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Debbie Ohi's Inky Journal


My First Pen Review: Monteverde Giant Sequoia

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Pen Review 19 March 2018 · 3,675 views
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Thanks to PenChalet.com for sending me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia to review. This is my very first pen review! It's probably not going to be your typical review, however, since I tend to use my fountain pens for drawing (I write and draw children's books for a living) as well as writing.
First off, the pen is GORGEOUS:
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The shimmery brown really did look like a highly polished wood. It came in this classy-looking Monteverde box:
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And here's what the pen looks like inside the box:
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As you can tell from the photo at the top of this post, the pen comes with a converter for bottled ink. If you lift up the inside display thingy, though, you'll find some cartridges as well as info about the pen:
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Here's a size comparison. From L to R: the Monteverde Giant Sequoia, TWSBI 580, Lamy Safari, Edison Nouveau, Pilot Falcon:
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The pen feels a bit big in my hand so although I love using it, I will probably give it to my husband (who loves the bigger pens). This would, in fact, make a wonderful gift for anyone who does like bigger pens. 

In the video above, I was using KWZ Honey ink.
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I wrote the above using Iroshizuku Take Sumi, and the Medium Nib that came with the pen. I inked up the pen with some KWZ Honey and liked how it drew just as well:
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If you have any specific questions about my experience with the pen, feel free to ask them below and I'll try to answer.
Thanks again to Pen Chalet for sending me this Monteverde Giant Sequoia to try out!


Trying Out My New Monteverde Giant Sequoia (Thanks, Pen Chalet!)

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal, Uncategorized 06 March 2018 · 2,257 views

Pen Chalet kindly sent me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia. It is gorgeous, and I immediately had to ink it up with some Robert Oster Caffé Crema for a quick doodle. I'll be posting a proper review once I've had a chance to try it out for a while. THANK YOU, PEN CHALET! I lovelovelove my new pen. It was easy to fill, started up with no problems, love how it doodles.
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Need Advice: Leaky Fingers From My Noodler's Ahab?

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 23 December 2017 · 3,524 views

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Hi all,
I'm giving my Noodler's Ahab another go. I like the bit of flex it gives, and I don't have to worry about springing the nib (I do have nicer pens now, so am aware of the difference).
BUT it always ALWAYS leaks on my middle finger (see photo). I've tried adding silicone grease to the bit where the body connects with the writing bit.
Any other advice?
Thanks kindly!
p.s. For the drawing above, I used Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses, one of my new favourite inks.


Diamine Oxblood Doodle

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 17 July 2017 · 3,373 views

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Sailor Jentile Yama-Dori

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 17 July 2017 · 2,881 views

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Loving The Shading In Noodler's Apache Sunset

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 01 July 2017 · 2,902 views

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My husband gave me a bunch of ink samples from Goulet Pens for my birthday earlier this year, and I'm still working my way through them. Today: Noodler's Apache Sunset. Wow, LOVE the shading.


Trying Montblanc Lavender Purple In My Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 24 June 2017 · 2,757 views

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Inked up my Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass (a gift from my husband Jeff) with some new ink I acquired from my fountain pen enabler friend, mishie. Used a water brush to smear the ink around a bit.
This is my first Mont Blanc ink, and I'm fascinated by the bottle shape. Does anyone know if this shape customized for Mont Blanc pens? Or just for an interesting design?
Anyway, it's a beautiful colour and I'd like to try this in one of my pens with a broader nib to see how it shades.


Trying Out Sailor Jentle Sky High & Reconnecting With My Noodler's Ahab

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal 24 June 2017 · 1,545 views

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Inked up my Noodler's Ahab with the new Sailor's Jentle Sky High ink I recently acquired from mishie (aka Fountain Pen Obsession Enabler). When I first bought my Ahab from Wonder Pens, I confess I was not enamoured because the nib required too much fiddling (I had been warned about the Ahab but I still wanted to try it). So I de-inked & cleaned it, set it aside for several months. Took it out yesterday to try again...and LO AND BEHOLD, I love it. It takes more pressure than my beloved Pilot Falcon to get line variation, but I don't have to be quite as paranoid about bending the nib. I also really like my Sky High ink. Some lovely shading.


My Husband Gave Me A Turquoise Twsbi Diamond 580Al!

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Milestones 22 June 2017 · 2,186 views

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I inked up my TWSBI (my first TWSBI!) with Iroshizuku Syo-Ro and created this wee doodle.
The Pilot Falcon is still my favourite writing experience, but I'm too paranoid to take with me travelling in case I lose it or someone I meet along the way (young readers, etc.) accidentally hurts my gold nib. The TWSBI is a pen I can take out to jot notes without feeling I have to be super-careful. I would be disappointed and sad if I lost it, but as much as if I lost my Pilot Falcon.
I ended up not taking ANY fountain pens on my book tour earlier this year because I was travelling with just carry-on for the week, and it would have been Very Bad if I had gotten any ink on my clothes since I wouldn't have any time to wash any along the way (I flew to a new state every day). I really missed my fountain pens!


Doodling With An Inky Blotch With My New Edison Nouveau Premiere!

