An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Doyou is the second of two inks that make up the summer inks in the Four Seasons series. It is a dark brown with charcoal grey tones to it. I have never tried a brown ink that was this dark before. If I am going to have an ink that is nominally black, I want it to be black. Sailor Kiwa-Guro is great. Aurora Black is great. This one is weak sauce.
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Shading: Subtle shading in grey and brown tones on most papers when broader nibs are used.
Bleed Through: Bleed through on Copy paper is quite prevalent and Field Notes experiences it too in broader nibs. As usual, Rhodia fairs quite well.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable and Field Notes is questionable, Rhodia is just fine for use.
Saturation: Average saturation.
Water Resistance: This ink does well on the water resistance test.
Drying Time: A little longer than average time, 25+ seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication.
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update.
Colour Make Up
This ink trace is lead off with a band of yellow-orange followed by brown, this is then followed by a band of light burgundy which is backed by grey-brown. Finally there is a dark band of grey where the ink sample was placed on the wicking media.
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As you can tell from the introduction, this ink isn't for me. While it does shade, none of its other characteristics are exceptional. This ink is certainly suitable for the workplace where it will be easily mistaken for black if finer nibs are used. At the end of the day, if Sailor wanted to put out a dark brown, I wish that it could have been like the Maruzen Athena Sepia that they also make. That one is a fantastic ink, this one leaves me cold.
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I reached out to WonderPens and asked if they would be willing to supply samples of the complete line of Sailor Colors of Four Seasons inks. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the sample free of charge.