Ink Review #844: Vinta Pink Sands Santa Cruz 1983

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We’ve almost made it through the Vinta samples I have-today’s is Vinta Pink Sands Santa Cruz 1983. According to Vinta’s website, “Pink sands can be found in the Great Santa Cruz beach as well as in the province of Northern Samar. The pink comes from pulverized red corals which blends with the white sand. This gorgeous shimmering ink takes the contrast a little further by using a base of yellow and pink gold shimmer to produce an image of a sun drenched beach at dusk.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

Santa Cruz is a bright medium orange with gold shimmer.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper there is lots of gold 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: None

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, and gold 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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Santa Cruz is similar to Diamine Citrus Ice except that Citrus Ice has silver shimmer not gold. Sailor Apricot is a close non-shimmer orange. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the orange inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Kaweco Sport Orange with a double broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a slightly dry flow.

Overall, It’s pretty well behaved, a fun color and no problems with clogging. Diamine Citrus Ice is a good alternative if you prefer silver shimmer instead of gold.

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 of Colorverse Martian & Life on Mars

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It’s time to take a look at the last two inks from the August Ink Flight box, (the box is still available-you can find it here) Colorverse Martian and Life on Mars. This ink comes in a boxed set with a 65ml bottle of Martian and a 15ml bottle of Life on Mars.

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The color:

Martian is an interesting burnt orange color, Life on Mars is somewhere between grey and teal. When I compared it to both grey and teal inks, I decided it leans a bit more toward the grey side.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink has some pretty 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: Medium-both inks feathered in all nib sizes on Leuchtturm and the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Medium-both inks bled in all nib sizes on Leuchtturm and the larger nib sizes on Rhodia.

Other properties: medium shading, no sheen, 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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Martian is similar to KWZ Butterscotch. Life on Mars is a bit more unique-I didn’t have any good matches for it, neither grey nor teal inks came close. Click here to see the Colorverse inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Transparent Orange with a medium nib and an Edison Beaumont Unicorn with a fine nib on Tomoe River paper.

Overall, I find the colors really interesting, but the performance just isn’t there for me. It performs well on Tomoe River paper, but 98% of inks do. There’s way too much feathering and bleeding on most papers to justify the high price of the ink. KWZ Butterscotch is a better-behaved alternative for Martian (which stinks because that was a limited edition show ink), but I don’t have a good alternative for Life on Mars.

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.