Additional Note On Vanishing Inks


Even amongst retailers there is different information about the future of the Sailor Jentle line of inks. Read the comments to yesterday’s post for the latest. It does appear that Sailor has discontinued Sky Blue, Ultramarine Purple, Grenade Red, and Epinard Green though supplies might take some time to vanish from shelves. There is no indication that black, blue or blue-black will be discontinued. Whether or not there will be some new colors or a reissue of old colors is only fodder for rumor at this point.

My experience with discontinued ink is that it disappears fairly quickly. Folks stockpile favorites and that’s easy to understand. Some retailers will run out sooner than others. So if you want to purchase from a favorite retailer, don’t wait too long, but you might not want to get too crazy about it. While there is no guarantee ink will continue to be viable years from now, Sailor’s formula seems to be one of the better contenders for longish shelf life. For that reason alone, I am disappointed they seem to be reducing their offering.

Much as I love a number of inks, there are only a couple of discontinued ones I will miss when my stash is gone. Sailor Brown which met its demise a few years ago is the perfect mate for my Namiki Falcon, but when the bottle is empty, he will find a new companion or have a heck of a good time testing a slew of suitors. There are so many choices today and the list expands every year. Surely if there is an empty space on your ink shelf, something will come along to fill it. And you might even like the new ink better.



  1. On a coffee break, I had come looking for the LInks Collage that you always do so well, but the Sailor news brought me up short–not too hard since I’m 5’2″– but still. And found this: “Thoughts from an Inkophile on a Discontinued Ink.” A thoughtful, lovely post! Good advice for ink and for life.


    • Thanks for the laugh. I have a scant inch on you so I know what you mean.

      Links Collage is a good name for those posts. Can I use it in future?

      My ink philosophy might have a broader application? How cool!


  2. Was it the Red-Brown you liked? There’s a cheapish new bottle on eBay:


    • Thanks for the tip, Michelle. Red-Brown had a lot of followers and I still have an almost full bottle. The straight Brown was my Falcon’s favorite in part because it shaded nicely with a flexible nib. Now that you mention it, eBay might offer it someday. I’ll set up a search just in case…


  3. Please do use the ‘Link Collage’ title if you wish, with our compliments and thanks.
    Your post led me to think about the value of not getting too crazy over things. At least not without some consideration. Flexible thinking provides more options. And there will always be time later to panic and go nuts. 😉


    • Just so long as you enjoy the panic and going nuts. Really!


  4. Agree! Not always as much fun as it sounds.

    But I hope you keep us posted when the Sailor Brown runs out and your Falcon starts binge dating other inks.

    In a tasteful way, of course. 😉


    • The poor dear is having what will surely be an ill-fated fling with Diamine Teal. It has already eliminated eight other contenders from the speed dating rally. Diamine Violet is the only one it liked, but that’s with a caveat for lack of sufficient shading. Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan is next in line. Maybe that one will do the trick. Such a picky pen!


  5. “Hey, Sailor! New in town?”

    Yama-Dori alert at Anderson Pens!


    • Good one!


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