As most of you know from Algester’s excellent topic, Sailor produces a lot of stunning inks for japanese shops. Only small fraction of their inks is available worldwide through official retailers. Many inks are sold only in Japan and only in specialised shops. It seems Shousaikan inks can’t be bought online unless you;re ready to pay almost 200 $ for a bottle (I”ve just stumbled upon ebay auction where the price is 184 $). It’s a shame, really.
Anyway I know only about two colors offered by Shousaikan: one is called Seiran(青藍 and my google translator translates it as Blue) the other one Shinzan – “Deep in the Mountains” (深山).
Seiran is deep and wet blue black ink, I can see it make some of blue/black fans drool. I do agree it’s nice ink however it’s not perfectly behaved. It has one drawback that I find most irritating in inks. It tends to clog the pen when it’s left uncapped for 20-30 seconds. After such short time the nib tends to skip- in other words it’s hard starter. For me it’s a deal breaker, for others it’s acceptable.
Apart from drying on the nib it performs rather nicely. I gaven’t experienced feathering or bleedthrough. It has no water resistance.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib
Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib
Kokuyo Myo, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib
Maruman, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib