Hey y’all, it’s Whitney sharing my very first ink review! This week I’m talking about my review of Organics Studio Nitrogen ink. This ink is a lovely, flowing aquatic blue that completely transforms into an opaque and metallic boysenberry color with sheen. Read on to learn about the next ink you should have in your collection.
- 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):
- 30+ seconds – It takes at least 25-30 seconds for this ink to dry. It’s also probably good to note that in areas of great saturation, it seems that it’s never truly dry; even a day or two after making this review sheet, a dusting of the ink was still coming off on fingertips! This ink does not dry quickly, so I cannot recommend it for quick writing sessions where you would need to pack up your paper shortly after writing.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – It reacted pretty quickly to water. As you can see by the image, virtually none of the original line detail remained once the drops were added. The ink turns a lighter aqua color with the addition of water.
- Medium – The greatest difference is evident between the first two layers of ink swabs, and not so much the second and third. I’d say medium saturation here.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Low-Medium – Even after only having this ink in the pen for a little while, it seemed to take a little more time and effort to get it flushed out. I was expecting something around this level of maintenance, but it’s still good to note.
- Low – I wouldn’t say there’s much shading at all in this ink. Where there isn’t the primary ink color, there’s sheen. There isn’t really an in-between.
- High – While there is very little shading, the sheen is out of this world. Even in the regular writing samples, there is a reddish-purple sheen in the bottom half of the letters. In the splatter, that sheen takes up the entire identity of the ink, creating an opaque foil-like effect. You wouldn’t even know that this ink was primarily turquoise-blue.
- Wet – This is a very wet ink. I was happy to see that even with an extra-fine nib, the flow was very satisfying to write with. However if you leave it in a pen unused for a while, it can be a bit hard to get started again, so regular cleaning of your pen is a must with this ink!
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- I love the box for the ink: it’s a nice and minimal cardboard with a clean label. The ink bottle is plastic with a simple oval label reading “O.S. N.” There seems to be less care put into the bottle itself than the box. Some of the labels I’ve seen on these are off-kilter, and there’s no information about the amount of ink on the bottle itself. If you were to throw away the box (which I find highly likely), you may not be left with a ton of information about the ink.
Inks Similar in Color:
I was a bit cautious going into this ink review because I’ve never used Organics Studio. I found the writing experience very pleasant, and I would definitely be interested in trying to use this ink more extensively with my extra-fine pens. The drying time of this ink is a little strange however, so I may be hesitant to use it for every day writing in a notebook.
Have you tried this ink yet?