Sailor Inks for Spring 20102010/05/31
Recently Sailor introduced four limited edition colors for Spring 2010. Miruai, dark pine green, Waka-Uguisu, medium yellow-green, Sakura Mori, pale pink, and Nioi-Sumire, medium blue, comprise the new offering. If you were to paint a spring scene, surely all these colors could be present which makes it a good combination for an ink palette.
Phthalo at The Laurel Tree made some really accurate swatches with comparisons so I hope she won’t mind that I nabbed them for this post. Courtesy of Phthalo I was able to test Sakura Mori (Cherry Blossom), and Waka Uguisu (Young Nightingale). Both are attractive if not the most saturated though certainly fresh and lively enough for correspondence. I like them best in pens with character like the Lamy 1.1 mm calligraphy nib. The colors are lovely with white, ivory or silver pens on very white paper or correspondence cards.
When it comes to Japanese ink, Iroshizuku gets all the fuss. However, Sailor makes a first rate product, too. Unfortunately, Sailor has chosen to make little effort with the U.S. market offering only a limited selection of basic colors. There are a few sources in Japan like Bundoki and Rakuten as well as Pen Gallery in Malaysia if these are “must have” inks or you want to delve into the full Sailor line. I have ordered once from the latter without issue but have never ordered from the other two companies. It’s probably just a matter of time though…
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