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Rikyu-Cha - Sailor Jentle 2016

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#1 visvamitra

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 06:26

In 1911, Mr. Kyugoro Sakata, an engineer from Hiroshima in Japan, was introduced to the fountain pen. Mr. Sakata was so intrigued by the design and function of the pen he decided to begin a company to craft the finest writing instruments in the world. In honor of his British friend, he chose to name the company Sailor Pen.

 

 

The Sailor Pen Company has maintained this heritage of quality and technical perfection over the years. Apart from offering very well made pens, the company has employed an ink master - pure genius who's managed to create greates fountain pen inks ever (it's my opinion not validated by research but shared by many of us). I would guess that during the years Sailor created approximately 600-800 inks (most of them under other names). 

 

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One of internatioonally available line of Sailor inks is Sailor Jentle line. At the moment we have two of them. The new one reintroduces colors that were missed by hundreds of geeks. I've bought full line of new Jentle inks and I'll review them all in following weeks. The inks are:

 

  1. Chu-shu
  2. Fuji-musume
  3. Irori
  4. Kin-mokusei
  5. Rikyu-cha
  6. Sakura-mori
  7. Waka-uguisu
  8. Yuki-akari

I'll start with the ink I've been hunting - unsuccessfully -  for few years. Ladies and Gentleman.

 

 

Rikyu-cha

 

 

There was a time Rikyu-cha could be considered Sailor's Racing Gren. They're not close in colors, but they used to stir up similar emotions in people who would love to get them but couldn't because they were no longer offered. I was one of such helpless people. There was a risk once I finally get the ink, I'll be disappointed. My expectations were this high. After trying it I'll tell you that rikyu-cha is one of greatest ink creations of all time.

 

Just look at this bottle and it's content.

 

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The color is incredibly complex - just look at chromatography. Rikyu - cha is one of traditional japanese colors, in simple world of HEX codes it has this hue:

 

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In reality this color has a lot of faces but one thing is sure - it's lubricated in most satisfying way. It writes incredibly smooth. It's water resistant (the color will be partially washed out but you'll be able to read the text). I haven't experienced any feathering or bleedthrough. Basically I must confess that I installed a little altar in the house and made other inks bow before rikyu-cha.

 

As you see I'm not objective and won't even try to be. On the other hand I've tried more than 600 inks. I'm rarely THAT impressed. It says something about the ink quality/complexity/fun factor.

 

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Drops of ink on kitchen towel

 

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Chromatography

 

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Color ID

 

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Color range

 

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Tomoe River, Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

 

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Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

 

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Kokuyo Campus Myo, TWSBI 580, stub 1,1

 

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No-name notebook, TWSBI 580, stub 1,1

 

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Rhodia, Lamy Al-Star, broad nib

 

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Water resistance

 

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#2 ShortRound131

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 06:39

Love your reviews, thank you! Another ink I must purchase.



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 06:53

Thanks for your great review Vis. I, of course, agree about Sailor inks. In my view they are unsurpassed, for so many reasons. They do indeed produce masterful, complex & beguilingly beautiful inks.

Rikyu-cha was a long-term favourite of mine in this colour range (along with its cousin, Cigar); I love the complexity & colour change as it dries. Now Style Dee Doujima Ryokkin has the edge for me. But that's not to take away from this wonderful ink. It's great that it's readily available now.

Verba volant, scripta manent


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Posted 20 November 2016 - 13:19

So glad I snagged a bottle!

#5 visvamitra

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:27

@shortroun - thank you

@Migo - I haven't heard about this ink, time to change it :)

@Ghost Plane - happily it should be easily available soon all over the world :)



#6 migo984

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:30

@Migo - I haven't heard about this ink, time to change it :)


I think there's a review of it on FPN :-)

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:37

I think there's a review of it on FPN :-)

Ahem... (there is :))

http://www.fountainp...oujima-ryokkin/

Edited by gylyf, 20 November 2016 - 14:38.


#8 Bobje

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:39

"Basically I must confess that I installed a little altar in the house and made other inks bow before rikyu-cha."

Hilarious! You've created an expressive, rich, and exuberant review for an ink that has those same rich and expressive qualities! Thank you.

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#9 visvamitra

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:40

Yes, there is. It's worth checking :)



#10 visvamitra

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:40

@Bobje - thank you :)



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 14:52

Ahem... (there is :))http://www.fountainp...oujima-ryokkin/


Ah, I thought the Doujima review was one of yours.......... but I was too lazy to check :-)

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 15:02

Notice how it looks green on one paper and copper brown on another paper... Part of its charm!



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 15:31

Thanks for the informative and fun review and most of all the pictures. A very nice colour... definitely on my to-buy list. Can't wait to see your opinion on the other inks in the set.



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 19:49

This one tops my WTB short list!

Thanks for the review!

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 20:33

The color change of this ink is amazing. I tried it last year and only get my bottle recently. Worth the wait.

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 21:43

One of the best ink reviews!  A love affair. This is the ink Gaisbourg must have written his Bridgitte Bardot good buy: Je t'aime. Oh, oui je t'aime! Moi non plus. Oh, mon amour. :)


Edited by dezorz, 21 November 2016 - 08:15.


#17 Tas

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Posted 20 November 2016 - 22:21

visvamitra has spoken.

 

Let's create the space for our own altars and await its general release.

 

I, for one, can't wait.



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Posted 20 November 2016 - 22:34

A few days ago it was $13.98 with free delivery from Japan on ebay.com  :)

 

All 5 sold, but I bet it will be relisted.  :rolleyes: It's worth having a look regularly.



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Posted 21 November 2016 - 03:39

Great review! I came at this ink because it was so pined for, but I wanted an easier to get Cigar. I found this an almost spot on match.

Great review!

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Posted 21 November 2016 - 04:17

Excellent work as always, vis. This ink is all over the place. The color on the Tomoe and Leuchtturm leaves me cold. It's interesting on the Kokuyo and more what I was expecting (from saskia's photos). Absolutely hideous on the no-name. Interesting on the Rhodia but, again, looks like a totally different ink than the Kokuyo sample. Crossed off my list.


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