Krishna Winter 3 Ink Bottle

Krishna Winter 3 Ink Review & Giveaway!

Krishna Winter 3 Ink is the latest version of Krishna’s “Winter” ink color released by Dr. Sreekumar from India! Dr. Sreekumar is the master of taking information, feedback, reviews and plain customer suggestions to modify, update and create new versions of his ink.

Krishna Winter 3 ink is part of Krishna’s RC ink series, known for their sheening properties. Although Winter 3 is not a “mega” sheening ink such as Krishna Sea at Night or Poyka, it will still produce a nice dark purple sheen to go with the vibrant blue base color of the ink.

We are a proud supporter of Dr. Sreekumar and his creations, which he continues to hone and modify, coming up with the best colors and characteristics, making old-fashion writing fun and interesting.

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Krishna Winter 3 Ink Review

Krishna Winter 3 Ink Review

During our review of Krishna Winter 3 ink we found the following characteristics that you might find helpful:

Testing Factors

We used French made Rhodia dot pad paper with a glass dip pen for our review. The dip pen has a writing tip that is similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib. Different tips, nibs and paper may produce different results.

Bottle Sizes

Winter 3 ink comes in Krishna’s standard small 20 ml. glass bottle with basic packaging. However, the old plain cardboard box has been replaced with a new white cardboard box that has a Krishna “Winter 3” label. The new Krishna packaging is slowly coming on all of the Krishna’s ink colors as we get the in stock.


Krishna Winter 3 ink is a reasonably priced ink option at $9.00 retail. Understanding that each bottle of ink is handcrafted and imported directly from India makes this price quite reasonable.

Dry Time

We found a dry time of approximately 7-10 seconds during our review of Krishna Winter 3 ink. Krishna Winter 3 ink is a medium saturated sheening ink, which will take a bit more time to dry than normal ink colors.

Bleed Through

During normal use we found no bleeding while testing Krishna Winter 3 ink. However, during the cotton swab test, we did find some bleeding using Rhodia paper.


We found no feathering during our review of Krishna Winter 3 ink. Even during our water test, there was very little additional feathering.

Water Test

We conducted a water test during our review of Krishna Winter 3 ink where we ran a wet cotton swab after the ink sample had dried for about 3 minutes. The results were significant dark color smearing, but very little line distortion and feathering.

Shading & Sheening

Krishna RC series of inks are known more for their sheening rather than their shading. Although there are some mega sheening inks in the Krishna RC series, we would not categorize Krishna Winter 3 ink one of them. However, during normal use you will see some interesting purple sheen combined with the beautiful dark royal blue color of the ink.

Conclusions about Krishna Winter-3 Ink

Krishna Winter 3 ink is a magnificent blue sheening ink color that is sure to please. It has a reasonably quick dry time for a sheening, medium-high saturation ink. However, due to it being a sheening ink, you should take extra steps to make sure you properly clean your pen periodically (we recommend every two weeks or more frequently) to avoid any unwanted clogging. Also the Dr. has suggested that you may even want to dilute Krishna Winter 3 ink in order to meet your personal needs. This may give you even extra ink for your money. Happy Writing from India!

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29 thoughts on “Krishna Winter 3 Ink Review & Giveaway!


    Krishna Jungle Volcano is one of the funnest inks there is. And I’d love to see comparisons between the old Sailor Jentle and the new Sailor Expensive.

  2. Arien C Dijkstra

    Looks like a kind of blue I would use all the time.

    Favorite current ink is Jacques Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor and Monte Verde Mandarin Orange

  3. Colton

    A very saturated ink this time. Looks simple and clean, with some low-key sheen. Considering the price of Krishna’s inks, I think this would be a nice sketching ink, perhaps for architecture. I do wish I could see what it would look like when diluted, as mentioned in your conclusion. Perhaps some subtle characteristics might pop out?

    I would love to hear more about inks from East Asia. I have been quite impressed by some of the products coming out of South Korea and Japan recently.

  4. Ann Nguyen

    Am a big fan of these super bright blues! Especially those that don’t lean turquoise/cyan but are more royal blue.

    Would love even more reviews of the other Krishna inks!

  5. Tony Rose

    Thanks for the giveaway — I would love to see a review on some iron gall inks, and commentary about how safe they are for fountain pens!


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