Krishna Ink Sailor’s: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Krishna Ink Sailor’s is the third Krishna ink I’ve reviewed so far. If you want to read about the founder of Krishna Ink and a little background about the ink, please see the link here.

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Krishna Sailor’s is a dark turquoise ink with magenta sheen. I tested it using my new Sailor 1911 Large Stormy Sea with a medium italic nib (review here). The ink is a perfect match for this pen (if you like being matchy). The paper I use for my initial ink tests is Maruman Septcouleur white paper. This paper is good for showing off the true color of inks, but it does not reflect sheen (if any is present). My testing shows that the ink is highly saturated with good shading (in wider nibs). It is fairly wet and is not waterproof.

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Chromatography reveals that this ink is comprised entirely of blue shades, so the magenta sheen is a nice surprise.


In order to get the best sheen, you need to use paper like Tomoe River Paper, MD Cotton Paper (reviewed here), or Col-o-dex Rotary Cards (reviewed here). The examples below were done on MD Cotton paper and a Col-o-dex card.

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Sailor’s is an excellent deep turquoise color in and of itself. An added benefit (if you like sheen) is the beautiful magenta exhibited in wide nibs and sheen-enhancing paper.

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You can purchase a 20ml bottle of Krishna Sailor’s from Vanness Pens for $8.50. I love Krishna Ink so much that I will probably wind up buying the entire line at some point. I just wish they came in larger bottles.

(Vanness Pens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on June 22, 2018 and filed under Krishna, Ink Reviews.