The Sailor Jentle Four Seasons (Shikiori) line is Sailor’s “standard” line – by which I mean they are readily available from distributors worldwide. This line has about 20 different colours which cover the major colour groups you expect to find in a range of inks.
Some of these can be compared to the original original line of Sailor Jentle inks and if you have seen and wanted to pick up Sailor Sky High (which has long been discontinued), this is the ink to buy.
Souten is a bright, cheerful blue which is advertised as a “summer” ink in their four seasons range, which is reminiscent of a bright blue sky. There’s a little bit of shading in wider, drier nibs (I see if in the Broad and 1.1mm nib here) and a lot of sheen, which is a lovely pinky red.
What I love about all Sailor inks is that they are well lubricated and can tame the driest, finest nib AND they are really well behaved. You can use them on cheap copy paper and it won’t feather (too badly) or bleed through. They are just the most useful inks and my collection has slowly become dominated by the many Sailor store exclusives, Manyo, Shikiori, Ink Studio offerings that they have produced over the years.
The other thing about Sailor inks (which I hint at above) is that there is bound to be a colour that is just right for you. Except if you’re into Shimmers in your inks, I don’t think they’ve brought anything out like that yet.
Sailor has done a bit of an overhaul in their ink packaging lately, with their shikiori inks changed from 50 mL to 20 mL bottles. Sadly, this change did not result in a significant decrease in price, to reflect the much smaller volume that comes with the new packaging. I would still buy the smaller volume bottle at near the same price (I suspect it will be a long time before I actually finish a full bottle of ink) and the ink is still a great ink despite the price, although its steep competition against their Manyo range which is the 50mL size and only a tad more expensive.
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