Sailor fountain pen ink rank very high on my personal list, for the hues are saturated and can transform any scratchy nibs into fine buttery ones due to their lubrication. However, no new addition was made to the Jentle ink line for quite some time, so you can imagine my ecstasy when Sailor announced the reissue of limited edition ink from the past, under the series Colors of Four Seasons. Three colors from this series are purchased: Nioi Sumire (Sweet Violet), Shigure (Drizzle), and Tokiwa matsu (Tokiwa pine).
|Writing done by J. Herbin glass dip pen on Tomoe River paper|
|For the lack of better example for Sailor Epinard, I only found a message that I wrote to myself on the Hobonichi planner with that ink. You can still see the similarities between the two.|
To my eyes, Nioi Sumire does not have as much purple undertone as Ultramarine, while Tokiwa matsu has resemblance to Epinard. As Paper and Hand kindly explained to me, Nioi Sumire was released back in 2010 as a limited edition ink. It seems that Sailor renamed it to Ultramarine when the Jentle line was introduced. Now the old favorite is reinstated (in a sense) in place of the replacer. Oku-Yama is identical to Grenade (a written comparison can be found here on Fountain Pen Network, notice the chromatographic similarities between the two). Souten, as I suspect, might be very closely related to Jentle Sky High.
What does this finding tell us? From the Colors of Four Seasons, it appear that the only colors that are truly retired are Apricot and Pêche. I cannot personally vouch for Pêche, as it was described to me as a pale pink with brownish undertone (found here, Gentian’s beautiful ink art), but Apricot is simply gorgeous. It reminds me of a ripe Aprium, with rich and subtle orange hue. Do not worry if you have not gotten all colors from the Jentle line; most of them will still be around, with a few new exciting colors!