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Milestones, Illustrated Journal 07 May 2017 · 2,296 views

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Fountain pen artplay this morning. Whilst inking up my new Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass pen (a gift from my husband) with some Private Reserve Arabian Rose, I accidentally made an ink blotch. I decided to doodle with the blotch, of course. :-) . I love my new pen!!!


Thank You, Ralfstc!

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Illustrated Journal, Inky Milestones 15 March 2017 · 2,512 views

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Thanks SO much to ralfstc, who sent me this pen, which I LOVE: from researching online, I believe it's a Waterman's 352 Stalwart, made in Canada in the 1940's. According to ralfstc, the nib was modified by John Sorowka (Oxonian).
Ralf sent me this pen in thanks for a fountain pen drawing I sent him which was in thanks for the sample of Lamy Dark Lilac he sent me. :-)
I love fountain pen people!
It's my first Waterman and also my first pen with an ink sac - I had to look up online how to use it! Any advice/tips re: maintenance welcome. :-)
And again, THANK YOU, RALFSTC! So looking forward to writing with my new pen. I've inked it up with Iroshizuku Kon Peki.


Visiting The Fountain Pen Hospital In Manhattan

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Misc 18 February 2017 · 3,226 views

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I had a chance to visit the Fountain Pen Hospital (http://fountainpenhospital.com) in Manhattan earlier this week. WOW!!! It's pretty amazing.
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Had a great conversation with Joseph, who has been working there for 16 years. I tried out a Sailor 1911 with a music nib & some other pens, browsed the gorgeous pens in the showcases, salivated over all the inks and notebooks. I resisted buying any new pens, mainly because (1) I want to get to know my new Pilot Falcon better before considering other gold nib pens, (2) I need to keep an eye on my budget) and (3) was also feeling a tad overwhelmed by ALL THE CHOICES. :-)
This shop was founded in 1946 and used to focus on repairs, but now carries a wide range of vintage as well as modern-day writing instruments...PLUS pens, notebooks, inks and more.
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I bought a Rotring pen after hearing about it from artist friends, as well as some inks, notebooks & other pen goodies:
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When I got back to my friend's place, however, I realized that somehow my two Rhodia notebooks never made it into the bag...so I had an excuse to go back the next afternoon. Joseph apologized but I reassured him that it was mostly my fault for distracting him while he was ringing up my purchases; I was excitedly chatting with him about pens and the store as well as asking him to take a photo of me in the shop. :-)
Can't wait to try out all my new goodies.


Visiting Cw Pencils In Manhattan

Posted by DebbieOhi , 18 February 2017 · 2,193 views
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A couple of weeks ago, I posted on the forums saying that I was going to NYC for work but had a few extra hours to wander about, and asked if anyone had any suggestions about where I should go. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice! One of the places I visited was CW Pencils on 100 Forsyth St. ( https://cwpencils.com ).
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It's a tiny shop but WOW, does it have a lot of different pencils!
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I asked the clerk for advice and she put out a bunch of sample pencils for me to try as well as a test notebook. I ended up buying a lot of pencils I can't wait to start sketching with. My pencils at home are horrible and scratchy and I am going give them away as soon as I can.
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Comic: F Means Flex

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Comics 10 January 2017 · 2,483 views

Thanks to MsRedPen for the caption!

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Comic: The Scandal

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Comics 08 January 2017 · 2,070 views

Title: "The Scandal."

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Comic: Fpn Forum Addiction Support

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Comics 28 December 2016 · 2,745 views

The patient in this comic does not, ahem, resemble ANYONE in real life (*cough*), of course.

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Comic: The Misunderstanding

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Comics 26 December 2016 · 2,424 views

My first fountain pen comic!

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Ode To My New Noodler's Flex Nib Pen

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Milestones, Poetry 26 December 2016 · 2,398 views
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I recently bought my first flex pen: a Noodler's Ahab Flex pen, purchased from Wonderpens in Toronto.
As you can tell, I'm still trying to get the hang of it!

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A New Iroshizuku Ink For Me: Yama-Budo

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Milestones 26 December 2016 · 1,833 views
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The Iroshizuku inks are expensive but I wanted to try a second ink color, so opted for Yama-Budo. Actually, I ordered Kon-Peki but the company accidentally sent me the wrong colour. I decided to keep Yama-Budo because I love the vibrancy. It's not a colour I'd use to write an entire letter but I do like the contrast to my Yama-Guri. I do still want Kon-Peki as well.
And as you can see from the photo, I did buy another Lamy Safari. Laywine's in Toronto was still having its Mix'n'Match Lamy Safari sale, so I could not resist picking different colors.
I do so love how the Lamy Safari fits in my hand, and how smooth it writes.

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My Very First Fountain Pen!

Posted by DebbieOhi , in Inky Milestones 26 December 2016 · 1,425 views
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After years of believing that fountain pens were just too unwieldy and messy and scratchy for day-to-day use, my friend Michelle Leung convinced me to check out Scriptus, a Toronto pen show, in October 2016. My husband came along (he's been a fan of fountain pens for years but gave up on trying to convince me) and bought me my very first fountain pen: a red Lamy Safari. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
My first ink, also purchased at the Scriptus show: Iroshizuku Yama-Guri (the brand was recommended by my husband).

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