d be indistinguishable in all but the wettest pens.

The Inks

Diamine Pansy
Price: ~$5 USD
Bottle Size: 30ml
Price Per Ml: $.17
Availability: Available
Lamy Dark Lilac
Price: ~$12 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.24
Availability: Discontinued

If you have any suggestions for future comparisons, let me know in the comments. And check out my other Ink Dupes posts.

Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Diamine Pansy and Lamy Dark Lilac

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Ink Dupes #9: Organics Studio and Robert Oster

Robert Oster has two lines of ink: Signature and inkArt.ink. The former is readily available. The latter doesn’t appear to be available currently. I used the Signature ink for my comparison, but, for giggles, I included a chromatography strip of the inkArt.ink (IAI).

For those familiar with Organics Studio, you’ll know that at any given time, a certain ink may or may not be readily available. For that reason, I’m dubbing it “usually available.”

The Inks

Organics Studio Nickel Teal
Price: ~$14 USD
Bottle Size: 55ml
Price Per Ml: $0.25
Availability: Usually available
Robert Oster Morning Mist
Price: ~$17 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.34
Availability: Readily available
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Organics Studio Nickel Teal and Robert Oster Morning Mist.

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Ink Dupes #8: Pilot Iroshizuku and Krishna

The Inks

Pilot Iroshizuku Ama-Iro
Price: ~$20 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.40
Availability: Readily available
Krishna Cool Breeze
Price: ~$8 USD
Bottle Size: 20ml
Price Per Ml: $0.40
Availability: Hard-to-Find
Pilot Iroshizuku Ama Iro vs Krishna Cool Breeze

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Ink Dupes #7: Bungubox and Robert Oster

A little side note before I jump into the comparison. I believe that Australian Syrah has recently (since I bought my bottle) been renamed to Australian Shiraz. If I’m wrong, please let me know and I’ll adjust this post accordingly. 

The Inks

Bungubox Piano Mahogany
Price: ~$39 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $.78
Availability: Readily available
Robert Oster Australian Syrah
Price: ~$17 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $.34
Availability: Readily available
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Bungubox Piano Mahogany and Robert Oster Australian Syrah

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Ink Dupes #6: Sailor and Robert Oster

Finally I get to compare inks that aren’t completely identical. These two are close enough, though, that if the new Sailor Jentle prices are too steep for you, Jade is a good alternative. They’re almost indistinguishable in normal writing.

For those who aren’t aware, I’ve heard that the 50ml Sailor Jentle bottles are going away to be replaced with significantly more expensive (price per ml) 30ml bottles. If you’ve heard otherwise, please let me know.

The Inks

Sailor Jentle Waka Uguisu
Price: ~$18 USD / ~$15 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml / 30ml
Price Per Ml: $.36 / $.75
Availability: Readily available
Robert Oster Jade
Price: ~$17 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $.34
Availability: Readily available
Comparison swatches and chromatography strips for Robert Oster Jade and Sailor Jentle Waka Uguisu

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Ink Dupes #5: Bungubox and Bungubox

I just so happened to purchase samples of both of these at the same time, so they got swabbed right next to each other. I couldn’t miss the similarity. So if you missed out on Kabayaki, you can grab a bottle of Nostalgia. Unfortunately, I can’t find a review of Kabayaki, so you’ll have to do without.

The Inks

Bungubox Kabayaki of the Hamanako Eel
Price: ~$43 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.86
Availability: Discontinued?
Bungubox Nostalgia

Price: ~$43 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.86
Availability: Readily available
Comparative ink swabs, writing samples, and chromatography strips for Bungubox Kabayaki of the Hamanako Eel and Nostalgia.

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Ink Dupes #4: Diamine and Montblanc

This is my second Diamine vs Montblanc, and I have to say Montblanc is seriously disappointing. For the price, I would expect SIGNIFICANTLY different colors. These two are so similar I can’t help but wonder if UNICEF blue is just rebottled Aqua Blue.

The Inks

Diamine Aqua Blue
Price: ~$15 USD
Bottle Size: 80ml
Price Per Ml: $0.19
Availability: Readily available
Montblanc UNICEF Blue
Price: ~$40 USD
Bottle Size: 50ml
Price Per Ml: $0.80
Availability: Discontinued
Comparative ink swabs, writing samples, and chromatography strips for Diamine Aqua Blue and Montblanc UNICEF Blue.

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