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Ink Review of Levenger Forest Green. Levenger markets a variety of high end items including leather briefcases, purses, etc., desk accessories, stationery items, pens and ink for the discerning affluent. While I am certainly not affluent, I do like several of their products. Levenger makes a number of different color inks, most of which have been reviewed by others. I purchased a box of standard international cartridges in Forest Green prior to Christmas and wanted to try the ink. Levenger Forest Green is a very dark green, tending towards black. It does have cyan undertones (see Water Test), and does have a red sheen in heavy concentration (see ink drop), but the sheen isn't seen in writing, even when I used it with Tomoe River paper. The color is satisfying to the eye, but, sadly, the ink is not well behaved. It bleeds through on most papers, as well as shows through on most. It feathers badly on poor notebook paper, and even shows some feathering on better papers. I used my Delta Journal with wet fine nib for the review below. This pen works well with almost every ink I have, except for this ink. The ink does not flow well to the nib, causing the pen to drag and skip. I also used this ink in my Lamy Studio with 14K nib (another wet nib), and had the same issues. Here is my hand written review. I am sad to say that I was not impressed with this ink.
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Playing around with the new shimmering inks from Diamine. I never liked the Green included, so I went to make a much darker green (my type of green) I immediately started playing with Magic Forest..and I got myself a nice dark green now. I could post a pic.... but, is almost midnight and the picture will be horrible under artificial lighting. I did scan it... but again, only a proper pic can do it justice. If you don't mind the scan below... I promise to take pics in the sun tomorrow. (If we get sun.. it was cloudy today) The last mix was the best....
I originally posted this review on my blog. Please visit for more reviews like it. Levenger Forest Review http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yh0eGAj6Nfk/U7HSpuSnUrI/AAAAAAAAAbw/2Mad_O_pQvo/s1600/DSC_0397.JPGSpecifications:Manufacturer: Levenger Color: Dark GreenMSRP: $12Actual Price: $12Price I paid: I bought this as part of the Levenger Ink Sampler for $12 while it was on sale.Amount of Ink: 50 mlCost per ml: 24¢/ml at $12 Bottle: Glass; It includes a reservoir Where to Buy: All of Levenger's inks are exclusive to their website.* * All prices are the prices at the time of this review's writing on July 4, 2014. Properties:Sheen: NoneShading: Some shading from a dark green to an even darker greenWater Resistance: Somewhat water resistantFeathering: Moderate on copier paperBleed through: ModerateShow through/ Ghosting: ModerateDrying Time: FastWetness: Drier than Levenger's other inks, but not as dry as the Pelikan 4001 inksLubrication: Well lubricatedStaining: I haven't noticed any staining. Cleaning: The ink cleans out of a pen easily Nib Creep: None which I have seenOkay on Copier Paper?: It's okay on copier paper as long as you don't have to write on the back. Writing Sample:Pen: Visconti Rembrandt FinePaper 1: Levenger Circa PaperPaper 2: Copier PaperPaper 3: Black n' Red NotebookPaper 4: Flashcard for the Extended Soak Test (1 hour and 37 minutes) Note: In the interest of conserving paper and to save time, the copier paper and Black n' Red samples were done on the same paper I used for the Levenger Blue Bahama review. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o3je3aMPMw8/U7HSu2rR2KI/AAAAAAAAAcE/7amSjtwHeZI/s1600/SCAN0033.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aajkxixHbR4/U7HSudUVMrI/AAAAAAAAAb8/naDsbjbJ2Hs/s1600/SCAN0034.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KLehGzHPS3I/U7HVNtCTIII/AAAAAAAAAdA/e2TXIIbzifQ/s1600/SCAN0035.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ODVVXfv8UtA/U7HVO2s6e4I/AAAAAAAAAdI/r1f3QfbWicM/s1600/SCAN0036.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q_FlccoPFow/U7HVSyoGCsI/AAAAAAAAAdY/H4TKcDaF6Jg/s1600/SCAN0041.JPG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Gh24W1KyTUY/U7HVRmCGZuI/AAAAAAAAAdQ/aMnTe7tTJy0/s1600/SCAN0042.JPG http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MupL-cWT9Xg/U7HSnBbtKcI/AAAAAAAAAbs/ZMD5CKvINHU/s1600/SCAN0030.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yyWt3FICgDg/U7HS5EnGAUI/AAAAAAAAAck/eqWnhdZ9a1A/s1600/SCAN0045.JPG Levenger Forest (not Forest Green) is a dark green ink with some shading but awful performance on absorbent paper. It has a nice enough color to become an everyday green for me, but the bleed through prevents me from being able to use it on any paper but the nicest. It's also somewhat water resistant but changes to a completely different color. If the color appeals to you and its poor performance on absorbent paper isn't a deal breaker, it's currently on sale for $10 on Levenger's website. (20 cents per mL) Pros A nice dark green colorSlight shadingSomewhat resistant to waterDries quicklyAccording to Levenger's website, the ink is lightfast, but I haven't tested that claim. Cons Moderate feathering, bleed through, and show throughDrier than Levenger's other inks (I would recommend using this ink in an extremely wet pen, e.g. Pelikan Mxxx, to remedy this) Possible Uses Grading papers Journaling on nicer paperNote-taking (It's easy to read.)Sending letters around St. Patrick's Day or Christmas