Sailor already makes about a million inks, not just through its own brand via the Four Seasons, Storia and Manyo lines, but through its store partnerships with Bungubox, Nagasawa Kobe (Kobe Ink Story), Kingdom Note, Maruzen and many many others. So when Sailor announced that it was going to launch an “Ink Studio” with 100 new inks, we all wondered how were they going to make new, unique and exciting inks for us to try?
The answer – multichromatic inks.
Multichromatic inks aren’t that new, Troublemaker is probably the first brand I can think of that made it into the mainstream a few years back with its Abalone, Milky Ocean and Petrichor colours. I also think Bungubox Tipsy Purple had a bit of it (pink/purple), but the Ink Studio line introduced a whole bunch more into the market with its launch. Don’t get me wrong, not all 100 are multichromatic, but a good selection are.
123 is probably the poster child for this ink range and the multichromatic inks available through Sailor.
For a long time, this ink was sold out everywhere. When I finally picked it up, I understood the hype. It is stunning! I’ve heard it said in a few reviews that its not dark enough for easy use, but I’ve not had that problem. I’ve mostly used it in Broad and Medium nibs, and I’ve not had any issues with it being visible. I’ve not really used the ink in any fine nibs, but now that I look at the review photos, I can see that it would be a difficult to read with fine or dry nibs.
I have fallen hard for this ink, but its beauty has some caveats. I didn’t see any of its multichromaticness (is that a word?) on Rhodia and its not very apparent in Fabriano – only if you’re really looking for it. Its also difficult to see on finer and drier nibs – I can’t see it at all in the fine on any of the papers used here, and its only just apparent in the medium, with Cosmo and Tomoe.
Its one of the most unique inks in the collection and definitely one of my favourites of all time. Its definitely worth picking up if the colour is your thing.
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