An overview of the inks within this review series is available here. Tokiwa-Matsu is the first of two inks that make up the winter inks in the Four Seasons series. It is a calming green that replaces the discontinued Epinard.
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Shading: Nice shading on ink resistant papers. Effect is best when Medium and Broad nibs are used.
Bleed Through: This ink only bleeds through on Copy paper and even there it is limited to spot bleeding. I am sceptical of the Field Notes results because of the extended dry times as well as the shading that is present. I'm wondering whether this particular sheet of Field Notes got slightly different treatment when the lines were printed on it.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable, Rhodia and Field Notes would be just fine for use.
Saturation: Highly saturated.
Sheen: Subtle red tinged sheen in areas where the ink pools. (See swab on Rhodia writing sample)
Water Resistance: No water resistance on Rhodia but Copy Paper does well.
Drying Time: Average dry time, 20 seconds using an EF nib on Rhodia.
Flow: Average flow. Higher than average lubrication.
Cleaning: Yet to be determined. Will update in the near future.
Colour Make Up
This ink trace is lead by a band of chartreuse followed by forest green and backed up by cerulean.
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Current Ink vs. Discontinued Ink
Epinard appears to be slightly darker when used. The chromatography also shows that there are subtle differences on the leading edges of the traces. While Tokiwa-Matsu takes Epinard's place in the line up, it does not replace Epinard.
I prefer the warmer tone of Tokiwa-Matsu over Epinard. It shades well and also has a subtle sheen to it. If you like earth toned green inks, then this one deserves your consideration. I may choose to add this one at some time but there are greens such a Montblanc Daniel Defoe Palm Green and Rohrer & Klingner Alt Goldgrün that are currently holding this niche in my collection.
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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.