Ink Review #846: KWZ Sheen Machine

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For the rest of this week we are going to tackle some inks I picked up at the San Francisco Pen Show last month, starting with KWZ Sheen Machine. I picked up a bottle at the Vanness Pen table. Super sheening inks still seem to be all the rage, so this is KWZ’s newest ink.

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The color:

Sheen Machine is a dark blue with a ton of pink sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink is mostly sheen with a little bit of blue mixed in.

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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: High

Bleeding: Medium

Other properties: low shading, monster sheen, and no shimmer. There is a little bit of shading, there could be a lot more but if so it’s hidden under all that sheen. The sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper and Leuchtturm, as well as the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Sheen Machine is similar to Organics Studio Nitrogen, Krishna Moonview and Diamine Maureen. Click here to see the KWZ inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Purple with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow, a bit sticky though. Even in this small fine nib the writing is mostly sheen, it’s hard to even see the blue under it.

Overall, it is very similar to Organics Studio Nitrogen, except that the flow is a little bit better. You can smear it easily if you aren’t careful, even after it’s been dry for a few days. Monster sheening inks aren’t my favorite since they can smear after drying, but they are fun to play with.

Disclaimer: I purchased this ink myself, and all photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and this post is not sponsored in any way.

Ink Review #845: Vinta Azure Maharlika 7107

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We’ve made it to the last Vinta Ink sample I have, Vinta Azure Maharlika 7107 from Vinta’s Series 1. According to Vinta’s website, “Maharlika means "nobility" in Tagalog. These men and women were the leaders of the Filipino communities before the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century to colonize the Philippines. The beautiful azure color of this ink with pink accents evokes the image of the dusk in the Philippines as the sun sets over its 7107 islands.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Maharlika is a medium-dark blue with lots of pink sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off some pink sheen, but there wasn’t quite as much sheen as I expected.

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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: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. There was sheen in every nib size on Leuchtturm and Tomoe River paper, but I couldn’t get it to sheen on Rhodia, so it falls a bit short of the “monster sheener” mark.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Maharlika seems to fit in-between two inks, a bit darker than Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue, but not quite as dark as Organics Studio Nitrogen. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it has a high pink sheen, not as much as the monster sheening inks, but does suffer some of the same issues they do (although not as badly), a few hard starts, slightly sticky flow, and can be smeared days after drying. I wrote the writing sample shown above over a week ago but I can still easily smear it if I run my hand across the page. I enjoy playing with high sheening inks, but I don’t reach for them often due to the smearing. I’ve used my entire sample of the ink, but I don’t need a full bottle of it.

Disclaimer: A sample of 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.

Ink Review #835: Colorverse Mariner 4

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Colorverse #65 Mariner 4 belongs to Colorverse Season 5 and was included in the August Ink Flight box, the box is still available-you can find it here. Mariner 4 is a lovely dark navy blue with some pretty shading. It comes in a box set with a 65ml bottle of Mariner 4 and a 15ml bottle of Allan Hills.

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The color:

Mariner 4 is a dark navy blue.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has a little bit of shading.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: medium shading, nosheen, and no shimmer.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered in the all nib sizes and had a lots of bleeding in the flex nib too.

Comparison Swabs:

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Mariner 4 is similar to Robert Oster Great Southern Ocean. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used an Edison Collier Blue Steel with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly wet flow.

Overall, I love navy blue inks. There was a quite a bit of feathering and bleeding in the flex nib, so I would stick to standard nib sizes with this ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink was provided by Ink Journal 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.

Ink Review #832: Vinta Cosmic Blue Kosmos 1955

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Today’s ink is Vinta Cosmic Blue Kosmos 1955. According to Vinta’s website, “In 1865 the Jesuit Padre Faura started the Observatario Meterorologico de Manila to study Philippine and predict the passing of typhoons. This beautiful shimmering ink evokes the image of stars glimmering amidst the backdrop of the Philippine sky.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Kosmos is a pretty medium blue with pink sheen and copper shimmer.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks so pretty-all sheen and shimmer.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: low shading, medium sheen, and copper shimmer. There might be some more shading in there, but if there is its hidden underneath all the shimmer and sheen.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Kosmos is very similar to De Atramentis Cyan Blue Copper. I do prefer Kosmos over the Cyan Blue simply because it’s slightly better behaved. Robert Oster Blue Water Ice is also similar, but without the shimmer. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Bonecrusher Studios pen with a Regalia Writing Labs Crossflex nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink did clog the pen often, and I had to prime the feed a few times to make it flow well again.

Overall, I did have issues with clogging in a few different pens, and it was very hard to clean out when I was finished with it. I have a love/hate relationship with shimmer inks. In some pens they look so pretty but they do take some extra work. It is better behaved than some shimmer inks, but not as well behaved as others.

Disclaimer: A sample of 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.

