Average Customer Review
9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is the best black...
, June 6, 2011
This is the best black ink I've ever used. Beats Mont Blanc, Noodler's, Parker,
Extremely black. Smooth. Doesn't bleed. Doesn't clog. Works well with all papers
and pens I've tried.
This ink makes me curious about the science of how ink is designed. Whatever
they did, they designed one great ink.
9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding ink. Works...
, May 25, 2011
An outstanding ink. Works perfectly in all of my pens, from a broad-nibbed
Montblanc Diplomat to an extra-fine-nibbed Pilot. Dries quickly, and is
permanent and truly water-resistant on good paper. Not quite as intense a black
as Herbin's Perle, or Aurora; but is deep enough, in a midnight charcoal sort of
way. This ink is far more refined and less prone to smearing than Noodler's
so-called "bulletproof" black, which looks harsh and vulgar by comparison. The
only thing wrong with Sailor Nano Ultra Black is that it is so bloody expensive.
Still, that won't prevent me from buying it again, as it is by far the best
permanent black ink I have ever used.
5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ordered the ink despite...
, December 27, 2011
Ordered the ink despite it being a little more expensive than the other inks.
Filled a fine nib Sailor candy fountain pen with it, and the ink has a nice
expressive quality to the fine lines. It may not be as dark as Noodler's, but
more water resistant for watercolor washes. Overall I would reccomend the ink.
4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
bought this as a random...
, October 19, 2011
bought this as a random purchase, not disappointing at all! goes on smooth with
my sailor Regulus fine nib. drys fast, decently waterproof, and really black!
works very well on college lined school paper, no bleeding and does not show
thru the page. filling system is really cool, bottle is pleasing to look at. I
have been using it for about a month now and have not had any issues with
cloging or nib creep.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
This ink is not as water...
, September 17, 2013
This ink is not as water or smudge resistant as the pictures in the description
Presumably this ink, being carbon pigment based, is made for artistic
applications, if you intend to use it for art or illustration it may however be
disappointing. Pens like microns, pitt and staedtler use pigment ink because it
is waterproof, permanent and can stand up to erasing and washes. The sailor
pigment ink, though it handles well in fountain pens and is very beautifull,
bleeds considerably, even when fully dry, when gone over with a wash and it
smudges and smears pigment when rubbed with an eraser. These two qualities make
it a bad choice for pen and ink illustration, though still quite nice for
sketching and looser, free hand drawing where erasing is not required.
You can see clearly in the pictures above that the stroke that is washed
over is a very thin layer, almost grey and therefore has less pigment to bleed.
When applied at full opacity it bleeds considerably more and can even be
reconstituted days later, which is fun if you want to play around with grey
washes. This is not something that would be important unless you are an artist
and I do not think jetpens is trying to misinform anyone.
Despite these limitations, this ink works beautifully in flex nib fountain
pens, is great for figure drawing and sketching or calligraphy. It dries to a
very nice satin finish which accentuates the texture of papers. I use this ink
in an antique flex nib pen with a water brush for black and grey portraits and
love it. If you are looking for a good ink to use with watercolour, this is not
it, before spending so much on ink you should know exactly what you are getting.
3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is my absolute FAVORITE...
, December 2, 2010
This is my absolute FAVORITE ink for all my daily use fountain pens. Always goes
on beautifully and wet even with a fine nib, dries quickly.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
The ink is good, but...
, December 24, 2012
The ink is good, but I think I like Noodler's Bulletproof black better if you
like a darker black. The sailor nano black is more like a dark dark charcoal
instead of a deep rich high contrast black like Noodler's. I usually write with
a headlamp on, and I can tell subtle differences due to my headlamp. If you
don't have a headlamp on, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
I would give the bottle design 5 stars, and the ink 4 stars. The bottle design
is great because it has a mini reservoir inside the bottle just slightly deeper
than the nib and feed making it easy to still draw ink into your pen even when
the ink level is lower than your nib depth. With the cap on, you turn the
bottle upside down, then flip it over. The mini reservoir captures ink and
allows a consistent depth. Without the mini res, you would need a syringe or
something to get the ink into your pen. I'm new to the fountain pen world. I
had the Noodler's Bulletproof black first. I bought this Sailor Ink because of
the great reviews and the price is almost 3x times Noodler's. So, I bought it
out of curiosity to see if it really lives up to the hype. Great reviews and
excellent packaging. Plus I had not used anything but Noodler's brand. Doing a
side by side camparison, the Noodler's is definitely 'blacker' than the sailor.
I am sold on the Noodler's bulletproof and waterproof inks. Beyond a color
test, I did not do any other comparisons. If you have the money and you like to
play around with different inks then buy it, otherwise, if your money is tight,
go with Noodler's BB.
0 out of 7 people found the following review helpful
This exact ink is available...
, April 8, 2013
This exact ink is available for less at two other reputable online retailers.
Do your research. I tried to get a price match from here, and they refused.
The ink itself is fantastic... smooth and solid. Don't second guess the ink,
just the retailer.