Color Traveler is an ink brand from Hiroshima, Japan. Their inks are usually given names related in some way to Hiroshima and Japan.
This ink was named after the Yamato battleship built at Kure, Hiroshima from 1937 to 1940. It was not the first nor the last ship to be built at Kure. The ship itself was seen as the epitome of Imperial Japanese naval engineering but it was not the only one. There were other equally capable ships during that period. So I wondered why Color Traveler chose to name the ink after this particular battleship.
After some googling, I found that the name, Yamato (大和), carried great culture significance in Japan. According to Wikipedia, Yamato was originally the name for the area around today’s Sakurai City in Nara, which then by extension became the poetic name for Japan. It is also the dynastic name of the ruling Imperial House of Japan. Thus, it is no wonder that some Japanese citizens during that time held the belief that their country could never fall as long as the ship was able to fight.
This is a cool grey ink which darkens as it dries. It has an average flow. There is shading and no sheen. On Midori MD paper, there is no feathering and no bleedthrough.
This is written with a TWSBI ECO-T medium nib.
Below are a couple of photos of how it looks when it is written on both sides of the paper.
Disclaimer: This ink was purchased by me and all opinions/photos are my own. This post was not sponsored.