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  1. I see Sailor has recently announced the release of four new ink colours in the Shikiori product line: Source: Sailor Pen website (It's a little confused.) Source: Sailor Pen website The ink colours for Spring and Summer look pretty ordinary to me. The one for Autumn looks a bit like Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa, and the one for Winter has that subtle shading-to-a-warmer-violet thing; but overall, I'm not so impressed by what I see, to be chomping at the bit to pay Sailor's asking price for a 20ml bottle of any of them. That said, if reviews of Potsupotsu shows that the ink has good water resistance — where similarly multi-hued Diamine Bashful Blueberry doesn't — then I might be convinced to part with money.
  2. jasonchickerson

    Sailor Jentle - Souten

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0110.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0109.jpg Written review on Rhodia dotpad #16 http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0103-Edit.jpg Desiderata Mercury Flex Pen, Zebra G nib, OCM Pure Cotton Paper http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0111.jpg Sakura Koi Water Brush, Strathmore Watercolor Paper http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0113.jpg Souten is my newest ink purchase. I bought it because I lack a blue light enough to use in pointed pen calligraphy that still reads blue when a lot of ink is laid down. This one does, and it works really well for this purpose. As an ink for everyday writing, I'm not quite so impressed. Like most Sailor inks I've tried, Souten is on the wet side. It's not extremely lubricating, though, and I find my pens write with a bit more feedback than I'd prefer. One area where Souten really shines is dry time. I did the test three times just to make sure. This ink dries on non-absorbent papers like Rhodia in under 5 seconds! For comparison (sorry, I don't have access to any comparable blue hues at the moment), Herbin's Bleu Nuit dried in 12 seconds (very respectable) and Shin-kai dried in 16 seconds (average). Reasonable care was taken to ensure color accuracy, etc.
  3. I just received a Sailor Sapporo Four Seasons Manyou fp. The cap and barrel are made of a metallic green resin. As I hope my pictures below show (despite the reflections) the barrel has swirls and striations that I've never seen on another Sailor resin pen or any high quality pen. I have seen them on cheaper plastic pens (Noodler's pens come to mind). The cap is the same material and is without this issue except perhaps for a small mark at the top. It isn't clear to me whether this was intentional on Sailor's part or whether the plastic for this pen was poorly mixed or made. Does anyone else own one of these pens or have seen one in person? If so, does/did it have the same issue? Intentional or not, I find it quite unappealing. http://i62.tinypic.com/2q3py74.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/tash0y.jpg
  4. jasonchickerson

    Sailor Jentle - Tokiwa-Matsu

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2003.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2002-2.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2004.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2001.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2002.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2001-2.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/tokiwa-matsu%2005.jpg Tokiwa-matsu is not a color I would normally love. I like my greens on the warm side, but this is a definite pine that borders on emerald in some light. Yet there is something very special about it. I wish it were better behaved on cheap paper, but I guess there is no perfect thing. It should get plenty of pocket time in any case. Tokiwa looks especially nice on ivory paper. Quick sketch of a sphere on cheap Strathmore watercolor paper. Notice how the line does not hold at all with a light wash. I haven't done any proper sketching with this one and I'm not likely to; it will be relegated to background washes if anything. Strangely, it may work for skies... Care was taken to ensure color accuracy, but it was a tough one. It seems I could only get the Tokiwa-matsu or the Alt-goldgrün to look right, never both. Hopefully it's not too far off.
  5. white_lotus

    Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu (Evergreen Pine)

    As nearly everyone knows Sailor, a Japanese company, makes very fine pens and very fine inks. This ink came out with the most recent issue of "Four Seasons" inks a few years back. (A new release is coming soon, perhaps October 2016.) I've had this ink a while, and I'm sure I've used it, but it appears I never actually reviewed this ink. Some folks prefer their greens to lean either towards blue or towards yellow. This one leans towards blue as you might expect from being called "Evergreen Pine". Not as dark as Miruai, Tokiwa-matsu definitely shows as a green ink. So chances are you can't cheat at work pretending it's a black. But it has all the good Sailor qualities of flow and lubrication and rich saturation we have come to appreciate. The usual papers for me: Mohawk via Linen=MvL, Tomoe River=TR, Hammermill 28 lb inkjet=Hij. Quite shady on all papers I used. The B nib on the Pelikan lays down a lot of ink with this wet Sailor. Lots of red sheen on Tomoe River. Not completely washed away, but definitely not very water resistant either. Fairly typical actually.
  6. "They're coming..." This time it is a good announcement of more Sailor "Four Seasons" inks. Back in February it was announced in Japan that Sailor would re-issue eight inks in the Four Season line from the past in March of this year. Everyone wondered whether these inks would be released to North America, the EU, and other places where Sailor inks are available. But initially it was "Japan-only". But at the Washington DC Pen Show Sailor reps announced that these inks would also be available in the fall. Now I don't know if this means world-wide, the US, or what. My guess is wherever the existing Sailor Four Seasons inks are sold. Recently I had the chance to order some inks from Japan and the shop had the Four Seasons inks in stock. Being a lover of muted greens I added Rikyu-cha to my order. I'm quite happy that I did. Anderson Pens already has the new Four Season inks listed at their site with pictures and swabs. And their swab makes this look like a brown ink. I definitely have a green ink. I don't know if this reflects a batch difference or between what is being released in the US vs Japan. Guess we'll have to wait to find out once the inks become available. The usual papers Mohawk via Linen=Mvl, Tomoe River=TR, Hammermill 28 lb inkjet (Hij). The ink is somewhat water resistant. It has great lubrication at the nib. Quite shady on MvL. Definitely more olive green than what is shown in the pictures which were taken with an old Nikon Coolpics P50. When I mention using the Hij paper, I'm trying to say that inks often feel drier than on the MvL or TR papers. I don't feel that here with Rikyu-cha.
  7. white_lotus

    Sailor Yama-Dori (Copper Pheasant)

    Officially the full name of this ink is Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Yama-dori (Copper Pheasant). I've had a bottle of this for a while and recently opened it up. Many people adore Yama-dori and rightly so. This is a great deep, blue teal. But if you don't like green-leaning blues, then the color won't be right for you. Handling is excellent as expected from Sailor. Usual papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. I believe this ink is noted for having a red sheen, but MvL and Hij don't typically offer much sheen, and I used a F nib here, so not seeing it. I don't see what would cause red sheen here at all. Not very water resistant at all.

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