Thanks! He was. I miss him every day. I have two crazy black tri aussies now.
I'm really glad you posted this sample. My paper is a yellowish cream and probably not the best notebook for sampling inks in. But it was in the house and of slightly better quality than the rest of my stuff. I see the slippery slope I'm on now. First the pen, then ink samples, then ink, then paper...sigh..
And then before you know it you'll be buying more pens and ink; and then a loupe, repair tools, a bookcase to hold the stash....
Yup, you've found yourself amidst a international conspiracy of enablers. MWAHAHAHAHA!
Nice avatar, by the way -- what is it? I've got a Kromski Mazurka; and a badly behaving Ashford Traditional that I got for cheap in an antiques store in NJ a few years ago (and my Ashford guru, who used to help me adjust the scotch tension, moved to Indiana someplace). Also a no-name that a friend inherited from her mom, who bought it from some door-to-door salesman when my friend was a kid, but unfortunately I lost some parts during the move from MA to PA.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."