I vowed I would not buy more of the ink studio inks because I think they are expensive and I really couldn’t see any colour that really grabbed me then I kept seeing this ink online especially on that rabbit hole called instagram and I ended up buying some.
The ink is listed with the grey inks on the ink studio pallette.
And on the bottle it looks like it is going to be grey.
On opening the lid it is a murky grey with a subtle hint of pink.
Chromatography doesn’t help as its a mix of yellow, green. Blue, purple and pink.
And that is the fascinating thing about this ink – depending on who you talk to or what paper you use it is grey or purply-pink or teal or grey-green. It is very hard, almost impossible to pigeonhole the ink and I suspect that is why it has been one of the most popular colours in the ink studio range.
The col-o-ring swatch was more grey dominant. Tomoe is more pinky-purple.
For the writing I used a Sailor pro-gear with a medium nib. Though it is a Sailor ink in a Sailor pen I think a broader nib may have made the properties of this ink more apparent.
On copy paper it behaved well no feathering or show through and it dried very quickly but it was just a pale grey. I must stop calling this ink story when its ink studio
On Rhodia it was similar, dried quickly but was just a grey ink.
It takes a good paper such as Tomoe to see the ink at its best. It is slower drying and you may think it still looks grey but its not.
I can’t really think of another ink that is like this. The Sailor ink studio inks are very good quality but they are pricey. There are other just as good inks available that are much cheaper. This is nice but I blame Instagram for my purchase.
In summary -
Saturation – medium
Shading – yes lots and different colours
Sheen – no
Shimmer - no
Nib dry-out - none
Nib creep - none
Start-up – Excellent
Feathering – no
Drying – the better the quality of paper the slower the dry time but still pretty good
Cleaning - good
Water resistance - not sold as waterproof but there was very little run off when held under a tap.