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Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink Review & Giveaway

This week we’re featuring Akebi fountain pen ink from the Sailor Manyo ink series. That’s right, another Sailor fountain pen ink back by popular demand! We’re not sure if people want to read another review of Sailor Manyo ink or if they just want another chance to win a free bottle of Manyo ink, but either way, we have you covered!

We’ve already reviewed two Sailor Manyo ink colors: Yomogi and Kuzu, so this week’s review will round it out to a solid 3 reviews of Sailor Manyo ink colors with the Akebi fountain pen ink.

If you aren’t already a fan of Sailor’s Manyo ink series, the newest ink series from this historic Japanese pen company, we just might change your mind. Whether you’re already a fan or not, you’ll find all the details you need on Sailor’s Akibi ink here. And, as always, you’ll get a chance to enter to win the bottle of Sailor Manyo ink used for this week’s fountain pen ink review!

All About the Ink Maker: Sailor

Mr. Kyugoro Sakata founded the Sailor pen and ink company in 1911. When a sailor friend brought a fountain pen back to Hiroshima from England, Sakata was immediately fascinated.  Sailor was his creation, enabling him to continually reach for his dream to create similarly fine writing instruments in Japan. Sakata’s dream became the foundation for one of today’s most reputable and prolific pen and ink companies. Not only was Sailor the first to produce fountain pens in Japan, but they are now one of the oldest fine writing instrument manufacturers in the entire fountain pen world.

All About the Ink Series: Sailor Manyo Ink Series

Sailor’s Manyo ink series is the newest ink series from the historic pen and ink company. The Manyo ink series is one of 5 ink series available in the USA:

Sailor’s Manyo dye-based inks are made in Japan, but ONLY available in the international market (they are not available in Japan). The name Manyo is pulled from the Japanese Manyoshu, a compilation of 4,516 ancient Japanese poems. Throughout the poems featured in the compilation, flowers are mentioned frequently; some are popular flowers and others hold significance in Japanese culture. The Manyo inks were designed (and named) after 8 of the flowers referenced in the Japanese Manyoshu manuscript.

The poems were authored by various Japanese people of all ranks from Emperors to Farmers. The everyman nature of the ancient poetry is reflected in the Manyo ink series and its ability to capture the love of fountain pen addicts everywhere.

Pen Chalet is a proud, authorized retailer of Sailor products with a full range of Sailor inks, including the Jentle ink series, the basic ink series, the Manyo ink series, pigmented inks, Jentle highlighter fountain pen inks, Shikiori ink series, as well as Sailor fine writing instruments. Find your next Sailor product at Pen Chalet.

All About This Week’s Chosen Ink: Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink

Akebi fountain pen ink is a beautiful, bright purple color that shows up well on paper and is a solid choice for everyday use. Akebi is not a dark mountain purple. It’s a vibrant purple ink that is bright and full of life.

** Don’t stop now. Keep reading for a chance to win the bottle of Sailor Manyo Akebi 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).

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It’s Time: Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink Review

Are you ready for this week’s ink review? Let’s dive in to all the little details that will help you decide if Sailor Manyo Akebi ink is a necessary addition to your fountain pen ink collection.

Sailor inks are always a hit – we think it’s because fountain pen fans can count on them to be high quality and versatile. And while we’ve got several Sailor fans here at Pen Chalet, we didn’t cut them any slack during this week’s ink review. We ran this week’s ink through all the same tests we run every week. PLUS, you might notice that this week we added a new test to our review routine, the “1 Dip Test” where we test an ink to see if one dip is enough to create a full line of writing across the entire page without re-dipping the pen.

Read the full review of this week’s featured Sailor ink below!

Ink Review Testing Factors (to keep things scientific):

We do a new fountain pen ink review every week – so it’s safe to say that we’ve done this a lot. And it became obvious in the early stages of our fountain pen ink experimentation that when you’re measuring or gauging fountain pen ink performance, the materials you’re using to conduct your tests make a big difference. So, you can depend on us to list the products we use each week during the ink review right here.

While reviewing Sailor Manyo Akebi fountain pen ink, 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. Please remember that different papers and nib sizes may produce different results.

What Sort of Ink Bottle Does Sailor Use?

Sailor Manyo ink comes in Sailor’s new, square heavy-weighted 50 ml bottle. The bottle is display quality and the label and packaging for the Manyo line is simple yet elegant.

How Much Does Sailor Manyo Ink Cost?

