Ink Review: Sailor Jentle Apricot

Over the past two weeks I've had two pens inked up with Sailor Jentle Inks.  My Lamy 2000 (EF Nib) has been loaded up with Epinard, and my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage (one of my personal favorite pens) has been loaded up with Apricot. 

A great combination for annotating documents:  Sheaffer Legacy Heritage with Mike Masuyama-tuned EF Nib, loaded with Sailor Jentle Apricot Ink.

Orange ink is new to me.  I definitely have a think for reds in all shades, particularly darker wine-colored reds like Montblanc Hitchcock (my favorite red ink of all time), Visconti Burgundy, and Franklin-Christoph Syrah Syrah.  I decided to try orange fountain pen ink after discovering the Pilot Hi-Tec-C gel pens, which have outstanding shades of both orange and apricot, and realizing that I like to be able to distinguish between different types/categories of annotations, especially when I'm editing a lengthy document such as a 100+ page legal brief.  But I digress....

This scan makes the ink color appear slightly more red than it is in real life.  The pictures I've taken and posted below in the gallery or truer reproductions of the actual color. 

Apricot is extremely well behaved and low-maintenance for such a bold-colored ink.  It doesn't feather much, even on the cheapest paper, and bleedthrough is minimal.  So far, I've not had any difficulty cleaning the ink out of any of my pens.  One thing that distinguishes this ink from other popular orange inks such as Noodler's Apache Sunset, and even Iroshizuku Yu-Yake, is the relative lack of shading.  Some shading is there, especially in a wetter nib, but if its highly visible shading you're looking for, Apache Sunset wins that battle hands down.