Ink Review: Lennon Tool Bar Spring

By Jessica Coles

Spring seems far away at the moment – around my home we are already feeling hints of autumn in the air. Many of us didn’t even get to experience much spring this year, or at least didn’t experience much of spring while outdoors. So opening up a bottle of ink from Lennon Tool Bar called Spring. Thank you to Alex at Shigure Inks for sending a bottle of this ink for review!


Spring is a bright, well-saturated sky blue that makes me smile.

To give a better idea of how Spring fits in with other inks, I compared the color, but I photographed in full sunlight to keep with the sunny thoughts! The color is close to Diamine Aqua Lagoon (which was actually my first purchase of a bottle of ink!) but in writing, Spring is noticeably lighter.


This light turquoise, or perhaps cyan, has lovely shading and takes a while to dry on Tomoe River paper – nearly 1 minute.

As for writing, I find that Spring behaves the same as other Lennon Tool Bar inks that I have used – a wet flow but not lubricated. The flow is similar to J. Herbin inks or Callifolio and are very easy to clean.

In a cursive italic nib, the ink behaved beautifully – no bleeding and no feathering.

Spring can be found at Shigure Inks at $24 for 30mL or you can pick up a sample by selecting “Ink Samples Order Form” from the Inks dropdown menu. Don’t forget there is free shipping once you reach $40 in your order.

DISCLAIMER:  Some items in this review were provided free for the purpose of this review. All other items were purchased by me. Except for the Col-o-ring which was provided to me by a wonderful person who pays me to write blogs by keeping me supplied with Col-o-rings and now Dippers as well. Please see the About page for more details.

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