Category: Ink Swabs

Ink Swab: Vinta Nakar 1934 (Mother of Pearl)

The wonderful people of Vinta Inks sent over a sample of their ink for the Manila Pen Show. It’s called Nakar 1934 (Mother of Pearl). I am today years old when I learned that the Filipino word for mother of pearl is actually “nakar”, probably based from the word nacre. It’s a beautiful shimmery grey ink and it’s unfortunate that it’s a bit hard to photograph the beauty of this ink. It has a purplish tint to it, and it appears to be on the warmer side when viewed in artificial light, but on the cooler side when viewed in natural light.

It has expressive shading on both the medium and 1.5mm nibs that I tried it on. The color does remind me of mother of pearl, especially when you apply water on it. Those who like to use fountain pen ink for art will find this ink color very interesting. Here’s a chromatography of the ink:

The ink has silver shimmer, but for me the shimmer appears pearlescent. Perhaps it’s reflecting the different color components of the ink? Here are some close ups of the writing sample:

I’ve been using it for a few days on two pens (Lamy Studio 1.5mm nib, Tactile Turn Gist Medium nib) and so far both pens still flow well. But, as always, I would advise to only use shimmer inks in pens that are easy to clean, and don’t leave them unused too long in order to avoid clogging. There are only a few bottles of this ink available in the Manila Pen Show this coming weekend.

Overall, it’s a very interesting color. It looks like dark graphite when used with a medium nib, but I suggest using it with a wide nib to really see and appreciate the unique characteristics of the ink.

Ink Swab: Vinta Bodabil (Harlequin)

I recently received a sample vial of Vinta’s new ink called Bodabil or Harlequin. Apparently it’s not part of a new collection, which I heard is already in the works (yaaaay!). Anyway, Bodabil is a fun purple ink with green sheen. I used a Lamy Safari Dark Lilac with an F nib for the writing sample above and at first it looked really dark, almost black. The purple color shows up more prominently after it dries. Like their popular sheening inks (Dugong Bughaw, Sandugo, etc), this one has a very pronounced sheen. I really like the combination of purple and green.

The flow of the ink is a little bit wetter than moderate. I’d say it has a good flow and has no problems with clogging up even my fine nibbed Lamy. There’s minimal shading, though you can see that the darker parts are almost black in color. Some of the red component of the ink can also be more pronounced in some spots. I used it with my Lamy Studio with a 1.5mm nib and the shading and sheen is even more beautiful. It’s pretty on photos but I think it’s even prettier in person.

Using a fine nib, it dries up after about 20 seconds, which isn’t bad for a sheening ink. It’s also not waterproof. People who like using fountain pen ink with water will find this ink quite delightful because it washes to a generous purple while leaving a bit of outline on the paper.

Overall, it’s a rich purple ink that’s flows well and is easy to read. Suitable for daily use or for art journal entries. I think it’s a great addition to the Vinta Inks family. Here are more close up photos of the writing sample: Continue reading “Ink Swab: Vinta Bodabil (Harlequin)”

Sneak Peek: Inks by Vinta, Collection 2

I received a few sample vials of Vinta’s second collection of inks last week. These are mostly pastels so they’re pretty interesting because I don’t really have similar inks in my collection. I haven’t really used them a lot because I just got them, but I did some swabs and writing samples using a glass pen. A few of them, I’ve tried with fountain pens. More on those when I write reviews about them later.

A general observation, many of these ink colors are very subtle. To coax out the uniqueness of their colors, it’s best to use wet-writing mediums, broads, stubs, or flexies. From my observation, those that can be used with fine and mediums are: Lucia, Maskara, Carnival, Armada, Piloncitos, Sirena and Kanlaon. Those that work better with wider and wetter nibs are Hanan, Perya, Julio, and Julia.

My favorites are Lucia, Maskara, and Julio. Sirena and Armada are close contenders. Two colors aren’t really pastel so they kinda broke the pattern; Piloncitos and Kanlaon. The shimmer on these two are just absolutely crazy. I’ll write individual reviews as time permits.

These should be available for preorder in a couple of weeks, according to Jillian of Inks by Vinta.

Ink Swab: La Paz by Vinta Inks

Next up on my reviews on Inks by Vinta is La Paz 1985 (Bronze Yellow). I think that’s a very apt name for it; bronze yellow. It’s surprising how yellow inks can look beautiful on a page and that they can be used for daily writing. This isn’t a light yellow ink, it actually borders on golden brown. The shading on this ink is beautiful, a closer look at the strokes that the pen makes will show a range of colors from light, earthy yellow to dark brown. When it dries up, it has this sort of chalky finish to it, which makes it quite interesting to use with water.

It’s really fun to wash out and layer. If you’re into using fountain pen ink for your art, you might find that this ink moves a bit differently from other inks. I can’t really explain it well, you need to try it to see what I mean.

The ink dries pretty fast, about 15 seconds or so using a medium nib. The flow is dry to moderate, depending on the nib you use. I think that the color is saturated enough to use for daily writing. It kinda reminds me of the color of honey, or dried leaves without that red component. It’s a very interesting looking ink.

Here are a few closeups of the writing sample:

It doesn’t have sheen or shimmer like most of the other ink in Vinta’s current lineup, but it has a certain charming complexity that makes you look twice.

Vinta Inks are available on their website inksbyvinta.com.

Ink Swab: Sandugo by Vinta Inks

Here’s the only red ink in Vinta’s current lineup. Sandugo 1565 (Sikatuna) is a dark red ink with a golden green sheen. The name is based on Datu Sikatuna and the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi who made a blood compact, or Sandugo, to seal their friend­ship. The first time I tried this ink, I thought it was black, but after writing more, the red shows through. When the light hits is at an angle, the green sheen just lights everything up. The wetter your nib is, the more it shows off the character of the ink.

It actually reminded me more of cherries. Dark red that’s almost black and a hint of green under the right light. The base color is a nicely saturated red which is light enough to show some shading. Its flow is moderate to wet, and it dries up a bit slow. I think it’s a nice, complex color that’s good for everyday writing.

Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample:

I like how beautiful the sheen on Vinta’s inks look like, and I love that they’re not hard on the nibs at all. Left in my pen for a couple of weeks without using and it didn’t hard start at all.

Vinta Inks are available for purchase within the Philippines. Visit their website here.