Ink Review #112: Organics Studio Emerson

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Organics Studio has become very popular this year with it's monster sheeners, Nitrogen and Walden, so when I found out Tyler (the owner/creator) had released another new ink, I had to give it a try.  The new ink's full name is Ralph Waldo Emerson Twilight Blue, but I'm just gonna call it Emerson. It belongs to the Masters of Writing collection. I purchased my bottle of ink from Pen Chalet. The 55ml ink bottles are made in small batches of 50 in Maryland.

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The color...

Emerson is blue-at least I think there's some blue somewhere under all that sheen. 

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Emerson is definitely another sheen monster. 

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The ink drops look more like circles of pink foil rather than blue ink drops. This ink is similar to Organics Studio Walden and Nitrogen in that it gets everywhere. I filled the pens I needed, and tried to wash the ink off my hands, but even after washing them twice, I was still smearing ink on whatever I touched. So in the writing samples you will see some ink smudges, just from the ink left on my hands. 

Let's look at how Emerson behaves on good paper first.

Dry time: 32 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None (it did bleed through in that one spot on the swab on Rhodia paper)

Other properties: No shading, but monster mega sheen

I expected worse on the Moleskine paper. I thought it would feather everywhere, but it actually did really well, with no feathering, but there was quite a bit of bleeding. This paper shows off the actual color of the ink itself, not the sheen-it's a nice dark blue.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS): Organics Studio Nitrogen, Organics Studio Emerson, and Organics Studio Walden. Click here to see the Organics Studio inks together. All three of these are Organics Studio's monster sheeners, and I don't think sheenier inks exist. Emerson is a little bit darker than Nitrogen, and more blue than Walden.

Diamine Majestic Blue, Diamine Sargasso Sea, and Akkerman #5 Shocking Blue. All three of these are lighter than Emerson, and have a lot less sheen. Click here to see the blue inks together.

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Longer writing:

I used a Pilot 912 FA on Tomoe River paper.

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Emerson ink and the Pilot 912 FA pen are a match made in heaven. Smooth, great flex, amazing sheen. 

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Sometimes it's hard to catch the sheen in just the right light so you can see it, but it's pretty much pure sheen.

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The one downside to Emerson ink on Tomoe River paper is that even a day after it dries, you can still smear it. I tried to smear the s in "sacks," and just by running my finger across the page it smeared. I haven't noticed this problem on any other paper except Tomoe River.

So let's look at the ink overall:

Pro's: Decent dry time, crazy awesome sheen, keeps up well with a flex nib, no flow issues

Con's: Some smearing on Tomoe River paper, sometimes you can't see the underlying blue under all of the sheen, it stains anything it touches, and it's a bit hard to clean every drop of ink out of pens.

For me, I love playing with this ink-it's fun and interesting, and I'm glad I have a full bottle to play with. However, it is a "playing" ink for me, and not an everyday functional ink. I wouldn't write my school notes in this, but I still enjoy the ink.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.