Ink Review: Callifolio Andrinople (and Sailor Pro Gear Slim Pink Love)

Callifolio Andrinople Ink

When Brad Dowdy told me he was looking for a bottle of ink that would match his new Sailor Pro Gear Slim Pink Love that he ordered from Bung Box and had delivered by his darling wife on Sunday to the Atlanta Pen Show, I helped him pick Callifolio Andrinople. In the process of picking the ink, I both fell in love with the Sailor Pink Love and Callifolio Andrinople. So, by the time the Chicago Pen Show rolled around two weeks later, I found someone willing to sell me their Pink Love pen and had Lisa Vanness to hold one of the last foil packs of Andrinople for me to pick up in Chicago. So, thanks to Brad, I developed an instant lust for a pink pen and a pink ink. Who thought I’d ever have to blame him for that?

Callifolio Andrinople Ink Etched Bottle

The great thing about the Callifolio foil pouches is the cost-to-volume value. The pouches hold 50ml for a mere $8. Then I was able to transfer the contents to the custom, laser-etched bottle that Lisa made for me with my logo on an empty KWZ bottle. Pretty spiffy, huh?

Callifolio Andrinople Ink Writing Sample

As for the ink itself, I think its a pretty great match for the Sailor Pro Gear Slim Pink Love pen from Bung Box, without being too girly. Andrinople is a fruit punch pink without being garish and totally legible, particularly in the wide music nib.

Callifolio Andrinople Ink Comparison

I did not have many other inks that were similar in color to Andrinople. Caran d’Ache Divine Pink is very similar in color but at three times the price. And J. Herbin Rouge Opera is similar but a little more pink and maybe slightly more coral. I was going to show Platinum Cyclamen Pink here but it was so far removed in color that it didn’t seem appropriate. Way too fluorescent red.

As you can tell, I’m a big fan of Callifolio Andrinople. The color is lovely and a great match for the Sailor Pink Love.

FYI: I looked it up and Andrinople is a reference to a location in Turkey now known as Edirne, historically known as Adrianople, was known for making a type red dye known as “Turkey red” or in France “rouge d’Andrinople“.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Vanness Pen Shop for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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11 comments / Add your comment below

  1. The pink is a sassy pink, not a help me pink. I love your etched logo container – outstanding.

  2. I am very disappointed in the lack of “Edirne was Adrianople; now it’s Edirne not Adrianople” jokes.

  3. I’ve never been big into pink, but I totally get why you fell in love with the pen & ink – they’re so perfect together!! Gonna have to add the ink to my list!

  4. I’m not into pink ink as much, but this one looks LOVELY! I think your love pen would also match great with Organics Studio Posie Pink, which I have and love. If you want to do an ink sample trade, let me know 🙂 (also akkerman pulchri pink would be great in this too :D)

    1. Sadly, the Sailor Pro Gear Slim Pink Love (or Love Pink depending on the translation) was a limited edition design from Bung Box only. Often, small stationery retailers in Japan get the opportunity to have special offerings from Sailor and other Japanese manufacturers. If you’re willing to work through email, you can usually order them and have them shipped but it takes some finesse and patience. I got lucky with this particular one. Someone else bought it and decided they didn’t want it after all and I was able to buy it from them on a secondhand board.

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