Today we are looking at March's Pen Parcel, aka the Birmingham Pen ink subscription. Every month five new, 5ml samples hit my mailbox. Sometimes the inks become available as singles on the Birmingham website about a month after the subscription, sometimes they are just test colors. These five are not available yet, but if they become standard colors, you can find them at Birmingham Pens.
Left to right, Chipotle, Bourbon, Aluminum Oxide, Parrot and Sapphire Tributary.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
The inks took 20-40 seconds to dry.
Dry time: 20-40 seconds
Water resistance: Low
Feathering: Medium-there was feathering on Rhodia and Leuchtturm in most of the nib sizes.
Show through: Medium
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in every nib size as well as quite a bit of bleeding, so I would not recommend these inks for cheap paper.
Chipotle is similar to 3 Oysters Seal Brown. Bourbon is similar to Platinum Classic Sepia Black. Aluminum Oxide is similar to Robert Oster Graphite. Parrot is similar to Diamine Jade. Sapphire Tributary is similar to Jacques Herbin Bleu Austral. Click here to see the Birmingham inks together.
Overall, the colors are ok but none of them really stand out to me. I’ve mentioned the watery flow in the last few months’ subscription reviews, and March’s has the same watery flow.
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.