Ink Review #607: Krishna Sea at Night

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I love taking reader requests for ink reviews. Krishna Sea at Night is another reader request that I’ve gotten recently, and it is a super sheener.

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The color:

Sea at Night is a dark teal, hidden under a ton of red sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs you really only see the sheen with hints of the teal underneath.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. There would probably be more shading, but it’s hidden under all that sheen.

I did have some problems with the ink smearing on Rhodia and Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Sea at Night is similar to Organics Studio Santiago Sea Blue . Click here to see the Krishna inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had wet and sticky flow.

Overall, it’s pretty similar to Organics Studio Santiago Sea Blue, so you probably don’t need both. I found it better behaved than Santiago Sea, but not as well behaved as Sailor Yama-dori. I’m just not in love with it, it’s really hard to clean out of pens and it’s rather smeary.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #606: Krishna Moonview

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I’ve had a lot of requests recently for a review of Krishna Moonview, and a reader was very kind and sent me a sample to play with. There are so many sheeny blues out there, but I like seeing which ones perform best.

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The color:

Moonview is a medium blue with a ton of sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs you don’t see much blue, just the pink sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. There would probably be more shading, but it’s hidden under all that sheen.

I did have some problems with the ink smearing on Rhodia and Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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All of these blues are pretty similar, but if I had to choose one, I would say Diamine Maureen is the closest to Moonview. Click here to see the Krishna inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Kaweco Sport in Serenity Blue with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had wet but sticky flow.

Overall, it’s another monster sheener. At this point, I don’t need another medium blue super sheeny ink, but it’s another option. It performs better than Organics Studio Nitrogen, but not as well as Diamine Maureen.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Spring Ink Palettes

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It’s the first day of spring, which is great because I’m so sick of winter! The first sign of spring I usually notice in Washington is daffodils and right now they are blooming all over. This week I’ve been pulling out the kids’ spring clothes, putting away their winter coats and getting started on spring cleaning. I’ve had a lot of requests for spring ink palettes lately so here are 8 ink palettes for spring…

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Pastels

This first one is perfect for Easter-pastel colors but still readable.

  • Robert Oster Whisper Red: I’ve fallen hard for this ink lately, I always seem to have a pen full of it.

  • Papier Plume Sazerac: one of my favorite oranges

  • Colorverse Adobe: yellow inks are hard, this is one of the more unusual yellow inks I’ve tried

  • Diamine Spring Green: bright and cheerful

  • Robert Oster Viola: it’s a bit dry, so I prefer to use this ink in wetter pens, but I love the color

  • Papier Plume Garden District Azalea: I always fall back on this one during the spring, it’s a favorite

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Spring doesn’t have to mean pastels, this is a good light but bright option.

  • Robert Oster Yellow Sunset: one of my favorite yellows

  • Monteverde Topaz: I need to review this one soon, it’s pretty great

  • Kobe #30 Oji Cherry: bright, wet and wonderful

  • Monteverde Erinite: this color reminds me of green necco wafers

  • Diamine Aqua Blue: a great basic blue

  • Diamine Lavender

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Pinky

All the spring flowers make me want to use pinks and purples.

  • Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume: one of my favorite spring purples

  • Diamine Silver Fox: I love this grey, I use it every month

  • Robert Oster Pinky

  • Lamy Vibrant Pink

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Here’s some dusky options, less bright but still colorful.

  • De Atramentis Mint Turquoise

  • Colorverse Jupiter Flyby

  • Robert Oster Tangerine

  • Robert Oster Honey Bee

  • Robert Oster Dusky Pink

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Cheerful

  • Diamine Royal Blue

  • Diamine Carnation

  • Robert Oster African Gold

  • Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue

  • Monteverde Moonstone: one of my favorite brown inks

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Bright ‘n fun, for those days I need some cheering up.

  • Robert Oster Whisper Red

  • Robert Oster Peach: I love orange inks that lean more yellow than red

  • Robert Oster Yellow Sunset

  • Diamine Kelly Green

  • Robert Oster Pacific Ocean Teal

  • Diamine Kensington Blue

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Fresh

Diamine Soft Mint is one of my favorite teal inks, and I use it every spring.

  • Pilot Iroshizuku Tsutsuji

  • Pilot Iroshizuku Kosumosu

  • Waterman Tender Purple

  • Sheaffer Skrip Purple

  • Diamine Steel Blue

  • Diamine Soft Mint

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Some days I just want all of the bright things, and these ones fit the bill.

  • Sailor Jentle Apricot

  • Diamine Gerbera: a favorite orange and a good shader

  • Diamine Scarlet

  • Monteverde Garnet: I reach for this ink often, one of my favorites

  • Cross Violet

  • Monteverde Amethyst

What’s your favorite spring ink?

Ink Review #605: Lamy Rhodonite

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Lamy Rhodonite is one of the new Lamy Crystal inks, but as soon as I swabbed it I realized it looked suspiciously similar to Lamy Vibrant Pink, so let’s take a look! The ink retails for $16 per 30ml bottle.

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The color:

Rhodonite is a bright, medium pink.

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Rhodonite vs Vibrant Pink

The only difference I can see between the two is that a Vibrant Pink is just that-a bit more vibrant. Other than that, they perform very similar and look pretty much the same in writing.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is a little bit of bright green-gold sheen.

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Writing samples:

Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Rhodonite is very similar to Vibrant Pink. Click here to see the pink inks together, and click here to see the Lamy inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Lamy Al-Star Purple with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s so similar to Lamy Vibrant Pink that I can’t justify the higher price per ml when Vibrant Pink is so much cheaper.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.