The ink names have a mythical theme. A Cryptid is a creature who’s existence is suggested but unproven. The inks are named after such creatures. The five inks are:
- Kraken Black
- Zhulong Red
- Siren Blue
- Leviathan Green
- Nessie Purple
I’ve used two of the inks so far. I’m using Kraken Black in a stub nib to write the draft of this article. I also inked up a fine nib with the ink. The second ink is Leviathan Green. I used that in a Lamy Safari and used an extra fine, fine and medium nib.
The colors are pretty basic but very pleasing. I’ve liked the online samples I’ve seen along with the swabs I’ve done. Although the ink can be considerably different than swabs and digital reproductions.
The two inks I’ve tried are true to the nib width. This means the Leviathan Green was too light on Rhodia Dotpad 80g white paper using my normal, light writing pressure with an extra fine nib. The fine nib was also light but at least it was readable with normal writing pressure.
Goulet Pens reported some mold in their Zhulong Red ink after the ink drop had been sent out. My own sample seems fine.
I like the concept of these boutique inks and I especially like the black ink. At $8 for a 60ml bottle its hard to beat. Still, these are basic colors and I already have too many unopened bottle and samples waiting to be used. I’d like to show my support by adding some Cryptid ink but I’m undecided as to whether or not to buy any. The black is certainly an ink I’d use. The green hasn’t really appealed to be so far, maybe with more use.