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#1 SamCapote

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:08

I just wanted to give a quick posting of this lovely MB special edition Carlo Collodi ink I got from Pen Boutique.

Comes in 35ml round bottles and has exceptional writing, flow, lubrication, shading, and easy pen cleaning characteristics. (
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Added a couple other ink comparisons and on Clairefontaine paper:


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This is after 20 seconds under running water on Staples eco Sugarcane paper:


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Edited by SamCapote, 25 October 2011 - 01:35.

With the new FPN rules, now I REALLY don't know what to put in my signature.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:58

Hi,

The orange-brown shading makes for a strange-looking ink, no?

Many thanks for preventing an unrewarding purchase. :thumbup:

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 10:08

Strange shading indeed... But the colour looks different and good.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 13:31

Nice, thanks for sharing. The orange ink of joy is also pretty, don't know how it differs from Gandhi saffron though.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 16:35

Nice, I like warm browns, I don't want to fall in love with a limited issue ink though.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 16:53

Sam,

Thanks for the review. :thumbup:

Question: how does the ink react to water? Is it water resistant?
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 19:54

Yum! That's one brown I think I'd like. :hmm1:

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 22:03

Thanks for the review--I'd love to see this one side by side with MB Toffee. Oh my, another brown ink to buy!

#9 SamCapote

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 01:34

I actually also wanted to see it next to Toffee, so did the water test, and added Toffee & the MB Sepia from before. You may have to refresh the page.

You can order it still at Pen Boutique here, and see a photo of the bottle/box.

Edited by SamCapote, 25 October 2011 - 01:40.

With the new FPN rules, now I REALLY don't know what to put in my signature.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:09

I love the orange-brown tones. It almost reminds me of a browner version of Sailor Red-brown.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:52

I love the orange-brown tones. It almost reminds me of a browner version of Sailor Red-brown.


Guess what I just happened to have in one of my trays of vials. I went back and added Sailor R-B to the Clairefontaine paper. Quite a striking difference!



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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:59

Thanks for the review...I really like the "different color" shading...really interesting.
Now added to my "want list"
Is this a short time limited edition or will it be available for a while?
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:22

Thanks for the review...I really like the "different color" shading...really interesting.
Now added to my "want list"
Is this a short time limited edition or will it be available for a while?


I think I read in the MB forum that there were a limited number of bottles being produced, and less than the number of Carlo Collodi pens, so I suspect it will quickly become unobtainum.

Also this ink has a sticker on the bottom that says made in Austria.
With the new FPN rules, now I REALLY don't know what to put in my signature.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 14:22

I'd like to see this ink compared to Diamine Ancient Copper when the latter is released.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 17:26

Sam, is that all of your samples? I would have thought you had more.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 17:43


Thanks for the review...I really like the "different color" shading...really interesting.
Now added to my "want list"
Is this a short time limited edition or will it be available for a while?


I think I read in the MB forum that there were a limited number of bottles being produced, and less than the number of Carlo Collodi pens, so I suspect it will quickly become unobtainum.

Also this ink has a sticker on the bottom that says made in Austria.

I can't miss this one...off to order. Thanks Sam this looks great!
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 19:47

Sam, is that all of your samples? I would have thought you had more.


No, those were just the trays of vials in the one drawer I took out to find another ink. It is a part of what is proving to be a very effective system for keeping original bottles stored and organized, and having a large quantity quickly and easily available with the vials.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 20:00

Sam, thank you for adding the Sailor Red-brown comparison. I ended up ordering two bottles from Pen Boutique last night, and they shipped today! I can't wait!

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:03

I actually also wanted to see it next to Toffee, so did the water test, and added Toffee & the MB Sepia from before. You may have to refresh the page.

You can order it still at Pen Boutique here, and see a photo of the bottle/box.


Hmmm. If my monitor conveys the colours accurately, Collodi looks alot like Toffee brown with more and lighter coloured shading.

Edited by raging.dragon, 26 October 2011 - 01:03.


