on saleDe Atramentis Sherlock Holmes - 45ml Bottled Ink

Product Code DA1320

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on saleDe Atramentis Sherlock Holmes - 45ml Bottled Ink

Product Code DA1320

In Stock

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45ml Bottle

De Atramentis fountain pen inks are exclusively handmade in Germany by Dr. Franz-Josef Jansen, and come in a 45ml glass bottle. This is a dark blue color, and has a silhouette image of Sherlock Holmes on the bottle label. One of our most popular De Atramentis inks!

Note: De Atramentis is in the process of changing their bottled ink lids. What is pictured might differ from what you receive. We cannot honor special requests.

De Atramentis
Bottled Ink
Bottle Material
Bottle Opening Diameter
18.5mm (0.73in)
Fast Drying

Whether or not the ink contains glittery particles.

Freeze Resistant

Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to better withstand freezing temperatures.

Iron Gall

Ink made from iron salts and tannic acids. Though quite permanent and waterproof, these inks are typically known for causing chemical corrosion to metal pen parts (especially the nib) and should be used sparingly or with less-valuable pens.


Whether or not an ink is specially formulated to increase flow in your pen.


Whether or not the ink contains finely-ground solid particles in liquid suspension.

Water Resistant

Whether or not the ink, once dried on the paper, will resist being washed away with water.


Customer Reviews

Based on 58 reviews
Gary N.
Business Blue

Nice, subdued blue, suitable for business. Good color density, normal flow, dry time=appx 5+ seconds here in the desert at 10% relative humidity. If you catch a spill quickly, the line stays pretty clear, but after 30 seconds or so, becomes faint, though legible.

My 'go to' ink

I have tried countless other inks to use with my everyday writer. When I write a sermon, it is not uncommon for me to use go through a full pen in a few days and when I discovered Sherlock Holmes, it was the perfect companion for my Twsbi 580 ALR Navy Blue. The only drawback I find is that its apparently so popular that its often out of stock.

Susan B.
Slightly subversive

I love the De Atramentis brand and love the color of the Sherlock Holmes. I prefer saturated colors, and those that make the reader wonder where I got an ink that particular shade of blue. :)

Carlos Q.
awesome color

I love blue inks!! And this one reminds me to Waterman Mysterious Blue. The color changes to a blue-grey color when the ink dries up on the paper. I really enjoy that!

R W.M.
Smooth as butter

I inked a Pilot Custom 823 with this ink as a sample I'd gotten from their blindbox grab-bag of random samples. It was one of the standout beauties. It's smoother than almost anything and made for an absolute dream to write with. It seems a tad darker than the picture shows, but 823 pens are generally wetter, so maybe that's why. Decent shading and while it was wet, it didn't feel super light or airy, which I'd gotten from Private Reserve Black Cherry. This felt viscous and substantial as well as deliciously smooth. I wish it was a tad darker, but I can't really complain. I needed a good blue ink for my selection that didn't feel like I was writing with air and this was the ticket. Gonna grab a bottle of this and keep getting samples until I'm satisfied. Who'd have thought those random ink sample assortments would hold such a gem!

FAQs about Bottled Ink

Which pens can accept this ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Any of these fountain pens will work with bottled ink. Typically, as long as the pen can be filled with a converter, has a built-in filling mechanism like a piston, or can be eyedropper-filled, it can accept bottled ink.

What is shading, sheening, or shimmering ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Shading - A common (and often desired) result of a fountain pen ink pooling in certain parts of a letter when writing, so that the color and saturation of the ink appears different within a single letter or word. This characteristic cannot be achieved with ballpoint or rollerball pens and is a very appealing aspect of fountain pen use for those particularly drawn to all the pretty ink colors.

Sheen - Characteristic of a fountain pen ink where when ink pools another color can be seen on top of the ink, especially when looked at in different light angles using certain paper types. There is no way to guarantee an ink will sheen, but using a larger nib on a pen will help obtain sheening results in your writing.

Shimmering - Fountain pen ink that has small particles of glitter mixed in.

Is shimmering ink safe to use in fountain pens? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes! Shimmering ink is a great way to add some flare to your writing. We have found that a larger nib will showcase more shimmering particles while writing, but you can use any nib size and shimmering ink. All the ink we sell is safe for use in fountain pens.

You can learn more in our blog: How to Write with Shimmering Ink.

My ink smells funny, is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Generally yes! Ink does not smell good- it usually has a chemical smell, along with other scents such as sulfur, rubber, chemicals or even paint. However, as long as you’re not seeing anything floating in the ink, it should be safe to use.

It’s cold and my ink froze; is it safe to use? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

Yes, frozen ink will not hurt your pen (after it’s thawed of course!) The issue with ink freezing is primarily a concern because certain glass bottles could break as the water-based ink expands, and then you’d have a mess!

What is your return policy for bottled ink? 8EDA1617-F73A-4DAF-8245-6D2BF4ABEB7B

We do not accept returns for ink that has been used. Otherwise, we accept returns on unused ink products for up to 30 days from purchase. You can read all our Return Policies here.

To initiate a return, please submit a request at the Return Portal. Our Customer Care team might reach out to you for more information.