Ink Review: Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue


Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue (Ink Drop - April 2015)
Pen: Lamy Safari EF
Paper: Rhodia 80gsm

April 2015 Ink Drop is here!  The theme is Rain Rain Go Away - quite fitting for this month.  First color in the drop is Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue.

Magnetic Blue is part of the Caran d'Ache Chromatics line.  You'll recognize the Chromatics by their cool tilted bottles.  This ink is a nice greyish blue with nice flow and not too overly saturated.  Despite the medium saturation, the shading is still fairly low.  No feathering on my Rhodia pad and ghosting/bleedthrough is non-existent.  Dry time was around 7 seconds with my Lamy EF nib with a light hand.

One downside to the Caran d'Ache Chromatics inks is their price.  From what I can tell, it is the highest priced ink per mL of all the major brands that I've been exposed to.  A 50mL bottle will set you back $33.20 at Goulet or a similar retailer.  The bottles are really nice looking and I'm sure that's part of what you're paying for, however I don't think it is enough to justify the price.

I do like Magnetic Blue, though I think that I'd be able to find a comparable color that wouldn't set me back so much.  Of course if it's your absolute favorite ink ever, it's certainly going to be worth the price to you.