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Posted 26 October 2011 - 01:12

Hmm. Toffee Brown was always "almost." I think we have a winner here. :hmm1:

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 06:08

I like Toffee Brown. I like the Collodi brown more; however, I'm not going to let myself fall in love with a limited edition ink.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:11

Hmm... the Carlo Collodi that I'm using looks like Pumpkin Pie. I think it would be a perfect match to my Mb Hemingway, but the Hemingway isn't in rotation. I'm using the ink in a Nakaya Desk Pen (M). It's an interesting ink -- I almost don't want to like it, but I can't help myself. Which was my reaction when I opened the box containing the Hemingway. I thought the pen was hideous and thought I would send it back, but the more I looked at it, the more beautiful it became. Weird. I guess this is how Mb orange or pumpkin colors affect me.
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Posted 26 October 2011 - 19:07

looks like Pumpkin Pie


Yum! I can't wait to try this ink!

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:27

Hmm... the Carlo Collodi that I'm using looks like Pumpkin Pie. I think it would be a perfect match to my Mb Hemingway, but the Hemingway isn't in rotation. I'm using the ink in a Nakaya Desk Pen (M). It's an interesting ink -- I almost don't want to like it, but I can't help myself. Which was my reaction when I opened the box containing the Hemingway. I thought the pen was hideous and thought I would send it back, but the more I looked at it, the more beautiful it became. Weird. I guess this is how Mb orange or pumpkin colors affect me.


It does depend on the nib and paper. I was recently showing a range of nibs using this ink on Staples eco Sugar Cane paper scanned here, and it looks NOTHING like it does from my 1927 Parker Duofold Flex on Clairefontaine Triomphe paper. So I went back and wrote on the side of the paper testing the TWSBI nibs, and you can again see it is darker. I tried to use slightly different scanner settings in the version below which you can tell comparing the paper lines to the version in the TWSBI nibs thread above. The in person real pages look somewhere between the above and below images. (Edit: Let me copy the previous version and post it in this thread so you can see them both together here).

Then, I wanted to make sure this was not due to a residual ink in the Duofold, so I loaded some Collodi in a Noodler's Flex pen, and also in a vintage Evans 14k Wet Noodle I got from Mauricio at Vintagepen.net which shows all the variations of this ink. I can see how some would see it as Pumpkin, but there is a lot of variation based on paper and pen. I can't quite match it up even with all the Crayola colors here.

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Edited by SamCapote, 27 October 2011 - 09:35.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 03:46

So this one probably isn't for me. I'd like it some papers, and hate it on others.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 21:00

Just got my bottle and had to try it right away. Gorgeous, rich color. I love it! Thanks for the review -- I'd never have known this ink existed otherwise.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 21:17

So this one probably isn't for me. I'd like it some papers, and hate it on others.


I'm surprised you would say that, because I think it is more pen/flow dependent in its variation. I like it because it does have a unique shade from any other ink I can think of in this subcategory. I also like using it because MB (& others) are really easy to rinse out with a vintage pen--especially flex.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 20:04


So this one probably isn't for me. I'd like it some papers, and hate it on others.


I'm surprised you would say that, because I think it is more pen/flow dependent in its variation. I like it because it does have a unique shade from any other ink I can think of in this subcategory. I also like using it because MB (& others) are really easy to rinse out with a vintage pen--especially flex.


Ok, I misunderstood - I thought the colour varied with paper not pen/flow. I like the darker samples (wetter pens?), but the lighter orangish ones (drier pens?) not so much. So I'd probably like it with some pens and not others.... And most of my pens are fairly wet. So might be doable. And next weeks Toronto Meetup will put me within a short walk of the local MB boutique. So maybe.

I've had good experiences with the MB inks I've used (I use Irish Green, Toffee Brown and Lavender Purple), and they're all are on my favourites list. Irish Green especially as I've yet to find another green I like.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:57

very different brown color, added this to my list :)
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 21:13

I just got some of this lovely, complex, brown/orange/burnt umber/something ink. It was in a used pen I was trying out. Needless to say I got a bottle of the ink, and the pen, the Flying Crane Platinum maki-e 3776. Great pen and a great ink. Good day!