Hey there, fountain pen friends! Madigan here, reviewing the lovely Stipula Sapphron. Sarah used this ink in this week's Monday Matchup which is how it first came to my attention. It is so vibrant and juicy in her drawing but, I have to admit, I was skeptical about writing with it. As I used it more and got to see all the gorgeous shading, it totally won me over. Read on to find out what makes this ink so special!
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Medium- This ink was completely dry after 30 seconds, which surprised me. It's definitely a wet writer so I was expecting a much longer dry time. Impressive!
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low- Because this ink is such a light color, it basically disappeared when water was applied. Word to the wise- do not use it if you are expecting your paper to get wet.
- High- Despite the light hue, this ink is highly saturated. There was virtually no difference between the first swab swipe and the third. When applied thickly it turns from a sweet yellow to a vibrant orange.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy- Since this ink has no water resistance, it is incredibly easy to clean off the nib and out of the pen.
- High- This ink throws some serious shade! On down strokes, the pigments pooled to create a nice deep orange while on upstrokes you get more yellow tones. Love it!
- High- This is a wet, free flowing ink. I think this helps contribute to the shading factor. I really like wet inks so this appealed to me.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 70ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
- Gorgeous bottle in an interesting shape. I really like the vintage look of the label
- Wide necked bottle makes it easy to fill your pen
- Inner cap to stop leakage and spills, also makes it really hard to open without getting ink on your fingers.
I really enjoyed writing with this ink! It starts out a light yellow but can give deep shades of orange as well. It's definitely a mellow ink and wouldn't be good for all circumstances, but I can see it being an excellent ink to use in your journal or artwork. Even though yellow/orange is typically thought of as bright color, I found it to have a bit of a calming effect when writing with it.
You can find Stipula Sapphron at Gouletpens.com in a 70ml bottle for $35 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.
Have you ever tried a new ink that you didn't like at first glance, but ended up falling in love with?