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    Default INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Ink Review: Birmingham Pen Company JADE INFERNO – Swift Formula



    Background:

    Birmingham Pen Company (BPC) started as the brainchild of two brothers – Nick and Josh. Initially, Nick and Josh worked with third party ink producers in England and Germany to produce their inks. BPC started making their own inks over a year ago. While some changes have been made, their new formulations include “Crisp” inks designed for everyday use on all papers, “Swift” inks that are a bit wetter, starts up quickly and works well on premium papers, “Rich” inks which have high sheen and saturation, “Everlasting” inks that have high water resistance, “Twinkle” inks with shimmer and “Wishy-Washy” inks that are designed for performance but a washable from fabrics and surfaces.

    The glass bottles with tight-fitting plastic lids bottles are very nice and functional. My largest pen fits nicely into the bottle for a full fill. BPC offers three sizes: 30ml, 60ml and 120ml for all inks except the Twinkle inks which are only available in 60ml. The 120ml bottles have an eye-dropper lid instead of the regular lid.

    Review in Brief:

    Saturation: moderate saturation
    Sheen: some nice red sheen
    Shading: medium shading from fine to wider nibs
    Haloing: low
    Lubrication: medium lubrication
    Wetness: moderately wet
    Water Resistance: Not resistant; some color left
    Feathering: minimal feathering on lower quality papers
    Bleedthrough: minimal only on lower quality papers and with high ink application
    Showthrough: medium showthrough on 52gsm Tomoe River, minimal on Kokuyo and Cambridge, and Rhodia papers.
    Price: reasonable for 30mls, very good for 60ml and exceptional for 120ml which is the best value.

    While some inks retained the same name (or an abbreviated version), they may be slightly different. Ana at the Well Appointed Desk discussed this very well in her January 2021 blog (https://www.wellappointeddesk.com/20...-company-inks/)

    It appears that the new version is very similar to the older version. The only difference is that the new version is the “Swift” formula.

    Pens: Conklin Duragraph 1.1 stub nib and Waterman Charleston with fine nib.
    Papers shown: Rhodia Dot pad, Tomoe River 52gsm sheet paper, Cosmo Air Light notebook, Cambridge and Kokuyo notebook papers


    JI RS.jpg
    Rhodia Dot Pad


    The ink is nicely saturated with some red sheen when pooled. The ink flows wonderfully in both pens. The ink worked well in both pens, gliding effortlessly across the page. The ink does dry fairly quickly on all papers tested but is slower on Tomoe River and Cosmo Air Light (20-25 seconds).

    JI CAMBRIDGE RS.jpg
    Cambridge Notebook Paper - Action Planner Notebook

    Feathering and bleeding are not seen on Rhodia, Tomoe River, Cosmo Air Light. There is some feathering on the Cambridge and Kokuyo papers, but less than expected. Only the Cambridge showed small amounts of bleedthrough in heavy applications of the ink. Because this is a fairly saturated ink, there is showthrough on Tomoe River, Rhodia, and Cambridge, but surprisingly less so on Kokuyo notebook papers, even with the 1.1 stub nib.

    JI TOMOE RS.jpg
    Tomoe River 52 gsm sheet paper


    IMG_7022 CAL RS (2).jpg
    Cosmo Air Light Notebook (photo taken in bright light in order to show sheen


    JI KOKUYO RS.jpg
    Kokuyo Campus Notebook Paper

    Color Comparisons:


    Overall this is a very nice ink that behaves very well in both pens and on the papers tested. It is a delight to use, and I highly recommend it.

    Disclaimer: I purchased this ink directly from Birmingham Pen Company. Any photos, opinions and thoughts regarding the ink are my own and are not sponsored by Birmingham Pen Company and do not necessarily reflect their opinions.

    Last edited by DrPenfection; September 4th, 2021 at 06:36 PM.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Fabulous! What a lovely review, and that's a nice looking ink too.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Fabulous! What a lovely review, and that's a nice looking ink too.

    Thank you
    Thank you so much! The ink is fabulous as well - my favorite so far.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    What a refreshing review I would love this colour (minus the sheen) on a wall

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Quote Originally Posted by DrPenfection View Post
    Ink Review: Birmingham Pen Company JADE INFERNO – Swift Formula



    Background:

    Birmingham Pen Company (BPC) started as the brainchild of two brothers – Nick and Josh. Initially, Nick and Josh worked with third party ink producers in England and Germany to produce their inks. BPC started making their own inks over a year ago. While some changes have been made, their new formulations include “Crisp” inks designed for everyday use on all papers, “Swift” inks that are a bit wetter, starts up quickly and works well on premium papers, “Rich” inks which have high sheen and saturation, “Everlasting” inks that have high water resistance, “Twinkle” inks with shimmer and “Wishy-Washy” inks that are designed for performance but a washable from fabrics and surfaces.

