Ink Review #843: Vinta Teal Andrada 1898

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Let’s take a look at Vinta Teal Andrada 1898 from Vinta’s Series 1. According to Vinta’s website, “In 1898, the Philippine Navy was founded. The first headquarters is in Andrada, Manila named after the commanding officer of the navy, Jose Andrada. This beautiful sheening teal color with specks of red highlights the diverse colors of the Philippine waters.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

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The color:

I don’t know why this ink is called Teal Andrada because it’s a dark forest green with dark red sheen, not teal.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink almost looks navy blue with red sheen.

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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 Leuchtturm.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Medium-there was quite a bit of bleeding on Leuchtturm.

Other properties: low shading, medium 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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Andrada is darker than Diamine November Rain. The sheen is the same color, but Andrada has less sheen than November Rain. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a Conklin Durograph Forest Green with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, this ink is well behaved except on Leuchtturm paper. I didn’t have any issues with the sheen smearing after it dried (except on the Col-o-ring). The sheen is visible in all nib sizes on Tomoe River paper, but not on any other papers.

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 #840: Vinta Sikatuna Sandugo 1565

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This week it’s time to tackle some of the Vinta Series 1 inks, starting with Vinta Sikatuna Sandugo 1565. According to Vinta’s website, “In 1565, Datu Sikatuna and the Spanish Miguel López de Legazpi made a blood compact, or Sandugo, to seal their friend­ship with trust. This beautiful dark red ink sheens with green to symbolize both friendship and the lush green landscape of Bohol where the Sandugo was held.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.

As soon as I swabbed this ink it quickly reminded me of J Herbin Rouge Hematite. It feels like a similar red with green sheen, so we will compare the two below.

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The color:

Sandugo is a medium red with lots of green sheen.

Swabs:

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In large swabs on Tomoe River paper it’s easy to see the bright green sheen.

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

Other properties: low shading, high sheen, and no shimmer. There could be some more shading under there, but if so it’s hidden under all the green sheen. It’s almost a monster sheener, just a little bit short of the 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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Sandugo is very similar to Rouge Hematite, the main difference is that Sandugo doesn’t have any shimmer. Other than that they are very close. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the red inks together.

Longer Writing:

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I used a TWSBI Eco Coral with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had a wet, slightly sticky flow (this sticky quality is common in heavy sheening inks).

Overall, it’s a close match for J Herbin Rouge Hematite, so if you are looking for a non-shimmer version of that ink, this is the one for you. It does have the slightly sticky feeling flow that a lot of heavy sheening inks do. It doesn’t smear as much as the Organics Studio sheening inks, but does smear more than the Diamine sheening inks. This ink is very hard to clean out in pens. It took three rinses as well as two passes in the ultrasonic cleaner before my pens were free of red. While sheening inks are fun, I’m not a fan of the ones you can easily smear, so I would say my feelings are neutral on this ink-I don’t love it due to the smearing, but I don’t hate it either.

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 #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.