I'm really glad I tried this out as a sample. The shading with this ink is ridiculous...in a good way! It goes from yellow to a dark yellow-orange, like a sunset. I was using a fin... view moree nib to test this out, and holy, colors, Batman! It was really cool. I could basically get an ombre effect simply by drawing a line. Plus, the yellow was readable, so that was nice too. I do have to say that when it went down wet, the shade of yellow was not the best. It was kind of like an off, light mustard color, but once it dried, the rays of the sun were on the page. Though the ink while wet on the page was not my favorite, it was certainly something I could get over for the amazing shading. This was the first yellow ink I'd tried--the closest color I'd sampled before was orange--so I was hoping to find a yellow I really liked, and this one seemed to be inching its way up there. That is, until I realized that the weird scent I'd been vaguely noticing was coming from the ink. And it just seemed to get stronger. After some quick research, I found out that it's a KWZ ink thing in general, so not just with this ink, and almost every single comment about the scent was that people really liked it. Unfortunately, I cannot stand it. I have annoyingly heightened sensitivity to certain sounds, smells, etc., and this is just one I can't deal with, so it was an immediate deal breaker for this ink, which is a bummer. A bigger bummer, though, is knowing I won't be able to use any KWZ inks because they all have a similar scent. On the other hand, I'm glad I was able to test their ink out with El Dorado at least because it is a really neat ink. If you also have sensitivities to certain smells as well, I might suggest trying out a sample of a different yellow ink (like Diamine's Golden Honey or Robert Oster's Ng Special '16), but otherwise, I would definitely recommend trying it out if you're looking for an interesting yellow or if shading is your bread and butter. This one just might do it for ya! view less
A yellow/red ink is not something I thought I would ever like. I gravitate towards greys with a touch of purple in them, or aqua/turquoise inks. I bought a sample of El Dorado on t... view morehe recommendation of a fellow enthusiast (addict) on Reddit. I found it interesting, and inked up one of my pens (a cheap pen made by Muji). Over weeks and weeks I found myself wanting to use that pen more and more, because of the sunny personality of this ink. The sample eventually ran out, and after a few weeks I found myself pining for that writing experience. So now I own a full bottle...and that makes me happy! view less
My favorite yellow ink, and the first sample I have ever used up completely. I am so impressed by the excellent shading I get out of every letter. I often use it for school notes o... view moren cheap copy paper in a hacked 0.7 point rollerball, which still shows off the lovely shading.
The color swatch shows a sunny yellow, but I usually get more mustard and ocher tones from this ink (perhaps because of my cheap paper). This makes it more sophisticated readable than a vibrant yellow, an ink I could write a letter to my grandmother in and know that her eyes could read it. Will be buying a full bottle to replace the sample!
Although this isn't a deliberately scented ink, it does have noticeable vanilla smell. view less
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