Recently I manged to purchase a bottle of Sailors Jentle ink – purple 201 aka shigure which means rain showers. I was very pleased about this due to 1. My love of purple inks and 2.you now have to pay more money for less ink when buying this colour as its become part of the Sailor shikiori range.
Bungubox is a fountain pen store located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (half way between Tokyo and Osaka). As well as pens Bungubox has established a name for its inks better known as Bungbox inks. There was a time when you could not purchase these inks outside of Japan unless you used a proxy or a groupbuy. There used to be an excellent website called Massdrop that enabled people to purchase inks such as these before they became widely available in the USA. Sadly massdrop is a shadow of its former self for those of us in the writing community, luckily a number of American retailers now sell these inks such as Vanness Pen shop in Little Rock
Diamine steel blue is the first teal ink I bought and one I was never without, unfortunately with the number of new inks constantly being released it has been awhile since I have filled a pen with it, when I do I am reminded as to why I like it.
Diamine oxblood is one of the inks that always seems to crop up in lists people make of the X number inks everyone should have. Others that frequently appear in the lists are Watermans serenity blue, Pilots kon-peki and Noodlers black and Apache sunset.
Cocoa shimmer is the second shimmer ink I ever purchased. It is much more muted than many of the other shimmer inks, the gold shimmer with a brown ink is quite subtle even in bright light. Diamine inks are ubiquitous however I am going to recommend you buy directly from Diamine if you are interested. Obviously, they carry the whole range, I bought 5 shimmer inks, paid the UK price which is less than I would pay in New Zealand and only five pounds for postage (NZD$10, USD$6.25).
Shosaikan is a stationary store in Tokyo, it is quite ‘posh’ being found a very upmarket area. It can be found in Minami Aoyama close to the Omotesando station. Seiren (セイレン)is an original Japanese romantic comedy anime television series directed by Tomoki Kobayashi. It aired in early 2017.
Finally I get to try one of the new inks from Birmingham Pen Co. Their inks used to be made in Germany and bottled in the USA. They are now manufactured and bottled by the Birmingham Pen Co. in the USA. Three inks have been released, all are blue. I recently received a bottle of Shippingport Atomic Power Station – electron.
I am pleased to see that the Birmingham Pen Co have started to list some of their new in-house manufactured inks as I am so looking forward to trying them. Todays ink is from previous stock having been manufactured in Germany and bottled in the USA. The plan is to recreate all the inks in the USA. In previous reviews I have described the packaging and pricing, the new inks are priced at $US9 for 30ml and $US14 for 60ml.
To celebrate Kingdom Notes 5th anniversary in 2014 Sailor produced some bespoke inks for them. There were three series of five inks each. Birds of Japan, insects of Japan and Mushrooms of Japan. Unfortunately Kingdom note do not ship overseas, they can occasionally be found at exorbitant prices on ebay or you can buy using a proxy. If you can buy the ink in Japan it retails for $US18.50. I was lucky enough to be generously gifted some samples of some Kingdom Notes inks that I had coveted for some time.
It has been awhile since I have reviewed a Birmingham Pen Co ink. I am still loking forward to their US based production of inks to become available. This ink is a blue-black which is not a colour I usually favour but it was what I selected when I got to choose a free ink to go with a pen I purchased.