Yuki-akari Sailor Jentle Ink (2016)

In 1911, Mr. Kyugoro Sakata, an engineer from Hiroshima in Japan, was introduced to the fountain pen. Mr. Sakata was so intrigued by the design and function of the pen he decided to begin a company to craft the finest writing instruments in the world. In honor of his British friend, he chose to name the company Sailor Pen.

The Sailor Pen Company has maintained this heritage of quality and technical perfection over the years. Apart from offering very well made pens, the company has employed an ink master – pure genius who’s managed to create greates fountain pen inks ever (it’s my opinion not validated by research but shared by many of us). I would guess that during the years Sailor created approximately 600-800 inks (most of them under other names).


One of internatioonally available line of Sailor inks is Sailor Jentle line. At the moment we have two of them. The new one reintroduces colors that were missed by hundreds of geeks. I’vwe bought full line of new Jentle inks and I’ll review them all in following weeks. The inks are:

  1. Chu-shu
  2. Fuji-musume
  3. Irori
  4. Kin-mokusei
  5. Rikyu-cha
  6. Sakura-mori
  7. Waka-uguisu
  8. Yuki-akari

Today I’ll say few words about


I was pretty sure that litteral translation of Yuki-akari is An Affront to the eyes. It seems however I have dictionary with errors because it tries to translate this name as snow-light. It must be outdated. I’m sure. First translation describes the color perfectly.

Apart from being hideous yuki-akari is an average ink. It has no water-resistance, saturation is average, it doesn’t feather but it may cause some bleedthrough on absorbent papers. Basically I would say it’s the ink for Sailor fans. There’s a lot more better behaved and more interesting inks in this hue range on the market.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco AL Sport, broad nib

Clairefontaine, TWSBI 580, stub 1,1

No-name notebook, Hero 5028, stub 1,5

Midori, Faber-Castell E-Motion, fine

Rhodia, Hero 5028, stub 1,1

Water resistance


2 thoughts on “Yuki-akari Sailor Jentle Ink (2016)

  1. Ha ha. That’s great: so funny. But, true confession: I actually thought I’d hate it, but after trying a lot of light blue inks this year, I ended up sort of liking it, though I can only use it in a broad nib pen. Now I almost always use white paper. And I think that may make a huge difference with this ink.

    I almost hope you don’t review Sakura-Mori, because I’m a huge fan of pink, and I suspect you … aren’t. 🙂 🙂


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