By way of background, Sailor Manyo inks are a new release of 8 inks from Sailor, available to the international market. I received mine from a pre-order I made last week and I’m super excited to share a quick review of these inks with you.
The Sailor Manyo inks are based on flowers found in the Manyoshu, an collection of ancient Japanese poems. Luckily, they are permanent and not limited edition.
I purchased 3 of the inks – Haha, Nekoyanagi and Yomogi – they seemed the most unique and usable (to me, based on what I have in my current collection).
Out of the three inks that I purchased, Yomogi is probably the most similar to a “normal” ink – by that I mean its got one main colour that it shows consistently over different pens and papers. That doesn’t mean that this ink is boring or plain in any way, it just doesn’t have the colour shifting features that can be seen in Nekoyanagi or Haha.
Yomogi is a bright peacock teal green which is really very beautiful. If you have been reading our blog posts in the past you will know that I have a soft spot for peacock-teal colours and have been on a bit of a search for the perfect ink in this colour family. Despite amassing a small collection of inks in this colour, Yomogi remains unique in my collection. It is significantly brighter than the other teals that I own.
To my eye, its most similar to Iroshizuku Ku Jaku – its definitely in the same colour family, but I think Yomogi presents itself as a bit brighter, especially in the nib. In the swatch photo below, they look pretty similar, but in real life I think Ku Jaku is a hint darker or more saturated.
Like many Sailor inks, Yomogi shows a lovely red sheen on Tomoe River Paper. It was so prominent that is was easily seen on 68gsm Tomoe River Paper as well as 52gsm. I had no issues with flow on any of the pens I have used in this review and it behaved reliably, as with other Sailor inks.
Out of the three Manyo inks, this is the most saturated and therefore most difficult to clean out. Compared to other inks however, its pretty normal and a soaking followed by a quick run through the ultrasonicator cleans it out pretty well.
For me, I think I still prefer Iroshizuku Ku Jaku as my favourite peacock teal ink as I like that it is a hint darker, but in a wetter pen, the two inks look pretty similar. Sailor inks can perform a bit more reliably on poorer quality photocopy paper, so this ink is a great addition to my collection.
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