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[Ink Review] Private Reserve - Avocado

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#1 Intensity



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Posted 12 August 2020 - 17:28

Reportedly, Private Reserve is one of the companies that paved the way to the overabundance of ink colors we have now, as early on there were mostly the basic inks available, such as basic blue-black, red, green, turquoise, brown, black, and blue.  PR inks come in a multitude of different hues.  The original creator and owner of the ink company passed away, and the company is now under new ownership and management. 


I personally became very interested in Private Reserve Avocado a while ago, after seeing its fantastic color range on some others' reviews when used for drawing.  Behind its very slightly olive green exterior hide many other hues!  The brick-terracotta red color is one of them, and it is the most water-resistant component of this ink.  So when you use a water brush over Avocado, a red color is revealed!




This ink is very well-behaved in writing.  The ink flow is moderate to creamy, and lubrication is good.  This ink is really good for maintaining fine lines for drawing and for hairlines.  It's well-saturated, but not too much. 


There is no sheen.  Instead the ink has an attractive matte appearance that works well on all paper types.  This ink is great for any nib type: from super extra fine to broad.  Shading is fairly low, and the lines are solid and well-defined, dark enough even when very fine.


In writing, this ink is a pleasant hue of fresh, botanical green.  Very restful on the eyes and also imparts an uplifting feeling for me personally.


Scan: Fabriano Bioprima 85g ivory-tooned paper with 4mm grid:




Scan: Tomoe River 52g White



Scan: Nakabayashi Logical Prime notebook, coated ivory-cream-toned paper:


(Totally misspelled Rikyu-Cha)



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Look at that "chromatography"!



Personally I like this ink a lot; glad I have a large bottle.

Edited by Intensity, 12 August 2020 - 17:30.

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 19:24

Great review but truly wonderful handwriting and lovely drawings!


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 19:34

Two in one day!  What a treat!  Thanks for another great review. :)

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 21:48


#5 TSherbs


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 23:24

wow, what a review!

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:05

Thank you for such beautiful review of a beautiful ink :)

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 11:26

Super beautiful ink and review. I'm sold! Gotta get me a bottle!

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 02:17

Most excellent review. Makes me want to get a bottle and I don't even dig on the color!

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Posted 19 August 2020 - 20:45

Hmmm.  I wonder if the formula has changed somewhat.  I tried Avocado early on and it was a little darker a green than I liked (although I do tend to like greens that don't lean teal) -- but this looks quite nice.

Thanks for the review.  And, well, not....

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#10 Intensity



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Posted 19 August 2020 - 22:40

That depends on your pen and paper.  It's pretty dark on the Fabriano paper I used for this review.

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#11 amberleadavis


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Posted 21 August 2020 - 19:45

This is a wonderful review.  I love the color of this ink. It is unique.

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Posted 28 August 2020 - 03:11

Thank you for a great review.

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