This is the last of my TY Lee exclusive De Atramentis inks that I’ve purchased from them a few years ago. I really enjoy this colour. It’s a muted green-yellow with a strong grey undertone. It shades subtly even in my 1.lmm nib. Unlike the other TY Lee exclusive that I’ve reviewed, this isn’t a scented ink. I can’t really say why this ink is named after one of the characters of the Chinese story, Journey to the West, but all in all I enjoy this ink.
This is another TY Lee Exclusive ink made by De Atramentis. It’s another scented blue ink. It’s fragrance is lightly floral and not too overwhelming. Comparing it with Hu Shi, another blue De Atramentis TY Lee Exclusive, it looks rally similar. Personally I’ve no idea why there is a need for two such similar inks. Regardless, Lin Jue Ming is a lubricated ink that makes writing really enjoyable. It doesn’t shade very much and looks and writes like a very serviceable blue ink.
This is yet another TY Lee exclusive ink. It's is a scented ink from De Atramentis. The scent is light, slightly floral. It’s not overpowering or too in your face. Hu Shi is a dark blue ink that shades subtly. It’s very much a corporate sort of blue which to me is which rather boring. I don’t really enjoy this kind of blue but as an ink it’s completely serviceable.
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De Atramentis Li Zhao Qing is a TY Lee shop exclusive ink. It’s a wet and lubricated strong purple ink. It doesn’t shade very much but it is bright and pops right off the page. It is a scented ink that smells a little like talcum powder. It’s not unpleasant or very overpowering. Personally Li Zhao Qing isn’t my favourite shade of purple and I don’t think it’s particular unique either.
This is another TY Lee ink exclusive. Li Yu is yet another scented ink. It smells vaguely floral and I do not really enjoy it. Thankfully it isn’t a strong scent. Li Yu can be a deep dark saturated black ink or a shading grey ink. It all depends on your nib and how wet it writes. It is a rather lubricated ink and I enjoy that property.
Frankly for a store exclusive ink, I don’t see anything special reason why one should buy this ink over something else similar. Yes, it is water resistant but there are other inks that have the similar property too. After all it is black or grey depending on your nib. So your mileage may vary with De Atramentis Li Yu.
De Atramentis Meng Hao Ran is a TY Lee exclusive ink. It is a strange mix of green-yellow with a strong grey undertone. It is on the dry end of things. I must say this ink reminds me strongly of Robert Oster Signature Lemond Grass. And it isn’t exactly my favourite shade of green-yellow, as much as I am a fan of the shade. Meng Hao Ran is also a scented ink. Thankfully, the fragrance doesn’t linger for long because I really do not like the scent at all. Overall, Meng Hao Ran isn’t the ink for me.