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#1 JustWrite Pen Company

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 13:43

I'm delighted to announce we have a new locally made fountain pen ink available at JustWrite. Toucan Fountain Pen Ink comes in 14 colours and is made right here in Brisbane by Dye Manufacturers of Australia, a company that has been around since 1918. Toucan fountain pen ink is formulated with water soluble dyes, with absolutely no pigments, no harmful additives and is pH neutral (7).

 

Toucan Fountain Pen Inks can be freely mixed with each other to make your own custom coloured inks. All 14 colours can be blended together in varying ratios and can be diluted with distilled water to create an almost infinite range of unique coloured inks.

 

We've been testing this ink for about 3 months and it's not a highly saturated ink, but that's our only minor criticism - it may not suit people who like highly saturated inks.

 

Available in:

2ml individual samples: $1.25

5ml individual samples:  $1.60

2ml sample packs of all 14 colours: $14.00 (Free Postage)

5ml sample/mixing packs of all 14 colours: $18.00 (Free Postage)

30ml plastic pouches:  $3.50

30ml plastic pouches pack of all 14 colours: $40.00

150ml plastic pouches: $8.50 (Available soon)

400ml plastic pouches: $15.00

 

Postage is $5.00 per order and we're offering free postage on the sample packs of 14 colours for a short time.

 

If any Australian FPN members would like to review the ink or just check it out, send me an email with your address and I'll send you a free sample pack. (Only for a limited time though.)
 
Unfortunately we can only ship this ink within Australia. Australia Post packaging requirements for liquids and their costs for International postage make it prohibitively expensive to send overseas.
 
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Posted 03 November 2013 - 14:01

Kevin,

 

Good news indeed; we can do with more manufacturing. Would you please check if you can legally use the flying boomarang "Australian Made" logo too? Just to be safe, of course.


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 14:38

Kevin,

 

Good news indeed; we can do with more manufacturing. Would you please check if you can legally use the flying boomarang "Australian Made" logo too? Just to be safe, of course.

 

Thank you for your concern. The image we used is from a Stock Image Library that we purchased. It is similar to the Made in Australia logo used by the Associated Chambers of Manufactures of Australia but that organisation folded in the 70s so I think we're pretty safe. But, as you say, can't be too careful.


Edited by JustWrite Pen Company, 03 November 2013 - 14:39.

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 15:04

Kevin,

 

Let's hope that everything is above board. By the way, the pouch idea is nice; less prone to breakage during shipping. Still, I wonder why there's no 58ml size as it would suit a lot of ink bottles... just a random thought.


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 15:13

Packaged in that plastic pouch the crimson ink looks suspiciously like something from a hospital operating theatre ;) 


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 15:37



Packaged in that plastic pouch the crimson ink looks suspiciously like something from a hospital operating theatre ;) 

 

The ink stand adds to the dramatic effect...........

 

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 16:02

I like the product and the pricing.  Go, Australia!

 

I'm glad FP people down under will have a local product to purchase if they so desire.

 

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 16:15

 

The ink stand adds to the dramatic effect...........

 

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LOL! :D 


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:02

I would love to review your inks. PM forthcoming.



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:35

Those pouches sound like a great idea (cheaper and makes resuable ink bottles actually useful), I wonder if other suppliers will start picking them up?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:37

Those ink pouches are a very clever innovation.



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 13:23

Still, I wonder why there's no 58ml size as it would suit a lot of ink bottles... just a random thought.

 

You're absolutely right, we should have a 60ml size. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll get a 60ml size organised.

 

Kevin


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Posted 04 November 2013 - 22:58

 

You're absolutely right, we should have a 60ml size. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll get a 60ml size organised.

 

Kevin

 

30 ml, 60ml, 90 ml, 120 ml, 250 ml, 400 ml, 1 litre pouches.

2 litre, 5 litre, 10 litre carboys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just kidding... :D



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 23:40

60ml pouches are now available. I'm still looking into the 10L carboys.


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 00:19

60ml pouches are now available. I'm still looking into the 10L carboys.

