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#1 Jamerelbe

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Posted 04 April 2017 - 13:21

A couple of weeks ago I received some ink samples from Kevin at JustWrite Pen Co, from a new line of inks he was developing - with a request for feedback on what I thought.  At the time, Kevin asked me to hold off on publishing any reviews - but as of 1 April, the word is out: the Blackstone 'Scents of Australia' line will soon be available for purchase (see the announcement at http://www.fountainp...e-scented-inks/).  

 

Kevin has given me permission to publish a review (an advance preview?) of one of the inks I received - Blackstone Australian Bush.  Though the ink sample was provided free, the review is my own initiative - and I hope a fairly impartial one, although it's hard to be impartial about inks I really enjoy using!

 

I may be able to publish a second in the near future - though I understand the scent of the second ink (Brown Boronia) has been changed from the prototype formulation I received.  Both inks perform really well, and to my eyes, both are really attractive colours (and shades) that don't quite match anything I have in my collection.  

 

Without further ado, here's the review sheet - which will be followed by some additional shots on other papers:

 

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The ink really is what it says on the box: a kind of 'gum tree green'.  A dark, intense, green-with-a-hint-of yellow kind of eucalypt / gum tree green, that comes out significantly darker in broader nibs and lighter in F/EF nibs.

 

Here's an 'action shot' of the water test - which shows significant amounts of ink lifting from the page:

 

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Here's a series of comparisons with my other green inks, on Rhodia paper - I initially thought it was a reasonable match for Rohrer und Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, but it's quite a bit darker, and leans a lot greener (though that khaki / yellow tinge is still there):

 

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Finally, here's a "day after" shot of Australian Bush on creamy Tomoe River paper - I tried to lay the ink on fairly thick with a 1.5mm stub nib.  No sheening, as such, but the 'pooled' areas are almost green-black:

 

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Needless to say, I really really like this ink - it's a unique (in my collection) shade of green, and the eucalyptus scent is an added bonus.  The moment I uncap a pen containing this ink, the refreshing aroma catches my nose - even though I don't have a particularly good sense of smell.

 

I'm looking forward to buying a bottle of this ink, as soon as it becomes available - in the meantime, I'm grateful for the sample provided, which will hopefully tide me over.  Thanks to Kevin and JustWrite Pens for sending this to me!



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 13:29

Looks fine.



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 14:13

Thanks @visvamitra - it may not have come across in the review, but I *reallllly* like this ink!



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Posted 04 April 2017 - 15:16

Oooh given how I love the wet and smooth flow of all the Blackstone inks I have, I'm sure I'm going to get this one as well!

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:21

Oooh given how I love the wet and smooth flow of all the Blackstone inks I have, I'm sure I'm going to get this one as well!

 

Apart from the added scent, I understand these inks are made from the same 'ingredients' as the Colours of Australia range (not the u in Colour - we're cultured down under!).  And certainly that's been my experience with the ink samples: they write very freely and smoothly, with good saturation.



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 12:36

Ooo that is one fascinating ink! Plus I love eucalyptus ! Definitely interested.

 

btw How does it compare to sailor tokiwa matsu and/or l'artisan olivestre would you say? If you have seen those two inks....



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Posted 05 April 2017 - 22:13

Ooo that is one fascinating ink! Plus I love eucalyptus ! Definitely interested.
 
btw How does it compare to sailor tokiwa matsu and/or l'artisan olivestre would you say? If you have seen those two inks....


Unfortunately I don't have either ink - I cracked out all but one or two of my inks in the comparisons above. I wonder how close it would be to J. Herbin Vert Olive or to Private Reserve Avacado - but I don't have those inks either...

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 20:52

OOO I love it.

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 22:39

I, too, have some of this. Full review to follow.

 

Basic points - wettish, but well behaved. Better behaved than Iroshizuku Asa-Gao on Lihit Lab paper and Modena notebook.

 

Shades, depending on pen 'n' paper.

 

Reflects the colour of Aussie temperate rainforest (which is a little bit more olive green) rather than the brighter green of the tropical rainforest of Daintree green.

 

The scent is a mild eucalyptus, about the intensity of a crushed rosemary leaf, and is a pure and unadulterated scent. The real Aussie bush, however, contains notes of old bushfires and possum pee*.

 

 

 

 

*Marketing these scents, though, may be a bit of a challenge...


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Posted 10 April 2017 - 12:14

I, too, have some of this. Full review to follow.

 

Basic points - wettish, but well behaved. Better behaved than Iroshizuku Asa-Gao on Lihit Lab paper and Modena notebook.

 

Shades, depending on pen 'n' paper.

 

Reflects the colour of Aussie temperate rainforest (which is a little bit more olive green) rather than the brighter green of the tropical rainforest of Daintree green.

 

The scent is a mild eucalyptus, about the intensity of a crushed rosemary leaf, and is a pure and unadulterated scent. The real Aussie bush, however, contains notes of old bushfires and possum pee*.

 

 

*Marketing these scents, though, may be a bit of a challenge...

 

@DCWaites, appreciate your input - will look forward to seeing your review.  Speaking personally, I'm grateful the ink's scent only captures *some* of the scents of the Australian bush...  :unsure:



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 02:19

oooo sounds like a nice green.   :)


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 12:15

Wow. Any update on when this might be available?


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 13:49

Wow. Any update on when this might be available?

 

Supposed to be released in May - but I haven't heard received any updates from the manufacturer in the past few weeks, so please don't hold me to that!  :D



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 15:00

Looks a nice colour - thanks for sharing.



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Posted 23 May 2017 - 21:12

 

Apart from the added scent, I understand these inks are made from the same 'ingredients' as the Colours of Australia range (note the u in Colour - we're cultured down under!).  And certainly that's been my experience with the ink samples: they write very freely and smoothly, with good saturation.

 

 

LOL...   Same here in Canada...   In fact, my iPhone will scream at me if I ever misspell Colour without the "u"... lol  ...   :lol:  :lol:

 

 

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 05:39

For me who learnt the British pronunciation and spelling of English in school, yes it's coloUr!

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 05:52

 

 

LOL...   Same here in Canada...   In fact, my iPhone will scream at me if I ever misspell Colour without the "u"... lol  ...   :lol:  :lol:

 

 

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