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Maruzen Athena Sepia

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#1 yogalarva

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 11:51

This is another one of those reviews that has been hard for me to write.  Not because it didn’t live up to my expectations, but because it exceeded them so far…

 

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This ink sample was sent to me by same kind soul as the Tsuki-yo.  It’s a very hard ink to get here in the States, and so far I’ve only found one online retailer who carries it (I’ll get to that later).

 

Maruzen Athena ink is sold in Japan and that’s about the extent of what I know about the brand as a whole.  I do know that this ink is a deep, rich brown that is dark enough to be a reliable daily user but just interesting enough to set yourself apart from black and blue users.

 

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Because it’s so dark there’s not much for shading, but there is a little bit.  Otherwise the behavior is everything I could ask for and more - no feathering, little bleeding, great flow, and some really fantastic water resistance.

 

Alright, here’s the only problem with this ink - you can’t really buy it here.  The only place I’ve found is Nanami Paper and you can expect to pay roughly $1/mL to get your hands on a bottle of the good stuff.  Is it worth it?

 

That is a question only you can answer.  To me it definitely is and as soon as I free up some cash I’m going to buy a bottle.  I’m sure that if you try really hard you can find a similar color but probably not the wonderful behavior.  If you do find a match, please let me know.  :-)

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 12:24

Very interesting. I'm a sucker for sepia. I'd love to see a comparison between this and R & K Sepia. Thanks for sharing this.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 14:44

Perceptive and penetrating! I, of course, whole-heartily agree with your review - an ink of note, and one that I wish were more readily available at a more friendly price.

 

i wonder if FPN could arrange some group buy, or even some specially conceived ink, for FPN members. I'd readily purchase a bottle!

 

many thanks again for sharing your thoughts.....

 

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Posted 12 September 2014 - 14:47

Thanks for the review!  Maybe i'll pick up a bottle when I'm snagging a back up of Eternal Blue.  :)



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 01:25

I need to pick up a bottle of this for comparison (and because the bottle is sweet) but I think I have found a mix of sailor inks that comes freakishly close to this. The mix is 4pts sailor epinard and 1pt sailor grenade. It produces a lovely deep reddish brown.

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Posted 13 September 2014 - 03:28

I see more red in mine... overall is a gorgeous ink...  My bottle is under lock and key.. :lol:

 

 

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 15:51

My bottle is in a guarded, underground vault disguised as a Prairie Dog town somewhere in western South Dakota. Really cool vintage bottle, and my research on it's properties (hoping it contained "real" sepia) revealed it as another Sailor made exclusive ink for Maurzen.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 18:06

I need to pick up a bottle of this for comparison (and because the bottle is sweet) but I think I have found a mix of sailor inks that comes freakishly close to this. The mix is 4pts sailor epinard and 1pt sailor grenade. It produces a lovely deep reddish brown.

 

 

You know.. I am going to try that... I have both colors...   :P


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 22:32

 
 
You know.. I am going to try that... I have both colors...   :P

Let me know what you think of it.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:04



Let me know what you think of it.

 

 

OH WOW.... I am SHOCKED!!!!!... They are almost identical... Your ratios were quite off thou.   I started with 1:2 ratio Grenade to Epinard..  I do a fair amounts of mix, and Epinard is a very saturated ink, I wanted to make sure no to blow it...

 

The first test was EXACTLY the correct ratio.   I will post scans..  

 

Sadly.. since both Epinard and Grenade have been discontinued, they are not such an easy Maruzen Sepia replacement anymore.  

I am guessing the same can be achieved with Okuyama and Tokina Matsou.   

 

 

 

Back with the scan...

 

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:37

Nice! I'll try that one out. The four to one mix makes a duskier color; it would seem that these two, or their almost dupes, can make a range of red-sepias.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:52

Nice! I'll try that one out. The four to one mix makes a duskier color; it would seem that these two, or their almost dupes, can make a range of red-sepias.

 

 

I can definitely see more purple in the 1:2 mix... but only in the swabs... you can't see any difference in the writing with the naked eye.

 

With different nibs, paper even the ink flow... these two can easily be identical "twins"..   :lol:


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 07:20

this one certainly nice and dark enough as daily formal office-use ink color.  another one of the few on my list of japanese inks to get.  :thumbup:


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 01:01

I would love to pick up a bottle of this ink. Does anyone know where you can get it?


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Posted 09 February 2015 - 01:06

Cooljapan (Atsu) on eBay - send him an email for his price.

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 02:31

Have just done so. :) Many thanks Sinistral1!


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 02:58

Cooljapan (Atsu) on eBay - send him an email for his price.

 

He's my hero, not only got me this ink but also Hakase Sepia.



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 04:02

 

He's my hero, not only got me this ink but also Hakase Sepia.

 

 

 

HAKASE !!!   Dude... that is like Gold !!!    :wub:

 

 

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 04:41

 

 

 

HAKASE !!!   Dude... that is like Gold !!!    :wub:

 

 

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It cost practically as much as gold.  I'm glad I got it, but it sure killed my ink budget for a long while..







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