Franklin-Christoph Emerald 357 is the first in the series of ten inks from this manufacturer that will be reviewed on the blog during the month of September. For a brand overview of these 2015 inks, follow this link.
Emerald 357 is a very unique colour and while I have other inks that fall within the same colour family, I was not able to find a truly similar ink in my collection. That being said I really like this colour.
Shading: There is a good amount of shading exhibited by this ink.
Bleed Through: Unfortunately this ink is aggressive in its penetration and even Rhodia exhibits some bleed through with broad nibs. Rhodia is usually bullet proof so this is disappointing.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable and Field Notes exhibits show through too. Rhodia is OK where bleed through was not experienced. Feathering was seen on both Copy paper and Field Notes but Rhodia faired well.
Saturation: Above average saturation.
Water Resistance: This ink exhibits no water resistance.
Drying Time: I gave up timing the dry time on Rhodia after 40 seconds. On copy paper the dry time was less than 5 seconds and on Field Notes it was 15.
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication.
Cleaning: Very easy to clean
Colour Make Up
The leading edge of the ink trace is a bright shocking cerulean blue which is followed by green.
I have no similar inks but the two I have selected are in the same colour family, although more blue.
As I said in the introduction, I really like this colour and the shading is quite lovely. All that being said, this ink deeply penetrates the paper and is fairly aggressive at bleeding through. On cheap papers feathering can be seen which is disappointing. Water resistance is nil on Rhodia and a murky mess on copy paper.
This is going to have to be a special occasion ink because its behaviour is too poor for everyday use. It's too bad because the colour is fantastic.
Franklin-Christoph provided the inks in this review series. I do not feel that my opinions of this ink have been affected by receiving the samples free of charge.