INK REVIEW – KRISHNA BLUE MAGIC

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  / BARBIE PINK (discontinued)

 

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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 BLUE MAGIC ink from KRISHNA. This is vibrant blue ink colour which I like.

Ink needs improvement because it feathers even on good quality JK Cedar 100 gsm paper.

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Krishna Blue Magic

 

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 Blue Magic – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

There is no sheen even if the ink pools on the paper rather I see more of feathering.


 

 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Blue Magic – Colour Range

 

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm
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Krishna Blue Magic – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Angled view

 

The ink has very slight shading and generally the ink flows very well.


 

 

 

INK SWABS

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm
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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Blue Magic – Waterproof Test

 

Ink is not at all water resistant.


 

 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Ink Drying Times

 

 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Blue Magic – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I like the colour, only if it would have resistance to feathering. Sailor Souten and Iroshizuku KonPeki are way better inks when it comes to sheen, feathering and shading however they are very expensive.

However I have also heard from Dr. Sreekumar that this ink is being reformulated.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : Yes
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Very Low
  • Lubrication : Low
  • Flow : Medium
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : Medium
  • Nib Creep : None
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

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

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