Penbbs is a Chinese online fountain pen community similar to FPN.
They not only talk about inks but also produce their own inks every year. Each series consists of ten to fifteen inks and 2017 marks the release of Penbbs’ fifteenth ink series. Due to Chinese postal restrictions, these inks are virtually impossible to obtain outside of China. However, within China they are extremely affordable (21 RMB or about US$3 per 60ml bottle) and can easily be purchased through the Chinese online shopping giant Taobao.
This ink up for review is from Penbbs’ twelfth series. It is named after the city of Hangzhou in eastern China. Hangzhou is famous for its beautiful scenery and is where longjing green tea is grown (a wonderful tea which I highly recommend). This tea is pan-roasted so the color is a little darker than some other green teas. I think the color of this ink is a good representation of the color of the tea leaves, although I don’t know if that’s what the ink makers were going for. What do you think?
The color may just be a reference to the city’s natural scenery.
The color is slightly darker and greener than the olive Penbbs ink No. 132 that I reviewed previously. This makes it more useful for daily writing. The color is certainly gentle on the eyes.
This ink gives some shading on all papers with wider nibs. Its drying time is a little longer than No. 132, but it also feathers a little less. Bleed through was quite bad on Moleskine, but on other papers it was passable with wet nibs and non-existent with the Japanese fine nib. This ink is slightly water resistant as well. The darker green component remains to leave a barely legible line while the rest washes off.
The interesting color and shading make this a nice ink, but as with ink No. 132, it feathers and bleeds too much for my taste.
Pens used (in order):
1. Pilot 78G Fine
2. Lamy Safari Broad
3. Pilot Plumix Italic
4. Noodler’s Nib Creaper Flex
5. Hero 5028 1.9mm Stub
Paper Towel Drop
73gsm Chinese Tomoe River Wannabe (brand unknown)
70gms Deli Copy Paper
Mini-comparison (No. 157 is at the bottom)
[My apologies that I don’t have any inks close to this color to do an adequate comparison. No. 157 mistakenly appears lighter than No. 132 on this image. ]
Edited by TruthPil, 29 January 2017 - 07:56.