I’m trying out a new format for doing ink reviews. I like this because I feel like it’s a bit more thorough and well organized, without losing individuality. Let me know what you think…
Don’t worry if some of that is too small to read, I’ll be posting close ups of each section.
This is another ink that falls in the category of “like, but don’t love.” The color definitely looks like a washed out Black Swan in English Roses, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If I had to choose between the two, I would actually take this one because it’s slightly less morbid. I also enjoy the additional shading that you get because it’s not as saturated of a color.
Flow was not awful, but not great either. I suspect it’s because of the separation issues I observed in my sample - there is definitely particulate matter coating the sides of the vial. I don’t want to suggest that this is a widespread problem with this ink since I have only seen my one sample, but it is something to watch out for.
Water resistance was okay. In the soak test you can definitely still see what was written, but the drip test was a little less clear. I would still trust my daily writings to this ink, because it seems that it will at least leave behind something for you to have later if your paper gets wet.
It also played very well with all the papers I tried it on. The Miquelruis notebook I used for the body of the review has very smooth paper but seems prone to bleeding and I did not see any on the back of the page. The cheap paper (from a little notepad I have) is notorious for feathering and I see none there as well. It also highlighted well and, of course, was a delight on Tomoe River paper.
Overall, this is a nice ink that might have some flow issues, depending on how consistently the dye stays in suspension and how wet your pen is. Otherwise it performed well and would be a good candidate if you have to do a lot of writing on sub-optimal paper. The ink is not too expensive, at ~$14/55 mL and I’m a sucker for supporting fledgling business ventures, so there’s that.
Let me know how you feel about this review style. Better, worse, too much going on, something you would like to see added? I figure I’ll play around with it for a while, tweak a few things, and eventually find a good default.
This ink was purchased with my own money and I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like.