Ink Review: Vinta Inks Gold Dust 1521 – Piloncitos

Vinta Inks are proudly made in the Philippines and for every bottle of ink sold the company makes a charitable donation towards the education of Filipino children, and to make their futures better.
This ink is Vinta Inks Gold Dust 1521 – Piloncitos from the shimmering ink range.
An attractive yellowish green ink with gold shimmer particles. While writing it looks green but as it dries it becomes more gold.

I tested these Vinta inks in my Pilot Custom 74 demonstrator pen with M nib. In my experience, this pen writes fairly wet.

The papers I wrote on were:
A6 Maruman Mnemosyne notebook
Rhodia DotPad
Silvine Originals A4 notebook
Tomoe River Seven Seas Writer Journal

Gold Dust 1521 flowed very well, was nicely wet and wrote smoothly across the page. It exhibited a fairly long dry time on my smooth papers.

All of the inks I tested have two alternative names on their bottles, English and Filipino. The English name is permanently printed in white on the bottle and the Filipino name is handwritten in script on a paper label further down the bottle. The paper label has an ink swab showing the colour and there is also one of these on the box. I found it quite difficult to read the handwritten script ink names on the paper labels.

Vinta inks are available in attractive 30ml glass bottles from Cult Pens in the UK and Vanness Pen Store in the US.

  • Flow Rate: Excellent – quite wet.
  • Lubrication: Very good – smooth
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Not saturated
  • Shading Potential: Plenty of shading and gold shimmer.
  • Show-Through: Some seen on the papers I used.
  • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Some seen.
  • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after several days in the pen.
  • Staining (pen): Not seen after several days – easy clean-up.
  • Staining (hands): Washed off of my hands easily.
  • Clogging: Not seen.
  • Water resistance: Not tested.

Vinta Gold Dust

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