- Where to buy: Beaufort [Here]
- Price: £8.35
- Bottle size: 45ml
- Price/ml: £0.19 (2dp)
- Colour: Forest/nature green
- Shading: Not really
- Sheening: Nope
- Recommend?: The forest green colour really doesn’t speak to me, but if this is something that you enjoy then I think this ink does its job well
I have been sent six inks to review from Beaufort. Below I will put links to the other six (which includes the overview, my maths hasn’t failed me.. Yet!) reviews that you can read.
- Beaufort Inks – Overview
- Obsidian Black
- Zodiac Blue
- Blue Black
- Scots Pine (this review)
- Roasted Red
Green inks come in a number of flavours. There’s the vibrant Irish Green by Montblanc, there’s Alt Goldgrün by Rohrer & Klinger, there are teals and there are the forest greens and I’m sure a number of others I haven’t mentioned. Scots Pine is a forest green – and unfortunately my least favourite member of the green ink family.
Scots Pine is a very good name for this ink. Sounds like a forest or nature park and this is the colour I’d expect the surroundings to be (maybe I don’t dislike green, I just don’t like being outside..?). Though, the name also sounds like those car air fresheners that you get that are shaped like trees, and that gives me a headache.
This ink is rather standard. There’s not much going for it to be honest; minimal shading and (thankfully) no sheen. Fairly two-dimensional. Not in a bad way, sometimes I do rather enjoy simplicity. More an observation than a criticism. I think it’s better this way, though. Having it ‘minimal’ just makes more sense for this sort of shade of ink.
What it does have going for itself, though, is that the ink performs very well on both quality and cheaper paper. No bleed or feathering and only show through on cheaper paper. Unlike Zodiac Blue or Obsidian Black, the ink doesn’t get darker on this sort of paper.
As is to be expected, the ink isn’t very waterproof. A trend that is being seen across the Beaufort range.
I do have a few greens laying around so I’ve included swabs of those down below. Noodler’s Prime of the Commons is more of a blue/green-black but compared to an actual green, it’s noticeably more blue.
As you can see, Scots Pine seems to make Diamine Umber a bit more vibrant, which is interesting. It’s not as murky as Platinum Forest Black either.
This ink isn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it to someone. It’s a well behaved ink and if you’re looking for a forest green then this is definitely the right ink to be looking for. However, perhaps not the best if you want a lot going on with your inks (such as shading or sheening).
Disclaimer: I have been sent these inks from Beaufort in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.