Ink Review: Sailor Jentle Blue-Black





The quest for the perfect blue-black continues.

When the Goulet Pen Company announced that Sailor had decided to pull their entire ink line from the retailer, I was one of those folks who swooped in and bought up some of the remaining inventory.  I figured that, since GPC had already paid for the stock, I could show my support for one of my favorite retailers by helping them unload what they had left.  This is one of four bottles of Sailor ink I purchased at that time.

To put it bluntly, I really don’t care for this ink.  I find it bland and flat…the worst characteristics of both blue and black combined into one drab, boring ink.  It goes on more blue, but most of the blue disappears once the ink dries.  There is very little in the way of shading, and it felt rather dry in the pens in which I used it.  It also managed to bleed through my Rhodia paper.  Nothing bleeds through this paper, but this ink did on the swab test.

I tend to like my inks a bit more saturated. Or more interesting. Or less smelly.  (It really does have quite an unpleasant odor.)  So, this ink is not for me.

  • I’m glad I saw this review. This was on my list of blue-blacks to try. I’ll get a sample, at most.

  • Joost Plattel

    Matt, maybe you should give Sailor Jentle Grenade & Sailor Jentle Skyhigh a try

    • Tristan_Noelmans

      I agree: Grenade is a very nice color. Shades like crazy. It goes from J. Herbin’s L’armes de Cassis over Terre de Feu to even Diamine Oxblood.
      And yes, it smells.
      It’s a familiair smell, but I can’t lay my finger on it: is it Playdoh? Rubber?

  • Nick

    Crikey. Did not like, did you? 😀
    What blue-blacks are you liking these days? Thanks

    • I like Iro Shin-kai and Edelstein Tanzanite for Blue-Blacks. I also like the Robert Oster Blue Black quite a bit.

      • Nick

        That Shin-kai looks like what the Sailor wants to be when it grows up. I’ll get a sample of Diamine Midnight as well to try for my darker & saturated blue-black option.

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