Brian's Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks

Brian's Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks text over a swab of each ink

I'm frequently asked about the best 'work-appropriate' inks, and we all know blues and blacks work great, but today I wanted to touch on a few interesting color options that aren't too crazy but could still spice up your work writing.

One thing to note is that you don't always have control of the paper you use in a work setting, so these 5 inks all excel on paper of varying quality. The inks are rich and deep in color, and are well-regarded by myself, but also highly rated on So without further ado, here are my 'Top 5 Work Appropriate Inks':

Noodler's Zhivago

Noodler's Zhivago Fountain Pen Ink

Noodler's Walnut

Noodler's Walnut Fountain Pen Ink

Diamine Oxblood

Diamine Oxblood Fountain Pen Ink

De Atramentis Aubergine (Same color as De Atramentis Alexander Hamilton)

De Atramentis Aubergine Fountain Pen Ink

Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku

Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Fountain Pen Ink

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