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SO, I bought a (In-box) bottle of Sheaffer #42 (Washable Blue) at an antique store last month. It was pretty full, and the ink looked good. It turned out that it was never opened! When I got home, and opened the metal cap, the paper seal was still intact over the lip of the bottle!

After some personal debate, and advice from Mike and DWL, I decided to try this ink out! I was surprised by how pale it was! It was a pale "washed out" type blue(see pic)!

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Since I prefer darker inks, and I'm always mixing colors anyway, I decided to have fun with this ink!

First up is "Vintage Blue"- a 3:1 mix involving 3 parts Washable Blue, and 1 part Blue-Black (Sheaffer). It gives a nice, medium, colonial blue type tone (reminds me of Diamine "Prussian Blue")

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Next is a nice "Green-Blue" (Teal) mix involving 4:1:1- 4 parts washable blue, 1 part MB Racing Green, and 1 part Blue-Black (Sheaffer). This is a nice blue toned green that looks blue in the bottle, and when you write it out. But as it dries, it turns more green!

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Anyone else get a chance to use "Washable Blue"? Where there similar results when you first use it? Did you mix it with anything to darken it?? (I am aware that this is probably 40 year old ink new in a bottle, so I was NOT about to say too many negative things!)

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No, I haven't had that chance but I like the look of it. Do you know of modern blue it compares to?

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Alexandra wrote:

No, I haven't had that chance but I like the look of it. Do you know of modern blue it compares to?


Hey Alexandra!

I would say maybe Herbin's Bleu Azure? I found that a very light, pale blue as well!Look for my review of this ink under "Everything Under The Rainbow" (2009-I think)

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-- Edited by Frank on Sunday 3rd of July 2011 11:28:00 PM

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Hard to say from your photo, but the Platinum blue carts I have produce a similar washed-out looking blue; I added a bit of Noodler's Black to make it more palatable.

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I just came from Goulet's swab shop and would have thought it was closer to Blue Myosotis (on my wish list). Bleu Azure looks very pale indeed, not like the picture you posted. But then, images change even from monitor to monitor.



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Vintage washable blue looks just like faded denim out of just about any pen I've ever used it with. I'm like you and prefer a dark/brilliant color. I'll usually give it 2 or 3 cc's of a dark blue like noodlers ottoman azure and jazz it up a bit

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Noodler's Ottoman Azure is my current favorite. I never thought of mixing it with other things though.

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