Anyone for Pheasant? A Review of Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori ink

Christmas is fast approaching… The goose, as they say, is getting fat… poor thing. But it’s another fowl I wish to deal with today at least and ink named after such a one in the form of Sailor “Yama Dori” (copper pheasant) ink. I’ve been keen to test this popular ink out for a good while and this seemed as good a time as any, particularly if you are looking for an ink to buy as a Christmas present perhaps…

Presentation: The Sailor ‘four seasons’ series come in delicately artistic boxes which are easy on the eye. The Sailor bottles themselves are nice enough. What I really like about the bottles is that they are wide rimmed and have the wonderfully useful ink reservoir within which is excellent for getting that elusive last few millilitres out of the bottle and into your pen of choice.

On Test: The ink tests went without a hitch. Yama Dori was easy to use and very pleasant to look at. The swatches were applied first and these whetted the appetite to write with the ink. I used two test pens; a vintage Mentmore which I use as a dip pen and a trusty Kaweco AL-Sport. Both these pens have wet nibs so at first the darker end of this inks colour register was shown. The ink appeared almost black at times which a hint of promised teal at the edge. As the test progressed however,the lighter end of the colour register was also seen along with a more pronounced shading which was great. The more I wrote with this ink more I liked the rich colour and delightful shading properties.

The only slight worry I had in using this ink in these pens was the significant drying times. The ink took at least 30 seconds when used in both pens. In a finer drier pen this may be much reduced but I can only report what I see for myself. It didn’t put me off in the slightest however.  the ink was easily cleaned from the pens with no residue detected.

Summary: I like this ink a lot, it is delightful. I was given a sample and have since decided that it will be one of my regularly used blue -greens. The colour is rich, complex, and luxurious. It isn’t the quickest drying ink Ive ever used but other than this is well-behaved and exhibits nice shading properties. There is the odd hint of red sheen given the right conditions which is again a bonus.

I’ll be using this ink for letters and one of my diaries in 2017. I don’t think that it would be out of place in the office either, so this ink could be a good all rounder. In the UK these inks retail between £16-£20 for a 50 ml bottle. Enjoy!

Foolishly Yours…

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8 thoughts on “Anyone for Pheasant? A Review of Sailor Jentle Yama-Dori ink

  1. The Yama-Dori ink is now on my wish list. My pen collection continues to grow. I wondered if you have experienced Italix pens from Mr Ford? I now have three and like them very much. I am considering the Sailor 1911 next, once I have restored the coffers post Christmas!

    1. Hi, thanks for the kind comments. I hope you enjoy the ink when you get it, I love it. I haven’t reviewed any italic pens, I have used one once at a show, but I’ve heard some good reports. What made you think about the Sailor 1911?

      1. I am drawn to pens that appear to be highly regarded. But I would like to do a little more research before committing to a 1911. Do you have any experience yourself? Also, if you had to narrow it down, what would your three favourite fountain pens be?

      2. I’ve never used a 1911. I’d like to review one sometime. I think it’s important to separate liking a pen, or the reputation a pen has, from liking it in use. I’ve bought a couple of pens and been disappointed simply because I’d built my expectation up. In the end, they are pens, not gateways into a magical universe of happiness 🙂 I’ve found that you don’t have to spend a lot of money (comparatively) to get a great writing experience.

        For me the nib is everything. Put a good nib on the end of a twig and you have a good pen of sorts. So my favourites at present include a Fabre Castell basic series with an EF nib; a TWSBI 580 I got second hand, The third would be my Omas Ogiva (A lot more expensive)
        Hope that helps, thanks for the interest in the blog 🙂

    1. It is truly a great colour, I find that drying times are really subjective due to the many combinations of pen and nib, so it may worth a try

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