As you know, there is a joyfull competition on high-end ink market. Following Pilot Iroshizuku and Pelikan Edelstein, Caran d’Ache and Graf von Faber Castell also released new ink series to the consumers. (In this case, this is us!) I think it is not wrong to say that the common feature of those new series is having really really fancy bottles. As someone who like Caran d’Ache Earth series, I couldn’t resist the new inksand got a bottle of Idyllic Blue. It comes within a great fancy hexagonal card box. There is a sticker showing the name and the color of the ink.
The previous Caran d’Ache ink bottles were 30 ml and in shape of a cube. Even though they were also very pretty, it was a torture to ink your fountain pens especially when the ink level decreased a bit. It is obvious that Caran d’Ache take those complaints into account and created an ink bottle which is functional and eye candy as well.
The bottle is great, cap is nickel chrome plated and a heavy one. It is an appeal to eye even before you open it. But what about color?
I think idyllic blue can be the best name to describe this blue ink. Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue is a very peaceful, calm blue but still reveals itself on the paper. It is neither shooting and yelling on the paper nor a deadly fading color.
Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue is a nice blue which can be great for daily use. But what about the price? The Fountain Pen Blog recently posted a great article (Click Here) and shared the prices of inks per mililitre. Regular price of Caran d’Ache is about 32 USD and this makes it the third most expensive ink after Louis Vuitton and Sailor Bung Box inks with 60 cents per ml. If you are wondering, Iroshizuku is 56 cent per ml. So it is a little pricey. I bought this ink from Turkey for 36 USD which is quite okay, considering the shipping cost I should be paying to order it from abroad. Actually, I liked this ink, but I am not sure if I would buy it again after I finish (if that happens). However, until that time, it beat up Sailor Ultramarine and become my office ink.
Did you like Caran d’Ache Idyllic Blue?