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KRISHNA MANGAL

The review is simultaneously posted at my blog here : LINK

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Bottle (old style)

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 on eBay India Page for Rs. 550 (8 USD) each for 5 Nos. 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. Now they come in new glass bottles.

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Krishna Ink – New Glass Bottle

The inks that are being produced have now increased to 35 nos. and even certain names have changed.

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Krishna Inks – 35 Colors

The new names are as follows:

  1. Pencil
  2. Neelambal
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Purple
  5. Lake Blue
  6. Vivid violet
  7. Sapphire
  8. Ruby
  9. Monsoon Sky
  10. Pink Barleria
  11. Summer Rain
  12. Silent Night Sky
  13. Bronze Leaf
  14. Wild Cherry
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Nilwanti
  17. Cool Breeze
  18. Gold Rush
  19. Orange Crush
  20. After Dark
  21. Yellow Valley
  22. Glory Vine
  23. Dark Rose
  24. Magic Blue
  25. Orchard Lily
  26. Writer’s Night
  27. Peacock
  28. Neelkurinhi
  29. Emerald
  30. Mangal
  31. Dew Leaf
  32. Njaval
  33. Meadow Green
  34. Ghat Green
  35. Officer’s Blue Black

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in seeing the limited resources at his disposal.

This review is of Mangal ink which is very close to terracotta brick tiles used here in India for roofing. I am in love with this colour. It actually has grown on me. It is not that orangish that will make the ink bright but yes just gives you look of burnt brick. This did not gave me any nib creep problem like Diamine orange inks.

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

I love Pastel orange colour ink.

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Drop on Paper Towel

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Mangal – Colour Range

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Mangal – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

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Krishna Mangal – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View

The ink even shades in medium and fine nibs. Ink has got no sheen and does not feather. Flow is superb.

INK SWABS

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Passes on JK Cedar - 100 gsm

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Swab on Jk Cedar - 100 gsm

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Krishna Mangal –Scribble on JK Cedar -100 gsm

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Mangal – Waterproof Test

Ink is not water resistant at all.

INK DRYING TIMES
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Krishna Mangal – Ink Drying Times
Well surprisingly the ink drying times are quite low. Just around 20 seconds.
BLOW UP WRITING SAMPLES
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Krishna Mangal – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

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Krishna Mangal – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm - Angled View

There is no feathering of this Ink as you can see from this close-up.

CONCLUSION:

Its a lovely colour and I can think of Diamine Ancient Copper to be of similar colour.

The ink behaves very well with no crud or feathering or even staining. This ink flows really well and is moderately lubricated (of course not as great as sailor inks). However these are well worth the money. Kudos to Dr. Sreekumar. Beautiful ink which has lovely shading.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Good amount
  • Lubrication : Moderate
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : Good
  • Nib Creep : No
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

Feedback and Comments are welcome.

The ink can be bought from the ebay store of Krishna Pens. Link is given below.

LINK TO EBAY STORE : KRISHNAPENS

Edited by mehandiratta

vaibhav mehandiratta

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Oh Wow.. this is real nice too... I need to find me a "friend" in India to ship them to me.. :lol: :lol:

 

 

 

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This looks good. I was expecting more of a very deep red in line with the little squares of ink above your written review. Would be interested to see how this compares to the orange.

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Oh Wow.. this is real nice too... I need to find me a "friend" in India to ship them to me.. :lol: :lol:

 

 

 

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M ur friend... but problem is these are sold out in India as soon as they are listed...

And shipping bottle is a problem... India Post doesn't accept inks for international shipping...

I am trying... i have to ship to vis also...

 

This looks good. I was expecting more of a very deep red in line with the little squares of ink above your written review. Would be interested to see how this compares to the orange.

yeah i know patches are somewhat different than actual inks... I hope the review will help people...

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Thanks for the review. I'm not much for orange ink, normally, but this looks like a nice color. Too bad for the slowish dry times, though.

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Thanks for the review. I'm not much for orange ink, normally, but this looks like a nice color. Too bad for the slowish dry times, though.

Ruth Morrisson aks inkstainedruth

This one had better drying times

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