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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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