thINKthursday – Sailor Yuki-Akari

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Sailor Yuki-Akari

Though the new Sailor inks are not yet available, these colors are simply too good not to preview. Yuki-Akari is a beautiful light blue/turquoise that is a reissued color from 2010.

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday – Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

The eight upcoming re-issue Sailor Season colors come in Sailor’s standard 50ml glass bottle with a plastic insert to make filling easier. This review was done with a Sailor Pro Gear Slim B, Lamy AL-Star 1.5, and on Rhodia blank no.18 paper.

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

Because Yuki-Akari is a reissued color, I’m sure many of you want to know if its the same as the original – it is.  The comparison swabs done leave little room for arguing that the exact same formula was used for the new Yuki-Akari.

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Yuki-Akari is a beautiful light blue/aqua that, depending on the nib, shades to a tranquil turquoise/teal. In a fine nib, Yuki-Akari appears more monotone – shading less and having a consistent robins egg color. A broader nib brings out considerably more shading and with it, some darker hues. The light blues transition into pools of turquoise that can lean towards teal.

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

Usually, lighter colored inks take longer to dry. However, Yuki-Akari was very quick to dry – about 10 seconds for a finer nib and 20 for a stub! Flow was excellent, and feather and bleedthrough were non-issues. Saturation is low and so is the ink’s water resistance. Shading was moderate in comparison to the other high shading inks that Sailor produces.

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

Even though Yuki-Akari is a lighter ink, I had no issue with legibility. While this might not be a work friendly color, I have not hesitated using it for journaling and notes. Yuki-Akari also had that immeasurable quality of putting you at ease while you use it; it is a light, calming color that lets your thoughts float freely.

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

thINKthursday - Sailor Yuki-Akari

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 color for you.

Ink it Up!
Chris

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