I received few Ink bottles from one of my friend in Indore which are Daytone Inks, manufactured by Daylight industries. They are into ink manufacturing since 1956. More information can be found about the company here: Daytone Webpage
Apart from Inks, they manufacture a lot of other stationary items. But this review is about one of the fountain pens inks that they manufacture.
The inks that they manufacture ( 15 Nos. – increased from 8 Nos.) are as follows:
- Emerald Green
- Brilliant Red
- Turquoise Blue
- Deep Black
- Royal Blue
- Bright Violet
- Havana Brown
- Dark Grey
- Dark Brown
- Olive Brown
- Rose Red
- Yellow Ochre
Also, I would like to add that I got these inks from my friend Daman who was kind enough to lend me the additional 7 colors for review.
This review is about OLIVE BROWN ink from Daytone. These come in 60 ml plastic bottles and is priced at Rs. 20 Each (Indian Rupees). I hate their ink bottles it is most of the times next to impossible to insert the pen and fill ink in the pen. I have seen that on certain online marketplaces like Amazon, they are selling 1000 ml plastic bottles too.
The properties of the ink are similar to Havana Brown though the color is different. The color is exactly like Greenish Brown Olives. To me, it is quite an unusual color it writes brown when wet and dries towards the green olive color. I love the color of the ink but it ain’t that saturated and feels faded. Also, I found out that the ink is more fluidic as in more watery.
Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm
The color is exactly like green olives which are like a greenish brown color and it is more towards brown where there is ink pooling.
INK DROPS IN WATER
Daytone Olive Brown – Ink when dropped in Water
Daytone Olive Brown – Color of Water after dropping and stirring ink
Daytone Olive Brown – Color Range
Daytone Olive Brown – Ink swabs with cotton ear buds
Daytone Olive Brown – Ink Swab (From top to bottom – 3 swabs, 2 swabs, and 1 swab)
Daytone Olive Brown – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm
The ink Performs best in Bold and wet medium nibs and looks faded in stub and fine nibs. I believe wetter stub nibs will suit this ink better. Ink also subtle shading.
BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES
Daytone Olive Brown – Blow Up writing Sample – 1
Daytone Olive Brown – Blow Up writing Sample – 2
Daytone Olive Brown – Waterproof Test (Drip Test on Left and Rub Test on Right)
Ink is not at all waterproof or resistant almost everything gets washed out but yes there are still some lines visible. It also fades away if continuously exposed to sunlight for a longer duration.
COMPARISON WITH SIMILAR COLORS
Daytone Olive Brown vs Daytone Havana Brown vs Sheaffer Skrip Brown vs Waterman Absolute Brown
From above samples, it is evident that the green is more towards the green side like green bottled olives which have certain brown tinge.
The color is beautiful. It has no feathering (barring the closeup with medium nib) and has lovely flow. Lubrication is okay. There is not much shading which is visible. Ink drying times are around 12 seconds.
Following are the summation of ink properties:
- Feathering: No
- Sheen: No
- Shading: Little
- Lubrication: Moderate
- Flow: Very Good
- Water Resistance: Bad
- Drying Times: Very Good
- Nib Creep: No
- Clogging: None
- Odor: None
The ink can be bought from Amazon and Snapdeal. One of the links is given below.
LINK 1: AMAZON
My other ink reviews can be checked here: link