 

When you develop a cellulose-reactive equivalent to Parker Penman Sapphire, I'll buy one... :notworthy1:



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:33

 

When you develop a cellulose-reactive equivalent to Parker Penman Sapphire, I'll buy one... :notworthy1:

 

Maybe you can mix one up with the Toucan inks? :)
Interestingly (perhaps) a friend of mine is kind of obessed with this ink. He picks up the occasional bottle on Ebay from time to time at anything up to $100 a bottle. I've never used it but I've seen it on paper and it IS an interesting ink. It seems to have a richness in colour and reflective qualities quite unlike most inks. I suspect it was a unique formula, most likely containing some ingredients not commonly used in fountain pen ink. We can only speculate though because we don't have access to the formula or even a list of ingredients. The MSDS is readily available though but there is only one interesting thing there.
"Hazardous decomposition products may be released in fire situation."
Unless this refers to the carbon oxides released when the diethylene glycol burns, or it contains toxic dyes, this ink must contain some other ingredient that breaks down in fire to produce these hazardous products. This ingredient or ingredients might be what made this ink so different.
 

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:31

Sweet!

 

Australian gear at great prices.

 

I'm in.



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:41

Nice to see another ink manufacturer, even if I*d have to travel nearly halfway around the world to get any :-)

I thought it was a neat idea that you sell sets of every colour, including full bottles, I haven't seen that before, the only similar is that Diamine had special edition inks sold that way. Granted, I wouldn't personally go for it since there are so many colours that don't tempt me at all (including reds).

 

Which is a good thing if I would ever visit Australia. Imagining buying the pouch of crimson ink and getting spotted with it by a superstitious person. "Eek! A vampire! Gotta stake him!"


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:59

Great idea and well done for producing something new here in OZ. Best of good fortune to you. Shall be delighted to try them.

 

I also like that you have given the inks plain, descriptive names, rather than fanciful, but uninformative ones.  I note too that Akkerman's number, as well as name, always helps identify the ink.

 

May I suggest that, in helping people to choose ink, a pen-written sample of decent length, together with the swatch /smear, is very helpful.  Few manufacturers bother to provide this, and it is, after all, the way the ink will finally be used and judged.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:01

Just ordered all 14 colours in the 30ml variant, can't wait to try the ink out!

Now just to find some small empty glass bottles to store them in!

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 08:28

Just ordered all 14 colours in the 30ml variant, can't wait to try the ink out!

Now just to find some small empty glass bottles to store them in!


Please do put up some ink reviews when you receive them! I'm looking forward to seeing some writing samples, particularly of the blues.
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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:26

Any plans to start offering shipping to New Zealand? :P



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 09:23

australian ink buisness? shut up and take my money!

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 03:41

 I received a free sample set of Toucan inks from Kevin (JustWrite.com.au) earlier this week, and offered to upload scans of writing samples - a kind of mini-review.  I have no site to upload them to, so I've asked Kevin (and he's kindly agreed) to host them - but I thought I'd give a verbal report for now, in case anyone is interested.  I am not an employee either of JustWrite or of the ink manufacturer, and have not received any inducements to provide favourable comment - as I trust the following (and the scans, when Kevin finds tim to upload them) will demonstrate!

 

I wasn't sure whether I'd like these inks - Kevin has mentioned (on this thread) that they're not highly saturated, and the swatches on his website bear that out - whereas I'm an avowed fan of highly-saturated inks (think Noodler's and Diamine).  And to be truthful, the blue inks especially were not dark enough for my taste. They're well and truly legible, but if you're looking for a 'professional' 'business'-style blue ink... you'll have to look elsewhere.  But the black, especially once it's try on the paper, is pretty nearly black ( a very very dark grey, no green or brown tinge) - and some of the other colours lay down an attractive line of colour too.  

 

I especially liked some of the darker, more saturated colours in the range - Umber (a not-quite-chocolatey brown), Sienna (a vibrant 'burnt' orange) and crimson (a strong, 'true' red).  These three would probably be my favourites - though the orange and bright green I also found very appealing.  The turquoise was a true turquoise, light blue tending toward green (shame the other two blues weren't dark enough to provide a real contrast), while the aqua is definitely more of a green-tending-toward-blue.  

