Sailor Jentle Yama-dori is one of the newer inks released in the Sailor Jentle line after the past colors were discontinued. Unfortunately, a bunch of really popular colors are no longer being made (like Grenade: rest in peace), but I think the fountain pen community had high hopes for the new line.
Sailor Jentle Yama-dori–also known as Copper Pheasant–is a true teal color. A green copper pheasant has teal breast feathers, so the name is very fitting. Of course, this ink could be named anything and it wouldn’t matter, because what really matters is how this ink performs–luckily, that’s where this ink shines. It’s a very smooth, well-flowing ink. Yama-dori definitely sheens, which means it’s susceptible to smearing. I’d be careful before you touched your newly-completed memoir after you wrote it with this ink. Make sure you let anything you do with this ink dry completely! I filled my Pilot 78G with an italic nib, and this ink matches it perfectly! Plus, the italic nib really shows off the shading. I’m really pleased with the inks I have from the new line (this and Tokiwa-matsu).
Yama-dori is very similar to Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku, as Christine notes in her post from a few months ago. Yama-dori, however, is a good 10-15 dollars cheaper than Ku-jaku, which made it a very obvious choice for me. If you’re looking for a color like Ku-jaku but are unwilling to pay a premium price, I heartily suggest Yama-dori. There aren’t a whole lot of colors like either Yama-dori or Ku-jaku, which is really just a shame, but it’s nice that you get more than one choice.
Yama-dori actually does shade, and it looks like a gradient! My samples, unfortunately, do not show this well, but I promise that it does. Here are two samples done with a Nikko spoon nib and a Nikko G nib on Tomoe River paper. A spoon nib lays ink down more consistently and with a thinner line, while the G nib has more flex and lays down more ink.On high quality paper, you won’t have to worry about feathering or bleeding. It’s quite well-behaved: there is very little feathering and bleedthrough on printer paper, even with my italic nib!
Please note that the colors present in this review may not be perfectly true to life: there will be color differences between monitors. Scans I post online are as close as I can possibly get them to the ink that I have. Please keep this in mind, as different factors (such as whether or not the bottle was shaken, the pen used, the paper used, the lighting in the room, etc.) could affect the color!
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