Ink Review #448: Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lotte

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We are finishing up black ink week with Rohrer and Klingner SketchINK Lotte. The SketchINK line is pigmented, and usually very water resistant. Since it is pigmented, you need to shake the bottle before filling. It is very foamy when shaken. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Lotte is a basic black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a very shiny finish. Not sheen, just very shiny.

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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: High-the ink did not budge.

Feathering: Low-there was just a little bit of feathering on Rhodia in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: no shadingno sheen, and no shimmer. It does look a little bit lighter in drier nibs, but doesn’t show actual shading.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Rohrer and Klingner Lotte, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the R&K inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow and shiny finish.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow and shiny finish.

Overall, I love that it’s water resistant. I think it would be great for working with watercolors when you need a waterproof ink. It has a nice wet flow, but because it’s pigmented it’s a little bit more high maintenance than your average ink. I would at least rinse out the pen once a month just to keep the pen working well.

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

Ink Review #447: Aurora Black

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Let’s take a look at Aurora Black. I have heard about this ink from a million people who love it, so I finally decided to give it a try. I purchased my sample of ink from Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Black is a great basic, dark black, very saturated.

Swabs:

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In large swabs there is just a little bit of 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: no shadinglow sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a little bit of feathering, and some bleeding in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Aurora Black, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Aurora inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a wet flow.

Overall, it’s a great basic dark black. It is a bit expensive at $18 for 45ml, but has a nice wet flow. I added a full bottle to my wish list, since I love it as an everyday black.

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

Ink Review #446: Sailor Kiwa-guro

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Today’s ink is Sailor Nano Kiwa-guro, aka Sailor Pigmented Black. I’m a big fan of Sailor inks, I love the wet flow. Thanks to Pen Chalet for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Kiwa-guro is a very shiny black.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink has a ton of shine. It’s not sheen, just really shiny.

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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: I would almost say this ink has two dry times, it’s pretty dry at 40 seconds, but you can still smear the shine finish until 100 seconds.

Water resistance: High-the ink did not budge.

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Very Low

Other properties: no shadingno sheen, and no shimmer. The ink is very shiny, but doesn’t have any sheen.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was just a tiny bit of feathering, but no bleeding. The ink did have a shine finish even on copy paper.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Colorverse 1 Sunspot, Sailor Nano Kiwa-guro, and Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Sailor inks together.

Diamine Onyx Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Take-sumi, and Pelikan Edelstein Onyx. Click here to see the black inks together.

Longer writing:

 I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a great wet flow.

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on an ivory Hippo Noto Notebook. The ink had a great wet flow.

Overall, the ink has a very shiny finish that can be smeared up to 100 seconds after writing, which is a long time. The ink did not budge with water though, so if you are looking for a water-resistant black, give this one a shot. The ink does perform pretty well on copy paper too. I really like this ink, I just have to be more careful about smearing when I use it.

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