Thank you for the friendly reminder that propels me to sit down and compare to two. From the ink appearance, yes, the two have striking similarities.
|Saffron in a vial. |
If you can translate color into sound, then its timbre is warm timbre, which reminds me of honey amber.
|Caran d'Ache on the left, Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin on the right.|
Did I really have oranges of the same shade?
Just a couple more pictures on Saffron. From the Q-tip, as well as the ink in the water, Saffron appears as a flaming orange, very similar to the color of blood orange. At this point, you might think, "well, you definitely did not have an elephant memory on your ink." Perhaps not, but we just have to see Saffron in action.
|The Q-tip that did the Saffron swab. |
Sometime the true color just does not show!
|Saffron in water.|
For some odd reason, it reminds me of diluted iodine.
|Writing sample I: note the gray undertone of the ink|
in the water resistance test.
Another wonderful feature of Saffron is that it tolerates normal paper. As you can see the samples below, I use both regular fountain pen and
Saffron on nornal copy paper. No fuss!
My random scribbles on normal copy paper.
Though I use a broader nib, still no bleedthrough and feathering.
Now comes to moment of truth: Are Saffron and Mandarin the same? To accentuate great shading qualities of both ink, I elected to use Brause Bandzug 2.0mm nib, since the color gradation has tendency to be lost in finer nibs.
Can you see the differences? Saffron gives me a sense of exoticness and vibrance, while Mandarin is a bit dainty. To employ an odd analogy, if Saffron were a flamenco dancer, then Mandarin would be a ballerina (not a prima donna) in comparison. Saffron has this robust red undertone, while Mandarin leans toward yellow. Another difference that Saffron has is that it encompasses more color gradation than Pelikan. At the first encounter with the paper, the ink appears to be red, then transitions into orangish red, orange, and ends the note at lighter orange. It almost embodies the colors of the sun for the entire day, at a reverse order.
|Saffron v. Mandarin|
Please excuse my amateur attempt on swashes, blame the sudden burst of energy at 3AM.
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