thINKthursday – Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday
Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

Settle in for an evening of rich blues as we look at Sailor Yonaga.

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday – Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

Yonaga is a dark, denim blue ink that is part of Sailor’s new Shikiori lineup. The name roughly translates to ‘long autumn evening’ which is an appropriate name for a rich, dark blue. The ink comes in Sailor’s new 20ml glass rectangular bottle. This review was done with a Sailor 1911 F, Lamy Studio B, and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

In a fine nib, Yonaga doesn’t appear to shade at all, but remains a uniform dark blue, nearly black looking appearance on the page. With a broad nib, there is a tiny bit more shading, which shows off the different tones of the ink. The lightest areas are a navy denim color that quickly shade into a dark blue.

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

As with other Sailor inks, Yonaga had wonderful properties. The flow was excellent with no feathering or bleedthrough. Even though this is a highly saturated ink, the dry times were great at 20-30 seconds. While I wouldn’t say that the ink has water resistance, it was very easy to make out the writing after the water test. Yonaga has crazy green sheen but I was only able to achieve it using a brush on Tomoe River paper, so it shouldn’t be expected with general use.

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

There’s a time and place for every ink and Yonaga is not the funky ink you use to write your pen pal. This is a workplace or workhorse ink that makes your pen perform at its best. The color is fairly standard but the experience using it is anything but.

thINKthursday - Sailor Shikiori Yonaga

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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