Ink Review #822: Stipula Sepia


Yesterday I reviewed Cross Blue which was sent in by a reader, so today I decided to review another reader send-in, Stipula Sepia. Sepia is from the Calmo line, sometimes also referred to as Netto (I have no idea why!). These inks come in large 70ml bottles. You can find this ink for sale at Pen Chalet.


The color:

Sepia is a medium, warm toned brown. It doesn’t quite look sepia to me, more of a warm brown.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink looks so much cooler-toned than it does in writing.


Writing samples:

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

Dry time: 40 seconds

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

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

Comparison Swabs:


Sepia is similar to Robert Oster Aussie Brown. Click here to see the brown inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Kaweco Al-sport red with a medium nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, it’s a nice well-behaved ink. I don’t think the name is particularly well-fitting but that has nothing to do with its performance.

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.