7/24/14

Platinum Mix-Free Leaf Green


I've got a couple of green inks to show, and this is the first of them. Platinum is a pen and ink maker that I'm not all that familiar with. They make some beautiful high-end pens (that I haven't gotten to try out yet) as well as the super-affordable Preppy and moderately-priced Plaisir. They also make a set of inks that are a little difficult to get ahold of. I've checked several sites, and it appears that Goulet is the only site that sells them. They go for $20 per 60ml bottle. Samples are the way to go for these, I'd think. 



The cool thing about these inks is that you can mix them all together to make your own colors. That's the Mix-Free part of the ink's name. There are plenty of inks that you can mix together, but most people are a little cautious about doing that because it can lead to all sorts of odd results if you mix different brands together or different collections within the same brand. I've heard of sediments and solidifications and all sorts of things. You won't have that problem with these inks, Platinum promises. Mix away!


This particular ink isn't all that saturated (so that it can be mixed well, I guess), so you see shading even on copy papers. That's a good feature for some people. Otherwise, this is a really nice green. It behaves well, and it looks 'happy,' if you ask me. 





I've got Mont Blanc's Swift Seaweed coming up soon, and this Leaf Green is much more green.


Nope, so real bleed in this nib. A couple of spots are showing through the copy paper, but I would totally use the other side of the page.

 Sorry about the yellow cast on this. I took several of these pictures under a lame lamp, but I'm not looking for color-correctness in these anyway. 


Water Test and Video Review:






7/22/14

Diamine Coral (now with 100% more chromatography!)


Diamine Coral is an ink that I've been using for a bit in my Monteverde Artista Crystal. It's an orange pen, and it's fun to use this color in that pen. It doesn't hurt that this is a really interesting color that behaves really well on the page.

I didn't see any of the sheen until I was looking at the swatch through the camera lense. I bet you'd see it with a really wet nib, but I didn't see it with the medium nib I was using.




It turns out that I was unsure how to spell "surprise." I was spelling it correctly, but it looked wrong so I crossed it out, tried it again, and then decided that I'd gotten it right. I couldn't re-do the review because I was darn-near out of the ink as it was. This is a great one. 


Looks like I captured some of the sheen in this picture. 



**Newly Added**  Since this seems to be a popular feature, I'll try to keep it up. Here's a chromatograph of Diamine Coral. Lots of pinks and yellows in there with just a touch of red.



Check out this awesome orange/pink ink in 60 ml bottles at:
Anderson Pens $10 ( 3ml samples for $1.25)
Jet Pens $12.50

Water Drop Test and Video Review:



7/19/14

Sailor Miruai (Seaweed)


This is the last of the new Sailor inks that I have to show you. All eight of them are now on the blog (and on YouTube). Go check out those reviews for more of this awesome set.


I really like that Sailor has given us something more than the usual blue-black ink (which you can still find in Sailor's Jentle Blue-Black). I'm partial to these sorts of colors, and Sailor has given me a purple black, a brown-black, and now a green-black. The color is definitely a green (as you can see below), but  the dark top-notes are much more prevalent. Certainly a color that office-folk can use without letting everyone know that they love green ink.



 I really like the smooth, wet, texture of this ink, and it went really well with my Faber-Castell Basic. You can see a bit of shading in the close-up below. This is one of the more saturated inks in the collection, so you're not going to see as much shading as you do in many of the others. It's also not got that sheen that some of the others have, but that's fine with me. Not every ink has to have sheen.


A little bit of coppery sheen in the top right corner of this swatch. 

I don't know why this picture insists on being sideways. 

Several inks compared to Miruai. I'm a little surprised by how close it is to Epinard, though Epinard is more green and less black than Miruai. I'm also surprised that I had 4 green inks at hand. 



 On the "ordinary paper test" this ink does really well. It's a wet ink in a wet nib, and there's just some ghosting and a few little spots that bled through. Much better than I expected, really.



Thanks again to Anderson Pens for sending me these inks to review. It's been a pleasure, and I fully endorse almost every ink in this collection. 


Water Drop Test and Review Video:





7/17/14

Sailor Nioi-Sumire


This is the second to last of the new Sailor inks. Thanks to Anderson Pens for sending over these samples.

Nioi-Sumire is the best shader in the group, and that's something in a set like this. This ink shades even on regular copy paper, which isn't all that common.

 Both of these are the same ink in the same pen. Weird, right?

Here's the written review. I really liked this ink, though I don't think it's nearly as violet as it is a blue. For me, not a purple-lover, that's great.

I forgot to draw a "sweet violet!" 

Here's Nioi-Sumire on a couple of different media as well as a chromatography strip. 

 Above you'll see a close-up of the ink on a Mnemosyne Word Card, which shows the bit of sheen that you get from this ink. 
Below is a close up of the smear on Rhodia. 

The chromatography of this ink is a little one two-note. It's not the awesome mix-up of different colors that you see in some of the other Sailors in this line, but it comes out great on paper.



Here is the ink on some regular copy paper. There's nothing bleeding through on this one. Hooray! Also, I took these pictures under a different light, and it's amazing what a difference that makes.




This is a really nice ink. Those of you who love a shading ink, this is one for you. It flows really well, and it's well-behaved. Get a bottle or a sample at Anderson Pens for $18 or $2.50, respectively.


Water Drop Test:







7/15/14

Sailor Shigure

Another almost-black ink in the new Sailor collection, again, thanks to the Andersons at AndersonPens.net. This time, we've got a purple-black ink. Just like the last few inks, this one is excellent. I'm really glad to be able to write that so many times in a row.

Shigure doesn't have the most shading or the most sheen in the collection, but it has enough of both to stand out while being an excellent everyday ink.

If you like what you see here, then you can find samples and bottles of Shigure at AndersonPens.net.

As you'll see above, the purple of this ink is only going to stand out when you're using very good paper or under strong lighting.

Yep. Illustration. Flower is not to scale. 

The pictures below show how the ink behaves on regular copy paper. It's a very smooth ink, even in the fine nib of my Vista, which has a history of being a bit dry. There's not much shading from this ink on copy paper, but it is still purple enough if you look closely.

 There's a bit of show-through from this ink, but not very much. There's also just a little bit of bleed, but it's pretty minor. It might be more pronounced in a wetter nib, as this ink is pretty free-flowing.



Below, we have a well-lit sample of Shigure next to several other inks. I don't have many purple inks, but this is one that I could see adding to my collection. 


Plenty of sheen showing up in this swatch. It has a coppery tone to it. 



Chromatography shows this ink to be made up of several blue and purple shades with a top note of black. I sort of wonder where the sheen shows up in this ink, because I don't see the shiny bits in here.



Water Drop Test and Review Video:


I found out that I could take stills while I was taking video. This one turned out pretty well.


As you'll have seen in the pictures above, no water resistance here. Even brief exposure to water messes this one all up.