Hello, three readers! I would like to announce that I will be flying to D.C. in the wee hours of the morning to spend the weekend at the Washington, D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow! I will hopefully take too many pictures an write a post-show recap as I spend more dough than I have a… write to. Anyway, on to the tonight’s main event.
I was a bit giddy for the launch of Krishna inks within the United States, and Vanness gets the claim for being the first major retailer to offer them. I jumped at the opportunity, and I grabbed three bottles right off the bat: Two that I find intriguing (Jungle Volcano and Brown Pink), and one for comparison purposes (Shamrock). Today’s review is of Jungle Volcano, an electric orange that really does it for me, and much to my surprise. Continue for my ever-verbose opinions.
I don’t really care for orange inks, and thus I’ve been trying a few to see if any could bring my nose down. A few failed, but this one… Krishna Jungle Volcano is something special. It’s a super-sheener, but features a very strong base color. The rich burnt orange is not masked by the sheen, but when you put this ink under light it looks… radioactive. I love it, and it was honestly love at first inking. The first pen I used in was the Pilot CH-92 broad architect I had, and what a perfect choice… shading, sheen, and base color. It’s so stunning to look at, I wrote the fill dry in a day. I found the flow to be nice and moderate, but the nib on the CH-92 absurdly wet. I had to put in my TWSBI Eco broad to really get a sense of the wetness. I have nothing to complain about, but like many people note it will dry out on your nib fairly quickly. A person who uncaps a pen and waves it about will have a rough time with this ink. I’m not that person.
The ink dries with a bit longer time, but nothing like some of the other super saturated inks like Organics Studio and some Noodler’s. It did fine on cheap paper, of course loosing the sheen. There also is no water resistance here to be found, and a spill can be a mess.
There are some peculiarities to note, though. Numero uno is the bottle. Love the size, not so much the design. The 20 ml bottles priced at $8.00 means that the buy-in threshold is super low, but the price per ml is not the lowest compared to Diamine, Noodler’s, and others. I personally don’t care. I’m happy to pay more per ml to simply not have that much ink. It’s a wonderful size for me, and the price is low enough that I don’t need to overanalyze the purchase. But…the caps are kind of impractical. There are rings like on a soda bottle, and it doesn’t have the robustness of bottles like Diamine. Fine by me. The ink was takes a little more effort to clean out, but I don’t think it’s going to stain anything. Being an orange ink, if you leave it in a pen for extended time periods it will crust, but that just takes a damp cloth to fix. Finally, the ink has an odd odor. This scared me at first, because it honestly smells like acetone, which is no bueno for fountain pens. I DO NOT think this ink is unsafe in any way, to be clear, but the odor did throw me at first and might to a cautious user. I kind of like it… I’m that awkward guy that will sniff my nib. That’s about all I have.
Tasting Notes: The exact moment when Gollum falls into the lava in Mount Doom with the One Ring in his hand. Nail Polish (because the smell, get it?), gilded mandarin oranges.
Yuri’s Corner: This ink screams KOI. From the papaya lighter notes to the more sophisticated burnt orange darker notes. The sheen reminds me of the glistening scales of the fish and if you look closely at the feathery ends of the writing, you can see some pink as well! Krishna Jungle Volcano is particularly stunning against a white background, so I would highly recommend only using this ink with such. Kristof’s swatch of this ink looks like a pumpkin, so I suppose you can use it for Harvest and Halloween letters or notes. I initially thought this ink was ugly, and another generic rusty red. I am glad I took the time to let it soak in, see that it’s far more majestic than your red ballpoint ink. Overall, I would rate Krishna Jungle Volcano 6 grand Californian sunsets out 6!
So what’s the bottom line here? I love this ink. Yuri seems to as well, and he and I don’t always agree. Top 5 for sure, and one of the few that I will strongly consider replacing if and when I run out. Yeah, the bottle isn’t the best, but I couldn’t care less when what’s contained within is this stunning. I have strong feelings on this one. *Sniffs nib* don’t judge me.