Ink & Pen Notes: Sailor Regency Stripe and Toucan Bright Green

Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe with Toucan Bright Green in a bagThe Sailor Professional Gear Regency Stripe fountain pen has a very thin extra fine nib. It’s a nib I really like, but it needs a dark or vibrant ink that’s visible with that thin line. I picked Toucan Bright Green as the third ink for this pen. The name includes Bright and it looked dark in the pouch. (The ink is made in Australia and ships in plastic pouches to save on shipping.)

Unfortunately the ink did’t live up to my expectations. It was hard to read unless it was on white paper and in the best of light. I wrote the first draft of this article with the pen & ink and it was hard to read as I transcribed it. I kept having to move closer to the paper to be able to read it. The ink performed well, it’s just that such a thin line looked more yellow than green.

Because the line was so hard to read I wasn’t using the Regency Stripe, so after a month I decided to flush out the fountain pen. The ink flow was great, no skipping or hard starts, so I look forward to trying this ink in with a wider nib.

Flushing the pen was quick and easy until I got to the converter, which seems to be a theme with this pen. The converter does come apart and while I hate routinely disassembling it for cleaning, I did take it apart in this case. There wasn’t any staining but the ink clung to the piston so I finally gave in a pulled it apart.

Toucan ink is made in Australia. I bought mine from Anderson Pens which I believe is the only retailer in the U.S. for the ink. The ink is sold in plastic pouches to save on shipping. This means it needs to be decanted into a bottle in order to fill a pen. Or, like I did, you can use a syringe to fill the converter.

The Sailor Pro Gear Regency Stripe will be back, with a darker ink, and the Toucan Brilliant Green will be back in a wider nib.

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