thINKthursday – Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday
Blackstone Brown Boronia

Stop and smell the Boronia… Brown variety… by Blackstone. Delightful!

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday – Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

Blackstone is an Australian ink maker. Complimenting their Colors of Australia inks, they also produce a line of inks called Scents of Australia. Brown Boronia is a native evergreen plant that has a “lemon scented aroma.” As for the ink, it is a beautiful golden brown color that has a pleasant citrus smell. Blackstone ink comes in a 30ml plastic Nalgene bottle that is practical, and easy to fill from. This review was done with a Platinum 3776 F, Lamy AL-Star and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

My ability to describe scents is much worse than my ability to describe color. That said, Brown Boronia has a pleasant-floral-citrus scent that is detectable when you are writing with the ink. Once the ink dries, the aroma is gone. The color itself is a beautiful tawny caramel. At its lightest, the ink is a mustard ochre. From there it shades to cinnamon brown before ending as a rich pecan.

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

Brown Boronia doesn’t just smell nice, it’s also well behaved. It has good flow, with no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. It’s a moderately saturated ink that displays some beautiful shading. It has good dry times at 15-25 seconds. The ink doesn’t have any water resistance, but cleanup was easy.

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

If you’re the type to shun scented inks because you think they’re kitschy, please try Brown Boronia. First off, it is a killer color – it has so many yellow/brown tones that shade so beautifully together. Second, the scent is kinda nice. The smell is not overpowering, and when you go to uncap your pen you get a nice whiff. And lastly, it’s a lot cheaper to travel with you nose instead of buying a plane ticket to Australia.

thINKthursday - Blackstone Brown Boronia

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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