I would like to thank WonderPens for supplying the ink samples that will be reviewed in this ink series. They are a great pen retailer here in Canada and very supportive to the fountain pen community.
Last summer Sailor discontinued six of their ink colours and introduced a new colour set called "Colors of Four Seasons". Some of these new inks were very close in colour to the discontinued inks that were being replaced:
- Sky High was replaced by Souten
- Ultra Marine was replaced by Nioi-Sumire
- Grenade was replaced by Oku-Yama
- Epinard was replaced by Tokiwa-Matsu
Colours that were unique to the new ink line are:
- Shigure, a dark purple
- Miruai, a dark green
- Doyou, a grey brown
- Yama-Dori, a teal
There was no suitable replacement for either Peche or Apricot.
This colour reboot also came with a price reboot and the new inks are approximately 50% more expensive than the ones that they replaced. Over the next two to three weeks each of the new inks will be reviewed and in the instances where there is a close colour comparison between the new and old ink, we will see just how close they really are. Follow along, it should be fun.