Sailor Jentle Grenade Ink Bottle

Sailor Grenade Ink Review & Giveaway

Sailor Jentle Grenade Ink was discontinued a couple of years ago along with 4 other very popular Sailor ink colors: Apricot, Sky High, Ultra Marine and Epinard. These Sailor Jentle ink colors were replaced by all new Sailor Four Season colors, with corresponding and similar colors. The corresponding color for Sailor Grenade ink was Sailor Oku-Yama, a similar dark burgundy color.

However, due to popular demand, the US distributor of Sailor inks decided to bring back the 5 discontinued ink colors to the US. In order for the US distributor to be able to bring these inks back, they had to make a special order/purchase raising the retail price of these inks. They of course have been well received again the second time. Additionally, it is rumored that Sailor is in the process transitioning all of their inks into their new smaller 20 ml. glass bottles so many customers are picking up as many of the larger, better value, Sailor standard ink bottles while they are still available.

Sailor Grenade ink is a dark red, deep in color with lots of shading tendencies. The ink also has and bit of dark green sheen with the right touch, nib and paper. It has always been one of the most popular of the original discontinued colors. It shows of really well on white paper and is dark enough for everyday home or office use. With a dry nib some of the shading traits will almost create a pink hue. Sailor Grenade ink is a fantastic color with wonderful traits.

Continuing reading for a chance to win the bottle of Sailor Grenade ink we used for this review.

Sailor Grenade Ink Review

Sailor Grenade Ink Review

We found the following characteristics during our review of Sailor Grenade ink that you may find helpful:

Testing Factors

For our review of Sailor Grenade ink, we used French made Rhodia dot pad paper, which doesn’t sheen as well as other types of paper, and a French made J. Herbin glass dip pen.

Bottle Sizes

Sailor Grenade ink comes in Sailor’s standard large 50 ml. glass round bottle. The Sailor bottle has a very large lid and opening and comes with an internal ink reservoir, which allows for the collection of those final drops of ink. The packaging is pretty standard with a small round “grenade” sticker indicating the color of the ink inside. A lot of the packaging is in the Japanese language, being an imported ink from Japan.


Sailor Grenade ink is now more expensive than it used to be with a retail price of $25.00. The standard Sailor Jentle Four Season Ink colors retail for $18.00 and the basic colors $12.50. As this is a special demand reintroduction, those familiar with these 5 previously discontinued colors are happy to pay the increased price.

Dry Time

A great characteristic of Sailor Grenade ink is its quick dry time. During our review of Sailor Grenade ink we found a dry time of approximately 5-6 seconds, which is very quick, making this ink useable in almost any setting.

Bleed Through

We did not experience any bleeding while testing Sailor Grenade ink, even during our wet cotton swab test.


During our review we found no feathering while testing Sailor Grenade ink during normal use. There was slight feathering during the water test, which is to be expected for a non-waterproof ink.

Water Test

Sailor Grenade ink is a non-waterproof ink. Therefore, during our water test, where we ran a wet cotton swab over a dried ink sample, we found significant color smearing, slight feathering and some line distortion. However, overall the lines remained legible and fairly distinct. Thus, we feel that Sailor Grenade ink held up quite well under the water test.


Sailor Grenade ink is known for great shading with the right nib, paper and touch. It ranges from a deep dark, red-black color to a light soft muted burgundy red color. You can even achieve a lighter pink-burgundy color with light ink placement. Additionally, you may see some dark green sheening where heavy amounts of inks are used making this a very unique and desirable ink.

Conclusion about the Sailor Grenade Ink

Sailor Grenade ink is a must have due to it being discontinued once and the knowledge that it may not be around for ever. The color is fantastic, the drying, shading, and sheening characteristics are great. Sailor Jentle ink is known for being kind to fountain pens and won’t gunk them up as other ink brands. Sailor Grenade ink is a bit more expensive than it used to be when it was discontinued. We saw this ink being sold on the secondary market for as high as $75 per bottle after it had been discontinued, so maybe a retail price of $25.00 is quite reasonable. Don’t wait in picking up a bottle of Sailor Grenade ink or any of the other previously discontinued Sailor Jentle inks, as they will not last forever. Happy writing from Japan!

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65 thoughts on “Sailor Grenade Ink Review & Giveaway

    1. Karen IrelandPhillips

      I agree. My favorite is a bluish purple, but this might knock it out of the ring!

  1. Karen I Chuplis

    I totally LOVE Oku Yama. The sheen is amazing. This looks maybe a little pinker and less sheen more shade? Pretty.

  2. Vicki

    Love all the reissued Sailor inks. Apricot is my favorite. Please do a review on that if you haven’t already.

    The new Sailor tiny bottles and higher prices are a bit disappointing but their inks have always been superb and I will continue to use them and buy more as needed.

  3. David Knapp

    If you’re doing burgundy inks, I’d love to see one for Montblanc Burgundy Red; that seems to be similar.

  4. Geoffrey Dunn

    What a lovely colour! I really like Sailor inks and would really appreciate winning this one. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Rachel McNulty

    Great giveaway! I just started looking at the Sailor inks and this is a gorgeous color.

  6. EH

    I snagged the last bottle of Sailor Apricot at the LA Pen Show, and I LOVE it!! This burgundy color of the Grenade looks fantastic! I’d like to see a review of the Colorverse Andromeda.

  7. SusanJ

    I would love to see you all review the new, sheeny version of Krishna Goldfish ink. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Diana Ryman

    I’d really like to see a review of the best fountain pens for artists along with the best inks – permanent and watersoluable.

  9. Julie

    I love love love Sailor ink! Thanks for the review. I’d love to see a review of any new Sailor inks that come out. I love how smooth the ink flow. It seems more viscous than other inks.

  10. Patrick E. Tinney

    I love the Oku Yama ink. I am sorry it will be coming in a smaller bottle.

    I bought Sailor Storia Pigmented Ink in Lion together with Noodler’s Konrad Jersey Devil. The colors match wonderfully, but with the 30ml bottle the nib of the Konrad is too long to be able to fill the pen, with our without the insert.

    I have had to remove the insert so I can use a pipette to fill an Ink Miser Ink-shot to fill the pen.

  11. Serena

    Lovely ink colour.

    As for what other inks to review, perhaps the Sailor Yama Dori? I just love the smell of that ink.

  12. Ana G Csiky

    What a gorgeous ink! I think it’s one Sailor’s best! Thank you as always for the giveaway! You guys rock!

  13. Martine Paquin

    I had it in my hands last time I was in NYC and resisted buying it. It’s for me!

  14. dr_dare

    Thank you for the giveaway. Will love to see your Lamy Vibrant Pink ink review.

  15. David Murphy

    My favorite of late is another Sailor: Miruai. I’ve also been exploring some harder-to-find inks, like Seitz-Kreuznach.

  16. Erik

    You know, I hear a lot of talk about this ink, and yet to me it just looks like a basic wine red… am I just missing something?

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