Ink Review: Grenade by Sailor

Grenade is French for pomegranate and it is the perfect description for this ink colour. This is the final red ink in our review run up to Valentine's day. This was one of several Sailor inks that were discontinued in the summer of 2014. The day that it was announced that the inks would be discontinued, I put in an order for a second bottles of Grenade and Apricot as well as a bottle of Sky High and Ultra Marine. These are all lovely inks in their own right and we can only hope that they will be reissued at a later date.

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: Yes, from cranberry through wine.
Bleed Through: Yes, minor bleed through on absorbent papers. None on Rhodia.
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: Can develop a green sheen on ink resistant papers.
Water Resistance: Some water resistance but it is arguable whether it is of any use.
Drying Time: On the slow side, 20 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow but you get the occasional hard start if the pen is unused for a few minutes.
Cleaning: More involved than average but not arduous.

Colour Make Up

Chromatography Sample

Chromatography Sample

As can be seen above, Grenade is a complex ink. There is a band of orange followed by hot pink and fuchsia and finally backed up with a band of indigo that looks like it may have some permanency to it.

Similar Inks (Images Courtesy of Goulet Pens)

Conclusions

This ink is no longer available in the primary market but you might be able to find it on Fountain Pen Network or eBay. If you can find a sample it is absolutely worth trying. Is it worth paying inflated secondary market prices? I'll let you decide.

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