Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu

I’m becoming a huge fan of sailor inks. They seem to have this perfect balance of unique colours with surprising sheen and excellent flow. At least that’s my experience with them. One the one hand they seem pricey when you just look at the packaging and bottle. I mean look at Pelikan Edelstein and Montegrappa bottles – they absolutely beautiful, and it kind of makes you feel a little better about the price. But at the same time, I have yet to come across a more functional and pleasant to use bottle. (You can read more about the bottle here: bottle overview)

overview

ink overview

So I got a sample of this colour and the only thing that adequately describes it, is the emoji with the heart eyes and pure, awesome weirdness. In the vial, and when you begin writing it looks like a dark forest green.

Close up top

Close up top

But as it dries it changes colour to a kind of dark olive green, and if using a wet nib develops a red sheen with borderline black shading.

Look at that sheen

Look at that sheen

In this case I had it already inked in my TWSBI EF so I went with that, but I think this ink will really outdo itself in my Jinhao. It is considerably darker then Rhorer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, and the few other yellow green inks I had. But Noodlers Sequinoa Green is a relatively good match – it is a touch darker though. Sequinoa Green also lacks the sheen, and doesn’t shade nearly as expressively.

Close up bottom

Close up bottom

And just look at the shading that’s possible with this colour…

Shading and Sheen

Shading and Sheen

The flow is excellent – i’m under the impression that it is a lubricated ink, but i’m not sure about this. Water resistance isn’t good, but then again that’s not really surprising.

Water resistance

Water resistance

Iv’e been entertaining myself this whole week with the colour change that happens as the ink dries. It really is a pleasure to use, and as an added bonus the cleanup is a breeze.

Ohhh and on a completely different but related topic… if any stationary lovers plan on going to Japan anytime soon – this store is insanely epic: Itoya

M

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