Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Bottle

Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Review & Giveaway

Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink is a very rare ink in the USA, so it was exciting to put it through its paces during this week’s ink review. We’re not going to claim that rare inks and pens are ALWAYS better, cooler, or more exciting than those you can get your hands on easily, but there’s just something about knowing that you’re one of the few that adds to the experience. So, you might say that this week’s ink review is a smidge more exciting than the average review.

All About the Ink Maker: Penlux or Sailor?

This week’s ink is one of two new ink colors from Penlux, but it’s made in Japan by Sailor, a very well-known and well-loved ink company. Most of you are probably already familiar with one or more of their fountain pen or fountain pen ink products. Sailor has produced inks for other companies, as well, such as Kobe Inks, Bungubox Inks, etc.

Penlux  inks are imported directly from Penlux in Taiwan. Founded in 1999, the majority of the company’s processes are completed at their own factory. The Penlux company uses skilled craftsmen to create precision writing instruments made from materials such as acetate, cotton resin, silver, and mother of pearl and are known for offering quality. The company’s mission is to express their vision of great work, passion, and uncompromised quality, and many may recognize their tagline, “A Style to Remember, A Style for Creativity.”

All About the Ink Series: Penlux MÒ

This week’s ink, Penlux MÒ Tangerine, is one of 2 new inks manufactured for Penlux by Sailor. Both were initially intended for sale exclusively in Taiwan, but have recently been made available in North America. In addition to this week’s Tangerine (orange), Penlux fans are excited to see Plum (purple) become more readily available. Both MÒ Tangerine and MÒ Plum are part of the limited production run of 999 bottles per color (initially intended for the Taiwanese market).

Pen Chalet is a proud, authorized retailer of Penlux products, including both fountain pens and Penlux fountain pen inks.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Penlux MÒ Tangerine

Penlux’s MÒ Tangerine ink is a lovely, dark orange color with medium saturation. If you care about packaging (and let’s be honest – we all care about packaging), you will appreciate the elegant, origami-style box used to house and ship Penlux inks.

*** Don’t stop now. Keep reading for a chance to win the bottle of Penlux MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink used for this week’s Pen Chalet Ink Review. (Or if you’re still cultivating the art of patience, scroll down to the bottom where you’ll find the link to enter this week’s giveaway. We won’t even be disappointed in your behavior. Not much anyway).

Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Review

Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Review

It’s Time: Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Review

This week we got up close and personal with MÒ Tangerine ink from Penlux. We ran all our regular tests so you would have all the details you need to decide if you need this Penlux ink in your collection. Continue reading to get the full ink review.

Ink Review Testing Factors (because we’re very scientific):

As we said, this week, we reviewed Penlux MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink. While completing the review, we used a J Herbin spiral glass dip pen (which has a tip similar to a medium-fine fountain pen nib) on French-made Rhodia dot pad paper. We list products we used during our weekly ink reviews here because different papers and nib sizes often produce different results. Remember that as you consider our fountain pen ink reviews (and anyone’s fountain pen ink reviews).

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Penlux Use?

Penlux MÒ Tangerine ink comes in a “new” standard square 50 ml. Sailor ink bottle. The bottle is nice, heavy-weighted, and includes a simple label. The box the ink arrives in is fascinating. Origami-style, the box will lay completely flat then return to its original shape as a box to house your Penlux ink bottle. It’s super cool, and we’ll admit that we definitely want to hold on to this box simply because it amazes us over and over. (We do not doubt that you’ll want to keep this box, too. It’s just that cool).

How Much Does Penlux Ink Cost?

Penlux MÒ Tangerine ink is a high mid-range priced ink. Make sure to get the most economical price by taking advantage of discount pricing at Pen Chalet.

How Did MÒ Ink Respond During the 1 Dip Test?

We put Penlux’s MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink to the test with our newest standard review rest: the 1 Dip Test. We use this test to see how far one dip can write on paper (dipping the pen in ink only once). Penlux’s MÒ Tangerine ink easily wrote across the paper on all three writing samples. (We used one dip per writing sample). Writing samples included: S, X, and scribble lines (see the photograph of the samples above).

