What Inks I bought in 2016 ?

Back in 2016, I created a wishlist of desired pens and inks that I planned to purchase. I did purchase lot of pens and inks apart from the wishlist. In this blog post, I will share the list of my ink purchases last year and let’s see how close I stuck to my wishlist. I hope my wife doesn’t see this post.


First in the list are from Japanese manufacturer “Sailor“. I purchased following Sailor Inks and here I stuck to my wishlist as far as desired inks were concerned:

  1. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – DoYo
  2. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Miruai
  3. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Nio-Sumire
  4. Sailor Jentle 4 Seasons – Souten


Sailor Inks



Second in the list are the inks from german ink manufacturer “Montblanc” and these inks were not part of my wishlist. Inks I purchased were:

  1. Montblanc Golden Yellow
  2. MontBlanc Meisterstuck Blue Hour – Twilight Blue
  3. Montblanc William Shakespeare – Velvet Red



Montblanc Inks




Third in the list are the inks from Liverpool based ink manufacturer “Diamine” and the ink which was in my wishlist was not purchased rather I purchased the following inks

  1. Diamine Wagner
  2. Diamine Cornflower
  3. Diamine Pansy
  4. Diamine Bougainvillea
  5. Diamine Eau De Nil
  6. Diamine Majestic Blue
  7. Diamine Syrah
  8. Diamine Twilight
  9. Diamine Sunshine Yellow


Diamine Inks



Fourth in the list are the inks from an American Boutique ink manufacturer “Private Reserve” and again these inks were not part of my wishlist. Following are the list of the inks that I purchased:

  1. Private Reserve Blue Suede
  2. Private Reserve Sherwood Green
  3. Private Reserve Shoreline Gold



Private Reserve Inks




Fifth in the list is another German manufacturer “Graf von Faber-Castell“. I wanted this ink for a long time, however, I delayed buying this ink fro a long time and this was also not part of my wishlist of 2016.

  1. GvFC Hazelnut Brown


Graf von Faber-Castell Inks



Sixth in the list is Indian manufacturer “Sulekha”  which is quite elusive. One of fellow fountain pen user who was visiting Kolkata helped me in getting these inks and again these were not part of my wishlist. Inks are as follows:

  1. Sulekha Master Brown
  2. Sulekha Crystal Violet
  3. Sulekha Scarlet Red
  4. Sulekha Royal Blue
  5. Sulekha Executive Black
  6. Sulekha Turquoise Blue
  7. Sulekha Shocking Pink


Sulekha Inks


Seventh in the list is another ink manufacturer from India. Krishna Inks are made by Dr. Sreekumar and he is a one man show. These again were not part of my wishlist and I got following inks:

  1. Krishna Pomegranate
  2. Krishna Yellow Valley
  3. Krishna Rainforest
  4. Krishna Ochre
  5. Krishna Kot Massi
  6. Krishna Dark Chocolate
  7. Krishna Goldrush


Krishna Inks


Eighth in the list is a third German manufacturer “Kaweco“. I love both the inks that I purchased and are as follows:

  1. Kaweco Midnight Blue
  2. Kaweco Caramel Brown

Again these inks were not part of my wishlist.


Kaweco Inks



Ninth on the list one of my favorite these days “KWZ Inks“. These are handmade in Poland by husband and wife duo, Konrad and Agnieszka. They have almost 61 colors which include 21 Iron Gall inks. I purchased 12 inks last year few directly from Konrad and few from Fontoplumo. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

  1. KWZ IG Green #3
  2. KWZ IG Red #3
  3. KWZ IG Turquoise
  4. KWZ IG Green Gold
  5. KWZ IG Violet #3
  6. KWZ IG Blue #5
  7. KWZ IG Aztec Gold
  8. KWZ Monarch (Fontoplumo exclusive)
  9. KWZ Azure #5
  10. KWZ Cappucino
  11. KWZ Grey Plum
  12. KWZ El-Dorado

I have got few purchases planned from KWZ this year also.


KWZ Inks



Tenth and last on the list is another Indian manufacturer “Bril“. These are one of the most trusted ink manufacturers in India and have now started taking orders online. I exhausted my Bril inks and thus needed a new complete set. These again were not part of my wishlist and are as follows:

  1. Bril Turquoise Blue
  2. Bril Black
  3. Bril Laurel Rose
  4. Bril Red
  5. Bril Royal Blue
  6. Bril Green
  7. Bril Violet



Bril Inks



Inks that were part of my wishlist but did not make way to my cupboard are as follows with reasons listed:

  1. Edelstein Aquamarine (was not convinced to buy because of the reviews)
  2. Pen & Message – Cigar (difficult to get and too expensive)
  3. Pen & Message – Vintage Denim (difficult to get and also had better choices)
  4. Sankodo Canal Brown (difficult to get and too expensive)
  5. Iroshizuku FuyuGaki (delayed for next year)
  6. Diamine 1864 Blue Black (delayed for next year)


What were your purchases and what was your most expensive purchase aaaaand which ink you liked the most?


Vaibhav Mehandiratta


40 thoughts on “What Inks I bought in 2016 ?

  1. Does Krishna RC ink clog or damage fountain pen ink? Is bril violet better or Krishna RC ink in terms of quality. Does bril violet stain or clog the pen? What about Glare fountain pen inks?


  2. That’s an amazing lineup of inks! I added these to my kit in 2016. 🙂

    Bril – Turquoise Blue, Green, Laurel Rose, Royal Blue, Red
    Pelikan 4001 – Brilliant Black (gift from a friend), Brilliant Brown, Violet
    Private Reserve – Electric DC Blue
    Waterman – Serenity Blue
    Parker Quink – Black
    Kokuyo Camlin – Royal Blue


  3. Thank you for these lovely posts. I have been using Private Reserve for the last five years and some of their inks are my favourites. I want to try all indian manufacturers now, starting with my childhood ink of Bril. Do you have any recommendations? I loved the colors offered by Krishna Ink.


  4. A greatly enjoyable post and an impressive array of new ink purchases. Now I feel less guilty over my handfull of inks in 2016. This week’s addition is the Sailor Kiwa-guro black pigment ink which I am enjoying.


  5. I bought some 12/15 PR inks from William Penn, Bangalore in 2012. Wow! you got got two of my 3 favourites namely Sherwood Green & Blue Suede. The their one is DC Supershow Blue. Presently, I do not use any PRs.


  6. That’s an amazing list of possessions!
    Well, for me I upgraded from my Parker Vector Metallix pair to a Parker Frontier pair. It’s just a different level of writing!
    Also, with your help will soon fill them with the Bril inks.😀


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