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Krishna's Jungle Volcano


 A new brand on the blog! I ran into Tom from Inkjournal at the Philly Pen Show this January, and he showed me this new (to me) line of inks that he was selling. Dr. Sreekumar of Krishna Pens has been making pens and inks in India for quite a while, and he has some really nice looking work. Alongside inks with really interesting colors (and interesting sheens), there are hand-made ebonite pens painted in layers of lacquer with some really pretty nibs. It seems like he makes the pens to order, and can mix up inks in various ways, too.

Anyway, this one is a really interesting ink. Super-sheen inks are pretty hot right now, but there aren't any others out there (that I'm aware of) which have a bright  orange base with this kind of awesome green sheen on top. It's a striking combo. While I love the color of the ink, and the price is pretty good, I had some problems with hard starts in both of the nibs I used this ink with. I think you'll want to have a really wet nib for this one, or else just add a touch of water to it to thin it out a tiny bit. I ended up dipping the nib in water to get it flowing, sometimes. Once you've got it going, though, it's pretty great.

Check out the images below, and let me know what you think of this one.

The Written Review

Close Ups!

InkJournal Tomoe River

Oddly, I didn't get as much sheen on Tomoe River as I did on the Rhodia (or even the copy paper). It's weird how different inks react to different papers. Usually, Tomoe River is all sheen. Not this time. Just some shine.

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Inky Fingers Currently Inked

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20 lb Copy Paper

This ink, in contrast to other super-sheeners, is really great on copy paper. You get a little sheen, but not too much. You also get zero bleed, feather, or spread. That's always impressive. Perhaps that's because it's just a little dry?


Water Drop Test and Video Review

Like a Mogwai, don't get this one near water. It'll be a mess.

Color Comparisons!

It was really hard to match this orange through all the sheen on the word card, but it's somewhere between Diamine Pumpkin and Nemosine Solar Storm, I think. Sorta? It's a cool orange, anyway.

Bonus Sheen!

Montegrappa Ducale Grande Emperador Brown Limited Edition


Kenro sent this huge limited edition our for review, and it's totally worth a look. There are only 200 of these, so make sure you jump on it if you're interested.

You should be able to find it at most Montegrappa dealers including:

Pen Chalet

Fountain Pen Hospital

and Anderson Pens (who may not have it on their site, but can almost certainly get it for you).

Kyo-Iro Moonlight of Higashyama


These Kyo-Iro inks are really interesting. This is the third one that I've reviewed on this blog, and I think I like it the most, so far. It's definitely more interesting than Flaming Red, and on par with the really cool Soft Snow of Ohara. Like Ohara, this ink is difficult to categorize. It's sort of a red, but it's also sort of an orange. It's a little pale in the smear on Rhodia, but it's plenty saturated from the nib. It's a bit weird, but I really like it. In fact, as you can see above, I've used up almost the entire sample that Anderson Pens sent me for review. They've got it in stock in bottles and samples, and you should check this one out. It's neat.

Check it out below and let me know where you stand on this interpretation of Moonlight. Also, there are a whole slew of color comparisons down there for you to see. A SLEW.

Also, after I'd done the video and taken all of the pictures, I noticed that I misspelled the name of the ink. I forgot the little hump on an "h" and I feel a little dumb about that. Oh well. It happens.

Written Review



This one looks way different in the two pens I used it in. The flex nib is darker and finer, and it seems to put a lot more of the ink the same place. I really like it both ways, though.

Copy Paper Test

This is really good. You see a touch of bleed from the flex nib, but only a couple of dots here and there from the broad SIG, and no feathering.

Inky Fingers Currently Inked Notebook

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Ink Journal Tomoe River

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Life Notecards

I picked these up on a whim from JetPens a while ago because I'd recently been introduced to Life paper, and they're really nice. Also, they come with a hole punched in them so that you can easily put them on a ring.


Water Test and Video Review

This one has a little more resistance than I thought it would, but I wouldn't call it water-resistant.

Color Comparisons

Okay, so I've tried to find some things that are close to Moonlight, but none of them really are. These swatches run the gamut from reds, to oranges, to browns.

Some things I've posted recently on YouTube:

Hi folks,

It's been a super busy semester for me so far. In a lot of ways, I feel that I've just been running from one thing to another thing to the next thing. That always makes the blogging slow down, and I always feel a little guilty about not providing as much content as I'd like to put out. If you're just a blog-reader, and you don't subscribe to my YouTube channel, then it's been really quiet.

It hasn't been all that quiet over on YouTube. I do a weekly hang-out live with anyone who wants to show up and chat. Those are almost always at 4pm Eastern Time. Come on over!

I've also done a couple of pen reviews recently, and those just work better in moving pictures than they do in static-pictures. So, I'll post those at the bottom of this post. I've got one more pen review coming out very soon, and another on some nibs I've been using for a while. Inks will be back very soon, too, as I have some that I've been loving and some others that I've been really frustrated with.

Thanks for being a part of this blog adventure! It's been just over 6 years so far, and that's pretty awesome.

Robert Oster Caffe Crema


Anderson Pens sent me the sample that I started using for this review, but I liked it so much that I had to get a bottle. This is one that I've got no reservations about recommending. It's a sort of creamy brown that looks like coffee with cream. (Thus the name.)

The first pen that I put this in was a Kanilea Mauna Kea, and it matches the pen really well. It's sort of like the colors on the pen are coming together to make the ink. Corny? Yeah. It's true, though.

Check out the images below to see this ink in action, and let me know what you think of it. I'm a big fan of brown inks, and this one is near the top of the list for me.  At the end of the post you'll see a bunch of color comparisons for this ink.

Written Review


I've got it listed as "medium" flow here, but it's a little on the dry-medium side. I haven't had any issues with flow or hard starts, but it doesn't exactly flood the page. 

Copy Paper Test

 This is a really good ink for copy paper. There's only a bit of show-thru on this paper, even with a broad nib.

InkJournal Tomoe River

Inky Fingers Currently Inked


Water Test and Video Review

Color Comparisons!