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Sailor Jentle Dandyism Review


Back when I went to the DC Pen Show, I was lucky enough to stop at the Bungbox table and pick up some of their awesome Sailor Jentile Dandyism (via the Bungbox site) not to be confused with @Dowdyism.


Writing our Sailor Jentle Dandyism review was fun because this is one of the most well behaved inks I’ve used in quite a long time.  It has an amazing dark green tone to it and with the right nib will also shade nicely which we will see later in the review.  Other than “Dandyism” and “Bungbox” I have no idea what that slip of paper up there says, so anyone with translating skills feel free to drop a comment below with the Cliffs Notes version.


The bottle of Sailor Jentle Dandyism I picked up for this review was a tall vase-like shape that has a home made feel to it.  I say its a home made feel because th elable is obviously hand applied judging from the not exactly even placement.  I’m totally fine with this, and its not a knock on the ink, just an observation.  If you check out the page for this ink on the Bungbox site, you will see that it now comes in a different bottle though.


In order to keep with the theme of the name “Dandyism” the ink not only has the sticker on the front with a man smoking a pipe in a top coat with a top hat, but the cap on the bottle also has a top hat sticker on it.  I like the idea of a top hat on the top of my ink bottle, it just looks like it fits in there for some reason.

Sailor Jentle Dandyism Writing Sample:


For our Sailor Jentle Dandyism review I thought it would be good to try it out on both a bright white and an ivory colored paper and even after plenty of use on both, I’m not sure which I like better, but I think they both look great.


Here’s a closer look at the ink swabs and actual writing samples of the Sailor Jentle Dandyism ink in a Black n’ Red notebook with bright white paper.  The color here really jumps out at you and you can see the subtle variations and shading that can be achieved with this ink.  I’ve been doing most of my writing with this ink using a Pilot Vanishing Point with an Extra Fine nib, and its been fantastic.  The ink flows so smoothly and perfectly.  I’ve never felt it was too slow or too fast flowing and it seems just right.  With the extra fine nib, its nearly impossible to get any shading and the visibility of the actual color is harder to pick up on but for business purposes I find that to be a positive overall.


The Sailor Jentle Dandyism writing sample in my Rhodia Ice Webnotebook with ivory paper had its own nice results.  The dark olive green color contrasts nicely with the ivory tone of the paper.  Instead of jumping off the paper, it acts as more of a contrast and the color subtly blends into the paper for a softer look.  It still has some nice shading but again, its a bit more subtle on this paper.


A closer look at the Sailor Jentle Dandyism ink in the Rhodia Ice Webbie shows the nice shading you can get with a larger nib.  In this case I used my TWSBI Diamond 580 with a 1.5mm nib to show off the properties of the ink.  Although its not an every day writer for me, it does do a good job of displaying some of the properties of the ink.  Again, even with the huge 1.5mm nib, the ink flowed perfectly.  It flowed smooth and consistently and even avoided any real noticeable feathering excluding a small number of very minor instances that I didn’t even notice until I saw some of my close up pictures.  Both of these papers also resisted any bleed-through or show-through with this ink, which was again impressive with that big fat 1.5mm nib.


Sailor Jentle Dandyism (via the Bungbox site) is not only a great looking ink, but its also a pleasure to write with because of how well it handles.  If you can get your hands on a bottle I’d highly recommend it for any fan of subtle and darker shades of green fountain pen ink.

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