Hi folks, Whitney here! Today I’m talking about my review of Organics Studio Santiago’s Sea Blue , (Formerly named Ernest Hemingway as of late 2019 this ink was updated to Santiago’s Sea Blue). Santiago’s Sea has a beautiful greenish-teal base color with that metallic burgundy sheen seen in similar Organics Studio inks. I’ve done two other reviews of Organics Studios inks recently, and this experience wasn’t terribly different from those. I will say, however, that this is my favorite of the three! Read on to find out why:
- 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 – Like other OS inks, Sanitago’s Sea takes over 30 seconds to dry, and days later will still put a dusting of ink on fingertips when touched.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – Goodness, this ink has a low water resistance! The first time I even tried to do the drip test, I wasn’t careful enough when trying to absorb the extra water and it made a big glob of a mess everywhere. There was so much inky water and barely any of the original line left from the grid.
- High – Sanitago’s Sea Blue’s ink saturation is really high, with the first swab being so thick that the others barely make a difference; swab 3 does add a little additional sheen, but nothing too noticeable.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Low/Medium – Like OS inks, it takes additional effort and time to remove this ink from your pen.
- Low-Med – Like similar inks, there is primarily sheen in place of shading. I will say that with this ink that the sheen isn’t quite as overpowering and there does seem to be a little bit of shading within the actual base color of the ink.
- Wet – Once writing, the ink flows beautifully from the pen, but sometimes it takes a couple tries to get it started (this increases the longer the pen sits unused).
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- This Organics Studio box includes a plastic bottle with a simple oval label.
Inks Similar in Color:
I enjoyed the more green-leaning teal of this ink’s base color, as well as the more balanced used of the sheening quality versus some of the other Organics Studio inks that we carry.
Which Organics Studio ink is your favorite?