Ink Review #831: Vinta Pastel Blue Julio 1991

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My middle child is obsessed with unicorns. She’s six and wears unicorns every day in some form from her shirt all the way down to her shoes. If any one ink could look like a unicorn, Vinta Pastel Blue Julio 1991 does. If she could paint herself with this ink she probably would. It’s a pale blue with a strong baby pink tone and silver shimmer. According to Vinta’s website, “Julio and Julia, was a popular show about two magical twins. It went on air in 1991. It was actually created by a French writer Jean Chalopin and the original title was Les Jumeaux du Bout du Monde or ‘Twins of Destiny.’” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Pastel Blue Julio is a pale baby blue with a strong pink undertone/shading and silver shimmer.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off the pink undertone and the silver shimmer.

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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: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and silver shimmer. There is a bit of shading in the blue but it’s so pale you have to be really looking for it to see it, and in the flex nib sometimes you can see the shift between the blue and pink tones.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Julio is lighter than Montblanc Miles Davis (which I didn’t think was possible). I don’t have any blue shimmer inks this color, the closest I have (which isn’t close at all) is J Herbin Kyanite du Nepal. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Bonecrusher Studios pen with a Regalia Writing Labs Crossflex nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a dry flow. The color is really interesting-you can see the pink come out in a lot of the letters as well as lots of silver shimmer, but even in the flex nib the color is very pale.

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Overall, I loved playing with this ink, but I wouldn’t use it in anything smaller than a flex nib. It would be a good art ink.

Disclaimer: A sample of 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.

Ink Review #827: Vinta Lucia

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Vinta Deepwater Blue Lucia 1952 is another ink from the Pastels collection. According to Vinta’s website, “Dyesebel is one of the most important Filipino comic book characters in Philippine history. It was originally created by the Filipino illustrator Mars Ravelo. Lucia is the name of Dyesebel's mother. She was obsessed with collecting and gazing at artistic depictions of mermaids while she was pregnant, so the baby (Dyesebel) was born with what looked like a fishtail instead of legs. Dyesebel's first appearance in the comics was in 1952.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Lucia is a beautiful medium dusky blue. I love dusky blues and this one is gorgeous.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off the pinkish undertone.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 20 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: Low-there was some feathering in the flex nib on Rhodia and Leuchtturm

Show through: Medium

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

Other properties: medium shading, no 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:

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Lucia is similar to Sailor Ink Studio 340, and is lighter than Robert Oster Evening Sapphire and Grey Seas. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Turquoise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I really enjoy this ink. Unlike other Vinta pastel inks I’ve tried, I found this ink readable even in an extra-fine nib. The color is beautiful and has some nice shading. I think I need to pick up a full bottle of this ink from Vanness Pens at the San Francisco Pen Show next week.

Disclaimer: A sample of 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.

Ink Review #824: Vinta Perya

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Vinta Blue Floss Perya 1820 is a pale, unsaturated blue, it belongs to Vinta’s Series 2 Pastel collection. According to Vinta’s website: “One of the most beautiful parks in Manila is Luneta Park built in 1820. It is now known as Rizal Park, named after the national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal. Very near the pier, many children and adults enjoy blue cotton candy as they stroll along the park.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Perya is a light, almost baby blue. Depending on the paper, this ink shifts from blue to pink and green.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper you can see the pinks and green undertones.

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Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 10 seconds

Water resistance: Low

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

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and no shimmer. I love that the shading sometimes shifts colors in the same letter-blue at the top of the letter and pinkish-brown at the bottom, but you can only see this in the flex nib.

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

Comparison Swabs:

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Perya is cooler than J Herbin Diabolo Menthe. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Edison Beaumont Unicorn with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow. The ink is very pale, hard to read in most lighting.

Overall, it has some nice color shift, but you really only see it if you use a flex nib or huge swab. In writing it is very pale. Like Vinta Sirena that I reviewed yesterday, I would stick to broad or flex nibs with this ink, and even then it can still be rather pale. I was told on Instagram that the Series 2 Pastels are great for highlighting-Mildliner style, and I think it would be a great ink for that, but not great for everyday writing.

Disclaimer: A sample of 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.

Ink Review #821: Cross Blue

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Every once in a while a reader will send me an ink to try, which allows me to play with some new ink. Recently a reader sent me Cross Blue to play with. You can find this ink at Vanness Pens.

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The color:

Blue is a medium blue that has just a bit of a purple undertone.

Swabs:

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In large swabs the ink looks so much prettier than it does in writing. A little bit of bronzy sheen and a pretty purple shade.

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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: low shading, tiny sheen, and no shimmer. The sheen was only visible in large swabs on Tomoe River paper.

On Staples 24 lb copy paper the ink feathered and bled in all nib sizes.

Comparison Swabs:

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Cross Blue is pretty similar to Thornton’s Blue and Private Reserve Cosmic Cobalt. Click here to see the blue inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Pelikan M600 Turquoise with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I think it’s a nice basic blue ink. I like the color, but it is similar to some other inks I already own.

Disclaimer: A sample of this ink as provided by a reader for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does contain affiliate links, but this post is not sponsored in any way.