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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. :

  1. GOLD RUSH
  2. MEADOW GREEN
  3. BLUE MAGIC
  4. AFTER DARK
  5. SAPPHIRE BLUE
  6. LAKE BLUE
  7. BRONZE LEAF
  8. ORANGE CRUSH
  9. AUTUMN
  10. SINDHOOR
  11. GLORY VINE
  12. DARK ROSE
  13. NJAVAL
  14. WILD CHERRY
  15. PURPLE
  16. PEACOCK
  17. YELLOW VALLEY
  18. MELLOW BLUE
  19. VIVID VIOLET
  20. ORCHARD LILY
  21. DARK CHOCOLATE
  22. COOL BREEZE
  23. SILENT NIGHT SKY
  24. FORGET ME NOT
  25. SKY BLUE
  26. GHAT GREEN
  27. PUMPKIN
  28. GIRL PINK Renamed as BARBIE PINK

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1

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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.

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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

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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

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drop on Paper Towel

COLOR MATCH

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Krishna Blue Magic – Colour Range

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

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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

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Passes on JK Cedar

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Swab on JK Cedar

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Blue Magic – Waterproof Test

The ink is not at all water resistant.

INK DRYING TIMES
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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drying Times
Ink drying times are just above 25 seconds. I can live with that.
BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES
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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 : Yes
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Very Low
  • Lubrication : Low
  • Flow : Medium
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : Medium
  • Nib Creep : None
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)

 

vaibhav mehandiratta

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Excellent review. I'm not sure whether I would like it (I'm not that much into turquoises) but I appreciate your effort :)

 

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... thank you so much... i would have loved it.... will wait for new formulation...

vaibhav mehandiratta

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A lot of these look very good. Shame about the feathering but I hope it can be reformulated and stiller stain the colour match. I can't wait until these are available for foreign buyers to purchase. I suspect a lot of ink will be headed my way!

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@lgsoltek.. I love the color..

 

@unical... Yes as I write now.. New batch is under production which is reformulated.. And Dr. Sreekumar says it doesn't feather...

 

@vis... Will prioritize that

vaibhav mehandiratta

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Thanks for your very informative & interesting review. I really like this colour - looks a lot like kon-peki. Hope the reformulation solves the feathering issues, without impacting the colour. I'm looking forward to your reviews of Dark Chocolate and Ghat Green. Hope these inks will become available internationally soon.

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