 

Honestly, I didn't hate any of these inks - they all wrote nicely without feathering or bleeding through (on Rhodia paper OR on Reflex copier paper); they were all prone to 'shading', which I can live without but it's always a nice bonus; and all but two of them (Gold and Primrose) were readily legible.  

 

Hope that gives you a 'taste' - and hopefully the scans will be up soon.  I haven't tested water-fastness (I'd expect it to be minimal) or UV resistance (how badly does it fade in sunlight?), I haven't measured drying times or tried mixing samples - so I can't tell you how it compares to other inks on the market.  But if you live in Australia and, like me, find the price of imported inks to be pretty steep... here's a home-grown product that (IMHO) deserves a trial run.  Once again, thanks to Kevin and the JustWrite Pen Co for providing me with free samples.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 05:21

Well Kevin.... I am SOOOOOOOOO ready to try your ink.  I might be the ONLY Canadian with TOUCAN INK!!!  :D :D :D :D

 

My Canadian friend is getting married in India this December.. her sister (in Adelaide) is coming to the wedding...  she is already bringing me a bottle of Noodler's Coral Sea.. (OH YEAH!!! :thumbup: ) ... I think I will add your 14 packs (60ml)...  I am a lover of highly saturated... and bright (not highly saturated) inks..  I have a 14 years old artist that goes through ink like there is no tomorrow... :roller1: ... So I can assure you that good quality ink at affordable prices are always welcome. :lol:

 

If you are interested in getting our awesome Saskia (FPN Mod and inkaholic) to review your inks, I'll pm you my friend's shipping address.. for you to add some samples for her.  ;)

 

Soooo excited... real Australian Ink!!!!  :wub:

 

 

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 06:07

My preliminary results tally quite well with Jamerelbe's observations, since I have a stack of Fuji-Xerox paper for laser printer I use that for testing: Reflex paper seems to be better in this respect as the FX paper shows some bleed-through for most inks, and the lower saturation is also observable.

 

Certainly, the bright yellow Primrose is not suitable as a writing ink, and the writing practically disappears under electric light - with Gold in second place - the majority of the Toucan collection are eminently usable and likable. The warm side of the palette really shines, especially the darker tones such as Umber and Sienna; I can use both as "default" inks. I am not too knowledgeable regarding green and violets, but Toucan's offerings in both areas are also appealing.

 

Realistically, they are almost half the price of Quink in Australia on a 60ml basis, even if we disregard the cost factor, these inks offer different characteristics from most of what we can get here. If I am not mistaken, these inks were created not only for fountain pen use, but also for ink and wash using pens and brushes too, so they might appeal to the artist as well.


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:28

Any plans to start offering shipping to New Zealand? :P

 

We still ship to New Zealand. We used to ship worldwide but postage costs were a killer and it makes no sense trying to compete with US/Asian websites.

When we changed the shipping info, we made that terrible mistake we often do in Australia - either forget about New Zealand or think it's part of Australia.

I'll change the site to include NZ. And I'll be happy to send you some ink samples.

 

Kind Regards ...Kevin


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:41

can someone please hurry up and put up a scan? I'm trying to decide between buying 30/60 or possibly the 400ml bags!!!

 

Kevin if you want to send me a sample of the black, turqouise and navy blue I would happily review them for you so we can get some samples up!

 

I'm really excited about the possibility of an aussie ink being in my rotation!

 

Also any plans to try and generate a "bulletproof" or slightly more permanent ink for work purposes in the medical field?

 

And as a side note why are your Pelikan inks also in the bags?

 

Cheers

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Edited to add the last question


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Posted 14 November 2013 - 13:13

Hi again,  scans of my sample writing are now up on the JustWrite website (http://justwrite.com...x&cPath=173_182), but if I can get them to link, I'll put them up here.  Please excuse the handwriting - I made no real effort to 'pretty it up' for public consumption, and it shows....  To my eye, the scans probably look a little 'washed out' compared to the original (sorry, I've not tried this before!) - the black is a little darker, the Umber a little more brown and the orange DEFINITELY somewhat brighter - so please take that into account.

 

First set of inks, on Rhodia paper:

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 13:14

Second scan = same colours, but on Reflex copier paper:

 

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