This picture does not do it justice. It is quite dark, perhaps to be taken for black. but the color changes under different lighting. It is darkest under incandescent, and it is most blue in daylight. This in itself makes it fascinating to look at, beyond the usual hypnotic swirls of color in ebonite. It is a bit long for the shirt pocket, but does fit in some suit jackets, and it is comfortable in my large hands un-posted. As is usual with Edison nibs, they are adjusted perfectly for a good wet flow. I was concerned that if kept this in a pocket in a vertical orientation, it might drool in the end with the nib down, but this has never happened. I was also concerned the flow might be a problem when left without writing for a while. This has also never happened. It writes immediately.
I did experiment with inks for a while, and had an unfortunate need to disassemble the whole clip end to clean out an ink that I thought was well behaved. So in the interests of that never happening again, the oblique end has Sheaffer Blue, surely one of the most benign inks around. And I really genuinely like the color, having gone through quite a number of blues over the years. In the other end, I have Noodler's Antietam rather than another red. Sheaffer's red is a true red, and I thought about using it, but opted for the dried-bloody, rusty Antietam. It has no special properties, like never freezing on the surface of the moon or being so perpetual the writing remains as a wireframe even when the paper dissolves into dust. It is just a very nice ink in a unique color.
So these two inks with these nibs cover the majority of my writing needs. So why do I have so many pens? I am not quite sure now.