Following its previous ink releasing pattern, in 2016 Sailor “resurrected” limited edition from years before. When I caught a glimpse of orange in the rotation, I immediately thought Sailor has brought back the coveted and beloved Apricot. Since Sailor ink priced a bit lower overseas (a little over 10 USD versus 18 USD in the States), my sister graciously brought a bottle back from home.
The first impression after making a swatch is its striking similarity to Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki, the bright vermillion as seen below:
Kin-Mokusei, though, is not entirely vermillion. The bottom left corner of the swatch shows a tint of orange. In a line-up for all the orange ink in my possession, Kin-Mokusei comparatively has less yellow undertone than the rest.
When I inked the Platinum Century 3667 with soft-fine nib, the orange hue reveals itself more. Against a white background, the color is a reddish orange. The scanned write-up page at the beginning of this post is probably the most orange, but to me equally pleasant.
Similar to other Sailor ink, it is a well-behaved ink that is friendly to most paper varieties. In a regular nib, the ink dries fairly quickly that will prevent any accidental fingerprints. It does not shade crazily like Pelikan Edelstein Amber, but it is not exactly monotone; the writing sample shows a good gradients of orange. The ink is not water resistant, but it can stand a light wash. I have done two different water resistance tests with this ink. One is to simply do a one-stroke wash with a water brush, as seen in the bottom right corner of the pictures. The ink is smeared, but you can still see the original text. The second test involves squirting spurt of water from a syringe. At the initial point of impact, the water dissolves the ink into an orange puddle, while the text in the peripheral area stays somewhat intact with some splash marks. The picture on the right show how it looks when the puddle completely dries, you see a mix of red (what is left of the original text) and orange.
Having used the ink for three weeks now, I have not noticed any iridescent sheen, but it seems to have a glistening quality to it. When looking at Kin-Mokusei swatch at an angle, it seems to be glossier than other ink, as seen below.
Here comes the question of the hour: How similar is Kin-Mokusei to Apricot? The written comparison between the two is subtle. To my eyes, Apricot’s yellow tone is more prominent than Kin-Mokusei. A quick water test on both ink also confirms that.
My take on this color is if you are absolutely mad about orange and do not get a chance to get a bottle of Apricot, Kin-Mokusei is a nice addition to the rotation, giving a pop of color. If you already have a dozen bottles of Apricot, you can make room for other great choices in this Sailor release. Do I regret my choice? Not a bit, since Sailor is probably my favorite ink and I am running out of Apricot. Kin-Mokusei is a rich and warming color that can brighten up anyone’s day.
This ink can be purchased at Sailor authorized retailers, such as Vanness Pens and JetPens.*
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