Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink review

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue Ink Review

Today’s Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink review introduces a fantastic blue ink. I call it fantastic because it’s a strong, powerful blue ink that also brings a bit of fun with a subtle shimmer that most could work into their standard writing without a problem. Here’s a quick shot that let’s you catch the shimmer in this lovely ink.

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink review
Take a quick peek at an angled photo of this week’s ink review test results so you can catch that subtle shimmer in Dominant Industry’s Milky Way Blue ink.

All About the Ink Maker: Dominant Industry

Dominant Industry is a fairly new (2020) small-batch ink maker from Korea that produces 38 high-quality, unique inks in stunningly shaped bottles that look like drops of ink themselves. Their inks are currently divided into three ink collections:

  • Mirror Series (this ink series is for dip pens only – not for fountain pens)
  • Pearl Searies
  • Standard Series

This week’s ink, Milky Way Blue ink, is one of the Dominant Industry Pearl Series inks.

About the Ink Series: Dominant Industry Pearl Series

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink is part of Dominant Industry’s Pearl Series. The Pearl Series is a lineup of shimmering inks, and there are currently 17 colors available in the series.

All About This Week’s Feature: Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue Ink

This week we’ll be checking out the Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink, a beautiful dark blue ink with an amazing mixed shimmer of blue and pink that complements each other very well.

Looking for the giveaway that usually accompanies our weekly ink reviews? As always, we’ll forgive you if you skip straight to the bottom of this ink review and enter to win. But remember winners are no longer picked weekly! Instead, we will include ALL of the inks featured in our weekly ink reviews as giveaway prizes during our NEW monthly 15 on the 15th: GIVEAWAY DAY with Pen Chalet.

It’s Time: Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue Ink Review

For this Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink review, we put this lovely shimmering ink to the test to see how it performed with some of our standard ink testing materials and paper products. Read on for all the details (which you don’t want to miss).

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink review
Take a look at the results from this week’s ink review testing with Dominant Industry’s Milky Way Blue ink.

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

As usual, we used a French-made J. Herbin spiral glass dip pen (with a tip comparable to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on Rhodia bloc pad paper. As always, we want to remind you that different papers or different nib sizes may produce different results!

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Dominant Industry Use?

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink comes in their fantastic droplet ink bottle, which is a heavy-weighted, display quality beauty. The 25ml glass bottle is packed into a drawstring bag to protect the ink during shipping, and then placed in a cardboard box along with a mini ink dropper. The cardboard packaging is simple and effective.

How Much Do Dominant Industry Inks Cost?

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink is in the 25ml ink bottle, and we’d describe it as a very reasonable, mid-range priced ink for an imported shimmering ink. Look for the best prices at

How Did Milky Way Blue Ink Perform in the 1-Dip Test?

We applied our standard one dip test to see how far Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink would write on paper (dipping the dip pen in ink only on time). Milky Way Blue very easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples with lots of ink to spare (one dip per writing sample, S, X, and scribble lines).

What was the Dry Time During the Milky Way Blue Ink Review?

During our review, Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink showed a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds with medium saturation, so we’d put it on our list of approved inks for everyday use.

Did Milky Way Blue Show Any Bleed Through During the Ink Review?

We saw very slight bleeding during normal use, and slight additional bleeding during the Cotton Swab Test (at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering with Milky Way Blue Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use and only very slight feathering during the water test, which is expected with non-waterproof ink.

How Does Milky Way Blue Stand Up to Water?

Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink is not waterproof, but we always do a water test anyway. We like to see how inks withstand exposure to water, so we have an idea of how they’ll react. For the water test, we let our ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before we run a wet cotton swab over the sample to observe the effect. Here’s what we saw when we subjected Milky Way Blue to our standard water test:

  • Dark color smearing
  • Lines still very legible
  • Some very slight distortion and line fading

Does this Week’s Ink Show Good Shading and Shimmer Traits?

The Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink didn’t show much shading – during the review it went down as a very consistent ink color. We did see very beautiful mixed shimmering colors the complement the deep blue base color of the ink.

Final Conclusion on Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue Ink:

The Dominant Industry Milky Way Blue ink is a mid-range price ink from a fairly new, and interesting small batch ink company from Korea. The 25ml imported shimmer ink is a nice, dark blue-green color with a unique mixed shimmer. The inks are packaged simply, but effectively and the ink bottle is fantastic. The heavy-weighted, droplet shaped glass ink bottle is a must have for collectors who love interesting ink bottles. The ink also showed a very reasonable dry time at 6-7 seconds, and we’d recommend it as an everyday ink. Happy writing from Korea!

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1 year ago

Another solid review – thanks for posting.