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Blackstone Blue Cypress (Scented)



Jamerelbe

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This is the second of five reviews I'll be posting today and tomorrow - for one of six new inks about to be available from Just Write Pens / Blackstone Inks. These inks arrived last week - an unexpected birthday present! The 'Scents of Australia' inks are made from similar components to the already-available 'Colours of Australia' line, and share their properties, with one key difference: all six inks are scented, with odours evocative of the Australian 'aromascape'!



Here's a visual of the bottles that arrived last week (minus Australian Bush):



http://i.imgur.com/LE5ZB3E.jpg



An additional five inks were slated for release - and as of mid-June (the time I'm posting these reviews), the inks are ready to be released. Kevin kindly sent me full 30ml bottles of the five new inks - with permission both to test and to post reviews. I want to be up-front in acknowledging I haven't paid for these inks - but as with his previous releases, I've been really impressed with their colour, saturation and performance. Thus far, none of the 6 new inks show the problems I encountered early on with Uluru and, to a lesser extent, Daintree - both of which showed a tendency to become 'stringy' due to problems with the lubricant. These inks are well-behaved, smooth-flowing, richly coloured, and beautifully scented - and, in the case of the blue inks, are prone to produce a wonderful reddish sheen.



Blue Cypress is on the same colour spectrum as Blue Gum - but whereas Blue Gum is a dark blue-green, Blue Cypress sits closer to the green end of the spectrum. The following are a scan and a photo - the 'true' colour probably sits somewhere in the middle (at last on my screen!).



http://i.imgur.com/MeoPw7C.jpg



http://i.imgur.com/MeoPw7C.jpg



The sheen on Blue Cypress is pretty impressive - though I think Blue Gum may have a slight edge, based on my experience thus far?



http://i.imgur.com/1cJLhCk.jpg



Thanks to Kevin for providing these inks for free - I'll certainly be purchasing bottles down the track, when these are empty!


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Thanks for the review but this color isn't meant for me :)

 

I think I like Blue Gum better - but I quite like blue-greens, green-blues and teals!

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A close-up photo of a writing sample, showing the sheen - writing with a Blackstone Maxim II pen, sporting a JoWo #6 M nib:

 

http://i.imgur.com/VIqJdXB.jpg

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For anyone who's interested, the full range of Blackstone Scents of Australia inks is available at http://justwrite.com.au/. I believe they should soon be available (if they're not already) from their American and European distributors too.

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Hm! It seem not to choose between teal, green and blue which makes it attractive for me... But besides this on your sheen sample there is an interesting orange with a nice shading.

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These inks are now available on the JustWrite.com.au website, but not in the quantities he'd have liked - so (at least for Australian buyers) it's worth getting on board sooner rather than later!

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A generous benefactor sent me the 6 inks as a gift. Thank you, BP!

 

And for those who might wonder how Blue Cypress might compare to other inks in that color range (apologies to Visvamitra!):

 

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A generous benefactor sent me the 6 inks as a gift. Thank you, BP!

 

And for those who might wonder how Blue Cypress might compare to other inks in that color range (apologies to Visvamitra!):

 

fpn_1504963695__2017-09-09_092557.jpg

 

Interesting comparison - I'd noticed the similarity to Emerald of Chivor too! I'm surprised you didn't get more sheen, though - are you using a different card stock from the J. Herbin ink?

 

I can't decide whether Blue Cypress is more of a blue or more of a green colour - but I tend to put it in the latter category.

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Interesting comparison - I'd noticed the similarity to Emerald of Chivor too! I'm surprised you didn't get more sheen, though - are you using a different card stock from the J. Herbin ink?

 

 

Nope, all cards are from the same "Col-O-Ring". But I do notice that only the most insanely sheeny inks will show much sheen on them. They are a little spongy, and tend to soak up the ink quickly.

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