When I re-entered the world of fountain pens the name Maruzen was still foreign. Now a few months back into the frenzy, to me it has become synonymous with grail. I had never had a grail ink before, the rarest in my collection being a couple of Bungbox inks which were procured quite easily in the USA. Maruzen was another story.
Unicorn Ink Reviews:
- Pilot Iroshizuku Edo-Murasaki
- Maruzen Athena Eternal Blue
I first heard of this ink from a follower of this blog, just another reason why I love doing this, I learn so much from you all ^_^. There was very little information and very few reviews online. I searched on eBay, and even put some feelers out to contacts in Japan but my break came when I purchased my Edo-Murasaki ink. The seller out of the blue offered me all manner of exotic ink, which included the Eternal Blue. I jumped on the opportunity and in less than a week there was a box of the most wonderful inks ever on my doorstep.
Can I just say that I love the bottle?
For this review I inked up my Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Raden – M nib. It is a reliable, smooth, and generally wet writer. This ink did not disappoint. While it wasn’t the wettest ink that I have encountered it was juicy, smooth, well saturated, lots of beautiful shading, and it had SHEEN, yes sheen! The trait that I chase on a daily basis.
Here is the ink journal entry, on 52GSM tomoe:
The color is a wonderful darker blue which make it very versatile, writing for business or pleasure. It has so many wonderful attributes, but would I say that it is worth the $60.00 that I paid for it? Probably not. To me it is very similar to Yama-Dori by Sailor. It is quite similar in sheen and color. I am also not much of a dark ink person so I may be a bit biased. I would buy this color again if it were offered at not such a premium price, perhaps around Bungbox pricing. Or if Yama-Dori was not so ready available at a much lower cost.
I leave you now with this photo of Eternal Blue in action ^_^