This is an updated review of this ink. I first reviewed it in August 2020 and was less than complimentary. The ink manufacturing for the company was at one time outsourced, I reviewed an outsourced ink. Now that manufacturing is in house I took the plunge and tried again and am glad I did so feel the ink needs an updated review.
As this is an update I am not going to repeat everything from the previous review about Henry P Ford. I will keep it to the essentials but show you a reason for doing this again.
Chromatography revealed a couple of shades of dark green, some black and bright yellow.
The col-o-ring swatch is above and you can see it is an olive green colour with a yellow undertone. On Tomoe it is not quite as bright, the yellow is less appreciable except at the edges.
I used a Sailor pen with a medium nib and have only tested on cheap paper and Tomoe. I was very impressed with it on the cheaper paper because there was no feathering and it dried almost instantaneously (<5sec) unfortunately there was a lot of show through. On the cheap paper this is a very yellow-green ink.
It was not quite as yellow-green on Tomoe but you can still see the yellow undertones. Dry time was as slow as expected as it was Tomoe river paper, somewhere between 30 and 35 secs.
I used to love green inks of late I hardly use them. This is much better than the original but probably not something I will use much. The in k itself is impeccably behaved and I still highly recommend Birmingham Pen Co to anyone.
In summary -
Saturation - high
Shading – no
Sheen – no
Shimmer – no
Nib dry-out - none
Nib creep - none
Start-up – Excellent
Feathering - no
Drying – almost instantaneous on cheap paper
Cleaning - good
Water resistance – No