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SAILOR MANYO NEKOYANAGI Sailor created another line of inks, the Manyo line. The inspiration for this line of inks are flowers found in the Manyoshu, an ancient collection of Japanese poems. The inks are presented in lovely square glass bottles and contain 50ml of inks. While the caps appear to be plastic, they are faceted for ease of opening. The opening of the bottle is 25mm in diameter and should fit most fountain pens. Now to the fun stuff! I first saw a review of this ink at mountainofinks.com (https://www.mountainofink.com/blog/sailor-nekoyanagi), and fell in love with the color and ordered a bottle from Pen Chalet. Nekoyanagi is a lovely soft purple color. It is a soft, almost periwinkle shade. But what is truly wonderful about this ink is the way it shades into pinks, blues and turquoise. This effect is seen on more non-absorbant papers such as Tomoe River, with a lesser effect on Rhodia and HP copy paper. Scan of HP Copy Paper Nekoyanagi is similar, but more purple and lighter in color than Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai and also lighter but more blue than Graf von Faber Castel Violet Blue. Photo Tomoe River 68gsm Cream paper Photo Tomoe River 68gsm cream paper Photo Rhodia paper The ink is very well behaved. It dries quickly but has minimal water resistance. While it is a wet ink, it is not excessively wet, and has a nice lubricated feel. It has little to no sheen, does not bleed on any paper I have used to date, and minimal showthrough even on lighter weight Tomoe River 52gsm. I have used this ink in a variety of pens and have found it best suited to wider nibs. The lovely, multi-colored shading is enhanced in a wider nib. It is very nice in fine and extra fine nibs, but appropriately paler in color with less shading. While it is a pale color, I found it perfectly suited for journal writing and note taking. It is also very pleasant to sketch and doodle with. To highlight the beauty of this ink, I did a very simple abstract with water and Nekoyanagi on Arches watercolor paper. (In case you didn't guess, I am no artist). Abstract on Arches 160lb watercolor paper Finally, it is very easy to clean from your pen and does not stain the pen or converter. I really enjoy everything about this ink. If you like the color, I highly recommend.
Sailor Manyo Inks are a line of inks inspired by flowers written about in the ancient Manyoshu poetic compilations. I recently obtained 5 of the 8 inks. I am hoping to obtain the last three in the near future. Shown below is a quick writing sample illustrating the colors. Excerpt written from "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis Paper: Seven Seas Crossfield Notebook with Tomoe River 52gsm paper Pens (in order as written above): Haha: Italix Captain's Commission with stub nib Nekoyanagi: Pilot Metropolitan with 1.0 stub nib Sumire: Lamy Studio with medium nib Yonagi: Conklin Duragraph with 1.1 stub nib Akebi: Lamy Aion with medium nib Sailor Manyo Haha ^ Sailor Manyo Nekoyanagi ^ Sailor Manyo Sumire ^ Sailor Manyo Yonagi ^ Sailor Manyo Akebi ^ While Haha and Nekoyanagi have the wonderful multi-color shading, Sumire, Yonagi and Akebi have strong sheening abilities. Sumire has a lovely red sheen with some nice shading. Yonagi has a strong pinkish burgundy sheen and also shades nicely. Akebi has a strong yellowish-green sheen that is clearly evident on every paper I have used the ink on. Akebi also shades somewhat. Each of the inks behave very well in all the pens that I have tried them in. Overall, I am enjoying these inks and look forward to getting the others.