Ink Review #142: PenBBS 137 Wisteria Sinensis


I have one more PenBBS ink to try this week-137 Wisteria Sinensis. This sample was provided to me by Vanness Pens, the only retailer to carry PenBBS in the United States as far as I know. 


The color...

Wisteria is kind of a light magenta, not quite pink, but a very light purple.


You can see the tiniest little bit of sheen on the edges, it's very faint.


Dry time: 30 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Please ignore the torn edge-tore it by accident.

Feathering: None

Show through: Low-medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: Medium shading, tiny bit of sheen (only in large swabs on Tomoe River paper)

On 32 pound copy paper there is just a little bit of feathering in the broad and flex nib.

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for RSS mobile): Sailor Jentle Fuji-musume, PenBBS 137 Wisteria Sinensis, and Robert Oster Australian Opal Mauve. Click here to see the PenBBS inks together. 

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Depending on the lighting, the ink can look a bit more purple or a bit more pink.


Longer writing:

I used a broad Pilot Vanishing Point on Tomoe River paper. In the beginning, after I had freshly filled the pen, the ink flowed fine, but as I kept writing the ink seemed to be a bit drier than average.

Overall, the ink is a bit too light in writing, and a bit too dry for me. It's not a bad color, just not the most practical for everyday use.

Disclaimer: This ink was provided by Vanness Pens in exchange for an honest review. All photos and opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links on this page.