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Sailor Manyo Shirakashi – a lazy review



A Smug Dill

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Another one of eight new ink colours Sailor introduced in the second release of its “overseas exclusive” Manyo line of inks

 

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Colour: dark khaki / olive / murky green
Flow: moderate
 
Feathering: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper, looking closely at the thinnest hatching lines, and words/glyphs ‘reverse-written’ with the nib upside-down (i.e. the bottom of the feed facing up)
Show-through: Low to nil
Bleed-through: Not observed
 
Drying time: 18–20 seconds
Smudging after fully dry: Didn't happen when I rubbed my thumb over the hatching/stippling panel and the largest Chinese hanzi chharacters
Water resistance: Good, as far as retaining legibility in the face of a spill or a dunking goes
 
Shading: Moderate, without having too drastic a delineation between lighter parts and darker parts along the same pen stroke; can be seen even in very narrow ink marks (i.e. when writing with the equivalent of an Extra Fine nib)
Sheen: None observed
Shimmer: None
 
My thoughts: I like its desaturated colour, and that it's a largely sheen-free ink good for where distractions from the written content is undesirable, but for the market price I don't know whether it stands head and shoulders above other murky green inks I have to compel me to buy more.

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A shop I peruse regularly was having a sale on the new Manyos and I picked up this one, Kakitsubata and Sakura. I love this one, it's like a simpler version of Rikyucha, which has lots more sheen and, to me, looks more brown.

 

Your hadwriting is beautiful.

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Thanks for your very nice review. In the images the ink appears to be a distinctly grayed green, would that be right? I'm not a fan of gray inks, and this one looks like a green-tinged gray.

 

Cheers. 

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Great review! OK... this ink is a must-have for me. I didn’t come across it before, so double-thanks for showing it here. A greenish grey ... absolutely gorgeous colour. Until now, I skipped Sailor inks, but obviously I have to reconsider.

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Thanks for the review!  It looks like a quality ink....reminds me of El Lawrence.

Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are. 

~Theodore Roosevelt

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Oh I really love the olive-like colour in this ink. It's murky in the best kind of way! Thanks for the review, will definitely hunt down this ink!

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Thanks everyone!

 

As I mentioned to @yazeh, whose review (elsewhere!) of Noodler's El Lawrence — including swatch card comparisons against similarly hue inks — was what prompted me to open up my bottle of this ink and do a review of it, if I was of a mind to compare and contrast this against other inks, the first colours that come to mind would be El Lawrence (which I don't have), Noodler's Zhivago, Sailor Shikiori Rikyucha, Diamine Salamander (which had the reverse multi-hue effect on different papers compared with Rikyucha, if I recall), and possibly Diamine Classic Green, Diamine Evergreen and Monteverde Olivine for contrast with something greener. 🎨

 

His suggestion of adding Noodler's Burma Road Black to that list was a very good one.

 

Alas, this is a lazy review 😏, so no inking up other pens and/or with other colours for comparison.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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A colour that's definitely among my preferred! Thankfully, I have some of the other lovely murkies listed so I don't even need to look for it and that saves disappointment over something overly costly and/or unobtainium.

It's all about the greys...

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Thanks for the review

I dig in this color, looks very pretty and properties are also good plus decent water resistance is a big plus.

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@JulieParadise You just showcase inks so well, it's an art form in itself! Your work is beautiful. Thank you for brightening up this review thread, notwithstanding that it's a desaturated murky green! :thumbup:

 

By the way, I can't get any sheen out of writing with the ink at all. Is there any sheen from your writing? I haven't tried a splatter on a heavy mixed-media-art paper swatch card yet; but I can see there is sheen in yours.

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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2 minutes ago, A Smug Dill said:

By the way, I can't get any sheen out of writing with the ink at all. Is there any sheen from your writing? I haven't tried a splatter on a heavy mixed-media-art paper swatch card yet; but I can see there is sheen in yours.

 

Thank you, esp. as I was, err, intruding your review. 😉

 

I have the sheet right in front of me, as I am just about to finish the notebook I used in October. You are right, there is no sheen whatsoever in my main text, only in the big drop where it is still visible. 

 

And yeah, it is a weird ink, a bit too murky and brownish/red (sounds strange for a green ink, I know). I need to try this ink in a wet (vintage) pen to come to a conclusion about whether I like it.

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I appreciate all the ink reviewers. I think like many members I have no local shop to buy from so everything is an online purchase. It seems to me that many vendor descriptions and color swatches are not what I see once I get the ink. Even ordering a sample vial doesn’t always match the actual bottle. Add the difference of paper types, nib widths, and ink flow buying a new ink online is still a bit of a gamble.

 

Thank you for the resource!

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Thanks to all submitting extra pics! It really helps get a full feel of an ink seeing how it responds in a different pen, different paper. And I for one always enjoy seeing the lovely writing and expressions of culture you bring to the reviews here. I still don't think I have a need for this ink, but it's nice to oooh and ahhh at the possible.

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Oh, I must have this!
. . . . but wait, I already have these:

Shiyakashi alternatives w Taupe.jpg

- and also these:

Murky Tea Sketch b.jpg

- not to mention (a selection from!) my Taupe collection:

Taupe tryouts.jpg

. . . .  so can I modify that "must" to a "would like one day"? Can I??

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