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Athena Eternal Blue


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On my hunt for more Sailor inks, I read about a store called Maruzen that gets Sailor to make them inks, which they brand as Athena inks. I have three and there are three more on the way, so here's my first review.

 

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Some of you might remember that my signature used to contain an image of the word "you" written in the prettiest ink ever made. I got a lot of PMs about what ink it was, and was always sad to tell people that it was Yama-dori, a Sailor seasonal ink that claims the title of my FAVOURITE INK OF ALL TIME.

 

This ink reminds me of Yama-dori a lot. I will have to do a comparison to be sure about how close it is in terms of colour, but the feel of this ink, the impression it leaves you with after reading some text, it's Yama-dori all over. Which of course I find thrilling. :D

 

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af97/Saskia_Madding/Ink%20reviews/Sailor/Maruzen/DSC00109_zps5779f0b6.jpg

 

 

I am a sucker for complicated blue-greens, and this ink fits the bill perfectly. Like Caribbean Sea by Caran d'Ache, it shifts from green to blue, from one moment to the next.

 

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af97/Saskia_Madding/Ink%20reviews/Sailor/Maruzen/DSC00111_zpsf123e22d.jpg

 

 

The shading is great on all papers, as is performance.

 

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af97/Saskia_Madding/Ink%20reviews/Sailor/Maruzen/DSC00112_zps6a46b858.jpg

 

 

Check out this sample on TR paper. See what I mean by complicated?

 

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af97/Saskia_Madding/Ink%20reviews/Sailor/Maruzen/DSC00113_zpscbf2e902.jpg

 

 

 

I have a bunch more photos in this album here, with close ups of the shading and sheen, for those interested in such things. :)

 

 

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af97/Saskia_Madding/Ink%20reviews/Sailor/Maruzen/DSC00114_zps7965a2d7.jpg

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Reminds me a bit of Diamine Twilight or perhaps R&K Verdigris. Maybe.

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Thank you again. Great review.

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Ask cool-japan, the guy who sells all the Kobe inks. That's how I got mine. I also heard that some people got theirs from White Rabbit, but I did some comparisons, and it is only cheaper if you are buying over 4 bottles all from one location (ie. all Maruzen inks, you can't mix and match Kobe and Maruzen).

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I only have the sepia, but it is a wonderful ink...Do you have that one coming?

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You would not want to see my handwriting...but I thought Geoduc had posted a review...I will have a look...

 

Not what I am thinking of but a (small) writing sample:

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/259745-maruzen-athena-sepia-ink-unwrapping-and-deboxing/

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Funny (again, not all that hilarious) but after one month I think that ink is starting to grow on me. There's maybe enough brown in it to hide the green. In any case, there is something eternal about that colour.

 

Mike

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Also, I think everyone who wants to get any Maruzen inks because of reviews that I did should consider going with Atsu. I heard about the inks online and saw a swab of one, but I couldn't get any more information online about these inks. Maruzen said they didn't have an online area to show which inks they had and what colour they were. Atsu actually WENT to the store and took pictures of all the inks for me, then made a collage (pdf) that he sent me to help me choose which colours I wanted. I stuck with him for all the Maruzen inks I wanted, because he really did go above and beyond for me in that regard.

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I did find it a bit harder to get out of my pen than some other Sailor inks, but not harder than a lot of non-Sailor inks. Let's just say that I left my TWSBI demo soaking with water in it overnight and by the morning, one flush is all it took to get it perfectly clean. No residual staining.

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nice! thanks Saskia. I ordered a bottle last night. Excited to try it after a very disappointing experience with Graf Von Faber Castell's new cobalt blue.

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How does this compare to Sei Boku?

 

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