Ink Review #861: Krishna Winter


Krishna Winter V-3 is the third and latest version of the Winter ink. I’ve been curious about this ink for a while, but was unsure about trying it because there are so many different versions. This version of Winter is a little bit darker, and has less sheen than Krishna Moonview. Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a bottle over for review.


The color:

Winter is a dark blue with some sheen.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has plenty of dark reddish-pink sheen.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 15 seconds

Water resistance: Medium-some of the ink washed away, but you might still be able to read it.

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib.

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in all nib sizes and had a little bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Winter is just a little bit more purple than Monteverde Sapphire. Click here to see the Krishna inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s pretty well behaved, but there’s nothing about it that stands out to me. The bottle is small-only 20ml and the color seems to change with each version. Make sure you check which version you are looking at before you hit “buy”. I did have some issues with nib creep, the ink seemed to travel inside the pen, everywhere except where I wanted it. I use Pilot Vanishing Points for the bulk of my ink testing, and every time I clicked the pen ink came flying out and spattered everywhere.

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