Sailor Manyo Akebi ink is a high mid-range ink. If you’re interested in value pricing, check the current discount pricing at Pen Chalet.

How Fast Does Sailor Akebi Ink Dry?

Sailor Manyo Akebi fountain pen ink had a dry time of approximately 6-7 seconds with medium saturation; quick enough to be used as an everyday ink. (At Pen Chalet, we generally consider any dry time under 10 seconds to be reasonably fast, and appropriate for daily use).

How Did Sailor Akebi Ink Fair in the NEW 1 Dip Test?

Sailor’s Akebi fountain pen ink performed well during our newest test, the 1 Dip. Test. We used the one dip test to see how far one dip could write on paper. Dipping the pen into Sailor’s Akebi ink one time, we were able to easily write across the paper on all three writing samples with medium saturation. We used one dip per writing sample. Writing samples included: S, X and scribble lines (see photograph of the samples above).

Does Sailor Akebi Ink Bleed Through?

We saw no bleeding during normal use of Akebi fountain pen ink, and only slight bleeding during the heavy saturated cotton swab test (at the most saturated points, which were really wet).

Was There Any Feathering While Using Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink?

We saw no feathering during normal use, and only some very slight feathering during the water test.

How Does Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink Stand Up to Water?

This week’s ink is not listed as a waterproof fountain pen ink, but we always include a water test in the review. (For the water test, we let an ink sample dry for about 3 minutes before running a wet cotton swab over the sample). During the water test of Manyo Akebi ink, we saw significant color smearing, which is expected with any dye-based ink. The lines were still very legible, and we noted only some very slight feathering.

Does Manyo Akebi Ink Have Good Shading Traits?

There are some really nice shading traits with Akebi ink if using a nib that allows ink flow variation like a stub or italic nib. We saw shades varying from a dark purple color to a nice, light, vibrant purple color.

Final Conclusion on Sailor Manyo Akebi Ink:

This week’s fountain pen ink is a creation of Sailor Pen Company, known worldwide for its fine writing instruments. The company has more recently become known far and wide for producing highly functional inks at a low cost. This week’s featured Sailor ink is from their newest line, the Manyo ink series and is a mid-range price ink. Akebi’s beautiful, bright purple ink color joins 7 others in Sailor’s Manyo ink series based on flowers mentioned in the compilation of ancient Japanese poetry known as Manyoshu. While Sailor Manyo inks are made in Japan, they are only available in the International (non-Japanese) market.

Sailor Manyo inks come in a large, display quality 50 ml bottle. These high-performance inks are easy to use, easy to clean and offer a reasonable dry time. Happy writing from Japan!

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Beth Fralix
3 years ago

Absolutely Gorgeous Colour! I would love to be blessed & win this one! God Bless & the Love of Christ to you all!!

3 years ago

Thanks for another great giveaway!

Geoffrey Dunn
3 years ago

This looks like a dark enough colour to use regularly. Love the vibrancy !

Stephanie S
3 years ago

This is yet another vibrant and joyful ink color you’ve chosen to review… how could this not lift your spirits to write with it! Gorgeous… would love to try this!

3 years ago

Stunning color! I don’t have any of the Manyo line so this looks like a good start!

Steven Gordon
3 years ago

Wow, I’ve been really impressed by what I’ve seen of the Manyo inks so far

3 years ago

This ink looks fantastic! These Manyo inks seem like winners to me.

Mike Solinas
3 years ago

Very nice purple!!

Austin Roy
3 years ago

Nice, deep color

Patrick E Tinney
3 years ago

Love purple inks, love Sailor inks.Should be great.

3 years ago

I have some of this as my ink rewards from Pen Chalet and it is everything you would expect from a Sailor ink. That’s usually a good thing for me. Think Yama Budo with a green sheen, but brighter somehow too. I love this color!

3 years ago

I don’t have any Sailor inks, but I’d love to try them. I need more purple ink too!

3 years ago

What a lovely saturated purple!

I love both saturated colors and ones that have good shading.

Alexander King
3 years ago

Crossing my fingers….come on purplea

3 years ago

I love Sailor ink! This is very pretty, but I’m going to beg to differ on the color name. It looks like dark fuchsia to me!

Gershon Brooks
3 years ago

Lovely purple ink!!

Cheryl Gebhart
3 years ago

This is a gorgeous ink and I love sailor inks. One of my favorite inks is sailor Souten.

Shawn Jaquiss
3 years ago

What a beautiful shade of purple/pink/magenta! What a fun giveaway!!