Shinzen Sailor LE ink

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).

Shinzen has the right hue – I simply love this kind of greens. Sadly this ink disappoints on few fronts (compared to most Sailor inks). It lacks lubrication, it’s averagely saturated and it tends to clog some pens when you leave them uncapped for a while. I haven’t experienced feathering or bleedthrough. It has no water resistance.

The hue is as I like it, behavior not so much. For Hunters & Collectors.

Drops of ink on kitchen towel

Color ID

Color range

Tomoe River, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib

Leuchtturm 1917, Kaweco Classic Sport, medium nib

No-name notebook, Dunhill Sentryman, medium nib

Cheap copy paper, Lamy AL-Star, medium nib


One thought on “Shinzen Sailor LE ink

  1. Looks nice. Great review, as always, thank you!

    For the non-too-rich or non-Japanese of us: How does this compare to, let’s say, Diamine Salamander, which should be easier to get? 😉


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