Tokiwa Matsu is another pretty ink from Sailor’s Jentle Four Seasons series of inks. Tokiwa Matsu supposes to represents color of the pine and in general it does. However, if you think that that is it, then you are very wrong, indeed. This is actually very complex ink, which is pretty common for all inks of Sailor Jentle line, I tried so far.
The color of this ink is somehow difficult to describe. Wet looks almost like ‘forest green’ type of ink, however when it dries…magic happens! When it dries (which is fascinating to watch) Tokiwa Matsu changes from the somehow well saturated foresty green to very earthy, faded, yellowish military-olive (I think called olive drab) type of green, which I absolutely adore! To some extend it reminds Diamine 150 Anniversary – Safari. Apart its green base, there is blue colour present. Yellow and cyan hues are clearly visible too, end these plays an important role when ink becomes dry on the paper. This inks is also able to bring decent amount of shading, especially with broader nibs which lays more ink on good quality paper, which is a nice touch. However, the real cherry on the cake is the absolutely insane red sheen Tokiwa Matsu reveals when it becomes dry. It just looks stunning and brings this earthy, organic colour to completely different level. Unfortunately, pictures do not do the justice enough.
Similarly to Sailor Jentle – Souten, Tokiwa Matsu is very well behaving ink. On good quality paper like Rhodia or Clairefontaine it writes as a dream. Is smooth and nice flowing (may feel a bit on a dry side though). The lubrication is good too. It dries fairly quickly (even with flexible nib used) which may be a little problematic a with some pens. On cheap, too absorbing paper it may feather and bleed through, but on let’s say ‘standard type of paper used for fountain pens it works very well. Similarly to other Jentle inks it has very distinct smell, which may not be to everyone’s taste. As I mentioned reviewing Souten, I personally do not mind, but I know people who do. It is not water resistant, however on some type of paper decent/readable amount of writing remains. Because its colour complexity, it may gives an interesting effect being used for drawings and washes in particular.
Sailor Tokiwa Matsu costs about £ 16.0 in the UK and $ 18.0 – 20.o in USA. It is available i 50 ml bottles placed into pretty paperboard box representing colours of four seasons. The bottle neck is wide, so the bottle itself is easy to use and ink up the pen. Originally, it contains plastic cone, which supposed to help out ink up the pen, but I think it is pretty useless especially with larger pens and nibs. I usually use tweezers and remove it for good. It is unnecessary in my opinion.
Verdict. If you are looking for vivid green, Sailor Jentle Tokiwa Matsu is not for you. However if you like organic, earthy, somehow ‘dirty’ olive green than this ink, considering amount of sheen is does is my ultimate winner. I love it! It becomes one of my daily use inks, for sure.