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So, finally my first ink review...

 

The lucky ink that I have the chance to review is : KRISHNA SEA AT NIGHT (RC SERIES)

 

Before we get down into it, as a foreword, I received this ink as a sample kindly from Pen World India (shout out to them) and in turn I would do a review on the ink. It's a win-win I guess since I believe the Sea at Night is a beautiful colored ink that seems to be getting few attention here.

 

BACKGROUND

 

As a little bit of a background, Krishna Inks are inks made from India, particularly by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Sreekumar. He is as quoted from the Krishna Ink web "professional at day and connoiseur by night" , now that is one hell of a description and I totally like it.

 

Now don't misunderstand the "connoiseur by night" to other meanings ;) .

 

Onto the ink, the Sea at Night is one of the ink in the RC series which specializes in the sheening / shading characters of a fountain pen ink. Quite well known inks in this series is the Jungle Volcano (will do a review later), Anokhi , Goldfish etc.

 

The ink comes in 20 mL bottles for the price of around 8-9 USD (excluding shipping and tax). You can order the Krishna Ink and particularly this one from the official website : http://krishnainks.com/

 

TESTING & IMPRESSIONS

 

To be totally honest, I did not know what color this ink is initially since there are no reviews at the time I requested a sample of this ink (Pen Chalet has one review but I don't think there are other ones). From the swab sent from Pen World I thought this was a black with a heavy red sheen which is unique in itself.

 

Upon testing the inks however, I was totally wrong and surprised at the same time. This is actually a Teal color, and a very dark one at that.

The tools I've used for the testing is as below:

 

Pen:

Faber Castell Loom - Fine, Steel nib

 

Paper;

Muji A5 (over 55% recycled paper)

Maruman Mnemosyne 195

Kinbor A5 Lined (not in the scans)

 

Below are some points I concluded from my testing:

  • Shade : Teal with heavier green tone
  • Flow : Good
  • Lubrication : Good
  • Dry Out : No dry out up until 1 minute observation
  • No hard starts
  • Quite saturated
  • Minimal water resistance
  • Dry time (with the tools tested ) : Around 30 - 40 seconds
  • No major issues with the ink character, there is a little bit of smudging experienced in the testing
  • Hard to see from my scans but managed to observe limited red sheen in the ink

Maruman Mnemosyne 195

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Muji A5 Grid (over 55% recycled paper)

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Comparison with Diamine Sherwood Green - Platinum Century 3776 Bourgougne Red (Fine, 14K gold nib)

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CONCLUSION

 

All in all, I have very little negative aspect and many positive aspect to say about this ink.

It flows well, no issue of drying out (in 1 minute time span of uncapping the pen) , no bad ink characteristic observed.

 

The shading for me is quite unique, I know that teal is like the trending color recently and the market is starting to get saturated (pun intended) with the color but the Sea at Night has a darker teal tone of color. It also has sheening characteristic (which may become more apparent in a broader nib) that separates the ink to other teal inks.

 

The bad aspect I would say probably is the relatively long dry time of this ink and there is a sign of smudging.

 

All in all, this is a good ink and good shade of teal (IMO) and I recommend it for you guys/gals looking for a dark teal ink with a little bit of flair.

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Congratulations on your first review, often the most daunting. Im looking forward to seeing many more from you. Keep them coming!

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Thank you for the very nice review.

 

I don't really like Teal inks. I have some, but I never feel like using them. This one is different : the heavy green tone makes me think about fir trees forests of my childhood. I could use it with a fine nib.

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Congratulations on your first review, often the most daunting. Im looking forward to seeing many more from you. Keep them coming!

 

 

Thank you for the encouraging words, be sure to check out my next review which will probably be the Krishna Jungle Volcano. Any feedback regarding the format would be appreciated.

 

Thank you for the very nice review.

 

I don't really like Teal inks. I have some, but I never feel like using them. This one is different : the heavy green tone makes me think about fir trees forests of my childhood. I could use it with a fine nib.

 

It is indeed a more darker teal than most of teal inks being put out in the market currently, hope you find the review useful.

