Levenger Bottled Ink
First bottle, but not my last
The variety of colors offered made it tough for me to pick any one bottle! That being said, I am quite impressed with my first ever bottled ink! It is quite smooth and crisp, and I can attest to the ink's strength since I got some on my fingers while filling my pen (I'm a beginner, ok? :) and have yet to find something strong enough to wash it off...
July 30, 2014
Raven Black -- Does not want to Flow
I've been writing with a Levenger Steath pen since last Christmas, and I absolutely love it. When I first received the pen, I purchased a bottle of ink from a local stationary company, and it took me until recently to use up that bottle.
Because over the last year I've grown increasingly fond of Levenger as a brand, I decided to send my business their direction, so I ordered my replacement bottle of ink from them, thinking that the only thing that could be better than using one of their pens was using one of their pens with their ink in it.
Imagine my surprise when, upon the first fill, my pen suddenly doesn't want to write! Once I can get the ink to flow, I really like the shading and depth of the black. It's much richer than the previous ink I used. And of course the bottle is nicely styled. But having to fight every time I start writing again after a pause of more than 20 seconds is incredibly frustrating.
I'm hoping that after I cycle through a couple fills of the adapter, things will get sorted out and start flowing correctly, and if they do, I'll come back and change this review; if not, I'll get rid of this ink. Either way, after a few days of writing with this ink, I really regret not continuing with the brand I was previously using, despite my affection for the color and depth of the ink and the quality of Levenger products (especially Circa!) in general.
November 20, 2014
A long time user of Levenger inks, my primary blue had always been Cobalt Blue, which I like very much. But decided to try something different, and ordered the Empyrean blue this time. It's a lighter blue than the Cobalt, but a very nice addition to my collection. I have it in a True Writer, medium nib.
November 6, 2014
I have numerous colors of Levenger bottled ink, but was looking for something new for fall correspondence. I ordered the Blazing Sunset , and my pen and I were both happy with the result. The color of orange is perfect. Not too bright, but a beautiful vibrant shade.Puts down a nice, even line.
November 6, 2014
I love richness and depth of this color! It's one of my favorites.
November 3, 2014
Can't Go Wrong
I always look forward to getting new ink, and Levenger is the way to go. The bottles themselves are stylish and fun to display on my work desk, and the ink itself is top quality-very dark and resists fading or spreading quite well, especially given the low price. I appreciate the inkwell for dipping as well!
October 23, 2014
Empyrean - Surprisingly Rich Color
I know Levenger inks are quality inks from previous purchases. Although I'm not a blue-black fan, I decided to order a bottle of Empyrean because it looked like it might be more interesting than regular blue-blacks - and I was right. The color, to me, is richer with more deep blue than other blue-blacks I've tried. Well behaved, as expected, on fountain pen-friendly paper as well as bagasse (sugarcane) paper. Empyrean is a great business color without being boring. And the bottle is ingenious - you can get every drop of ink out of the bottle easily.
October 10, 2014
Good quality ink
This ink writes smoothly without feathering and dries quickly. Unfortunately, I didn't like the color (Regal). It doesn't look at all like the photo. It's the exact color of grape soda.
October 9, 2014
I recently purchased a bottle of the Blazing Sunset ink to go with my collection of Levenger Ink. I Inked up my Noodler's Konrad because of the Flex Nib. I have to say this is just like a yellowish Orange Sunset. The shading is fabulous! I love it so much. I look forward to ink up my True Writer with the ink and write many "Fall Notes." It is a stunning Color, well worth every penny I spent and more I think!
September 11, 2014
Go With The Flow
The cocoa shade of Levenger ink has been my mainstay fountain pen ink for a number of years. Perhaps the best of the inks they sell, cocoa has no bad habits and flows smoothly any time under any condition.
Other inks and colors have tendency to evaporate on the nib of the pen leaving deposits especially if the pen is used infrequently. Some inks seem to abandon the nib of the pen requiring me to tap the nib to restore flow or advance the plunger in the adapter. This never happens with the cocoa.
In a less practical vein, the color is pleasing and unique without being offensive or obnoxious. My co-workers know the writing is mine, but the color does not jump out and shout "different" or require the reader to use sun glasses like some of the mauve or chartreuse inks that lurk in certain ballpoint pens around the workplace.
Highly recommended from a functional or aesthetic angle.
August 28, 2014