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#1 amberleadavis

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:37

So, this Co-Razy View will be super crazy because you have 7 reviewers all using the same paper and ink.  You'll hear from me and 6 others about what we think.

 

Now, this ink is NOT for sale and it is not available. As Bruce says, this is unobtainable ink - or the inky element of Unobtainium.

 

What it is is an Amber super secret mix - so secret, Amber doesn't know for sure.  The base inks are a couple of the Toucan blues and I've added Thistle ink powder, distilled water and a dash of phenol.

 

The point isn't the actual ink, but to see how each of us thinks about the ink. What does flow mean to each of us, what role does the pen/nib combo play in ink performance.

 

Attached are some of the initial sheets which I will mail out to the victims volunteers.  

 

If you would like to participate in another co-razy view or a Super Co-Razy view, send me PM. Or start your own and send me a letter.

 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:38

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 12:56

This is such a neat project. If I were in the USA I would love to participate, but as it is, my joining would slow things down to an unacceptable crawl, so I will just observe, jealously, from the sidelines. But one question you might answer for me: where can one get this Thistle powder? It looks like a really fun concept: ink powder and you just add water...

BTW that is a fantastic ink. I don't usually like this color much, but I'd be tempted to try...


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 17:08

The color is actually much prettier in person. It looks washed out because the paper is cream.  I'm uploading a photo from my phone now.

 

To steal Bruce's name for this kind of ink, I've called it Ink Unobtainium.  

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 22:51

I may have a slot open in addition to the one I offered to MHGuda. Anyone interested?


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 12:35

I responded by PM but apparently was too late... Too bad but hopefully next time. Had a bit of a family emergency so could not respond sooner...


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 18:01

You get the next super co razy view and it's going to be great.


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 20:47

I would love to do one of these with you someday! I think I'm getting more comfortable with the idea of doing ink reviews/thoughts. :)



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Posted 13 June 2014 - 21:40

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 09:29

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 09:30

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 20:22

Amber's results remind me of Parker Vector F with so called "Blue Black" Qink. A notoriously ultra-dry combo.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 16:45

First, apologies for the bad photos - forgot to scan before sending off to Amber.

 

Second, update to the "Fussy" comment on the review... the minor nib creep turned into a clog after a day and a half of rest.  Needed to clean the pen due to the dried clog on the nib.  Cleaned up without problem, or remaining sediment.  Nice color & shading, but it's now in my high maintenance category.

 

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 17:21

The SHEEN on your pages was INCREDIBLE.  I will get these scanned.  Let me again say WOW.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 22:59

I just received my sample package today. Please don't blame me for the wrinkled paper. It was the mailman who stuffed it into my mailbox. I am going to ink up a pen tonight and take the ink for a short test run. I will let that sit overnight and then do my review tomorrow. A great way to end a busy day.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 19:31

Hey I'm thrilled it arrived with NO spilled ink.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 19:43

My Unobtainium package arrived today, and not a drop spilled. That's a cool pipette! How do you get the seal?

Anyway I have filled one eyedropper, with about half of the ink - my Guider Ebonite, with F nib from Fountainpen revolution. I was a bit disappointed at first, not to get the rich flow I saw in some of the scans. I've tuned the nib a little, and primed the feed, and it is better now, but still not what some of you got. Still, I have not yet tried it on Amber's paper; that I will try tonight or tomorrow morning. And the review tomorrow evening or so, so post probably sunday.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 19:53

If it wont' flow, try it with a different pen.  As for the seal - hot glue, baby.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 20:09

If it wont' flow, try it with a different pen.  As for the seal - hot glue, baby.

I can totally see you holding a hot-glue gun like James Bond while saying that.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 21:28

Exactly.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 23:15

I'll be trying three pens, and report in my review.


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 23:20

Exactly.

Now I'm imagining you with Sean Connery's voice and it even better.

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:17

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:17

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:03

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 01:06

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 17:50

Wow, great stuff!!  THank you for sharing.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 19:24

Thank YOU for making it all possible! It feels great to be a part of this.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 20:00

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 18:42

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