Sailor Ink Studio 123 is the most popular of the Sailor Ink Studio collection due to its multi-tonal shading nature. It has a purple-leaning grey base, but can sheen teal with the right nib and paper. Read on to find out more!
- LAMY AL-star with medium steel nib
- Rhodia No. 16 dot pad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River 52 gsm white paper
- Leuchtturm1917 80g notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- 10 Seconds – Compared to some of the other Sailor Ink Studio inks this one took a little longer to dry than expected, but it was still pretty set by 10 or so seconds.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Low – Like the other Sailor Ink Studio colors this ink does not have much resistance and would not be ideal for an adventure journal where it could get wet.
- Low – This color needs a few passes to get a deeper saturation as shown in the Swab Test though the subtle color changes allow it to stand out.
Ease of Cleaning:
- High – Since this ink lacks water resistance it washes away pretty easily and after drawing up water only a couple of times it ran clear.
- High – Since this color is multi-tonal you do get a good amount of shading with this ink, from light purple to gray-blue or even that touch of teal.
- Medium – This was a surprisingly smooth ink to write with, and while not overly wet it flows well on all paper types we tried.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- Sailor Ink Studio colors use 20ml glass square bottles with a white faceted cap that is easy to fill most pens from.
If you're interested in similar colors, check out our Swab Shop where you can compare colors side by side.
Sailor Ink Studio 123 overall is a soft ink with layers of subtle purples, blues and teal that flows exceptionally well. While not water resistant, this would make for a soothing choice for daily writing along with a quick try time.