    The glass bottles with tight-fitting plastic lids bottles are very nice and functional. My largest pen fits nicely into the bottle for a full fill. BPC offers three sizes: 30ml, 60ml and 120ml for all inks except the Twinkle inks which are only available in 60ml. The 120ml bottles have an eye-dropper lid instead of the regular lid.

    Review in Brief:

    Saturation: moderate saturation
    Sheen: some nice red sheen
    Shading: medium shading from fine to wider nibs
    Haloing: low
    Lubrication: medium lubrication
    Wetness: moderately wet
    Water Resistance: Not resistant; some color left
    Feathering: minimal feathering on lower quality papers
    Bleedthrough: minimal only on lower quality papers and with high ink application
    Showthrough: medium showthrough on 52gsm Tomoe River, minimal on Kokuyo and Cambridge, and Rhodia papers.
    Price: reasonable for 30mls, very good for 60ml and exceptional for 120ml which is the best value.

    While some inks retained the same name (or an abbreviated version), they may be slightly different. Ana at the Well Appointed Desk discussed this very well in her January 2021 blog (https://www.wellappointeddesk.com/20...-company-inks/)

    It appears that the new version is very similar to the older version. The only difference is that the new version is the “Swift” formula.

    Pens: Conklin Duragraph 1.1 stub nib and Waterman Charleston with fine nib.
    Papers shown: Rhodia Dot pad, Tomoe River 52gsm sheet paper, Cosmo Air Light notebook, Cambridge and Kokuyo notebook papers


    JI RS.jpg
    Rhodia Dot Pad


    The ink is nicely saturated with some red sheen when pooled. The ink flows wonderfully in both pens. The ink worked well in both pens, gliding effortlessly across the page. The ink does dry fairly quickly on all papers tested but is slower on Tomoe River and Cosmo Air Light (20-25 seconds).

    JI CAMBRIDGE RS.jpg
    Cambridge Notebook Paper - Action Planner Notebook

    Feathering and bleeding are not seen on Rhodia, Tomoe River, Cosmo Air Light. There is some feathering on the Cambridge and Kokuyo papers, but less than expected. Only the Cambridge showed small amounts of bleedthrough in heavy applications of the ink. Because this is a fairly saturated ink, there is showthrough on Tomoe River, Rhodia, and Cambridge, but surprisingly less so on Kokuyo notebook papers, even with the 1.1 stub nib.

    JI TOMOE RS.jpg
    Tomoe River 52 gsm sheet paper


    IMG_7022 CAL RS (2).jpg
    Cosmo Air Light Notebook (photo taken in bright light in order to show sheen


    JI KOKUYO RS.jpg
    Kokuyo Campus Notebook Paper

    Color Comparisons:


    Overall this is a very nice ink that behaves very well in both pens and on the papers tested. It is a delight to use, and I highly recommend it.

    Disclaimer: I purchased this ink directly from Birmingham Pen Company. Any photos, opinions and thoughts regarding the ink are my own and are not sponsored by Birmingham Pen Company and do not necessarily reflect their opinions.

    Great post! And thanks for Ana's link. I read it and immediately became overwhelmed. So many inkmakers producing so many inks now! These look lovely, but my brain is in shut down....

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    I really love the color of this, especially with a stub nib. Thank-you for the review.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    What a refreshing review I would love this colour (minus the sheen) on a wall
    Thank you! When I first read your comment, I thought of you throwing the ink on the wall.

    Actually, I had a similar color on my living room walls. I loved it, but it did make the room a bit dark. Now it is painted a lovely shade of MB Swan Illusion.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Thank you, TSherbs, for your kind comment.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim View Post
    I really love the color of this, especially with a stub nib. Thank-you for the review.
    Thank you for your kind comment. I also really like this color. I probably should have put up a color comparison to MB Irish Green, but I think Jade Inferno has a bit lighter with more transparency and is a bit more blue.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    I like the color, and the ink sounds well behaved, but i just never use green or greenish inks.

    I like the quote from Homer. Good choice!

    Great review. Many thanks for your efforts.

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    Default Re: INK REVIEW: BIRMINGHAM PEN COMPANY'S NEW FORMULA JADE INFERNO

    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    I like the color, and the ink sounds well behaved, but i just never use green or greenish inks.

    I like the quote from Homer. Good choice!

    Great review. Many thanks for your efforts.
    Thank you for your kind comment! And yes, I do from time to time read the classics again. The Iliad and The Odyssey are favorites.

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