Ink Review #97: Organics Studio Mercury Red

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I love the three Organics Studio inks I have tried so far, so I have high hopes for Organics Studio Mercury Red. I got my bottle from Pen Chalet

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The bottle:

55 ml of ink. The ink is handmade in Maryland. 

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The color...

Mercury Red is a subdued Red. The last few Organics Studio inks I have tried have been really vibrant, so this is a little different.

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The consistency of the ink is good, it's just muted compared to other red inks.

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: low

Feathering: none

Show through: low-medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: No shading and no sheen.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Music Strauss, Organics Studio Mercury Red, and Diamine Monoco Red. As of right now, I can't think of a close match for Mercury Red. All of the other reds are more saturated. The closest is probably Monoco Red. To see the Organics Studio ink swabs together, click here.

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Longer writing:

I used a broad Vanishing Point on Original Crown Mill Stationery. The ink started out more saturated, and the longer I wrote the lighter it seemed to become. 

What I like: This ink is very well-behaved. No complaints there.

What I don't like: The dry time is a bit long, and the color is very muted. I prefer more saturated colors, so the color is too light for my taste. It also doesn't have any shading or sheen to make it pop.

Overall, this ink isn't my favorite, just because of the muted color. I don't think I need a full bottle of this one, just because I don't love it.

Disclaimer: This ink was sent to me free of charge by Pen Chalet, in exchange for an honest review. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #96: Platinum Lavender Black

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Platinum's classic line is made up of six different iron gall inks, all of which start as a lighter color, and get darker with time. Today's Platinum ink is Lavender Black. I got my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet. I've always been a bit chicken about iron gall inks, but this ink has sold me on them. You do need to be mindful about how often you clean your pens with iron gall ink, so just don't leave the ink in a pen for too long. In the near future I will do a post about iron gall inks after I have had a chance to play with more of them. 

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The bottle:

60 ml of ink. the bottle does come with a plastic ink miser in it. It's taller than the Sailor inserts, so I gave it a try-and my pen got stuck in it. So I had to pull it out to save my pen, I will not be putting it back in the bottle. 

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The color:

Lavender Black starts out as a medium pink and dries to a medium purple. Seasonally, I would use this ink in the fall.

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When the pooled ink dries, it almost looks black, with a velvety texture. 

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Dry time: 45 seconds

Water resistance: the purple washes away, but the black undertone stays, so I'm gonna say medium water resistance.

Feathering: none

Show through: medium

Bleeding: none

Other properties: High shading

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Tyrian Purple, Platinum Lavender Black, and Montblanc Antoine de Saint-exupery. To see the Platinum ink swabs together, click here. Antoine de Saint-Exupery is more red than Lavender Black. 

Diamine Music Handel, Pelikan Edelstein Amethyst, and J. Herben Larmes de Cassis. To see the purple ink swabs together, click here

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Longer writing:

I used a broad nib on Tomoe River paper.

Overall, I love that the ink changes color-it's a bit fascinating to watch. This is the first ink that I have reviewed that showed high shading. I'm obsessed with shading at the moment, so that makes me happy. I'm glad I have a full bottle of this one, because I really love it.

Disclaimer: This ink was sent to me free of charge by Pen Chalet, in exchange for an honest review. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Palette: Autumn Trees

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. I'm in love with boots and sweaters and scarves and cup after cup of hot chocolate. To me, fall means bright reds, oranges, and yellows. It means back to school, and carving pumpkins.

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 I saw this picture the other day and fell in love with it, so I matched it with some inks. 

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I'm in love with this black. I have yet to try a Pilot Iro. ink that I haven't liked, and this one is a very smooth black ink.

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Robert Oster does a fabulous job with his inks, and this one is no exception. 

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I've just recently started playing with Nemosine inks, but so far the ones I have tried have been great. Solar Storm is a fabulous orange for fall.

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Sazerac has some wonderful shading, and is a nice light orange. 

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This ink is great for emphasizing parts of the page, instead of the main writing. 

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Fall is here...go get a cup of hot chocolate.

Ink Review #95: Kobe 30 Oji Cherrry

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Kobe ink is made by Sailor, and so far I haven't tried too many of them, but I really liked the ones I have tried. Depending on which website you look at, I have seen Oji Cherry spelled Ooji Cherry, Ouji Cherry and Oji Cherry. My box says Oji Cherry, so I'm going with that spelling for now. I got my bottle of ink from Ron over at Pen Chalet

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The bottle:

Kobe inks come in the standard Sailor bottles, but without the stupid ink misers.

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The color...

Oji Cherry is a bright pink, perfect for spring. 

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I'm not usually a pink fan, but I do really like this color, it's beautiful. I do wish it had more sheen and shading though.

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There is just a tiny bit of gold sheen on the edges of the ink drops.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: low

Feathering: none

Show through: low

Bleeding: none

Other properties: Low shading, tiny bit of gold sheen

Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji, Kobe #30 Oji Cherry, and Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji. To see the Kobe ink swabs together, click here.

Akkerman #20 Pulchri Pink, Diamine Flamingo Pink, and Papier Plume Garden District Azalea. To see the pink ink swabs together, click here.

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot 912 FA on Tomoe River paper. The ink did a good job of keeping up with the flex, but there is just a little bit of railroading.

Overall, this ink is nice and wet, and is a gorgeous color, but the dry time is a bit long. I really do love the color though, so I'm really happy I have a full bottle of ink. 

Disclaimer: This bottle of ink was sent to me free of charge by Ron at Pen Chalet in exchange for an honest review. There are no affiliate links on this page.

Ink Review #94: Robert Oster Orange

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I'm still obsessed with Robert Oster inks. The brand is amazing. There are so many different colors, and so many of them have shading and sheen that I just can't help myself, I gotta try them all. So today-Robert Oster Orange. You gotta have oranges in fall, am I right?? I got my sample of ink from Vanness Pens

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The color...

Orange is well...orange. It's a little bit on the red-orange side. 

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The ink has a good consistency. The ink drops show a little bit of shading.

Dry time: 25 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: low-medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, low orange sheen

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Diamine Orange, Robert Oster Orange, and Robert Oster Tangerine. RO Orange is a lot more vibrant than Tangerine. To see the Robert Oster ink swabs together, click here.

Montblanc Lucky Orange, Diamine Pumpkin, and Sailor Jentle Apricot. To see the orange ink swabs together, click here.

Longer writing: I tested this ink on Original Crown Mill stationery, which is a cream and Navy laid stationery. I started out using a Pilot 912 FA nib, but because of the laid finish of the paper, there was a lot of railroading and hard starts. I switched over to a medium nib, and it flowed a lot better. 

What I like: I like the shading and the little bit of sheen. Robert Oster does a great job with consistency in his inks.

What I don't like: the railroading on the stationery paper, but I think that's the paper's fault, not the ink's. 

Overall, I would buy a bottle of this ink. Right now I just have a sample, so it's going on my to purchase list.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.