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Pen Chalet Ink Review & Giveaway: Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink

This week’s ink review and giveaway is Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black fountain pen ink. Dr. Sreekumar, a medical doctor by day and ink connoisseur by night, created Krishna inks. Dr. Sreekumar’s passion for fountain pens and grinding nibs led him to develop a variety of inks: regular everyday fountain pen inks, sheening inks, basic inks, iron gall inks, etc. Krishna offers over 70 colors of fountain pen inks, including two from Krishna Ink’s basic colored ink line, Lyrebird, which includes Blue-Black and Pure Blue. Krishna Lyrebird’s new waterproof inks come in three colors: Blue-Black, Ebony Green, and Rose Red.

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Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink Review

Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink Review

All About the Ink Maker: Krishna

Krishna Inks creates inks that are bold, vivid, and beautiful, and all their inks are handmade in India. Dr. Sreekumar started making fountain pen inks in 2010, and what was a hobby, quickly turned into his passion. Dr. Sreekumar supports the “Make in India” campaign and handmakes every Krishna ink at his Karela, India workshop.

This week’s ink, the Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink, is one of the Lyrebird inks born out of a need for high-quality fountain pen inks friendly for everyday use. Designed to be waterproof, stain-free, and maintenance-free, Lyrebird waterproof inks offer fountain pen enthusiasts everything they need: optimum functionality and vivid color.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink

Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black fountain pen ink is one of three colors in the company’s Lyrebird Waterproof line. All three are NON-iron gall inks, which makes them safe for fountain pens. This week’s ink is a classic blue-black color that veers more towards a deep, dark blue rather than the bright blue we see in many inks. The dark blue color comes through powerfully on paper and shows up very well. Other colors in the Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof ink line include green and red.

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Our review of Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink had us searching for all the standout characteristics you want to know. Run through the list below, so you have all the info you need to make an informed purchase when you’re trying to choose a fountain pen ink brand or a new ink color.

Ink Review Testing Factors (just to keep things scientific):

In an effort to keep things scientific…this is where we’ll share the hows and whats of our ink review. For our review of Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink, we used a French-made J Herbin spiral glass dip pen on Rhodia dot pad paper. The glass dip pen’s tip is similar to a fine-medium fountain pen nib. Don’t forget – different papers and nib sizes often produce different results!

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Krishna Use for their Lyrebird Waterproof Ink Line?

Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof inks come in a 30 ml. or 1 oz. glass ink bottle. The medicine type bottle has simple but clear labeling and an efficient sealing lid. The packaging is minimal but effective. The simple cardboard box incorporates a professional label that clearly identifies the ink’s color.

How Much Does Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Ink Cost?

Krishna’s Lyrebird Waterproof ink line is one of the more affordable fountain pen inks available. This is particularly true when you consider that they are high quality, handmade inks designed for everyday use.

How Fast Does Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink Dry?

Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof ink had a reasonable dry time during our review – approximately 7-8 seconds. As a result, we feel the company succeeded in creating an ink suitable for everyday use. (We generally recognize any dry time under 10 seconds to be reasonable for day-to-day use for fountain pen inks).

Does Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?

During normal use, we saw no bleeding of Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black fountain pen ink. The Blue-Black is a very dark ink, but we found no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper, even during the cotton swab test.

Was There Any Feathering While Using Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink?

During normal use, we found absolutely no feathering. During the water test, we so no additional feathering at all. (As it should be since this is a waterproof ink).

How Does Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink Stand Up to Water?

We included a water test in the review of Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). The water test resulted in no line distortion and no feathering. Lines remained clear and crisp. We did see some very slight color smearing where the wet swab ran over the ink sample. As a result of the water test, we would categorize this ink as water-resistant, not quite 100% waterproof.

Does Krisha Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink is a deep, dark shade of blue with a lot of shading traits from deep, dark black-blue to a regular blue-black color to a light blue-gray color. We did not see any sheening traits during our review.

Final Conclusion on Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black Ink:

Krishna introduced their Lyrebird line to fill a need for beauty combined with function so fountain pen enthusiasts could turn to the Lyrebird line for their everyday use. The Lyrebird Waterproof line was a great addition to the basic colors already offered. After reviewing the Krishna Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink, we think they succeeded in providing some great new options! While the ink is not quite 100% waterproof, it is definitely water-resistant. It offers a reasonable dry time and some good shading traits. The deep blue shade is gorgeous and dark, and the ink is very inexpensive, particularly considering it is handmade.

It’s an excellent choice for any number of projects as well as it’s original purpose…everyday use! Use it at home, use it at the office, fill your favorite fountain pens and carry them with you, Krishna’s Lyrebird Waterproof Blue-Black ink is a solid choice. Pick up your own bottle today at Pen Chalet or enter to win the bottle used for this week’s ink review below! And of course, happy writing from India!

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Geoffrey Dunn
4 years ago

Nice dark colour and I like that it’s waterproof!

4 years ago

I like blue black and have been meaning to try Krishna for a while. This being water resistant makes it a good choice!

Jovan Trujillo
4 years ago

I really like my giant 100ml bottles of Lyrebird Blue-Black. I would buy this in a heartbeat if it was in 100ml bottles! It’s one of my favorite inks for pens that don’t like dry inks.

4 years ago

Beautiful shade of blue

Scott DiGello
4 years ago

I’m always looking for a good blue-black and this seems right up there with some of my fav’s.

Janice Wollaber
4 years ago

I’ve recently become a fan of blue-black inks. I would like to see a review of Robert Oster Grey Seas.

Stephanie S.
4 years ago

A lovely Blue-Black and a bonus that it’s water-resistant! Looking forward to more reviews of Krishna inks!

Nya Hue
4 years ago

Gorgeous! Would love to try it out!

4 years ago

Would like to see reviews of Vinta inks, if you have plans to carry them in the future.

4 years ago

Thi looks like a nice ink but I like California Teal.

Cheryl Gebhart
4 years ago

Looks like a great ink. One of my current favorite inks is monteverde fireopal.

4 years ago

Been looking for a waterproof blue-black. Might need to give this a try

Heather Burke
4 years ago


4 years ago

Marvelous shade of blue.

4 years ago

Thanks for the review.

4 years ago

I’d like you to review some calligraphy (dip pen) inks.

4 years ago

Maybe review some of the Sailor Kingdom Note inks?

Ged Alangui
4 years ago

My current fave ink is KWZ Baltic Memories

Jeffrey Morales
4 years ago

So what makes it water proof? Is it pigment based?

4 years ago

I’m really interested in these permanent inks from Krishna. I’m curious how they actually work, since they’re not pigment or iron gall based. Would love to see more colors too.

Tony Rose
4 years ago

I have never heard of this brand before… thank you for the thorough review!

John Stein
4 years ago

Blue-black inks are my favorites, but I don’t have any water-resistant ones. This would be nice to try!

matthew fitzgerald
4 years ago

Looks similar to Lamy blue-black

Colton H.
4 years ago

Nice to see a waterproof selection that has some character. The only one I have is my Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, but that is just that: ordinary black. Being from Krishna, the pricing is really nice too. I’d like to see some of the fine East-Asian ink makers produce some sultry waterproof options too.

If you’re looking for some new inks to show soon, perhaps something from 3 Oysters next? Alternatively, Kyoto TAG.

Ron Parish
4 years ago

Blue Black inks are among my favorites, especially if they have some shading/sheening properties. As always, I would like you to review some of the old standby inks from Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman. Thank you.

Roy c
4 years ago

Perfect for a work ink

Angela Y
4 years ago

Blue black is a great ink color. Does the ink stain pens?