12 Days of Inkmas: Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue

Inspired by Kenouni Renoshin‘s suggestion that I do more ink reviews, I give to you the second day of the 12 Days of Inkmas. Cheers!

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Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue was part of the December Ink Drop from Goulet Pens. This month, the sample assortment included eight different colors from Private Reserve, favorites of the staff at Goulet in memory of the creator of Private Reserve, Terry Johnson.

Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue Writing Sample

Supershow Blue is named after the well-known pen show held in the nation’s capital each year. Its crisp true blue color and its name make me think of flags and uniforms and patriotic red, white and blue. There’s some shading in the color, even with a fine nib and it writes smoothly.

DC Supershow Blue Comparisons

Colors closest in comparison (in my collection anyway) would be the Diamine Washable Blue 80 ml ($12.75) or the Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-Kusa 50 ml ($28). For the price, DC Supershow Blue is a good value.

DC Supershow Blue Swab 

Dry times were acceptable. The ink did not hold up in my water test.

Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue is sold in 50ml bottles for $8.80 each.

The samples above were written with a TWSBI Mini EF fountain pen in the Quo Vadis Habana bright white, blank notebook. Dry times will vary depending on paper stock. Comparison samples were written using a steel dip nib with a bit of flex which causes some of the more liquidy inks, like De Atramentis, to run a bit. They are included for color comparison. Best efforts were made to achieve color accuracy but the limitations of camera, lighting and individual monitor calibrations may alter the final look. For best results, order a sample of the ink color you like best and try it before you invest in a whole bottle.

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  1. Yay! DC Supershow Blue i one of my favorites. Reminds me of the discontinued and much sought after Parker Penman Sapphire ink. DC Supershow Blue is well behaved and cleans up very easily. I even had a bad spill and Supershow Blue just washed right out of my shirt. Thanks for the review.

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