[Updated Pens Used on Oct 16, 2013]
According to Google, “epinard” is French for “spinach” and that seems like a fairly good description of the color. Although for some reason every time I think “Sailor Jentle Epinard” I think “bright green” until I see it. For some reason those brain cells never update and the process repeats next time. Hopefully those brain cells will update after this review.
Of the greens I’ve used, Epinard reminds me most of Montblanc Racing Green. It’s not an exact match but close, especially in typical office lighting. This helps explain why I like it. The samples have a comparison.
The ink bottle is interesting. It’s 50ml and on the short, fat side. There’s an insert to hold the ink to help fill the pen when ink is low. Invert the bottle (before opening of course) and the insert fills. Do this slowly to avoid bubbles.
This caused me problems with the Vac 700 I use to test inks. The nib is big and the breather hole is way up at the section so the nib must be fully immersed. The insert just didn’t cut it and I had to remove it which was a bit messy. Other nibs worked fine with the insert.
The ink was well behaved and I didn’t have any real problems. No noticeable feathering, even on office copy paper. There wasn’t any show through or bleed through with my typical thin nibs or dryish nibs. With a wet nib, such as my medium Omas there was significant show through on Doane and cheaper paper. It looked like it really want to bleed-through but stopped short of actually doing it. Papers such a Rhodia and Clairfontaine didn’t have the show-through issues with any nibs.
The ink is a relatively fast drier. While not waterproof the writing was still legible after the water test.
There’s really no line variation to speak of. Someone proficient with flex nibs or italic writing might get some shading from the ink, but I didn’t. If I enlarge the sample photos or use a loupe I can see some variation, but I don’t notice any unassisted.
The ink is slow to dry off the nib so I could pause for a couple minutes without having a hard start or needing to cover the nib. This, combined with the fast drying and hint of water resistance make this ink suitable as a note taker for me. Whether or not the color is suitable is a different question. Personally I like the color.
While the ink only sat in the pens for a couple of days it was easy to flush out and there wasn’t any staining.
I used the TWSBI Vac 700 with extra fine, fine, medium, broad and 1.1mm nibs for the writing samples. No false starts or hesitation with any of the nibs. I used the extra fine as my writer for a day and it was problem free.
I used the Omas 360 which has a wet medium nib. The pen is new to me so I don’t have any frame of reference from other inks. There was some ink in the cap when I cleaned the pen. It wasn’t actually noticeable through the cap but when I flushed it the water came out green. There wasn’t any shading or line variation.
[Oct 16, 2013] Franklin-Christoph Model 40 Pocket with a Needlepoint Nib. This ink worked well in the pen except with the paper in a Doane Utility notebook. Other Doane paper was fine, but this notebook was prone to excessive skipping to the point of being unusable.