Ah, Sailor ink. It is probably another of my ink Kryptonite besides Pelikan Edelstein. It was a mesmerizing color at first sight, but as I mentioned in this post last release of “limited edition” turned out to be a re-release of some of the old favorites; thus, I was a bit hesitant of obtaining another ink this time around. After about 1.5 year of deliberation, Yama-dori arrived just a day before Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine.
One of the reasons why I decided to use a flex nib to write up the samples is that the nib can bring out all the nuances of an ink. In some cases, it can accentuate the nice qualities of one. Very similar to other colors in Sailor Jentle line, Yama-dori radiates with a reddish sheen. Personally, I love sheen; it is almost like finding a four-leaf clover out of blue.
Even though it has the sheen, Yama-dori does not shade as much in comparison to Edelstein or J. Herbin ink, but it is not a deterring factor for me to appreciate the ink. In fact, the non-shading property makes the ink suitable of everyday use. I would be distracted if I am reading notes taken with a shading ink.
This is the most intriguing part of this ink review the difference facades of Yama-dori are revealed in water resistance test and swabbing. I rarely use iron gall ink; thus, it is a no brainer that water-based ink are, well non-water resistant. In this portion of the test, I have elected using two different ways of testing: drop and wash. In the scanned version of the testing sheet (see at the beginning of the post), the drop method reveals the turquoise layer of the ink, while the wash shows more of the darker teal/blue black hue. In the photo version of the same testing portion, the results for the wash method remains the same, while the result for drop method is congruent to the wash method. The difference could be explained by that I dabbed the droplets dry before scanning and the water droplets have encapsulated most of the pigment; hence only the residual turquoise layer is left. It is also nice to know how the colors are build up!
In the swabbing, Yama-dori exhibits yet another facade—a bit of green! That is when I first assumed that Yama-dori and Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine were similar. But as the writing samples have shown, the two are different in a good way.
Have you tried any ink that surprises you recently?
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