I received a free sample set of Toucan inks from Kevin (JustWrite.com.au) earlier this week, and offered to upload scans of writing samples - a kind of mini-review. I have no site to upload them to, so I've asked Kevin (and he's kindly agreed) to host them - but I thought I'd give a verbal report for now, in case anyone is interested. I am not an employee either of JustWrite or of the ink manufacturer, and have not received any inducements to provide favourable comment - as I trust the following (and the scans, when Kevin finds tim to upload them) will demonstrate!
I wasn't sure whether I'd like these inks - Kevin has mentioned (on this thread) that they're not highly saturated, and the swatches on his website bear that out - whereas I'm an avowed fan of highly-saturated inks (think Noodler's and Diamine). And to be truthful, the blue inks especially were not dark enough for my taste. They're well and truly legible, but if you're looking for a 'professional' 'business'-style blue ink... you'll have to look elsewhere. But the black, especially once it's try on the paper, is pretty nearly black ( a very very dark grey, no green or brown tinge) - and some of the other colours lay down an attractive line of colour too.
I especially liked some of the darker, more saturated colours in the range - Umber (a not-quite-chocolatey brown), Sienna (a vibrant 'burnt' orange) and crimson (a strong, 'true' red). These three would probably be my favourites - though the orange and bright green I also found very appealing. The turquoise was a true turquoise, light blue tending toward green (shame the other two blues weren't dark enough to provide a real contrast), while the aqua is definitely more of a green-tending-toward-blue.
Honestly, I didn't hate any of these inks - they all wrote nicely without feathering or bleeding through (on Rhodia paper OR on Reflex copier paper); they were all prone to 'shading', which I can live without but it's always a nice bonus; and all but two of them (Gold and Primrose) were readily legible.
Hope that gives you a 'taste' - and hopefully the scans will be up soon. I haven't tested water-fastness (I'd expect it to be minimal) or UV resistance (how badly does it fade in sunlight?), I haven't measured drying times or tried mixing samples - so I can't tell you how it compares to other inks on the market. But if you live in Australia and, like me, find the price of imported inks to be pretty steep... here's a home-grown product that (IMHO) deserves a trial run. Once again, thanks to Kevin and the JustWrite Pen Co for providing me with free samples.
Edited by Jamerelbe, 14 November 2013 - 03:46.