Wednesday, January 30, 2013

INK REVIEW: Stipula Sapphron

Holy cow. 

I hate Stipula Sapphron.

It shades like a son-of-a-gun. Sounds like I should love it, right? Or at least like it. But no, I hate it.

It's not often that I say that. In fact, here are all of my posts with "hate" as a tag.  

In the sample vial, the ink looked like a pretty (though not saturated) orange. When I swabbed, I thought the ink looked a little on the yellow side, but was still pretty enough.  (See my first impressions on the handwritten review.)

Then I started writing with it. I was sure my pen must have been dirty. But at the same time, I knew it was a brand new pen and a brand new converter. No ink had ever touched either and both were cleaned prior to use. I twisted a bit of ink out onto another piece of paper - and it sat there looking like a bubble of yellowish mud!  When I smeared that mud around with a cotton swab - it looked like the Ink Swab in my review.

Ca-razy! I don't get it.

You know what else I don't get? I couldn't find even one other review for this ink. Not on Fountain Pen Network, not on Goulet Pens, and even Google came up empty. It's like I'm in the twilight zone over here.

Hard to believe I'm going pass by shading like this. But I am.

Pretty weird. That's my first impression - and coincidentally - my bottom line for Stipula's Sapphron. (By the way, I have no Stipula aversion - I own and love several of their fabulous pens. This ink is just weird.)

In fact, I wanted this to work badly enough that I tried it again another day. With another kind of paper.

Always looking on the bright side, however, Apache Sunset has been on my list of inks to review forever and I'm excited that it's coming up sometime soon!  And that De Aramentis Gandhi? Isn't that pretty? 

Time to 'fess up! Do you have Sappron? Do you love it? Hate it?

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