I was almost positive today’s ink would be dull in comparison to the last two.
Today’s door opening! *drumroll*……….
Day 4’s ink is called “Spruce.”
I tested, as per usual, using a borosilicate glass dip pen in a Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. The paper in the Mnemosyne is good for sheening inks but isn’t as thin as Tomoe River, making it easier to use a sharp glass pen.
Spruce is a lovely blue-based green ink that writes deliciously on the paper. It is also SCENTED, and it is AMAZING. (I know the bottles actually say what they are on the sides, but I avoid looking at those indicators so I can have the surprise of it, and this surprise was a winner.) It’s a really well-done fir/spruce scent.
It’s a wonderfully wet ink that is still easy to control, which means it didn’t spread as well as Yule Log when I was making the splotch. However, it’s still a joy to use, and there’s a tiny bit of shading in there to make the ink unique.
The ink flows nicely, but you can see in the above splotch that I still left a few glass nib marks. I also apparently didn’t wash the glass nib enough and left some shimmer. There’s actually none in the ink itself.
There’s some subtle shading in the ink that I had a tough time capturing in photographs. It’s a really wonderful green either way, though.
This one is definitely a winner. I’ll probably put this in one of my regular pens sometime in January, see how it works.
Next up: Day 5!