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25 Days of Dupes 2022 – Week 4

Posted in Fountain Pens

Last updated on December 7, 2022

Hello, welcome to the fourth post of 25 Days of Dupes 2022. Below you’ll find the inks for days 19-25. If you have a suggestion for a possible dupe, let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it to the wrap up post.

Some reminders:

  • The first image for each ink shows the inkvent ink and what I feel is the best match, swatched on Tomoe River paper.
  • The second image for each ink shows the inkvent ink and the different inks I tried matching it to, swatched on Iroful paper.
  • I swatched ink with a small paintbrush, and wrote with a Zebra G dip nib in the first image.
  • I can’t guarantee that the color you see on your screen will be true to life. However, with all the dupes on the same page, you’ll see how the colors look in relation to each other, which is the main point of these posts.
  • I’m not attempting to dupe the special properties of the inks (sheen, shimmer, scent).

Enjoy, and happy inking!

Day 19: Silent Night

Silent Night is a standard ink; it’s a classic-looking blue/black, but was surprisingly hard to dupe. I did manage to find a near-perfect match in Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite in the end.

Silent Night and its best match
Silent Night swatch on top, Tanzanite swatch on the bottom.
Silent Night and the colors I tested
Silent Night swatch along the top, with (left to right) Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts, Robert Oster Thunderstorm, Aurora Blue/Black, Caran d’ache Magnetic Blue, Colorverse 75t Rocket Engine, and Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite swatched under it.

Day 20: Arctic Blast

Arctic Blast is another one of the new “formulas,” a chameleon and sheen ink; it’s a royal blue with pale blue shimmer and a pink sheen. Like Olive Swirl, Arctic Blast has a low shimmer density; I can’t see any color shift at all.

Like Pick Me Up, Arctic Blast immediately reminded me of a previous inkvent ink, this time Jack Frost (2019 Inkvent). Literally the only visible difference is that Jack Frost has a deeper blue shimmer. And, if you want the color and sheen but not shimmer, go for Diamine Polar Glow (2019 Inkvent).

Arctic Blast and its best match
Arctic Blast swatch on top, Jack Frost swatch on the bottom.
Arctic Blast and the colors I tested
Arctic Blast swatch along the top, with (left to right) Robert Oster Soda Pop Blue, Monteverde Capri Blue, Diamine Polar Glow (2019 Inkvent), Krishna Sailor’s Blue, and Diamine Jack Frost swatched under it.

Day 21: Cosy Up

Cosy Up (English spelling) is a standard ink; it’s a bubblegum pink. The best match I found is Private Reserve Shell Pink, although Diamine Pink Champagne seems fairly close, too.

Cosy Up and its best match
Cosy Up swatch on top, Shell Pink swatch on the bottom.
Cosy Up and the colors I tested
Cosy Up swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Pink Champagne, Robert Oster Sushi, Colorverse A Scorpii, Private Reserve Shell Pink, and Diamine Pink Ice (2021 Inkvent) swatched under it.

Day 22: Deck the Halls

Deck The Halls is another one of the new “formulas,” a chameleon ink; it’s a desaturated deep purple with pink to copper (maybe) shimmer. It’s difficult to find the color shift on this one, too. Diamine Damson is an excellent color match.

Deck the Halls and its best match
Deck the Halls swatch on top, Damson swatch on the bottom.
Deck the Halls and the colors I tested
Deck the Halls swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Damson, J. Herbin Amethyste de l’Oural, Diamine Harmony (2021 Inkvent), Sailor Ink Studio 752, Robert Oster Black Violet, Caran d’Ache Ultra Violet, and Kyo No Oto Sakuranezumi swatched under it.

Day 23: Celebration

Celebration is a shimmer ink; it’s a coral with nearly invisible rose gold or pink shimmer. Birmingham Pen Company’s Salmon Hors d’Oeuvre is the best match. However, since that ink has been discontinued, I chose the almost-as-close J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques as the best match.

Celebration and its best match
Celebration swatch on top, Corail des Tropiques swatch on the bottom.
Celebration and the colors I tested
Celebration swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Pink Champagne, Birmingham Salmon Hors d’Oeuvre, J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques, Robert Oster Sushi, Private Reserve Shell Pink, and Diamine Pink Ice swatched under it.

Day 24: One More Sleep

One More Sleep is a “standard” ink, but it’s actually a multishader; it has quite a bit of pink in the cornflower blue. This one was virtually impossible to dupe. The closest I found was Sailor Ink Studio 343, but it’s significantly darker.

One More Sleep and its best match
One More Sleep swatch on top, 343 swatch on the bottom.
One More Sleep and the colors I tested
One More Sleep swatch along the top, with (left to right) Pen Saijiki Yuki Zukiyo, Sailor Many Kakitsubata, Diamine Tudor Blue, Kyo No Oto Keshimurasaki, Diamine Night Shade (2021 Inkvent), Sailor Ink Studio 343, and J. Herbin Bleu Nuit swatched under it.

Day 25: Best Wishes

And we reach the final day. Best Wishes doesn’t say what formula it is. It has shimmer, so it’s either shimmer or chameleon, and it has shee, but some of the other inks had sheen without being labeled as such. For labeling purposes, I’m going to say it’s a new “formula,” a chameleon and sheen ink, because we’ve only had one of those.

It’s an evergreen with green shimmer. I don’t see a color shift, though, so maybe I should have just called it a shimmer. Both inks I tried are excellent color matches, but I picked Diamine Dark Forest as the best match.

Best Wishes and its best match
Best Wishes swatch on top, Dark Forest swatch on the bottom.
Best Wishes and the colors I tested
Best Wishes swatch along the top, with (left to right) Diamine Dark Forest and Robert Oster Green at Night swatched under it.

Thanks for reading to the end, I hope you enjoyed my post. What do you think of this week’s colors and dupes? Are there any you’ll want to get later, or do you already have some of the dupe inks? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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