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Akkerman #16 Oranje Boven


So, I like orange things. Maybe not as much as RandomThinks on Instagram, but I do love me some orange. This ink is fully orange. It's not a shader and it doesn't have any sheen, but it is exactly the right shade and just the right saturation. So good. That's all for now. Enjoy the colors!

Written Review

All of the pictures in this post were taken in sunlight through my window. They're kinda sun-dappled.

Close Ups


Most of these are from pens that I dipped in the inks to test them. I don't actually have this many orange inks in pens right at the moment. That would be crazy. Ish.

 I've heard it said that Akkerman inks are just re-branded Diamine inks, but I'm not at all sure about that. I actually didn't know that I had Diamine Orange in my collection until I started looking for oranges to compare for this post. It's darn close, but Oranje Boven seems deeper, somehow.

 Uh...more of that...
Here are some more oranges to compare to Oranje Boven.

Copy Paper Test

 Not perfect performance, but pretty darn solid.

Video Review & Water Test

You can find this awesome orange ink in 60ml bottles and 3ml samples at Anderson Pens. They sent this ink out for me to review, and they're one of the only places in the US to find this ink. I'm getting a bottle, I think. (It's out of stock right now, but I hope it'll be back soon.) I'd say get a sample of this, at least.

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Jan Scott said...

Another splendid review and being in Europe this brand is not a problem for me to get hold of.

I'm always amused by the "made by Diamine really" comments because in my experience it's no great secret when Diamine make the ink (Cult Pens Deep Dark range for instance where it's clearly stated whose ink it is - their Deep Dark Orange is a nice ink by the way). But maybe I'm too trusting.

Mike Matteson said...

Thanks so much, Jan!

I don't have any problem with an ink mfgr making inks for a store. That's totally fine with me. I do hope that they're not exact duplicates that are saddled with a price hike, though. That seems dishonest to me. If Diamine is selling 80ml bottles of an ink and Akkerman is selling 60ml bottles of the same ink for twice the price, then that seems like something that we should know. (I don't think they are, but I'd like to know if I'm wrong.)