The review is simultaneously posted at my blog here : LINK
In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.
These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping.
The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. :
- GOLD RUSH
- MEADOW GREEN
- BLUE MAGIC
- AFTER DARK
- SAPPHIRE BLUE
- LAKE BLUE
- BRONZE LEAF
- ORANGE CRUSH
- GLORY VINE
- DARK ROSE
- WILD CHERRY
- YELLOW VALLEY
- MELLOW BLUE
- VIVID VIOLET
- ORCHARD LILY
- DARK CHOCOLATE
- COOL BREEZE
- SILENT NIGHT SKY
- FORGET ME NOT
- SKY BLUE
- GHAT GREEN
GIRL PINKRenamed as BARBIE PINK
Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1
Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2
I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one.
This review is about BLUE MAGIC ink from KRISHNA. This is vibrant blue ink colour which I like.
Ink needs improvement because it feathers even on good quality JK Cedar 100 gsm paper. And last when I heard it has been reformulated.
Krishna Blue Magic - Ink Bottle
Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity andthe procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. And I believe thats the right direction to move forward.
Update is that the the Glass bottles have been procured and new inks might come in glass bottles now.
Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm
There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling and rather you can see more of the feathering.
DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN
Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drop on Paper Towel
Krishna Blue Magic – Colour Range
Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm
Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View
There ink has very slight shading and ink flows quite well and is not that lubricated.
Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Passes on JK Cedar
Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Swab on JK Cedar
Krishna Blue Magic – Waterproof Test
The ink is not at all water resistant.
I like the colour, only if it would have resistance to feathering. Sailor Souten and Iroshizuku KonPeki are way better inks when it comes to sheen, feathering and shading however they are very expensive.
However I have also heard from Dr. Sreekumar that this ink is being reformulated.
Following are the summation of ink properties:
- Feathering : Yes
- Sheen : No
- Shading : Very Low
- Lubrication : Low
- Flow : Medium
- Water Resistance : Bad
- Drying Times : Medium
- Nib Creep : None
- Clogging : None
- Odor : None
Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)