Ink Review: Sailor Epinard

This is a review for one of my "professional inks," that I regularly use at the office, in court, or anywhere else that I don't want to turn heads.  Not that this ink won't turn the head of anyone who's paying attention--it's a great color.  I apparently just missed out on the Montblanc British Racing Green ink by entering this hobby in 2010, just as that ink was discontinued.  People often suggest that Epinard is a comparable ink and fair substitute, along with Diamine Green Black, Diamine Evergreen, and Noodler's Zhivago.  Having never tried the original, I can't give an opinion.  What I can say is that this ink more than stands on its own. 

For the non-Francophones, "Epinard" is the French word for spinach.  It's a fair descriptor.  Although there's a good bit of black in the green, you're still writing with green ink.  This ink is loaded into my Lamy 2000 with an EF Nib.  A very professional ink in a professional pen.

What makes this ink great for work is the fact that like many Sailor inks, it's incredibly well-behaved on cheap copy paper.  If your employer, like mine, buys whatever it can get the most of for the least amount of money, and you absolutely must use a fountain pen at work, Sailor Jentle Ink is a pretty safe bet.  I have bottles of Epinard, Apricot, Grenade, and the ultimate cheap-paper ink, the pigmented nano-black.  All are excellent.  

Rumor is that Sailor is releasing a new range of ink this summer.  One of the colors among them is an even darker green-black, which is on my list.  Stay tuned.  And if anyone wants to send me a sample/full bottle of the British Racing Green, feel free to reach out . . . . :) 

Ink Review: Franklin-Christoph Olde Emerald

This ink is another that I have been wanting to pick up for a long time, but just now bit the bullet and got around to doing so.  Franklin-Christoph introduced their line of inks last year, and they've received rave reviews so far.  I can see why:  they're classy dark shades of blue, purple, green, and red, and from what I've seen so far they are incredibly low maintenance and safe.  At one of the pen shows last year I took note that Mike Masuyama was using the Dark Denim to test the pens he was working on, and he was telling everyone sitting at his table that he is very careful what inks he puts in his customers' pens.  Anyhow, I picked up two bottles at the Atlanta Pen Show:  Olde Emerald (Green) and Syrah, Syrah (Red/Burgundy).  I have not inked up a pen with the Syrah, Syrah, but here is my take on the Green, and it's a good one. 

This review was written with a Stipula Etruria Alter Ego with a 1.1 mm Stub on an Exacompta Index Card.  The Stub is pretty wet, and the Index Card not exactly absorbent, so the dry time on this ink is slower than it would be on typical daily use paper.  

This is a fairly wet ink, but it dries quickly.  The dry time reflected on my written review is somewhat misleading.  I've found that this ink dries within 5-10 seconds on most papers, and it was dry at 15 seconds on this Exacompta index card.  As you can see from the photos, the ink shades beautifully.  The color has been described as "the color of money," which from what I've seen, is pretty accurate.  I've found myself using this ink on a daily basis!