Barrier Reef Blue – Blackstone

Some time ago Kevin from Justwrite Pen Company offered few australian made pens for reviews. Sadly I haven’t qualified to review the pen but Kevin was generous enough to send me samples of Blackstone inks as a consolation prize :) As some of you know I enjoy testing new inks. So once they arrived from Australia I’ve filled my pens with them and started experimenting.

It seems Blackstone inks are a product of FPN – their origin can be traced back to 2013 when some of ink-testers (Amberlea minions) started discussng powdered inks. Soon after many of us had a chance to review / try the original SuSeMai powdered inks. The powders are gone but in the meantime they evolved into Blackstone ink concentrates and recently the line called Colours of Australia was created (based on those concentrates).

For instance the line consistes of five excellent inks.


  1. Barrier Reef Blue
  2. Black Stump Black
  3. Daintree Green
  4. Sydney Harbour Blue
  5. Uluru Red

The only thing they lack is water resistance which is none. For me it’s not that important but I know there are people who expect their inks to be water resistant. If that’s you you need to seek for your grail ink elsewhere. The colors however are stunning. Kevin – I hope we’ll see some nice bron and dark purple soon :)

I’ll review them in alphabetical order.

Barrier Reef Blue is, surprisingly, a favourite of mine. It offers great feel even in finer and drier nibs. In my everyday carry medium / broad nibs it gives great feel to writing and the color is very nice. I didn’t expect to like it, but, frankly, I really enjoy using it.


Drops of ink on kitchen towel


Color ID



Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib




Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib




Oxford, Hero 5028, stub 1,9




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