Ink Review #359: Sailor Jentle Kin-mokusei


It's Sailor week! I get a lot of requests to review Sailor ink so we are going to devote the next week to Sailor inks. Today let's take a look at Kin-mokusei. Sailor Jentle Kin-mokusei, "Fragrant Olive" is from the 2016 Four Seasons collection. Recently Sailor switched from 50ml bottles to 20ml bottles, but some retailers (like Pen Chalet) still have 50ml bottles left. 


The color:

Kin-mokusei is a medium bright orange.



In large swabs there is some pretty shading.


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 shadingtiny sheen, and no shimmer. There is some bright orange sheen, but it's only visible on Tomoe River paper in large swabs.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was a little bit of feathering, and a tiny bit of bleeding, mostly in the flex nib.

Comparison Swabs:

Ink swabs for comparison, left to right (top to bottom for mobile RSS): Sailor Jentle Apricot, Sailor Jentle Kin-mokusei, and Noodler's Apache Sunset. Click here to see the Sailor inks together. Apricot and Kin-mokusei are pretty close, a lot of the time I can't tell them apart. 


Apricot and Kin-mokusei are a little different, but pretty close.


Longer writing: 

I used a broad Kaweco Sport Sunrise on Franklin-Christoph Sugar Cane paper, which does have a purple tone to it. The ink had a wetter flow.


Overall, you can't go wrong with a Sailor ink. It is close enough to Apricot that I don't think you need both. If you do like this ink, I would suggest getting a bottle while there are still some 50ml bottles floating around.

Disclaimer: Pen Chalet provided a sample for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links.