An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Yama-Dori is the first of two inks that make up the fall inks in the Four Seasons series. Personally, I think that the fall inks are the strongest offerings in this series. When Yama-Dori was introduced in the late summer of 2014 it was all the hotness on the blogs and I feel that it lives up to that hype. It is a lovely teal that leans towards blue rather than green. As teals go, it is a dark one that both shades well and develops a sheen. What's not to like.
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Shading: Lovely shading in all nib sizes.
Bleed Through: Spot bleeding is experienced on both Copy paper and Field Notes, although it is more prevalent on Field Notes. As usual, Rhodia fairs quite well.
Show Through: I would consider the back side of both Copy paper and Field Notes to be unusable. Rhodia is fine for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: A metallic red sheen develops where the ink pools.
Water Resistance: This ink has some water resistance but your writing will be murky after a spill.
Drying Time: Long dry time, 35 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow. Average lubrication.
Cleaning: I have found that Yama-Dori can tint some plastics so be warned. I have yet to try bleach to remove this tint but it works on Baystate Blue so it may work here as well.
Colour Make Up
This ink trace is lead off with a narrow band of yellow, quickly followed by ocean green and the the bulk of the ink is made up of cerulean.
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I like this ink. I bought it when it was released and it sees regular use in my pens. The colour is fairly unique, it both shades and sheens, and is well behaved when used on fountain pen friendly papers. It is great for journalling or correspondence although the colour may be a little odd in the workplace. If you enjoy teals, this is a good one and well worth owning.
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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.