The ink is always greener.

It’s the color of zombie skin, go, absinthe, envy, Vulcan blood, spring.

A gaggle of green inks

A gaggle of green

Green ink can range from bright to moody.

J. Herbin Vert Olive does look like extra virgin olive oil. Rohrer & Klinger’s Alt-Goldgrün is a spring green with a touch of decay. From the Sailor 2010 limited edition line is Waka-uguisu, a true spring green. De Atramentis’ Green Tea is desaturated and mellow. Noodler’s Army Green is very camouflage-y. (I don’t like the new one.) Epinard is yummier than spinach. Tokiwa Mat Green broods.

All green, all the time

All green, all the time

In watercolor, there’s granulation – how pigment particles in a wash add texture and mood. If any fountain pen ink could “granulate,” it would be this one.

Sailor Tokiwa Mat Green

Sailor Tokiwa Mat Green

I like greens that are green without being too, well, green.

Alt-Goldgrün and Green Tea

Alt-Goldgrün and Green Tea

These samples are all on Clairefontaine Graf It 90g paper, written with a folded pen.

Vert Olive and Alt-Goldgrün

Vert Olive and Alt-Goldgrün

If you could only have one green ink, which one would you choose?

  • youstruckgold

    That Sailor Tokiwa Mat Green is a fantastic colour!

  • youstruckgold

    Where might I find this ink now?

  • paper and hand

    I love Epinard, I have a sample and I really should purchase the full bottle.

  • Bruno Taut

    Sailor Yama-dori, but it was a seasonal limited edition… Damn marketing.

  • MTruppi

    Epinard is one of my 3 desert island inks.

  • John Raymond Lim

    Definitely waka-uguisu. Super fresh, light green, and you could even let it evaporate for a richer color

  • Azizah Asgarali

    I really like Alt-Goldgrun, but I don’t have a lot of green inks to compare it with. Still though, I love that color!

  • Den

    what pen did you use?

  • Margana

    Comparisons are always so helpful and yours is so pretty. If it were still available, Sailor Tokiwa Mat Green would be on my list. A granulating ink would be very cool but only from a wide nib like you’ve used or even a brush.

  • Carina

    Ah, how coincidental! I just posted about Alt-Goldrün, which is currently a favorite green. I currently have J. Herbin’s Vert Empire, which I also like, but Alt-Goldgrün tops every green, for me.

  • Leigh Reyes

    A folded pen. I really like it for swooshes of color.

  • Leigh Reyes

    Have you tried De Atramentis Sahara Grey? It’s another moody green.

  • Zyzyx

    I prefer Ultra Green by Diamine. Which is… hmmm quite green.

  • Lizzie

    I love Noodler’s Zhivago – like blue-black, only it’s green-black.

  • Philip Guest

    I am very fond of DeAtramentis Cement Grey.
    I found this review looking for a comparison of Tokiwa Matsu with Waku Uguisu, but this offers much more – great work!
    I have been thinking of Rohrer & Klingner’s (who I respect) offering of three greens:
    AltGoldGrun (yellow/gold),
    Verdura(“True” green) and
    Smaragdsgrun(Emerald=turquoise/blue green).
    Gold greens are easy to find, it’s the true greens and blue-greens that I struggle to find as inks.
    (I am currently using KWZ IG Greens #1 and #4, which are terrific, but I’d love to find some more subtle equivalents).

  • leighpod

    Amazon from the discontinued Caran d’Ache Colors of the Earth series was the best true green, IMHO. Nothing else comes to mind at the moment. Perhaps a Diamine?