Blackstone Wild Orange
Delight your senses with Blackstone Wild Orange.
Blackstone is an Australian ink manufacturer and they just came out with 6 new scented inks. I’m impressed with each of the 6 colors and the scents are pleasant but not overpowering. Wild orange is a tangerine amber color that displays some nice shading. Blackstone ink comes in a 30ml Nalgene bottle that’s useful even when the ink is gone. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Aurora Ipsilon B, and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.
Wild Orange appears similar in both a fine and broad nib. The ink is a high shader and displays a wide range of warm colors. It starts as a bright tangerine before shading into a rusty apricot and finally finishes as a dark amber orange. There aren’t a ton of scented inks on the market, and this was my first time reviewing one. The smell isn’t really orange, instead it has floral notes (my co-worker described it as what a bath soap manufacturer would have for an orange scent). You definitely smell it when the bottle is open, and you get whiffs of it when you’re writing, but once the ink has dried the smell is gone.
I think because of the additives needed to make the ink scented, Wild Orange has some unique properties. The ink is super wet and lubricated, but had very fast dry times for how much ink is being put on the page. Feathering and bleedthrough were low as was the inks water resistance. Wild Orange is moderately saturated, but because so much ink is being put out, it looks more saturated than it really is. Clean up was easy and I didn’t notice any adverse effects due to its scented nature.
I really like the color of this ink. If you want my two cents, I’m not the biggest fan of scented inks, but the smell of Wild Orange didn’t overshadow the color. If you have a dry writing pen then this ink will be its best friend.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. If you’re not sure about a color, try a sample to see if it’s the one for you.
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