Cult Pens exclusive VINTA Inks swatch tests

Welcome to the Cult Pens Vinta exclusives. Four brand new inks made for the UK’s largest online stationer. Of interest, Vinta usually name their ink according to an event in Philippine history, but these exclusive Cult Pens colours commemorate events in British history! Hurrah!



Greenwich 1675 commemorates the creation of Greenwich Mean Time and the founding of the Royal Observatory. It’s a heavy bluish-green ink with a beautiful metallic green shimmer.

Glam Pink 1970 celebrates the history of glam rock in the UK. Pink with an abundant silver shimmer, it represents outrageous fashions and music that pushed the boundaries. No chromo behaviours but great reaction with bleach.

London Grey 1762 – this, along with Lavender, are paired inks that celebrate the relationship between the UK and the Philippines. 1762 was when the British empire won the battle with Spanish forces guarding the garrison in Manila, which was then under British occupation for the following 20 months. It’s a light cloudy-grey with subtle greys pinks and cyans in evidence. Great reaction to bleach.

Lavender 1946 is a pale purple, the colour of peace which marks the start of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Philippines. Some lovely pink chromo action and a great reaction to bleach.


Abstract calligraphic shapes blending the paired inks together on Seawhite cartridge paper


Abstract calligraphic shapes blending the paired inks together on Tomoe River paper
As mentioned previously, fountain pen inks will look different depending on the paper stock used

Proudly hand made in the Philippines. For every bottle sold, Vinta donate 25 Philippine pesos to Teach for the Philippines, an initiative that aims to provide all Filipino children with a decent education. Supplied in tamper-proof, leak-proof amber glass bottles containing 30ml of ink.

So, if you’re into Vinta Inks, these may need to be added to your collection? Here’s a link to the Cult Pens page. And if you like what you’ve seen here for more Vinta Ink reviews click here.

All tests on Bockingford Rough 200lb watercolour paper, Seawhite cartridge paper and Tomoe River paper with handwriting using a Noodler’s Creeper pen and an automatic pen.

AND HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course ?

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