May 10, 2014
I just received this ink in a box of 12 cartridges. I was looking for a
waterproof black ink to use in my Sailor calligraphy pens (used for sketching),
and based on much research and reading many good reviews about this ink, as well
as its successful use under watercolors, I decided to buy it.
I’ve tested it on the following papers: 1) Arches Watercolor (sheet), Natural
White, 90lb, cold press; 2) Canson Montval Watercolor (pad), 140lb, cold press;
3) Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media (bound book), 90 lb, 4) Canson Art Book One
Sketch paper, 67lb; 4) Bee Professional Series Pen Sketcher’s (pad), 70lb; and
5) Hewlett Packard Office Paper with ColorLok Technology (ream), 20lb.
On all of these papers, even with letting the Sailor Nano Ink Ultra Black dry
for several minutes, I would definitely NOT plan to use it for line under
watercolor. It leaves a grey wash on all the papers tested, some more than
others. While it doesn’t run/beautifully wash like the ink that comes with
the Sailor pens, it’s kind of the worst of both worlds.
It is also not as black as the ink that comes with the Sailor calligraphy pens
(that’s a nice black!), and it’s a warmer color. In fact, in comparison
with these pens/inks, I’d say this Nano ink lacks “character”, or
“oomph”: Herbin Perle Noire (in a Rotring pen), Uni-ball Vision Fine
(roller ball), Copic Multiliner 0.5, Platinum Carbon cartridge ink in a Platinum
Carbon Desk Pen, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and the aforementioned Sailor ink that
comes with the Sailor DE 40 degree Calligraphy Fountain Pen. (I don’t know
what ink that is as it’s not specified anywhere).
So I am pretty disappointed. Since I’ve used one of the cartridges for
testing, I can’t return this to Jet Pens. I am glad I did not purchase this
ink in a bottle for $33! Anybody want 11 cartridges of this?