Brown is one of my favourite colors. I always have at least one fountain pen filled with brown ink.
I’d like to compare two premium brown inks that I own. It’s a pity I don’t have new Organic Brown ink by Caran d’Ache because it would suit well this comparison of premium inks. Anyway take a look at
The colors of both inks were inspired by colors of nature:
Hazelnut Brown aims – quite well in my opinion – to reflect the color of hazelnuts:
Tsukushi aims – not so well in my opinion – to reflect the color of field horse tail:
First, let's take a look at the bottles:
Next let's see how they behave on the paper:
1. Few drops of ink on kitchen towel
2. Text written with Pilot78G (B nib) in cheap notebook:
3. Text written with Pilot78G (B nib) on copy paper printed with dots:
Vertical lines = Hazelnut Brown, horizontal lines = Tsukushi
Corners UL + BR = Hazelnut Brown, BL + UR = Tsukushi
Above - Hazelnut Brown, below - Tsukushi
4. Text written in quality notebook
7. Waterproof or not
SUMMARY: I like both of these inks, however id I had to choose only one I would choose Hazelnut Brown. It’s warmer and nicer.
BOTTLE: I don’t like GvFC bottle. It is, in a way, reminiscent of Iroshizuku bottle, yet I find it rather uglyJ On the other hand the cap used in GvFC is really solid, while the cap in Iroshizuku bottles is quite fragile. If one allows some ink to cake around the rim, and doesn’t use this ink for weeks, the opening of the bottle may be hard and risky. My Shin-ryoku cap cracked while I was trying to open it after a month of noy using the ink.
PRICE: I have problem with Pilot pricing politics. Look at Caran d’Ache and Graf von Faber Castell. They offer premium products that cost almost the same amount of money everywhere in the world. It’s OK and fair enough to me. When it comes to Pilot however the price point for Isroshizuku inks differ from region to another. In Japan you can buy a bottle for around 10-15 $. In usa you can have a bottle for 30 – 40 $. In my country – Poland – official MSRP is 55 $. Now, when it comes to GDP, Poland in not really close to Katar or Luxembourg or Monaco and I can find nothing that would justify this price point. Happily, as a Client, I have a choice and I can buy products anywhere in the world. That’s why I bought Iroshizuku bottle for 21,67 $ (shipment included) on Amazon.
I like both of these inks and I enjoy them a lot. Are they worth the price? I would say yes.
What’s your opinion?
Edited by visvamitra, 16 April 2014 - 11:59.