How Fast Does Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Dry?

Penlux MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 5 seconds with medium saturation. The 5 second dry time is quite impressive. With this nice, quick dry time, we’d recommend MÒ Tangerine as an everyday home-office ink.

Does MÒ Tangerine Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during the normal use of Penlux’s MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink. There was some bleeding during the heavily saturated cotton swab test (at the wettest points).

Was There Any Feathering?

We saw no feathering during normal use and some slight additional feathering during the water test.

How Does Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink Stand Up to Water?

Our weekly ink review’s water test consists of letting the ink sample dry for about three minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample. This week’s ink is not waterproof, but we put it to the water test anyway. (We tend to do that). During the water test, Penlux’s MÒ Tangerine ink only had light color smearing. The lines were still legible, but with some slight distortion.

Does MÒ Tangerine Fountain Pen Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

Penlux MÒ Tangerine ink has some possible shading traits if you’re working with a nib that allows ink flow variation (like a stub or italic nib). In addition, to which type of nib you are working with, your handwriting can also make a difference when you’re looking for good shading traits with a fountain pen ink. Lines were pretty consistent, though, without a lot of shading.

Final Conclusion on Penlux MÒ Tangerine Ink:

MÒ Tangerine is a beautiful, dark orange color ink in a nice, large 50 ml. bottle that you’ll find at the higher end of the mid-priced ink range. The high-performance Penlux ink is made by Sailor, a well-regarded ink company. Safe for fountain pens, Penlux MÒ Tangerine fountain pen ink has a noticeably quick dry time (only about 5 seconds), and you’ll find yourself wholly intrigued by this fountain pen ink’s packaging. It’s simple, elegant, and yet somehow entertaining all at the same time. Happy writing from Japan!

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My favorite ink right now is the Sailor Ink Studio 150 — I love the way it shades from violet to pink in a broad nib.

Beth Fralix

Gorgeous colour! I love the reddish orange colour!! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

Austin Roy

That’s a nice, vibrant red!

Julio Mazariegos

Thanks for the giveaway and the review. The ink looks great. I would like to see any other diamine ink you haven’t reviewed yet.

Ged Alangui

My current favorite ink is Krishna Winter


Excellent review. Thank you for the giveaway. This reddish orange is exactly what I need.
Its so gorgeous.


Thanks for another great giveaway!


Pretty ink

Katie Fox

What a beautiful color. I think it would look really spectacular in my Mint Eco.

Alexander King

Ink looks incredible, hope I win!


Wow, I really like the color of this one! Fast dry time too.


That’s a lovely office-friendly orange!


Love this color!

Colton H.

It’s funny that Sailor is involved in this product, as that is immediately what came to mind when I saw that bottle design. I’m confused though, is Penlux a subsidiary or partner with Sailor on this product line? Either way, I’m surprised by how ‘dry’ this ink looks. I’ve always thought of Sailor producing more saturated, ‘wet’ inks. I really like that you’re open to showing us more uncommon brands; I’d like to see that more often. Maybe from brands like Kyoto TAG, or some lesser-known Eastern European ink makers?

D N Atkinson

Mmm, very nice. I had to investigate ‘the elegant, origami-style box’ too – be great to see that in the flesh.
To answer the question, my favourite ink is Pilot Iroshizuku (also nicely packaged).


Currently, my favorite ink is Montblanc Royal Blue.


Please review more Mo inks!

Stephanie S

I absolutely gravitate toward dark orange inks for some reason, so seeing this unusual one on your giveaway this week made me so happy! My current fav is quite the opposite actually: Diamine’s Prussian Blue… soft, subtle, and unassuming.


My favorite ink is Noodler’s for now is Kung te-Ching 🙂


This looks a beautifully deep orange without looking burnt or too bright. Lovely!


This is an interesting shade of tangerine… but it looks like the shading would be lovely in a broad nibbed pen. Thank you for the review. It is added to my list.


Thanks for the breakdown about this ink.

matthew fitzgerald

I like the reddish tint to this orange color.

matthew fitzgerald

I like the reddish tint to this color.