Until recently I had never used any Sailor ink but the new range of Jentle inks finally became available in the UK so I decided to order several sample of the different colours on offer. I will be reviewing each of these inks over the coming weeks in a blog mini series. Today’s review focuses on Sailor Blue Black.
Originally the blue black ink wasn’t really on my radar, I was interested in the new bright, summery Jentle inks, but on a whim I added this colour to my shopping basket. One of my favourite inks is Pilot Iroshizuku’s Shin-Kai, which I always have in one fountain pen. Because of this I don’t usually shop for blue black inks, however I am glad that I gave this colour a try.
I have this inked up in my medium Lamy LX. I chose this pen because I like the nib and its medium width means I can really see all aspects of the colour on the page. It’s turned out to be a really nice pairing and one I will use for some time.
Getting down to the ink itself, I really like the colour and how it performs. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t get so excited about a simple blue black ink but this one is rather special. The colour is bold with subtle grey undertones. When comparing it to the Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai and Diamine Prussian Blue it looks a little flat on the page. It is much lighter than Diamine Prussian Blue and less saturated than Shin-Kai which is perhaps why I find the ink to be almost like it has a matte finish.
I played around with the ink on tomoe river paper and you can see from the photograph below that the ink almost appears to be a navy blue colour. On the highly saturated ink spots there is a small amount of sheen but I wouldn’t say that this was a feature of this ink colour.
I am happy I decided to give this colour a try. I quickly used up my sample and ordered a full bottle because I have enjoyed using it so much. It’s really well price at around the £16 mark making it a lot cheaper than the Iroshizuku inks. I think this ink as a great staple colour and so far I have really enjoyed using it.