Thornton's Luxury Goods Inks-Part 1

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Thornton’s Luxury Goods is a pen store just outside Chicago in Hickory Hills. Recently Thornton’s Luxury Goods sent me some of their store brand inks to try, so I decided to take a crack at the highlighter and neutral inks first: fluorescent pink, yellow, green and standard brown and black. Here’s a quick disclaimer though-these highlighter inks are really hard to photograph correctly. I tried hard to edit them to reflect the real color, but they are so eye-searing I’m pretty sure they seared my camera lens too.

Swabs:

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Left to right: Highlighter Pink, Highlighter Yellow, Highlighter Green, Brown and Black. The highlighter yellow and green are bright, almost radioactive-like colors. The pink is a highlighter ink as well, but it lacks the bright, fluorescent quality the yellow and green have. The brown is more of a reddish-brown, and the black leans just a little bit purple.

Writing samples:

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

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Dry time:

The inks took 10-20 seconds to dry.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Low shading, no sheen and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Highlighter Pink is closest to Sailor Ink Studio 131, Highlighter Yellow is closest to Diamine Yellow, and Highlighter Green is closest to Robert Oster Light Green. Brown is similar to Taccia Cha Brown and Black is close to Sailor Jentle Black.

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I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook with Tomoe River paper. Pens I used: Kaweco Al-sport Rose Gold-B, Kaweco Sunrise-B, TWSBI Eco Transparent Green-M, Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown-M and Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines-M. The highlighter inks had dry flows, and brown and black had average flows.

Overall, I’m not a big fan of highlighter inks, and I don’t particularly like these ones. The flow is a bit too dry and the colors are eye-searing, they do dry quickly though. The brown and black inks have nice average flows, but there isn’t anything about them that makes them stand out from the 100 other brown and black inks I already have. You can find these inks on Thornton’s website or on Amazon.

Disclaimer: These inks were provided by Thornton’s Luxury Goods for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #790: Robert Oster Black is Black

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I am always on the lookout for good black inks. Robert Oster recently released his first black ink, Black is Black so I had to give it a try. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Black is Black is not a dark black, it’s more of an unsaturated black that leans almost brownish-grey in large swabs.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a little bit of brownish-black 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: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-it had a bit more feathering on Rhodia that other Robert Oster inks I’ve tried.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was a little bit of bleeding in the larger nib sizes on Rhodia paper.

Other properties: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Black is Black leans more brown than any of the other black inks I compared it to. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the black inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is not a true black to me, it’s almost a dark greyish-brown. It’s rare that I don’t like a Robert Oster ink, but I’ve become rather picky about my black inks, and I’m not sold on this one. I just feel like it’s not as good as a lot of the black inks I already have, and it had more feathering than most of the Robert Oster inks I’ve tried.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #789: Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine

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Do you ever have bottles of ink you get excited about and order, try once then stick it in your drawer and forget about? That’s Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine for me. I ordered it like 2 1/2 years ago, tried it once and promptly forgot about it. I decided to pull it back out and give it another go. It was the Pelikan Edelstein ink of the year in 2016, but was recently added to the standard lineup due to popularity. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet.

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The color:

Aquamarine is a medium, but slightly murky/dusky teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a lot more depth than I saw in writing.

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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: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Aquamarine seems like a lighter version of Sailor Ink Studio #664. In writing they look closer than they do in swabs. Click here to see the Pelikan inks together, and click here to see the teal inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Franklin-Christoph 46 Italian Ice with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, it’s a nice ink, but it’s not one I use often (clearly, since it’s been sitting in my drawer for two years). I like the color, but the flow is a little dry for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #788: KWZ Chicago Blue

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When I go to Seattle Pen Posse meetups, my friend Matt lets me play with his pens. He often has one inked with KWZ Chicago Blue and after trying it in his pens a few times, I wanted my own bottle. Unfortunately, Chicago Blue was only sold at the 2017 Chicago Pen Show. I was so excited when Chicago Blue was re-released at the 2019 Chicago Pen Show. Luckily for me, my friend was able to pick me up a bottle! I did take a look around online and found out that Vanness Pens currently has some for sale, I think they bought the leftover ink when the show was over.

