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  1. This is a review of a Limited Edition ink made by Sailor for Bung Box. Each glass bottle had a number on the bottom that was molded in the glass. There were only one hundred bottles of this ink made. By sheer dumb luck I happened onto one. I bought for a friend that was dying to get it. They gave me the sample used for this review. The bottle was rather beautiful, (image taken from Bung Box's Facebook page.) The ribbon and seal were a nice little add-on that made the entire opening festive and special. According to Bung Box, Sakurasaku means to celebrate. http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm186/webgecko1webgeckos/Screen%20Shot%202016-01-30%20at%206.02.14%20AM_zpsf9ex4gtt.png This ink behaved very strangely from the normal Bung Box ink: The ink had no discernible sheen, even on Tomoe River paper with a medium (modern) flexible italic nib.On Tomoe paper the ink looked a bright red leaning a bit toward pink.On 32 pound HP Premium Laser paper, it looked almost like a cotton candy pink with some red.On both papers the ink felt dry, less so on the Tomoe but I noticed it.I was very surprised by the apx. 9 second drying time on Tomoe, I found that very unusually fast.This is the paper towel droplet: http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm186/webgecko1webgeckos/Droplet_papertowel_zpsgjqlya26.png I used the same pen on both pages: a TWSBI 580 AL. The nib is a MED, modified by Pendleton Brown with his lovely BLS Italic Flex. The Tome River paper: http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm186/webgecko1webgeckos/BB_3rd_Tomoe_zpsszgpcccn.png And the HP paper: http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm186/webgecko1webgeckos/BB3rd_HP_zpshuotdwef.png Finally: to demonstrate how different they are: http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm186/webgecko1webgeckos/BB3rd_side_zpsrucosvfg.png These were scanned together and overlapped. I couldn't quite get the HP paper color corrected. This would be a great ink if you liked pinkish-red and dry inks without sheen. I was afraid to try this in a vintage pen, but I might take one and use it as a dip pen to see if it will behave different under gold. I didn't do the water test as every flat surface has varieties of Apricot inks drying, and I wanted to post this before I forget.

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