thINKthursday – Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday
Sailor Epinard

I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach!

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday – Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

Epinard is the French word for spinach – and it’s an appropriate name for this rich green ink. Although discontinued for the past few years, their Jentle colors are back and I am very happy that I can ink up my pens with Epinard once again. Sailor’s Jentle inks come in a round 50ml glass bottle that has a plastic reservoir that makes filling easier when the bottle gets low. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Studio B, and on Rhodia No. 18 blank paper.

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

Epinard is the predecessor to the Sailor Seasons ink Tokiwa-Matsu, and while the two are very similar, there are noticeable differences. Epinard is closer to a dark true green, while Tokiwa-Matsu has stronger pine and moss colors. In a fine nib, Epinard wrote very uniformly without much shading. In a broad nib there was a little more shading, bringing in lighter moss colors that shaded to a dark green. One of the things people love about Epinard is its strong red sheen. On good paper with either a wet pen or broad nib you’re sure to enjoy the red shimmering next to the green.

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

As one would expect with Sailor ink, Epinard performed beautifully. It has good flow, with low feathering and bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is a highly saturated ink and this lead to longer dry times, but they were still in the 20-35 second range. Epinard is somewhat water resistant; while the top layer of ink washed away, it was still possible to read what was written.

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

I really enjoy Epinard. Tokiwa-Matsu is one of my favorite greens, but Epinard is different enough that I’ve enjoyed using both. The rich color and the red sheen make it a real standout. Its dark enough that you could probably get away with using it at work and interesting enough that you’ll enjoy using it all day long.

thINKthursday - Sailor Epinard

As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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