INK REVIEW: Private Reserve Arabian Rose

I have a zillion ink samples and sometimes I know exactly which I want to try next. A couple of weeks ago, though, I was in a funk. I knew I wanted to try a new (to me) ink, but I was feeling ambivalent about exactly which ink to try.  Reaching my hand into my samples, I pulled out Private Reserve Arabian Rose.

The color is nice. It reminds me a bit of Yama-budo, though not as bright.

Lots of good shading.

Flow from the pen is great. No feathering, bleeding, or ghosting on the various decent-quality papers I’ve used over the last couple of weeks.

Water resistance isn’t a big factor in choosing an ink for me – if it is for you, you may want to look elsewhere.

My bottom line?  I like it quite a bit.  Preferring Yama-budo, this ink isn’t one that I would normally choose for myself, but I will almost certainly use the entire sample without complaint.

All of this makes me wonder – do you prefer the super-bright, in-your-face colors, or something a bit more dusky like this purply color?  

8 thoughts on “INK REVIEW: Private Reserve Arabian Rose

  1. Great review! I'm a fan of the dusky colors. Every once in a while, though, I can't resist a bright. I may just have to try Yama-Budo, based on your April review!

  2. Thanks for the review Christine. I am still in search for my perfect purple ink. The shading is a little bit much for my tastes but I think I will try it in a really wet writer and see if I can get more of the dark hue to come out.

  3. Ooh that's an interesting ink. Probably not one I would want in a full bottle, but I think you've convinced me to get a sample. 🙂 Thanks for another great review!

  4. Is it ok to travel on both the bright side AND the dark side? I always at least two pens: one with a dark or dusky (water resistant) ink and another with a bright ink. I may have more, but at least two. Right now my two are Noodler's #41 Brown and Diamine Pumpkin.

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