INK REVIEW : KRISHNA DARK ROSE

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold for Rs. 100 (1.5 USD) each for 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping.

The inks that are being produced are currently limited to 28 nos. :

  1. GOLD RUSH
  2. MEADOW GREEN
  3. BLUE MAGIC
  4. AFTER DARK
  5. SAPPHIRE BLUE
  6. LAKE BLUE
  7. BRONZE LEAF
  8. ORANGE CRUSH
  9. AUTUMN
  10. SINDHOOR
  11. GLORY VINE
  12. DARK ROSE
  13. NJAVAL
  14. WILD CHERRY
  15. PURPLE
  16. PEACOCK
  17. YELLOW VALLEY
  18. MELLOW BLUE
  19. VIVID VIOLET
  20. ORCHARD LILY
  21. DARK CHOCOLATE
  22. COOL BREEZE
  23. SILENT NIGHT SKY
  24. FORGET ME NOT
  25. SKY BLUE
  26. GHAT GREEN
  27. PUMPKIN
  28. GIRL PINK Renamed as BARBIE PINK

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 1

 

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Krishna Inks – Color Chart 2

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in. I will be reviewing all one by one.

This review is about DARK ROSE ink from KRISHNA. And this is absolutely one of the top in my favourite ink category of Krishna Inks.

Bottle
Krishna Dark Rose

 

Krishna Ink comes in plastic bottles in 30 ml quantity and  procurement for better quality plastic bottles or probably glass bottles is already under way. Currently this is available in India only.


 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

There is no sheen on the ink even if there is any ink pooling.


 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Dark Rose – Colour Range

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Dark Rose – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled View

 

The ink has slight shading and that too on stub nibs and has no sheen.


 

 

INK SWABS

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm
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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Swab on JK Cedar

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Dark Rose – Waterproof Test

 

The ink is bit resistant to water and even after the rubbing with water vigorously there were still line visible.


 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Ink Drying Times

 

Ink drying times are just below 25 seconds. Which is good, compared to Bronze Leaf ink.


 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Dark Rose – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I like the colour, however I would have loved it more if it has more shading properties.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Low
  • Lubrication : Medium
  • Flow : High
  • Water Resistance : Good
  • Drying Times : Medium
  • Nib Creep : None
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

Ink can be bought from : LINK (Ebay India Store)

 

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12 thoughts on “INK REVIEW : KRISHNA DARK ROSE

  1. I really am excited for KP given that chelpark stock’s zero all over. This is like our indian brand of noodler’s! Good news for the FP folk! 🙂

    Thanks for the great review. It’s a rich dark color, though shading would have been nice; but nothing to complain!

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