Today’s Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink review features one the exciting E.C.O. formula inks recently released. The E.C.O. (Extended Cap Off) formula has been years in the making, and we were really excited to get a better look at this new ink release.
All About the Ink Maker: Private Reserve
Private Reserve is an exciting new, “re-introduced” brand at Pen Chalet, expanding rapidly throughout 2021. An old, beloved ink brand reestablished with a new distributor, Private Reserve was welcomed back by many who missed some of their inky favorites. As a proud, authorized retailer of Private Reserve ink, Pen Chalet currently carries:
- 38 colors of Private Reserve Regular Edition ink
- Six colors of Private Reserve Fast Dry Series ink
- Six colors of Private Reserve Pearlescent ink
- Six colors of Private Reserve Infinity ink
Made in the EU but packaged and distributed in the USA, Private Reserve inks are known for smooth ink flow, high saturation, and nice shading traits. They’re also known for being non-smearing, non-clogging, and safe for fountain pens.
All About The Ink Series: Private Reserve Infinity Ink Series
This week’s ink is one of the six inks included in the recently released Private Reserve Infinity ink series:
- Infinity Black
- Infinity Blue
- Infinity Green
- Infinity Red
- Infinity Violet; and
- Infinity Turquoise
Private Reserve Infinity inks are a revolution in fountain pen ink, using a technology referred to as E.C.O. (Extended Cap Off). The idea of leaving a cap off your fountain pen without needing to worry about the ink drying out is a game-changer in the fountain pen community. Private Reserve spent many years researching and experimenting, and the time and effort paid off. The Private Reserve Infinity inks can continue writing even after several hours with the cap off. Private Reserve is the 1st ink company to release inks using this technology and offering this trait. We highly recommend trying it for yourself.
All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise Ink
Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink is a true turquoise color, a light shade of blue reminiscent of the waters in a tropical paradise many of us associated with postcards. The turquoise ink has excellent saturation and shows up well on paper even though it’s a light blue color.
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It’s Time: Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise Ink Review
This week we put Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise fountain pen ink through our standard ink review tests. So get ready to hear all the details!
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 French-made Rhodia dot 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 Private Reserve Use?
The Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink comes in a standard Private Reserve ink bottle, a large capacity 60 ml. (2.3 oz) round bottle with a substantial lid. The simple (yet effective) packaging has a clear color description, and the infinity symbol ∞ clearly on the package indicates the ink features Private Reserve’s E.C.O. formula. The large ink cap is ribbed and opens easy easily with plenty of access.
How Much Do Private Reserve Infinity Fountain Pen Inks Cost?
Private Reserve Infinity fountain pen inks cost a bit more than regular Private Reserve inks. We’d call the Infinity inks a higher-end economical ink purchase for the large quantity, and you can purchase them for less at Pen Chalet.
How Did This Week’s Ink Fair in the 1-Dip Test?
We use the 1-dip test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen into the ink only once). Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink, a medium to high saturation ink, easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples (Using only one dip per writing sample “S” “X” and scribble lines, see the image above).
How Fast Does the Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise Ink Dry?
Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise fountain pen ink had a dry time of about 4-5 seconds (with medium to high saturation) which is a very reasonable dry time for everyday use, especially with the extended cap off technology.
Does This Week’s Fountain Pen Ink Bleed Through?
We saw no bleeding during normal use on Rhodia dot pad paper. However, there was some slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test.
Was There Any Feathering While Using Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise?
We saw no feathering during normal use. However, we did see some slight additional feathering during the water test.
How Does the Ink Stand Up to Water?
Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink is not waterproof, but it’s very close. During the review, we tested how the ink stood up to water using our standard water test. We let the ink sample dry for about 3 minutes for our standard test and then ran a wet cotton swab over the sample. We saw a very light color smearing. The lines were very legible, and there was no additional feathering during the test.
Does Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise Ink Have Good Shading and Sheening Traits?
This week’s ink showed possible shading traits. If you’re seeking shading traits, use a nib that allows ink flow variation, like a stub or italic nib. For example, we saw a nice, dark turquoise blue color to a very light turquoise blue.
Final Conclusion on Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise Ink:
This week’s ink comes with a relatively economical price tag. The Private Reserve inks are manufactured in the European Union and packaged in the USA into clear, neat packaging that incorporates simple, easily understood color labeling. The ink itself, Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink, is a very bright, vibrant turquoise blue. The Infinity inks come in Private Reserve’s large 60 ml. ink bottle with a large, easy-open lid. We were surprised at the quick dry time, considering this ink is from the recently released Private Reserve Infinity Ink Series using the E.C.O. technology (Extended Cap Off). We doubly recommend this week’s ink as it’s gorgeous and performs well, but ALSO features the new E.C.O. technology. If you don’t try Private Reserve Infinity Turquoise ink, we hope you choose one of the other five inks included in the series. It’s a unique experience for fountain pen users. Happy writing from the EU!
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