Sailor Ink Studio 973
Just in time for Halloween, Sailor Jentle Red-Brown has been resurrected as Sailor Ink Studio 973.
The majority of the Sailor Ink Studio colors are on the cooler side. Thankfully, there are a number of beautiful warm colors, one of my favorites being 973. Sailor used to make a red-brown ink, and 973 is the closest stand-in for it that I’ve found. Ink Studio inks come in a 20ml glass rectangular bottle. The ink also comes with a handy sticker set that can be used to label your converter so you can remember which ink is in it. This review was done with a Pilot E95S F, Lamy Studio B and on Rhodia blank No.18 paper.
Ink Studio 973 is a gorgeous brick red that is perfect for the changing season. In a fine nib, the ink does not shade much and has a fairly uniform brick red color. In a broader nib, the ink shades considerably more, and that brings out many more colors. The ink starts as a rusty orange before shading to an amber crimson. From there, it gets into the traditional brick tones before finishing as a dark mahogany red.
Sailor inks always perform well, but 973 excelled in certain areas. The ink had good flow no feathering or bleedthrough on Rhodia paper. Dry times were good at 20-30 seconds and the ink had moderate to high shading in a broad nib. What surprised me about the ink was its water resistance, While some of the pigment did bleed, it was very easy to read the text after the water test.
For those of you who have been looking for the old Sailor Jentle Red-Brown, look no more! Ink Studio 973 is a fantastic alternative. For everyone else, you should really get this ink your pen. It is fall, after all!
As with any ink review, the pen, paper, and person doing the writing will influence the way the ink looks. Due to their small bottle size and large number of colors Ink Studio inks will not be available as samples. If you would like to order a bottle, please call the store at 920-997-8220.
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