Ink Review: Midnight Emerald by Franklin-Christoph

Next up in our Franklin-Christoph series is a dark teal ink. For a brand overview of all of the inks that will be reviewed in this series, follow this link. 

Franklin Christoph Midnight Emerald is the ink that has received the most attention in the 2015 series of inks. This interest is due to it being a dark teal ink, a colour family that has been all the hotness for the last year or two.

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Back of Rhodia 80 gsm

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Back of 20lb copy paper

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Writing Sample on Field Notes - Front and Back shown

Ink Properties

Shading: The shading in medium and broad nibs is quite nice.
Bleed Through: Rhodia fares well but Field Notes experiences some minor spot bleeding and Copy Paper does suffer from bleeding in all nib sizes.
Show Through: The back side of Copy paper is unusable, Rhodia is just fine for use and Field Notes has some show through but is still very usable.
Saturation: Higher than average saturation.
Sheen: None, infact the swatch looks quite matte.
Water Resistance: This ink has no water resistance.
Drying Time: The dry times for this ink are a nice departure from the others that have been reviewed to date. The dry time on Rhodia was 25 seconds. On copy paper and Field Notes the dry time hovered around the 10 second mark. 
Flow: This ink flows well with average lubrication. 
Cleaning: To be determined.

Colour Make Up

The ink trace is lead by a band of cerulean blue followed by a bright green. This is backed up with grey and baby blue.

Similar Inks 

Midnight Emerald is in good company here. My scanner has some issues picking up the subtleties in blues so the Sailor and J. Herbin swatches look more vibrant in real life.

Conclusions

This is a great colour, and that is why there have been so many popular dark teals over the last year or so. Of the four inks swabbed above, this one looks the most matte in the swab. Don't let this dissuade you though, the shading is nice and the behaviour is good with exception of show through on copy paper. It is dark enough to see use in the office too. 

Solicitation Disclaimer

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.