I need to remember to queue up a bunch of these the next time I’m bored. Otherwise I forget to post at all. In any event, the next ink up is De Atramentis Cherry Blossom, which I originally bought because the sample was on sale at Goulet Pens. This was back near last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, so that tells you how long it takes me to test an ink, photograph it, then remember to post it.
I couldn’t seem to get a good shot of the pink-ness of this particular colour. Even with tweaking most of the pictures come out a little more purple than the ink actually is, at least on my screen. To give a bit of perspective, it is a very good match for the pink Lamy Safari that was re-released last summer.
This is a scented ink, though the scent disappears upon drying so it’s more for the writer than the reader. In this case that’s probably a good thing as I found the odour to be somewhat unpleasant. It certainly doesn’t smell like cherry blossoms. Having lived in DC for several years now, I’d say it smells more like the cherry blossom tourists than the blossoms themselves. That said, it’s light enough that you don’t really notice unless you’re sniffing the ink bottle/vial. Occasionally while writing outdoors a breeze may carry a bit toward your nose, but for most purposes it’s not a problem.
I did find it to be a somewhat “high maintenance” ink. That is, it doesn’t perform well on lower quality papers. I’ve found that while Moleskine does have its problems, most inks are fairly acceptable in an extra-fine nib. This is not one of them. Even in the EF there were problems with feathering on anything lower quality than Leuchtturm. As I prefer my inks to work on as wide a variety of papers as possible, this was unacceptable for me.
It does show some water resistance, at least in this test. I’ll likely do another and update as this was when I was still deciding how I was going to do my water tests. I wouldn’t worry about accidentally splashing a bit of tea on it though.