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The color:

Chicago Blue is a medium, vibrant blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty black 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: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen is black on blue ink, so it’s subtler than other inks, but the sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper as well as in flex nibs on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Chicago Blue is darker than Monteverde Ocean Noir, and has black sheen rather than Ocean Noir’s copper. Click here to see the KWZ inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Edison Collier Steel Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, I’m glad I have a full bottle of this ink because I really enjoy it. I love the color and the subtle sheen. It has a nice wet flow and some nice shading as well. If you like the look of this ink, go get some from Vanness Pens while it’s still available.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself (through my friend) and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #787: Robert Oster Hot Pink

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I love magenta inks-I don’t know why since I’m not normally crazy about pink but magenta pinks are lovely. Let’s take a look at Robert Oster Hot Pink. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet. When I first tried this ink I thought it was much warmer. It’s warmer when wet and cools down a bit as it dries.

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The color:

Hot Pink is a medium pink, almost magenta.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has some pretty shading.

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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: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

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Hot Pink is a little bit lighter than Monteverde Garnet. Click here to see the Robert Oster inks together, and click here to see the pink inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Blossom Red with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this is a really nice magenta pink. It has a nice flow, great color, and well behaved. It’s a win for me.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.

Sailor Ink Studio Wish List

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Now that I’ve reviewed all 100 Sailor Ink Studio inks, I wanted to share my favorites from the set and a few things I’ve learned about them.

Dual Shaders:

The most unique inks in the set are the ones that have one base color and shade to one or two different colors. Inks with dual shading are: 173, 130, 150, 442, 142, 162 and 123. 223 and 462 also have similar shading, but because they are darker than their siblings, it’s harder to see the shading. 123 seems to be the most popular from the set, and for good reason. It’s a grey base with green and purple shading. 162 is it’s opposite-green with purple and grey shading. 173 and 130 are opposites of each other too-173 is orange with pink and yellow shading, 130 is pink with yellow and orange shading. All of these are on my wish list because they are so unique, but because they are so light I prefer to use them in larger, wetter nibs.

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Unique Colors:

After comparing all 100 inks to inks I already have, the ones that stand out as the most unique to me just based on color are: 335, 650, 543, 740, 264, 160, 260, 770 and 464. 770’s color isn’t necessarily unique, but because useable yellow inks are so hard to find I wanted to include it. All of these are on my wish list.

Sheen:

If you’re looking for sheen, stick to the higher numbers. Pretty much every ink with a number over 500 has at least a little bit of sheen.

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Q&A:

Q: Which one is closest to Lamy Dark Lilac?

A: Dark Lilac seems to have become the ink that got away for many people so I’m always on the lookout for a dupe. 735 and 935 are both very similar, 935 is a tiny bit darker. Both have a little bit more red than Dark Lilac does, but both are passable alternatives.

Q: Where can I buy these inks in the United States?

A: Sailor USA does not allow these inks to be sold online in the US, but you can find them in-store at:

If you aren’t close to either of those, you can order them online from:

If you have tried any of the Sailor Ink Studio inks, which is your favorite?

July 2019 Ink Palettes

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This has not been my best week-the kids and I have each taken turns with strep throat, not my favorite sport. But it’s the fourth of July which means bright happy colors, and because it cheers me up-ink palettes for July!

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For this month’s ink palettes I decided to make one big rainbow so no matter what inks I used from it they would look good together.

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Here’s all the inks I used to make the rainbow except for Diamine Florida Blue, because sick brain makes me forget things.

I broke the rainbow down into sets of 3-5 that look good together.

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Diamine Peach Haze, Sailor Ink Studio 770, Diamine Jade Green, Lamy Pacific Blue and Pilot Iroshizuku Fukirokuju.

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Sailor Ink Studio 230, Diamine Flowers Gerbera and Pilot Iroshizuku Daikokuten.

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Waterman Tender Purple, Diamine Florida Blue, Diamine Cool Green, Robert Oster Ryde Green and Robert Oster Yellow Sunset.

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Kobe #30 Oji Cherry, Diamine Sunshine Yellow, Robert Oster Green Green, Diamine Marine and Robert Oster Blue Water Ice.

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Lamy Vibrant Pink, Robert Oster Bishop To King, J Herbin Eclat de Saphir, Papier Plume Lake Michigan Summer and Robert Oster Emerald.

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Monteverde Sapphire, Diamine Flowers Pansy, Diamine Wild Strawberry, Sailor Ink Studio 731 and Diamine Orange.

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Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo, Sailor Jentle Irori, Montblanc Lucky Orange, Sailor Jentle Apricot and Robert Oster Peach.

Since it’s the fourth of July I’m using Sailor Jentle Irori and Monteverde Sapphire, bright red and blue. My plan for the day: homework in the morning, grilling jalapeño cheddar burgers for dinner and watching fireworks with my kids. Happy fourth!

Disclaimer: All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links and this post is not sponsored in any way.