Ink Review #337: Ancient Song Offering Incense


Since this week we are testing out Ancient Song inks, let's take a look at Offering Incense. I purchased my bottle of ink from Straits Pen. They don't have any available online right now, but I think they will have some Ancient Song inks available at their table at the San Francisco Pen Show in August. 


The color:

Offering Incense is in-between blue and green, so let's call it a light teal. On the Col-o-ring it looks a bit more green than it does in writing.



In large swabs there is some of bright gold shimmer-not as much as I've seen in some Ancient Song inks, but a decent amount,


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shadingno sheen, and lots of gold shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering and bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Ancient Song Winter October, Ancient Song Offering Incense, and Diamine Sparmint Diva. Click here to see the Ancient Song inks together. Offering Incense is a bit darker than Spearmint Diva, but not as dark as Winter October.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow. I didn't have any clogging issues, but like any shimmer ink you need to rotate the pen to keep the shimmer in suspension.


Overall, I love the color of this ink, but it felt just a bit dry. If you are looking for a more readily available shimmer ink this color, give Diamine Spearmint Diva a try.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links.