This ink won over my heart pretty much instantly. As much as I detest royal blues, I do still enjoy blue inks when they have a bit of personality and character. I think that’s why I tend to enjoy iron gall inks, but I don’t enjoy the cleaning that comes with those. This ink, however, gives some of that same feel while being super low maintenance.
Even in the very fine nib on Pilot VP, this ink flows well, never skips or has a hard start, and shows some shading, though not as much as you would probably see with a larger nib. I find that blue-black inks tend to go one of two ways: either they wind up a dark grey with bits of blue (which isn’t bad), or a dark shade of blue with little black. This ink is one of the second kind and provides a nice change from the more greyish varieties.
I had heard rumors that this ink was highly water resistant, so when I ordered my bottle I was hoping that would be true since this would be a good ink for more “official” business, aka writing up my homework. As you can see, it is indeed almost fully waterproof, which is always a nice surprise for an ink that is not explicitly advertised with those properties.
It also behaves nicely on all papers, though part of that could be that I have only used it in a super fine nib. Perhaps I’ll have to eventually come back and test it in something broader and report on any changes.
Overall, I love this ink. Definitely could use this ink exclusively for a while, if I had to, but I prefer not to think about something like that occurring. I also like that’s it’s not too expensive, though it does not seem to be super widely available either. You can find the proprietary Pilot cartridges at many retailers, but to find the bottled version it looks like you need to either go to JetPens, where it’s $16.50/70 mL, or eBay where it will be more expensive because it will ship from Japan. However, you can also find giant 350 mL bottles of this ink there as well. I like it, but I don’t see myself liking it that much…
This ink was purchased with my own money and I am not being compensated in any way for this review. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like.
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