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Thank you for the review and especially the pictures showing the underlying color...

This ink seems very similar to Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue, one of my favorite inks these days. If the similarity holds, you may be in for a rare treat. I've tried my SHB in different dilutions (the first quantity I bought came as a gel pouch) and all of them are different! With less water, you almost don't see the teal, and the ink seems almost black until a little moisture (sweaty hands for example) brings it out. With more water, the teal predominates. So instead of one ink, you get a range of inks... a very nice hidden bonus!

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To back up Tas, thanks, and also congratulations on your first ink review. I too am not really into teals but the blackiness of this one makes it stand out a lot.

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Thanks fore the nice review!

 

I've tried my SHB in different dilutions and all of them are different! With less water, you almost don't see the teal, and the ink seems almost black until a little moisture (sweaty hands for example) brings it out. With more water, the teal predominates. So instead of one ink, you get a range of inks...

^---That's my experience as well with SHB. Undiluted, it's also the wettest ink I know.
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Not a color for me -- even with the obvious sheen in the pictures.

But thanks for the review. Seeing inks I don't want is better for my budget than the "Waaaaant! Must HAAAAAAVE!" ones. ;)

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Thanks for the nice review. This color appears to me to be a very dark green with a hint of blue. Not sure I would classify it as a teal.

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I am also looking at the Blackstone inks, they are quite interesting.

 

As in the color, I guess you could classify it as very dark green but I just can't unsee a tint of blue in the ink and thus categorizing it as teal

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IMHO, I don't think this ink is close to Sydney Harbour Blue. Sydney Harbour Blue is one of my favourites, I usually have it in an at least three pens (different nibs) and I enjoy how different it looks from each nib, BUT... is definitely BLUE.

 

 

This one looks more like a dark green.

 

 

Example of Sydney Harbour Blue (from online)

 

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And this is what Krishna shows on its website:

 

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I am sure, if you dilute, you will get more blue. But straight from the bottle looks more like a fir green.

 

 

 

C.

 

 

Thank you for the review and especially the pictures showing the underlying color...

This ink seems very similar to Blackstone Sydney Harbour Blue, one of my favorite inks these days. If the similarity holds, you may be in for a rare treat. I've tried my SHB in different dilutions (the first quantity I bought came as a gel pouch) and all of them are different! With less water, you almost don't see the teal, and the ink seems almost black until a little moisture (sweaty hands for example) brings it out. With more water, the teal predominates. So instead of one ink, you get a range of inks... a very nice hidden bonus!

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Yes, that is actually the color advertised for SaN.

Dr Sree and a rep of Pen World recommended the Tomoe River paper to achieve something near that sheening and color reproduction.

There was another paper that was recommended but I believe it was a local made Indian paper.

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Congrats on jumping on the review wagon! Looking out for more of them.
As for the ink - I love my teals, and already have quite a few of them. I would say this one falls somewhere between a green-black and a very dark teal. But there definitely are blue undertones visible in the shading and smears, so probably best classified as a very dark teal. As a teal though, it's a bit too dark for my taste.

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Green will always have some blue undertone... You can't make green without blue.... LOL... :D :D :D :D

Point taken :-) forgot my colour theory for a moment.

Nevertheless, my first impression was dark teal, especially on the white paper. Looking again, it still feels like a dark teal to me. Although I might suffer from tealism disease, having used teals in my pens the last couple of weeks ;-)

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Point taken :-) forgot my colour theory for a moment.

Nevertheless, my first impression was dark teal, especially on the white paper. Looking again, it still feels like a dark teal to me. Although I might suffer from tealism disease, having used teals in my pens the last couple of weeks ;-)

 

 

LOL... no worries you are not the only one. My friends look at me weird everytime I point out that a green has WAY too much blue... I don't like those.. ex. Irish Green type.

 

 

 

 

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Managed to get crazy amount of sheen from my Muji A5 yesterday.

It's frustrating that the Muji is so inconsistent in getting these kinds of stuff, but I should know better in relation to the price of the book itself

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Wonderful review.

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Thanks for the review..I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like krishna inks but want to know if there is any stickiness in it ?

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