Ink Review #608: Krishna Black Rose


Krishna Black Rose, aka Rose Gold-I’ve seen it called both online, but since my sample says Black Rose I’m going with that name, at Pen Chalet it is listed as Rose Gold. It’s an interesting magenta with gold shimmer. It’s not quite pink and not quite purple but somewhere in-between. The shimmer is very sparse-it reminds me of the little bit of shimmer in Lamy Vibrant Pink, you really only notice it if you are looking hard for it.


The color:

Black Rose is a medium magenta with gold shimmer.



In large swabs you can see some of the gold shimmer and the green sheen. The shimmer is rather sparse, not too obvious.


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 shading, medium sheen, and gold shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was feathering and bleeding in the larger nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:


Out of the shimmer inks, Diamine Magenta Flash is closest to Black Rose. Out of the non-shimmer inks, Kyo Cherry Blossom is the closest. Click here to see the Krishna inks together, and click here to see the pink inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M605 White Transparent with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow. I really enjoyed the color but had some flow issues.

Overall, the shimmer is very subtle. I like the base color of the ink, but I did have some flow issues with the ink burping during normal use.

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