Krishna Earl Grey Fountain Pen Ink

Krishna Earl Grey Ink Review & Giveaway!

Krishna Earl Grey Ink is one of 33 Krishna Super Rich Series of inks, with new colors being added. Krishna inks come in a small non-descript package, but pull a lot of “color weight” in the pen community. Krishna inks sheen, they shade, they pop with color and are inexpensive enough to allow writers to purchase of many colors to experiment with.

Earl Grey is a member of the Krishna Super Rich Series of inks, the standard Krishna inks that are are non-staining, easy flowing, clog free and safe for fountain pen use. Krishna inks are the brainchild of Dr. Sreekumar, who is a physician by day and a pen enthusiast at all other times. He continues to hone his craft in creating fabulous fountain pen ink colors with unique traits and characteristics.

Krishna Earl Grey ink is a nice muted blue-grey ink that has very nice saturation and shows up dark on white paper. Lighter strokes may produce a grey-blue color, where wet heavy strokes will produce a rich dark blue black with a just hint of grey.

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Krishna Earl Grey ink Review

Krishna Earl Grey ink Review

During our review of Krishna Earl Grey ink we noticed the following characteristics, which we hope you find useful in choosing your next dark blue-grey ink color:

Testing Factors

For our review, we used French made Rhodia dot pad paper, with a French made glass dip pen by J. Herbin. The dip pen has a tip that is similar to a fine tip fountain pen nib.

Bottle Sizes

Krishna Earl Grey ink comes in the standard Krishna ink bottle, which is a small portable 20 ml. glass bottle. Each bottle is very basic with a simple label indicating the color of the ink in a non-descript cardboard box. There is no labeling on the box but just the name of the ink handwritten on the outside of the box. This simple packaging works perfect providing an inexpensive way to test many fantastic ink colors.


Krishna Earl Grey ink retails for $8.00 per 20 ml. bottle, as do all Krishna Super Rich series colors. Other Krishna inks such as Kot-Massi, RC and Master Series retail for a slight bit more at $9.00 per 20 ml. bottle. Krishna inks are affordable, especially when you consider each bottle is imported directly from India.

Dry Time

We found a dry time of about 11 seconds during our review of Krishna Earl Grey ink. This is not super fast, but definitely acceptable for use as an every day type ink. The longer dry time is due to the high saturation of the ink.

Bleed Through

We didn’t notice any bleeding during our review of Krishna Earl Grey ink, even during our wet cotton swab test.


On Rhodia paper, we found each line clear, crisp and distinct without any feathering whatsoever. Even during the water test, there was almost no feathering or line distortion at all, which is quite unusual for a non-waterproof ink.

Water Test

We conducted a water test where we run a wet cotton swab over an ink sample that has dried for about 3 minutes. The results were significant color smearing, which is not unusual, but very little additional feathering or line distortion. For a non-waterproof ink, Krishna Earl Grey ink held up fairly well.

Shading & Sheening

Krishna Super Rich ink series tend to have quite a bit of shading tendencies. Shading can be an art and will vary based upon the nib size, wetness or dryness of the nib, and the writing style of the user. Having said that, Krishna Earl Grey ink can produce some nice shading from its dark blue roots to a lighter blue-grey hue.


Dr. Shreekumur never disappoints and Krishna Earl Grey ink is a continuation of his ink creation ability. Krishna Earl Grey ink is reasonably priced ink and has a very nice dark muted blue shade with a grey hue. The shading can be fantastic, the bottle simple and affordable. The dry time is slightly longer than other inks, which we like to see under 10 seconds for everyday office and home use inks. Happy writing from India!

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Andrew Mulnix
5 years ago

Maybe another colorverse ink. These Krishna inks are crazy too

5 years ago

I am really wanting to buy a bunch of Krishna inks from your reviews!! But, I gotta say I want the heavy sheening ones!!

5 years ago

This is such a nice blue-grey, I wonder how it compares to Noodler’s 54th Mass.

matthew fitzgerald
5 years ago

Looks like it would nicely fill a niche between blue-black and grey.

5 years ago

Looks like a less permanent / staining option to Noodlers 54th Mass, which is one of my top 5 favorite inks. I would LOVE to try this!

eric aycock
5 years ago

One of my favorite teas, and blue/black is my favorite ink combo. I would like to see a comparison or overview of fountain pen safe permanent inks.

David Knapp
5 years ago

I’d like to see a review of Pelikan’s new Edelstein “Ink of the Year,” Olivine.

5 years ago

I’m in love with blue ink, my favorite color!

Rebecca Wright
5 years ago

I love this color!

Rachel McNulty
5 years ago

I would love to see more oranges and yellows reviewed!

Emily jensen
5 years ago

Love that color!!

5 years ago

Looks like a very interesting color!

5 years ago

Love the Krishna inks

Paul Pearson
5 years ago

Looks like a great ink. I will say though that the packaging leaves much to be desired. I really appreciate it when manufacturers put at least a little bit of effort into making their stuff look good too.

5 years ago

I have blue-black or blue-gray ink. I really like the shading!

L M English
5 years ago

It’s a beautiful color – just a touch different from blue/black. Thanks for the review.

Patrick E. Tinney
5 years ago

I love blue-black, blue gray sounds nice.

Teresa Fuhrmeister
5 years ago

That is a nice subtle blue. I would like to give it a try.

Teresa Fuhrmeister
5 years ago

I would like to see a review of some amazing deep dark purple inks.

Nick Bunch
5 years ago

This is a very pretty ink!

5 years ago

I am slowly increasing my ink collection and this looks like an interesting option. I love Earl Grey tea so why not try the ink too.

5 years ago

Love this ink….

5 years ago

I’d love to see a review of Diamine Skull and Roses. I hope you’ll carry it sometime.

Michael Elson
5 years ago

Love the blue greys.

Heather Burke
5 years ago

The colour is really interesting! I love it.

5 years ago

Krshna ink that suitable for office

Ethan Ball
5 years ago

Diamine Syrah

Ged Alangui
5 years ago

I love blue black or any shade near it. Looks like a good ink.

James M.
5 years ago

This looks like a nice ink, and being a fan of tea, it would be nice to have. Thanks for the offer!

P.S. — I think I typoed my Twitter name in the giveaway form; if it happens to get picked, I can verify the correct one though.

5 years ago

This is a very different take on “Earl Grey” than Diamine. I’m not sure I agree with the name, though it seems a nice enough color.

Scott DiGello
5 years ago

This ink reminds me a bit of a Midnight Blue sample I had…I forget the maker.

5 years ago

I don’t think I’ve ever drank a blue earl grey, but I would happily sketch with it. How about a review of brilliant reds like Caran d’Ache Infra Red, or on the wallet-friendly side, Monteverde Ruby?

Michael Solinas
5 years ago

Would be very nice for business.

5 years ago

I’m really loving Lexington Grey ink right now, though this one looks super unique and I’d love to try it!

Ron Parish
5 years ago

This is a very nice color of ink. Would you please review more Parker inks? Thanks.

Martine Paquin
5 years ago

I would like to discover this brand.

And to me, these darker blues are always a classic.

John Stein
5 years ago

Looks like a winner!

Natalie C.
5 years ago

I gotta say, this was definitely not the color I expected from an Earl Grey. That being said, can’t go wrong with a nice blue-black/blue-grey ink. Looks like something I’d use on a daily basis!

5 years ago

I really wish I could try out any color of this brand!

Kat Mitchel
5 years ago

What a lovely color. Wonder if it is similar to the Akkerman Blauw.

5 years ago

Thanks for the giveaway! I love me some blue-black inks! 🙂