Bottled Ink

Sailor Shikiori: Sakura-Mori ink review.

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I am a big fan of Sailor inks. I have found that they consistently perform well and they come in such beautiful colours.

When the Sailor Shikiori inks arrived in the UK earlier on this year, in the now smaller 20ml bottle, I took a punt on trying out the Sakura-Mori. The smaller bottle size and lower price point made me more willing to try out this colour. Normally these sort of light tones put me off. I always feel like you’re going to be disappointed because it’s never going to be strong or vibrant enough.

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The colour.

The Sakura-Mori takes its name and colour from the beautiful Japanese blossoms being a light pink ink. It's one of the lightest shades in the Shikiori range and a bit of an outlier. It is a very pretty and slightly unusual pink ink. I don’t think there are many similar inks out there, perhaps there’s one from Pilot.

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The Sakura-Mori is a pretty flat ink colour. There is a tiny bit of any shading there if you’re really trying hard and use a broad nib.

Using the Sakura-Mori.

This colour doesn’t work well in a fine nib fountain pen. To really get the benefits and make your writing legible the broader the nib the better.

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The light colour means its not strong enough on the page and can feel like it’s disappeared. But put this ink in a medium or broad nib pen, really lay down some ink on the page and this colour comes into its own.

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Overall thoughts.

This isn't an ink I use everyday or would have permanently inked up in a fountain pen. It’s also perhaps not an ink I would restock if I ran out. But its a nice ink and I’ve enjoyed using it. I’m glad I’ve tried it too because I am always curious about these light pink shades and this feels like the best brand to try out.

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Sailor Waga-Uguisu Ink Review.

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The Sailor Waga-Uguisu ink is from the 2016 Four Seasons limited edition range. I read review after review on this new range with a hint of jealousy as you couldn’t get your hands on them in the UK. A sad, familiar tale.

I first noticed Waga-Uguisu from a post by Liz at Wonderpens and it immediately caught my eye. Green has always been a colour I am drawn to but when it came to finding a good, usable, legible green ink its felt like a loosing battle. Waga-Uguisu looked like the right sort of colour and I’d had nothing but good experiences with Sailor inks. I sadly however dismissed this ink thinking I’d never be able to grab a bottle and so didn’t want to obsess over it.

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Fast forward to earlier on this year and I happened on these inks on the Pure Pens website on pre-order. After many ignored tweets asking when these would arrive, weeks later they were in stock and I was finally able to get my hands on a bottle.

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Using Waga-Uguisu.

The good news is Waga-Uguisu has not been a disappointment. The more I use Sailor inks the more I fall in love. The tones and colours of the inks are beautiful and they are so nice to use. I’ve used them in a range of fountain pens from the pricey through to entry level and the experience has been good in all.

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I haven’t stopped using this ink since I got my hands on it. In person the colour is more vibrant and bold than the photos I’d seen. It’s a deep green shade that still manages to give you a hint of those lighter tones. There is no sheen or sparkle, which isn’t a bad thing, but with a broader and wetter nib you will see some variation in colour and a decent amount of shading.

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Depending on the paper you’re using the ink performs a little differently. Shading is more pronounced on Tomoe River paper, as you’d expect, but even on heavier papers it’s still there, just a little more muted.

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Overall thoughts.

Calling out favourites is always a bold statement in my opinion. Favourites are based on a lot of variables such as mood, experience and personal factors that influence your perspective...however every now and again I feel a little bold. Waga-Uguisu is my second favourite ink. Sailor Blue-Black is the out and out winner and probably always will be as its more versatile and can be used in most situations. However the Waga-Uguisu is a very close second. The green shade is gorgeous, not too bright, not too yellow and not too neon green. It reminds me of a forest green, lush, deep and with plenty of shade. This ink is a limited edition which is a real shame and I guess over time will disappear out of stock. I have never finished a bottle of ink so I don’t think I need to stock up, but it’ll be a sad day when this ink disappears.

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