Being a huge sci-fi and space buff, when Nemosine launched a line of ten inks all with space themes, I couldn't help but buy them all. Unfortunately, Goulet sold out of Alpha Centauri (they have at the time of this writing, restocked it today) so I was forced to buy from Nemosine directly. They billed me immediately but never shipped. I sent two emails, both going unresponded, but two full weeks later they shipped (I presume they were simply out of stock, but a simple email letting me know would have been great when I had contacted them twice) and I was pleased to see that they tossed in a free M nib singularity! So delay and poor communication aside, I am happy with my order.
Aeolis Palus is a plain between the north edge of the Gale crater and the northern foothills of Aeolis Mons on Mars, a region explored by the rover Curiosity.
This ink has thusfar been another winner. It's a very true, neutral red. Bright, but not eye searing. it's a very wet flowing ink, very smooth, with good shading, decent manners on awful paper, and actually looks to have the barest amount of a black sheen outlining very wet writing nibs (much more visible in the ink smear)
Zero water resistance, ~15 seconds washed it almost completely away. Dry times are exceptional, 10-15 seconds in my wet EF nib.
Overall, I really like this. it's a lovely neutral red, similar to diamine firestorm red without the shimmer, some nice shading, this would be a great color for grading papers or writing letters. I sometimes use red in my patient charts since they are very visible and contrasted in the various boxes.
This ink reminded me of bright red blood. Thus, a quote from Warhammer 40k.
The box is extremely basic. Nemosine's logo is raised on one side
Another side has a small sticker indicating what color it is, along with the location of the ink's manufacture, Slovenia.
The label of the bottle is simple, clean, and elegant, and includes the geographical coordinates of the ink's bottling (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania) which is a nice nerdy touch. Someone should send Neil DeGrasse Tyson this ink set, since he's really into space themed fountain pens. Don't mind the slightly raised label, that was from me getting it caught on the edge of the box when I put it back in. The labels are well adhered, the cap seals nicely and doesn't get dried-stuck like sailor's awful bottles. I quite like the design of the bottle as well, it's hefty and solidly made, and would look very presentable on a desk.
The mouth is quite wide for such a small bottle, able to accommodate any sized pen
And now for the writing samples. All Lamy nibs stuck on a CP-1, my go-to for these ink reviews. It's a fairly wet flowing pen, with the 1.1 a medium-dry nib.
All the ink seemed to come right off the page.
Almost nothing left behind (ignore the blue smear, that's from the paper towel I also used on the Alpha Centauri review)
Nice shading. On some dots you get hints of the dark outline/sheen that forms around the wet spots.
Much more subdued when writing cursive.
The ink smear was quite dramatic.
And your obligatory garbage paper sample. As long as you don't need to write on both sides, it's very usable, feathering is well controlled. Better copy paper is probably fine for double side, this is the worst paper I've ever been able to find.