Hello! Kelsi here with my latest review: Organics Studio Henry David Thoreau, also known as Walden Pond. We just recently started carrying the brand, and I had never written with an Organics Studio ink so I was especially excited to try this one. I had heard about the sheen in these inks for a while, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! Read on to see what I found…
- 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):
- About 35 seconds– When I did the smear test, the ink still smeared at 30 seconds, so I imagine it would dry around 35 seconds.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – Not much ink stuck around when I applied water, and it smeared pretty badly.
- High – You couldn’t see much difference in the three swabs on the swab test, and the ink looked pretty saturated even coming out of my nib.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Medium – I actually happened to spill some ink on my desk while I was doing my testing, and it wasn’t the easiest to get off. It also took a few flushes to come out of my pen- the saturation likely had to do with that.
- Low – While there was a ton of sheen with this ink. I didn’t see much shading.
- Wet – The ink went down pretty wet and took a while to dry.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- The plastic bottle the ink comes in is simple, but it does the job. The sticker on the outside says “Walden,” so that can be a bit confusing since the ink goes by two different names.
Inks Similar in Color:
I couldn’t believe the sheen while I was writing- I’ve never seen so much! I will say that I did have frequent hard starts when I put my pen down, so that was a bummer. Overall, I really enjoyed it though, and I look forward to trying it in some different pens!