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More Sailor Ink Sources


More Sailor ink sources from @LokYouTan on Twitter:



Noodler’s Australian Roses Samples


Interested in more images of the new version of Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses? Online swatches are iffy prospects at best, so take these as approximations – not absolute color representations. The dot is more accurate than the written page, but that’s only on my monitor.



For The Adventurous – Sailor Ink In The Wild


If you are willing to make an ink purchase through a source other than your favorite stockist, there are a few options for those lamenting the loss of the retired Sailor colors.

  • Bungbox sells Sailor in tall bottles that I’ve seen used for limited edition releases in the past. The descriptions are not necessarily descriptive of the ink color, but in some instances, at least entertaining. Contact to place your order.
  • A few Bungbox inks are available through Amazon, but the shipping cost is significant.
  • Cool-Japan has the Sailor Kobe line, but rumor has it he can be sweet-talked into offering Bungbox ink as well. His shipping cost is lower than Bungbox though his per bottle price is higher. The net effect can be a significant savings. Cool-Japan has a good reputation if you have any concerns about ordering via eBay.

If you’ve got to have an exotic Sailor ink rather than the standard fare from U.S. retailers, grab a bottle or two while you can. It’s not like you have too many inks already, is it?


J. Herbin In A 10 ml Bottle


J. Herbin ink is a longtime favorite and the first brand I explored when blue and black became old. Poussière de Lune and Lie de Thé hooked me and I’ve never looked back. Much to my delight, JH have released 10ml bottles that make it inexpensive and easy to sample more of their colors. Jet Pens is offering the cute little dears at $4.75 a pop. With free shipping for orders over $25, you can steal a half dozen for a mere $28.50. For six bottles of color, I’m on board. Are you?


Sailor Jentle Ink – Four Seasons Nioi-sumire (Sweet Violet)


Sailor has revised its line of inks to a very narrow selection. The staples of black, blue and blue-black remain along with the collection called The Four Seasons. The quality hasn’t changed – just the color variety.

Elaine at Jet Pens sent a bottle of Nioi-sumire or Sweet Violet for review. It is a dark blue that only hints at purple. Perhaps the intention is to provide a dark color for the workplace. Tilt the paper just so and the color shifts from blue to a vaguely dark purple. This may be just the right thing for the Japanese marketplace, but rather unimpressive compared to other lines of ink.

Sailor continues to have that odor associated with a good measure of biocide so it should remain fresh for a long time. The carton has the date of manufacture, an advantage when estimating shelf life. My bottle of Peach Pink is dated January 20, 2011 and is absolutely perfect after 3 1/2 years. My bottle of the long discontinued Sailor Brown does not have a date, but remains viable after ten years on my shelf. That’s no guarantee for the latest batch, but it is encouraging.

If you would like an ink that isn’t quite dark blue and offers quality and performance, Nioi-sumire should fit. There are seven other colors including a couple of promising greens and a plum, so grab one of those if you are a Sailor fan seeking something a little different. No pink, red or orange so look elsewhere for those colors.

The paper is Clairefontaine from my summer notebook and it is right fond of Sailor ink. Now that’s a combination I can highly recommend.


Orange Delights From Ink To Paint


Orange is a happy color and a good way to greet the week. While testing (playing) with some orange watercolors, the mail arrived with some orange delights from Karen at Exaclair including an orange Rhodia Webnotebook and a bottle of J. Herbin Orange Indien. Thus orange delights for a happy start to the work week. Lucky me!


Frustrating Noodler’s Ink News


Are you a fan of Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses (a/k/a BSAR)? Well, savor what you’ve got because it ain’t no more. The most recent batch has experienced a significant color shift due to a change in the dye. The original dye is no longer available so this is it, folks. The end of the line.

The new formula is deep violet, plain and simple. This isn’t Nathan’s doing, but I do think he should have retired Australian Roses and introduced the new ink under its own name. Black Swan in Violette Roses would have expressed the new color very well.



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