This is the third ink in our "Turquoise & Teal" series. I purchased a sample of this ink to match the 2014 Summer Edition Edison Nouveau Premiere that was made from a material called Caribbean Sea. After testing it out, I knew that 2 ml wasn't going to be enough and a bottle was added to my next ink order.
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Shading: Great shading in a teal colour that is easy to read when used in a journal or for correspondence.
Bleed Through: Like the other Private Reserve inks reviewed this week, bleed through is a problem on Field Notes, even down to EF nibs. Copy paper shows a lot of bleed through as well.
Show Through: Absorbent papers will exhibit show through.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: Sheen can be seen when some nibs are used on ink resistant papers.
Water Resistance: No useful water resistance.
Drying Time: I gave up at 40 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Good flow. Excellent lubrication.
Colour Make Up
I like this colour a lot but the ink's high saturation makes for long dry times and easy smudging. I always seem to come away with ink on my hands after using this one. I think that I should try diluting it to see if the drying time and smudging problems go away while still exhibiting the nice shading that I love. The more I test these inks, the more I realize that I'm willing to put up with a lot of misbehaviour from an ink if it scores highly along the shading, sheen, or unique colour axises of a review. My use is almost exclusively limited to Tomoe River, Rhodia R Premium, or Clairefontaine Triomphe; on these papers the feathering, spread and bleed shown on the Field Notes writing sample is not experienced.