Thanks to amberleadavis for supplying this sample for review!!!
Krishna inks are created by Dr. Sreekumar, a medical doctor. Dr. Sreekumar started experimenting with ink making, and then began production in 2010. His passion is to make these handmade inks in his beloved India.
It appears that the color of the ink is inspired by the Njaval Pazham berry, also known as Java Plum, Black Plum and other names. The fruit is said to have both spiritual and health benefits.
Njaval is a moderately saturated burgundy red ink with lots of character.
Paper: Col-o-ring Ink Testing swatch
The chromatography reveals strong wine colors separating into reds and fuchsia leading to cooler pink and lavender as the blue components separate to the edge.
The ink shades very nicely even using an EF nib. But the inks really shows how well it shades in a broad or stub nib.
Paper: 68 gsm Tomoe River Paper in Endless Recorder notebook
As you can see above, the ink does take some time to dry. On 52 gsm Tomoe River paper, the ink takes even longer to dry. Unfortunately, it also smears several hours after writing.
It does dry a little faster on other more absorbent papers, but some shading is lost. Bleedthrough and showthrough are minimal, and only seen on less expensive papers. This ink does feather on less expensive papers as well.
Paper: HP All in One 22 lb copy paper
Paper: Engineer's Computation Pad (pale green paper)
There is little water resistance to this ink. Krishna does make a line of waterproof inks, but this is certainly not one of them. There is some pale outline left, but not enough to be readable.
Krishna Njaval is similar to J. Herbin Rouge Bourgogne and is darker than L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio Andrinople, but is significantly lighter and less purple in tone than Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo and Sailor Manyo Kuzu.
Paper: Midori MD Notebook
Longer dry time
No water resistance
Some feathering and bleedthrough on
Summary: Krishna Njaval fountain pen ink is a beautiful burgundy red. It flows nicely for all the pens I have used and is well behaved. It does take a long time to dry and smears in concentration. It has no water resistance. I like the ink, but it isn’t practical for daily use. I use Engineer’s Pads for my work which are made from a less expensive paper, but not as bad as notebook paper. Even on my Engineer’s Pads, this ink feathered and bled through the paper. As a result, I likely won't be using this for my work.
Thank you, Amberleadavis, for supplying this ink for this review!!!
My apologies for the poor photography. Red inks are notoriously difficult to capture correctly. Also, I used an iPhone for the photos for this review.