Blackbird Starling Purple Ink

Blackbird Ink is a new brand on the ink market. The ink is made in England by/for Mabie Todd Limited. I’m not sure if they create inks or order them from UK producer.

At the launch of Blackbird Ink six colors are available. All the inks are named after birds, which is a nice touch given they were created as a tribute to Swan inks produced years ago. At the moment you can get them in following colors:

  • Blackbird Black
  • Kingfisher Blue
  • Mallard Green
  • Robin Red
  • Sand Martin Brown
  • Starling Purple


The ink comes in 30 ml glass bottle that comes in a red cardboard box. The bottle is small, stable and functional. On the other hand, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to fill MB 149 and other huge monsters directly from it.

The ink

Starling Purple is nice purple ink. It’s not as vibrant and deep as Lamy Dark Lilac or Herbin’s Amethyste de l’Oural but it’s still pretty strong. The flow is good, although in some pens the ink may feel dryish. I was pleasantly surprised to see it start right away after few minutes of leaving the pen uncapped.

Overall, it’s a decent, well-behaved and reasonably priced ink.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Fabriano, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib

Copy paper, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib

La Couronne du Comte invoice paper, Lamy Al-Star, medium nib


Water resistance

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