I’m strong to the finich, cause I eats me spinach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks.
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