This month, we explore a brand new ink manufacturer. Based in the Philippines, Vinta Inks is a newcomer to the fountain pen ink scene since 2018. At the moment, they only have one retail partner in the USA in Vanness Pens. If you would need full bottles of any the Ink Flight colors, you can get them at Vanness.
Here is a rundown of September 2019's Ink Flight lineup.
Deepwater Blue "Lucia"
This dusky, pastel blue ink has beautiful shading.
Lightly saturated violet with blue undertones. Make sure to write with a broad or stub to have the ink be noticeable on paper.
This grey ink is complex. Starts off green when wet and dries to a grey with various undertones.
Blue Blood "Dugong Bughaw"
High sheen alert! This super-saturated blue carries a wicked, violet sheen.
This saturated red ink flashes with golden-green sheen.
Mermaid Green "Sirena"
Undersaturated pastel green with brown and pink undertones. Use a thick nib, like a broad, stub or flex, to get the ink to show on the page.
Deep teal color that looks nearly black with sheen.
Sampling notes: The supersaturated, sheening inks remind me of existing popular super sheen inks. Blue Blood = Organics Studio Nitrogen. Teal = Walden. Sikatuna = Jungle Volcano. Am I right?
This Ink Flight is split between supersaturated inks and undersaturated inks. Which were more enjoyable? I'm leaning toward the undersaturated colors of Armada, Deepwater Blue, Maskara, and Mermaid Green. While sheening inks are spectacular, we've seen these colors before from other manufacturers. The lighter colors are more unique. Armada is in my shortlist of favorite grey inks, next to Diamine Earl Grey. Deepwater blue is serviceable for general-purpose writing. I'd like to try the two undersaturated colors in flex and stub nibs to see more of the complexity behind the ink color.
Box Extras: "Ink Bottle" Clear Stamp with Acrylic Block and Ink Pad
Stamps are a fun and easy way to decorate and format your notebook without having any artistic skills. Catalog your ink samples using the “Ink Bottle” clear stamp (an InkJournal custom design) with the included black ink pad.
The clear stamp is easy to wash off and you could always use a different stamp on the acrylic block after you've had your fill of stamping with an ink bottle. Alternatively, you could paint fountain pen ink on the stamp instead of using the black stamp pad.
Let us know what you think about the September 2019 Ink Flight contents by leaving a comment below. After you're done with that, head over to @inkjournal on Instagram to find our giveaway post so you can enter for a chance to win an October box coming up shortly!
Previous Ink Flights (Ink Flight #1 - Noodler's, Ink Flight #2 - Robert Oster Signature, Ink Flight #3 - KWZ, Ink Flight #4 - J. Herbin, Ink Flight #5 - P.W. Akkerman, Ink Flight #6 - Papier Plume, Ink Flight #7 - Platinum Mix-Free, Ink Flight #8 - Franklin-Christoph, Ink Flight #9 - Organics Studio, Ink Flight #10 - Monteverde, Ink Flight #11 - Krishna, Ink Flight #12 - Caran d'Ache, Ink Flight #13 - Rohrer & Klingner, Ink Flight #14 - Blackstone, Ink Flight #15 - Colorverse, Ink Flight #16 - De Atramentis, Ink Flight #17 - Aurora & Montegrappa, Ink Flight #18 - Krishna, KWZ, Papier Plume, Ink Flight #19 - Diamine, Ink Flight #20 - J. Herbin, Ink Flight #21 - Robert Oster Signature 80's Collection, Ink Flight #22 - 3 Oysters, Ink Flight #23 - InkJournal Holiday Blend, Ink Flight #24 - Taccia, Ink Flight #25 - Kyoto TAG, Ink Flight #26 - Kaweco, Ink Flight #27 - April Fool's Surprise, Ink Flight #28 - Pelikan, Ink Flight #29 - Sailor, Ink Flight #30 - Straits Pen Honest Inks, Ink Flight #31 - Colorverse, Season 5)