Something I’ve been meaning to post about for a while is a strange phenomenon that occurs when sheen-prone ink is at the last but of a pen’s fill (i.e., still able to write but going to need a refill very soon).
Sheeny inks’, well, sheen appears to concentrate itself on the page when the pen is running low. I’m guessing this has to do with evaporation, as diluting sheeny ink will do the opposite.
It’s a really fun thing to have happen, if somewhat unpredictable.
Here’s a sample of Sailor Sky High in a Waterman 52½V that was running low. You can see the intense sheen on the “Wa”, and the lessened amount on the “ter…”, which is when I stopped and refilled.
Just one more thing that makes fountain pens awesome. 🙂
Syed Ali (pepsiplease69) said:
I’ve also observed a “sheeny” start in pens when they’ve been sitting idle for a while, not just at the end when the tank is close to “E”.
Sailor Jentle Grenade is also a very nice ink that exhibits this behavior.
And if you really want to see some sheen, try Diamine Sargasso sea. That ink is like shimmering gold on paper, every letter every word.
I had seen some posts about a green “shimmer” like a peacock on some purple inks like Rohrer & Klingner Cassia, so I tried it out by ordering a sample. The sheen from that ink though was very little alas, it would have made for an awesome effect.
This is very cool. Sailor Sky High is now on my list. R&K Cassia definitely has a radioactive green glisten to it; its one of my favorite inks.
Thank you for providing a list. Do you know of any others?
Ashli, Diamine Bilberry is reported to show sheen. See the reviews on the FPN. Thanks for the review – David