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    Default Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    Today I'm reviewing TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue ink. This is one of the TWSBI special edition inks that is available either in single 18ml bottles or as a set of 6 x 18ml bottles of different coloured inks.

    "The 1791 series comes from a book written in China in the year 1791 called “Dream of Red Chambers”. It’s one of China’s 4 great classical novels and TWSBI picked colours out of the buildings and descriptions within this book for this series of inks."

    TWSBI Sky Blue is an unsaturated cerulean blue or turquoise dye based ink that flowed nicely and felt fairly wet through my pens. Lubrication across the paper was smooth. I experienced no start-up problems even after leaving the cap off while I was doing dry times and comparison ink tests. I saw some shading but no sheen.

    I found this ink slightly thin and as a result it showed through and bled through slightly more than other inks I’ve used recently on a couple of the papers I wrote on.

    The main pen used for this review is a TWSBI Eco with 1.1mm stub nib as I wanted to check how well the ink would clean out of TWSBI piston filling pens. I found that the ink cleaned out very easily and it washed off of my hands very easily.

    Thanks to The Writing Desk for supplying this sample for review purposes.

    • Flow Rate: Very good. Felt quite wet
    • Lubrication: Good. Smooth across the page.
    • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
    • Start-up: Immediate.
    • Saturation: Unsaturated ink.
    • Shading: Some shading seen.
    • Sheen: None seen.
    • Show-Through/Bleed-Through: Seen on Clairefontaine Triomphe, Rhodia Bloc, Rhodia Dot Pad and Whitelines
    • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Seen occasionally.
    • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
    • Staining (pen): Not seen - easy clean-up with water.
    • Staining (hands): Easy to wash off hands.
    • Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.
    • Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has low water resistance.
    • Availability: Available in 18ml bottles and as a combo pack of 6 bottles from The Writing Desk.

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    Last edited by Chrissy; February 7th, 2021 at 10:09 AM.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    Lovely review! I'm embarrassed to say I have this ink and have never used it. I must rectify that!!

    Thank you Chrissy

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Lovely review! I'm embarrassed to say I have this ink and have never used it. I must rectify that!!

    Thank you Chrissy
    You're welcome. Out of small samples of all 6 colours I picked out this one to review first. My TWSBI Eco is blue so it seemed the obvious choice.
    I would be interested to learn if you find it quite paper dependant with a broader nib.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    That's showing through Triomphe paper and the Rhodia Dotpad pretty strongly (seems to me). I always appreciate those images of the back-side of pages. Thanks for the review. I own no TWSBI inks and have not yet been particularly inspired to spend on them.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    Thanks for the review Chrissy
    It's amazing, how that ink bleeds through, I would've thought it is some kind of a bulletproof ink

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    That's showing through Triomphe paper and the Rhodia Dotpad pretty strongly (seems to me). I always appreciate those images of the back-side of pages. Thanks for the review. I own no TWSBI inks and have not yet been particularly inspired to spend on them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Thanks for the review Chrissy
    It's amazing, how that ink bleeds through, I would've thought it is some kind of a bulletproof ink
    Agreed. I was surprised at the show-through and bleed-through with the TWSBI stub nib. It wasn't as noticeable with the Lamy F & M nibs.
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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    I have a Prera with a CM nib inked up with the Prairie Green on my desk (so fairly stubbish), and there is some show through on Rhodia (which was what I had to hand just now) but not as bad as this one. The Pilot is definitely a dryer pen than the TWSBI though.

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    Default Re: Ink Review: TWSBI 1791 Sky Blue

    A pity about the show-through. A pretty ink.

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