Thornton's Luxury Goods Inks-Part 1


Thornton’s Luxury Goods is a pen store just outside Chicago in Hickory Hills. Recently Thornton’s Luxury Goods sent me some of their store brand inks to try, so I decided to take a crack at the highlighter and neutral inks first: fluorescent pink, yellow, green and standard brown and black. Here’s a quick disclaimer though-these highlighter inks are really hard to photograph correctly. I tried hard to edit them to reflect the real color, but they are so eye-searing I’m pretty sure they seared my camera lens too.



Left to right: Highlighter Pink, Highlighter Yellow, Highlighter Green, Brown and Black. The highlighter yellow and green are bright, almost radioactive-like colors. The pink is a highlighter ink as well, but it lacks the bright, fluorescent quality the yellow and green have. The brown is more of a reddish-brown, and the black leans just a little bit purple.

Writing samples:

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


Dry time:

The inks took 10-20 seconds to dry.

Water resistance: Low

Feathering: None

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: None

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

On Staples 24 lb copy paper there was lots of feathering in the larger nib sizes as well as a bit of bleeding.

Comparison Swabs:


Highlighter Pink is closest to Sailor Ink Studio 131, Highlighter Yellow is closest to Diamine Yellow, and Highlighter Green is closest to Robert Oster Light Green. Brown is similar to Taccia Cha Brown and Black is close to Sailor Jentle Black.


I used a Bond Travel Gear A5 notebook with Tomoe River paper. Pens I used: Kaweco Al-sport Rose Gold-B, Kaweco Sunrise-B, TWSBI Eco Transparent Green-M, Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown-M and Pilot Vanishing Point Crossed Lines-M. The highlighter inks had dry flows, and brown and black had average flows.

Overall, I’m not a big fan of highlighter inks, and I don’t particularly like these ones. The flow is a bit too dry and the colors are eye-searing, they do dry quickly though. The brown and black inks have nice average flows, but there isn’t anything about them that makes them stand out from the 100 other brown and black inks I already have. You can find these inks on Thornton’s website or on Amazon.

Disclaimer: These inks were provided by Thornton’s Luxury Goods for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are my own. This page does not contain affiliate links, and is not sponsored in any way.