This week we are looking at Ancient Song inks, which are made in China. I purchased my inks 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. First up is Ancient Song Winter October.
Winter October is a medium teal with dark pink sheen and bright gold shimmer.
In large swabs there is a ton of bright gold shimmer.
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
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was some feathering and bleeding.
Winter October vs. Emerald of Chivor:
Winter October has an average flow, medium shading, and medium pink sheen. The shimmer is also a bit brighter gold.
Emerald of Chivor has a wet flow, low shading, and medium red sheen.
I don't think one is necessarily better than the other, it just depends on what properties you are looking for. If you want a wetter ink, Emerald of Chivor is better. If you want more shading, Winter October might be better for you.
I used a broad Twsbi Eco Pink on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average 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 found this ink to be really interesting. I love the color, and it's pretty well behaved too.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links.