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Ink Swab: Sailor Tokiwa Matsu (Evergreen Pine)


I got this ink a few weeks ago as a consolation because Scribe still did not have Noodler’s Burma Road Brown and Blue Black in stock. I recently tried it in two wet writers and wow, it’s a pleasant surprise in a bottle.


I used Tokiwa Matsu (Evergreen Pine) with Pelikan Silvexa and Pilot Vanishing Point, both wet writers with medium nibs. What an unusual green ink this is. It reminds me of star apples because it’s both rich, dark green and red. You don’t notice it right away with fine nibs, but when you use medium nibs and you see the ink pooling and drying up in places, you’ll discover how wonderfully complex it really is.


I can’t really say that it’s a red sheen, although it is sheen-y. It’s more like red shading. It doesn’t even need to catch light at a certain angle before you see that it’s both red and green at the same time.

It dries slow, though (about 20-25 seconds) and even if it’s a highly-saturated ink, it’s not very water resistant.

Here are a few close up shots of the writing sample which shows the red shading and sheen on this wonderful ink.


I think I just found the ink which I’ll use for my Christmas cards this year. ^_^

Ink Swab Redux: Sailor Blue Black

Sometimes it takes the right paper and pen combination to make the ink shine. I wrote a review of the Sailor Blue Black ink a while back and it was less than favorable. I thought it to be quite prone to misbehaving–nib creep, dry flow in most fine and some medium nibs. Fast forward to the first week of February this year when I inked my NoNonsense with it and trying it for the first time on my favorite Elias journals. The difference is so remarkable that I thought I’d make a new review.


I bought my bottle of Sailor Blue Black ink from Scribe Writing Essentials when I was new to using fountain pens. I felt so disappointed that the ink was incompatible with so many of my pens back then. It was so highly saturated that it caused unwanted stains in my demonstrators, it was always clogging pens with fine nibs, it wrote dry in medium nibs, and it wasn’t as dark as I wanted it to be. I was so frustrated with it that I stacked at the bottom of my other ink boxes and forgot about it. When I dug it up for my blue Sheaffer No Nonsense and tried it on my Elias Journal, here’s what it looked like:


I didn’t realize that it had gorgeous red sheen. Paired with the right pen (in this case, my Bexley Corona with the 1.1mm nib), it shows through so beautifully. In low light, it’s a nice shade of dark blue. Perhaps not as dark as I want it to be, but as far as other blue blacks go, this one’s pretty good.


It dries moderately fast, and shows very beautiful shading. It’s also water resistant and it doesn’t change color when it dries up.


Overall, a pretty good ink! I’m happy I rediscovered it. I still think it flows drier than my other Sailor inks, but that red sheen is splendid. <3

Pen and Ink One True Pairing: Wahl-Eversharp Skyline and Sailor Miruai

I’m not exactly sure yet why this is true, has always been true in my experience, but some inks just work better with some pens. I had to adjust my expectations because I thought that all kinds of ink would work the same way with all kinds of pens. As it turns out, that’s not always true, not even with the most consistent writers I have in my collection, like Lamy.

I found that some inks flow a bit more “dryer” in some pens and a bit wetter in others. For example, I loaded my Parker 51 demi with Diamine Twilight and the flow wasn’t very good. It wrote in very thin, skipping lines. I thought the pen was broken or clogged up. I cleaned it up and tried again, same result. When I changed the ink to Diamine Onyx Black, lo and behold–it wrote magnificently (and thus started my penchant to collecting Parker 51’s).

Here’s another OTP that I thoroughly enjoyed. Wahl-Eversharp Skyline with Sailor Miruai (Seaweed Indigo).


The person who sold me the pen actually let me get a fill from his bottle when I bought it. I wrote with the pen until I used up all the ink, and then cleaned it out and used Diamine Twilight with it. Surprisingly, that ink bled through the pages of my journal like crazy. It flowed too thick and wet. I got myself a bottle of Miruai and tried that again (the color of the ink perfectly complements the dark moss green color of the pen). It behaved perfectly. Absolutely no bleed through.

There’s probably a scientific explanation for all that? Maybe? I’m happy to just call it a pen and ink OTP. 🙂

Ink Swab: Sailor Jentle Miruai

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I got to try this ink from a fellow fountain pen enthusiast and I knew immediately that I needed to get a bottle for myself. This is the Sailor Jentle Miruai (Seaweed Indigo). It’s kind of like a cross between moss green and blue green. The result is a very conservative-looking dark green. I inked my Marine Green colored Skyline with it and it flowed so well. It’s such a dark, velvety, shiny green.

Ink Swab: Sailor’s Blue Black Ink

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After I tried Noodler’s blue black ink, I decided to try other brands’ blue black inks too. This is Sailor’s version of that color and, I must stay, I’m pretty disappointed. It’s hardly what I would call blue black. The ink itself is really prone to nib creep too and found it a bit hard to clean off pens. It’s still a beautiful shade of blue, I guess, so I kept it and I still use it once in a while. For those who are looking for a more legit-looking blue black ink, I wouldn’t recommend this.