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KRISHNA BLUE MAGIC 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 Renamed as BARBIE 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 BLUE MAGIC ink from KRISHNA. This is vibrant blue ink colour which I like. Ink needs improvement because it feathers even on good quality JK Cedar 100 gsm paper. And last when I heard it has been reformulated. Krishna Blue Magic - 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. Update is that the the Glass bottles have been procured and new inks might come in glass bottles now. INK SPLASH Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling and rather you can see more of the feathering. DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drop on Paper Towel COLOR MATCH Krishna Blue Magic – Colour Range WRITING SAMPLES Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View There ink has very slight shading and ink flows quite well and is not that lubricated. INK SWABS Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Passes on JK Cedar Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Swab on JK Cedar WATERPROOF TEST Krishna Blue Magic – Waterproof Test The ink is not at all water resistant. INK DRYING TIMES Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drying Times Ink drying times are just above 25 seconds. I can live with that. BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES Krishna Blue Magic – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm CONCLUSION: I like the colour, only if it would have resistance to feathering. Sailor Souten and Iroshizuku KonPeki are way better inks when it comes to sheen, feathering and shading however they are very expensive. However I have also heard from Dr. Sreekumar that this ink is being reformulated. Following are the summation of ink properties: Feathering : YesSheen : NoShading : Very LowLubrication : LowFlow : MediumWater Resistance : BadDrying Times : MediumNib Creep : NoneClogging : NoneOdor : NoneInk can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)