thINKthursday – Sailor Souten

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Sailor Souten

No matter the weather, you’ll see skies of blue with Sailor Souten in your pen!

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday – Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

Sailor Souten might need a personal disclaimer because it is one of my all-time favorite inks. I always have it in at least one pen. It is a gorgeous azure blue that has a brilliant red sheen. It was released as part of Sailor’s original Season colors, and many saw it as the successor to the recently re-released Sky High. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia No 18 blank paper.

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

Souten is a vivid blue that really pops off the page. With a fine nib the ink appears a little lighter and has a uniform cobalt appearance. In a broader nib the ink moderately shades from a lighter lapis to darker navy and azure hues. What really makes this ink a show stopper is its red sheen. Some inks are illusive in showing off their sheen, but you’ll have no problem getting a vivid red sheen with Souten.

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

I’ve written more words with Souten than any other ink and it is a great performer. It has good flow and no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It is a moderately saturated ink with normal dry times of 20-30 seconds. Souten is not water resistant, but it is an easy ink to clean up.

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

If you’re looking for a blue ink, buy a sample of Souten; I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy it. Even without its red sheen it would be a beautiful blue, but with the sheen it’s an exceptional ink. It should be noted that the re-released Sky High is a very close match for Souten, but they are slightly different.

thINKthursday - Sailor Souten

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.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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