Benzaiten is one of Pilot’s 100th anniversary inks. It’s a soft pink colour that shades beautifully going from a pastel pink to something stronger and vibrant. Among all the 100th Anniversary colours, I like the yellow (Pilot Iroshizuku 100th Anniversary Daikokuten) which I’ve reviewed previously and this one. Both are unique colours to the Iroshizuku stable of inks. Too bad they are limited edition inks. It’s worth buying a bottle of Benzaiten even if it’s not a collectable.
My thanks to Louisa for the ink sample.
Or Audaciux is french for bold gold. Does it look gold to you or is it just brown? GOld is a very trickey colour to get right. Putting aside how true to gold this ink looks to you, Louis Vuitton Or Audaciux is a beautiful shading ink. It feels relatively lubricated. If I am a gold / brown ink lover, this ink will be on my radar. However, I’m not. Also one has to take the hefty price tag into consideration as well.
My thanks to Rongli for the ink sample.
St Dupont Turquoise is a bright turquoise on the blue end of the blue-green spectrum of turquoise. It is a relatively wet ink but it dnd’t write well in my Pilot Myu 701 F despite it being a dry nib like this TWSBI Mini 1.1mm nib. In the Myu 701, it writes but the feedback it produces with this ink is a little too much to be enjoyable. I think it is just a case of bad ink and pen combination, no fault of the ink really. That said, even in the F Japanese nib it has shading. With the right pen, this ink will be a great shading ink.
My thanks to Sunny for the ink sample.
Now Slowpoke Green is right up my alley. I love greens in the green-yellow range especially the darker ones.It shades really nicely even in my European fine nibs. It goes from a dark forest green to a muted sort og grass green. And with its excellent dry time, I think this is an ink that’s made just for me.
My thanks to Ana of Well Appointed Desk for the ink sample.
Frankly Blue isn’t quite blue. At least to my eyes, it’s bordering on teal. It shades well even in my Japanese fine nib, going from a dark teal to a muted teal. Frankly blue is a dry ink with flair. I really enjoy this colour.
Chesterfield is a now discontinued line of inks. It belongs to xFountainpens and that company is now no longer in operation. That being said Antique Copper is a good shading brown ink. It’s a bright ink, not quite corporate enough to fly under the radar. It goes from an almost orange-brown to a strong reddish-brown. The warm tones of Chesterfield Antique Copper gives me a nice homely feeling.