Friday 1 March 2024

Stationery Review 11: Karkos Violet Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle

Hi Guys, 

Karkos Violet fountain pen ink has the best bottle cap for sure. I really loved the same and it attracted me first towards making a purchasing decision. Karkos Violet looks like blue ink in the swab photo as I see but the reality is not like that. 

Karkos Violet is a different colour from blue ink and really sparkles on the paper. This one doesn't have any shimmer or sheen. This ink is a little lighter in colour than the Lamy Azurite that I purchased later during the Black Friday sale but the price difference is huge. I used this ink and since the start, I have been putting this pen into the Jinhao metal pen. But I think all these Karkos inks are much better for the Bold nibs or any size bigger than those because it will leave much more ink on the paper and then that will be easy to read. The pen I am using has an EF (Extra Fine) nib which is a little thin to identify the ink colour on paper. 

So if your thinking is that the expensive brands are putting something special in their inks, then it's a huge lie told by the stationary brand's stores who are selling them. To a normal eye, you won't know the difference as well. It's the same chemical dyes or colour that every ink maker is using and maybe they are procuring from the same Chinese manufacturer. With this analysis that I just did, I now will buy the remaining 4 colours available in the Karkos range of inks. 
Stationery Review 11: Karkos Violet Fountain Pen Ink (USD 1.97) 30ml Bottle
After my first order with the Ali Express App, I was glued to the platform mainly because of the two games that give you gold coins that you can pay for your products with. I found some of the fountain pen inks that I wanted to try. Whatever Inks I was getting here in South Africa were very expensive and I thought of not investing that much amount of money into the same.

I bought this Karkos Orange Fountain Pen Ink in a 30ml bottle for USD 1.97 (ZAR 38) each. Express Pencils Store is available on the Ali Express App from where I ordered this ink. Check it out and if you like it, you can also order it.

Also, the South African Post Office charged me only ZAR 36 to release the packet so based on the items inside the package that got equally distributed to all the 6 ink bottles and 1 glass pen. The overall cost of the ink then came to ZAR 45 approximately based on the exchange rate for a 30ml ink bottle.

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The ink comes in a plastic bottle with a simple sticker saying the name of the ink. The opening of the bottle is protected by a plastic seal that can be taken in and out to not spill during transport etc. The plastic quality of the bottle is fine. The cap is in the same colour as the ink but it doesn't truly match the same. It takes a little while to take the plastic seal out but on its way from China to South Africa, it's kept in a ziplock bag and there was not even a single drop of ink spill. All the inks came fine and perfect.

If any ink brand wants to send us their inks, please contact me at Even if they cannot ship to South Africa, I can provide them with the Aramex Global Shopper Address where they can send the same to their local country address as well and I pay the courier charges to get them to South Africa.

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