Ink Review: Vinta Inks Sikatuna 1565 – Sandugo

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 Sikatuna 1565 aka Sandugo from the sheening ink range.
Sikatuna is a red ink with attractive shading on absorbent papers and heavy green sheen on smooth papers. It’s very easy to see the green sheen while writing.

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

Sikatuna 1565 wrote quite wet and 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: Excellent.
  • Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.
  • Start-up: Immediate.
  • Saturation: Saturated
  • Shading Potential: Plenty of shading and lovely green sheen.
  • 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 Sikatuna

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s