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 internationally 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’ve reviewed them recently. The inks are:
Let’s take a closer look at them on variety of papers.
First – a family photo on Fantastic paper
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Leuchtturm1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
CIAK, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Rhodia, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Fantastic Paper, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Oxford, Kaweco Classic Sport, broad nib
Sailor makes brilliant inks however this Jentle line disappointed me. I really like only two colors: Rikyu-cha (one of the best inks ever amde IMO) and Waka-uguisu (fresh, soothing). Irori and Chu-shu are ok. As for the rest I’ll have no use of them. That was personal opinion. The truth is every one has different tastes and the colors that cuase nausea to me will make others smile.
In terms of writing performance Sailor Jentle inks are amongst the best on the market. On most papers they won’t cause any bleedthrough or feathering – with exception of absorbent papers. As you can see on Fantastic paper scan some feathering is visible, especially in text written with Fuji-musume.
If you look for water resitant inks only Chu-shu and Rikyu-cha will satisfy your needs.
Let me know what you think about this line – which colors you enjoy, which ones you hate?