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KRISHNA DARK ROSE The review is simultaneously posted at my blog here : LINK In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA. These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. : GOLD RUSH MEADOW GREEN BLUE MAGIC AFTER DARK SAPPHIRE BLUE LAKE BLUE BRONZE LEAF ORANGE CRUSH AUTUMN SINDHOOR GLORY VINE DARK ROSE NJAVAL WILD CHERRY PURPLE PEACOCK YELLOW VALLEY MELLOW BLUE VIVID VIOLET ORCHARD LILY DARK CHOCOLATE COOL BREEZE SILENT NIGHT SKY FORGET ME NOT SKY BLUE GHAT GREEN PUMPKIN GIRL PINK Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1 Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2 I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one. This review is about DARK ROSE ink from KRISHNA. And this is absolutely one of the top in my favourite ink category of Krishna Inks. Krishna Dark Rose - Ink Bottle Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity andthe procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. And I believe thats the right direction to move forward. INK SPLASH Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling. DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drop on Paper Towel COLOR MATCH Krishna Dark Rose – Colour Range WRITING SAMPLES Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View There ink has slight shading and it is visible only in stub calligraphy nibs. INK SWABS Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Passes on JK Cedar Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Swab on JK Cedar WATERPROOF TEST Krishna Dark Rose – Waterproof Test The ink is bit resistant to water and even after the rubbing with water vigorously there were still line visible. INK DRYING TIMES Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drying Times Ink drying times are just below 25 seconds. Which is good, compared to Bronze Leaf ink. BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES Krishna Dark Rose – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm CONCLUSION: I like the colour, however I would have loved it more if it has more shading properties. Following are the summation of ink properties: Feathering : NoSheen : NoShading : LowLubrication : MediumFlow : HighWater Resistance : GoodDrying Times : MediumNib Creep : NoneClogging : NoneOdor : None Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)