Ink Review #842: Vinta Emerald Carlos 1960


We are continuing on with Vinta’s Series 1 inks this week, so today’s ink is Emerald Carlos 1960. According to Vinta’s website, “This ink is named after former Filipino president Carlos P. Garcia who refused to cooperate with the Japanese forces during WWII. Garcia is also from Bohol known for their majestic and lush chocolate hills.” Thanks to Vanness Pens for sending a sample over for review.


The color:

Carlos is a medium-dark green with a slight yellow/olive tone.



In large swabs on Tomoe River paper the ink shows off some interesting shading. The ink turns almost black where it pooled, but doesn’t sheen.


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 Leuchtturm and Rhodia.

Show through: Medium

Bleeding: Low-there was some bleeding in the flex nib on Leuchtturm and Rhodia.

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:


Carlos is similar to Monteverde Olivine, but it has a little less yellow in it. Click here to see the Vinta inks together, and click here to see the green inks together.

Longer Writing:


I used a Lamy Al-star Purple with a broad nib on Tomoe River paper. The ink had an average flow.

Overall, I enjoyed this ink. It had an average flow, some decent shading, and is a nice color for fall and winter.

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.