Left to right: 680, 683, 023, 024 and 027. 680 is a medium brown while 683 is brown but it leans almost toward purple. 023 is a purplish black, 024 is a bluish black and 027 is a classic black.
Let's take a look at how the ink behaves on fountain pen friendly papers: Rhodia, Tomoe River, and Leuchtturm.
The inks took 5-15 seconds to dry.
Water resistance: Low
Show through: Medium
Bleeding: Low-there was just a little bit of bleeding.
Other properties: I didn’t notice much shading with any of these, but all five had medium sheen. The back inks have black sheen so it’s very subtle, but it’s there.
On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.
680 is warmer than Diamine Espresso. 683 is similar to Robert Oster Smokescreen. 023 is similar to Diamine Onyx Black, both have similar purple undertones. 024 reminds me of Lamy Obsidian. 027 is similar to Sailor Jentle Black. Click here to see the Sailor inks together.
Life Bank paper brings out the undertones. 683 looks less purple on this paper though.
I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook with Tomoe River paper. The inks all had a wetter flow.
Overall, I like how quickly all of these dried, but they aren’t unique enough for me to need full bottles.
Disclaimer: I purchased this ink at a discount from Sakura Fountain Pen Galley for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.