Continuing with the summer ink theme, Dr. inkenstein recalls a certain Carvel frozen dessert called Icy Wicy, which was a swirled mix of orange and fuschia sugar water on a double stick, so you and a friend could share. Here, through the magic of scannage, we have removed the fuschia part (see previous Pink entry and use your imagination) and added in some red-browns.
Because, you know, autumn is coming. Some day.
The scans don't do these inks justice. Chesterfield Fire Opal, the orange ink tested in the orange Jinhao-fari 599, really is the color of Orange Crush soda. It is eye-searingly, happily, summer-afternoons-at-the beach orange, and I would love it but for the fact that it invariably gunks up a nib with a hideous orange crust that looks like dried-on iodine.
Good thing the Jinhao-fari only costs five bucks. That's one ink-pen combo stamped in stone! No shading, but with color this bright, why bother?
The 'Fireball,' which is mostly J Herbin Rouge Caroubier and some yellow or other, is included just for comparison's sake. It's a brilliant red-orange.
The Sailor Brick Brown Red shades like crazy. The MB Leonardo Red chalk also shades, but with a terra cotta component, and is a wonderful, well-balanced ink. J Herbin Terre de Feu is another red-brick color that, interestingly, looks more burgundy in the bottle than on paper, where it turns a mid-range, boullion-brown that does shade. It bears a passing resemblence to the Sailor Brick Brown Red, like maybe they're cousins who get together on the beach every summer.
And Ambre de Birmanie is, well, amber-y. The color of butterscotch that got a little too caramelized in the pan. Shades, too. What more could you want?
Maybe a few extra days of summer. Carry on.