After the semi-disappointment that MB The Legend of Zodiacs Red Chine was, I really needed red ink to redeem itself. I heard about Shinpuku inks and luckily found that they were accessible.
Don’t mind the big yellow Hobonichi boxes, those are exciting too but totally for another blog post. I ordered all 5 colors that I could find, a couple of notecards and a washi tape from Shinpuku. My first instinct was to start with the blue, but I decided to give the red a chance ^_^
It comes in the wonderful old style Sailor bottle with a volcano and what appears to be a hand drawn ink swab on the volcano smoke. I could be wrong about the hand drawn thing, but whatever it is, its a nice touch!
For this review I decided to ink up my 18111 Bonfire with Franklin-Christoph Flex nib. Beautiful reds together!
Ink Swab and Comparison:
The sheen is amazing! It’s definitely present during regular writing on TR paper, and there is a lot of it! It created that much desired (by me lol) halo effect around the letters. It did however lack shading. The range of base color isn’t as wide as a lot of the other inks I review. This ink reminds me a lot of a few other Sailor inks including BB Lycoris Red, Sailor Irori, and Gakunan Train.
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I leave you now with this photo of some of the items in the Hobonichi boxes ^_^
September 14, 2017 at 12:46 am
Ugg. I saw this on Instagram….yes, it has the Irori / lycoris look. I will hunt this ink down haha
September 14, 2017 at 1:50 am
I saw your image for this post on Instagram and was intrigued. I like that combination of red and gold. It’s a shame that the shading that’s present in the blob doesn’t appear in the writing.
September 14, 2017 at 2:09 am
Love the gold sheen on this red! Where can one purchase Shinpuku inks?
September 14, 2017 at 3:39 am
I’m in love! I would also like to know how to acquire Shinpuku AND Akashi inks (this is so not doing my wallet any favours)!
September 14, 2017 at 4:36 am
Love that gold sheen. And the Hobonichi covers!
September 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm
Where ever can one get this glorious ink?