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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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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.

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Mike Matteson said...

Sure, Anonymous. I don't know why not. It's a public blog.