This is an ink that I know people are going to be psyched about. Kin-Mokusei is the sweet olive tree, and it's blossoms are supposed to smell like apricots. Yep. Those apricots. There was much gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes when that ink was discontinued. Well, this one is pretty darn close. It's not as close a match as some might have hoped, but it's very similar.
Kin-Mokusei is a darker orange than Apricot was, and there are several examples below. The chromatography also shows a pretty big difference in the two inks. Nonetheless, it's close. In fact, I think it's better. While Apricot is a little on the light side for me, the more orangy nature of Kin-Mokusei is at least a little easier to read without sacrificing any of the cool.
Check out this new contender for "Best Orange" and let me know what you think in the comments.
I included this shot above because it shows the interesting sheen at the edge of the smear. You're not going to see this when writing with a pen (unless your pen has nonsense-level flow), but it's still cool.
On the Tomoe River...
Above: Pen Habit Currently Inked Journal Below: Maruman Word Cards
Copy Paper Test
If you're looking to compare almost any ink to almost any other ink, check out the Anderson Pens Ink Tool. It's flippin' rad. Here's a link to a bunch of my favorite oranges.
Video Review and Water Test
**Thanks again to Anderson Pens for sending this ink out for review. My review expresses only my own experience with this ink, and nothing else.**