Sailor Black: a super-affordable matte black
Ink name: Sailor Black
Unit capacity: 50 ml (glas flacon)
Price: ca. 11.50 €
Price per ml: ca. 0,23 €
|Leuchtturm 1917||Standard copy paper|
|Color||matte charcoal black||matte charcoal black-grey|
|Bleed-through||none||slight, on second pass|
|Wetness||pretty wet ink, lubricates well||makes nib slightly wider, rich wet flow|
|Drying time||18 sec.||3 sec.|
|Smudging when dry||no||no|
|Regular smear test||ok||ok|
|Left-page smear test||ok||ok|
Handwritten review on Leuchtturm 1917 paper
Handwritten review on standard photocopying paper
Black inks are a staple of many fountain pen users, as this color can be used in any setting. While possibly being accused for looking boring, it surely will not raise any eye brows in business or school settings, which makes it a safe bet.
Sailor black is a very well behaved black ink, and part of Sailors basic ink line. This color is a matte dusty charcoal black, which can appear dark-greyish on white paper. There is no visible shading.
One thing that is apparent from the first stroke on paper is the lubrication and wetness of the ink. As with many of the other Sailor inks, this black ink here makes the nib glide over paper like warm butter over glass – simply fantastic. The flip side of that coin is rather long drying times as well as a slightly wider running nib.
If you are a user of very fine nibs and you like your lines crisp and tight, you better go with a much dryer black such as the Pelikan 4001 brilliant black. If you prefer the lubricated feeling, do not mind a slightly wider running nib, or are a user of broader nibs anyway, then this ink is for you! The broader the nib you use, the darker the ink will get.
On thing you will notice – at least when inking your pen and opening the bottle – is the very typical ‘Sailor ink smell’ that this black ink here also exposes. Some may be disturbed by it, I actually quite like that sensory sensation.
Pricewise, this ink is really fantastic. As opposed to some of the other more expensive Sailor inks, this one is a steal at ca. 12€ for the 50 ml bottle.
As for its ‘leftyness’, Sailor black is okay’ish. While there is no smudging once dry, which is fantastic, the drying time on better papers like the Leuchtturm one is fairly long.
Lefty approved? Just a pass, I would say.
I hope this was helpful – feel free to check out my other ink reviews as well.