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I’ve been enjoying this eye searing ink for quite a well. In general, most of the Russian Series ink are some of the best “bulletproof” inks I’ve tried, and Esenin is in that category. 


Sergei Esenin or Yesenin was a Russian Poet. 
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In his young life he married four times. His 2nd wife Zinaida Reich, a famed Russian actress, was killed in 1939 by Soviet Secret service. His 3rd wife was famed American dancer Isadora Duncan. And his fourth wife a granddaughter of Leo Tolstoy.


It is said that his last poem, was written with his blood, as he couldn’t find ink in the hotel room, he was staying. Hence this reddish eye searing colour.
The next day, he was found dead in his hotel room, having committed suicide at age 30. Some say, he was killed by the soviet secret police and his suicide was staged. 

Poem (from wikipedia's translation) on Tomeo River 68gr. The pen is Kawrite Ultraflex. The smudge on the word "die" is intentional. 

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The best way to describe his poetry is a quote from Wikipedia: 
The Empress told me my poems were beautiful, but sad. I replied, the same could be said about Russia as a whole," 

The ink with a fine nib has an orange red hue, but with the flex it shares more character. Ink is bulletproof and fluorescent. When I first inked, it, I was sketching foxes.....

This is with the fine nib of a Kaweco Perkeo

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Here is another written text: from the Song of Songs.... this time on thin Tomoe River, pen Kanwrite Ultra flex... 

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Savour the richness of the red...

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and the delicate chroma:

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In all this is a delightful red ink, for those who are for looking for an unabashed eye searing red smile.png

Note the Russian series are more expensive than the other bulletproof inks. 

• Pens used: Kaweco Perkeo Fine/ Kanwrite Flex
• Shading: Quite a bit
• Ghosting: Not really.
• Bleed through: Depends on paper nib/ combination.  
• Flow Rate: Wet
• Lubrication: Great
• Nib Dry-out: No
• Start-up: No
• Saturation: Eye searing…
• Shading Potential: With flex and depending on paper
• Sheen: None
• Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed…
• Nib Creep / “Crud”: Yes.
• Staining (pen): Easy to clean…
• Clogging: Nope
• Water resistance: Excellant
• Availability: 90 ml bottles

 

 

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Thanks for this good review as always. Funny -- again, not at all hilarious -- but although I'm by no means hot about red inks (especially eye-searing or eye-piercing reds, as you say) I'm determined to get this ink for the simple reason that his life and what happened of it makes me think it (at least the ink) has to be accommodated/experienced in his favour.

Life is too short to drink bad wine (Goethe)

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3 minutes ago, lapis said:

Thanks for this good review as always. Funny -- again, not at all hilarious -- but although I'm by no means hot about red inks (especially eye-searing or eye-piercing reds, as you say) I'm determined to get this ink for the simple reason that his life and what happened of it makes me think it (at least the ink) has to be accommodated/experienced in his favour.

Thanks Lapis. Very tragic figure. Most of the Russian series authors  had tragic lives. (Not all of them of course) thanks to the inability of Bolsheviks to honour dissent..... 

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I just wanted to post an update about Esenin's waterproofness. 

Ten hours after writing my sample on a Clairefontaine pocket notebooks, I held it underarm  running water. Quite a bit of ink washed away. The more absorbent the paper is the less there is chance of ink being removed obviously. 

 

Before

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After

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Back

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Here is also an attempted sketch, I did on FRINGE paper. It's more absorbent. But the colour takes more orange hue...

 

The other two inks are Polar Green and Baystate Blue....

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