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My thoughts on sharing ink samples by post

(This is mainly in response to @Daneaxe, at Amber's bidding)   “It won't be easy; you'll think it strange When I try to explain how I feel…”   So you're concerned that there is a noticeable gap in what is available the fellow hobbyists in your neck of the woods, and other seemingly more fortunate — or perhaps just more organised — hobbyist communities elsewhere have in train only make the disparity all the more conspicuous and perturbing. You're motivated to do something

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Challenges

End of sharing ink samples by post economically

Today is 大年初一 , and this is one way to start the Year of the Ox on the wrong note.   Australia Post has just, or finally, announced that international Economy Air Letters containing Merchandise service is permanently discontinued, in a very loose interpretation of what constitutes an announcement. Not as a notice, not as an entry in the list of general or notable updates, but as a new FAQ entry sandwiched between piles of older FAQ entries, on its web site where there is no dedicated F

A Smug Dill

A Smug Dill in Foiled Again

Comic Inspired By Spectp And Iswkaputnik On Fpn :-)

Thanks to FPN users SpecTP and ISWKaputnik for inspiring this comic! You can see the full thread here: http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/349339-anyone-else-feel-like-this-when-it-comes-to-their-most-beloved-pen/ And thanks again to mishiechau for selling her used Pilot Custom 823 (FA nib) to me!

inkyelbows

inkyelbows

Thank You, Sailor Kenshin!

Thanks to my penpal Sailor Kenshin for sending me this fun UPS fountain pen! I filled it with some KWZ Sheen Machine (from BauerInks.ca). Sailor also sent me a Jinhao Shark with a fude nib (I need to figure out how to use this properly). THANK YOU, SAILOR!

inkyelbows

inkyelbows

New Eyes, New Pen! (Pilot Custom 823 With Fa Nib)

Apologies for the dearth of entries this past year. Many reasons, but double eye surgery was one of them. If you want to know more, here's my blog post. Many out-of-town trips (mostly work but some personal) combined with work deadlines resulted in my poor pens (and snailmail correspondences) being neglected. I just recently was able to do a proper pen cleaning and have started catching up on snailmail again. And one of the pens I'm finally able to use is my Pilot Custom 823 with FA nib, acq

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inkyelbows

My First Pen Review: Monteverde Giant Sequoia

Thanks to PenChalet.com for sending me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia to review. This is my very first pen review! It's probably not going to be your typical review, however, since I tend to use my fountain pens for drawing (I write and draw children's books for a living) as well as writing. First off, the pen is GORGEOUS: The shimmery brown really did look like a highly polished wood. It came in this classy-looking Monteverde box: And here's what the pen looks like inside the box: As

inkyelbows

inkyelbows

Trying Out My New Monteverde Giant Sequoia (Thanks, Pen Chalet!)

Pen Chalet kindly sent me a Monteverde Giant Sequoia. It is gorgeous, and I immediately had to ink it up with some Robert Oster Caffé Crema for a quick doodle. I'll be posting a proper review once I've had a chance to try it out for a while. THANK YOU, PEN CHALET! I lovelovelove my new pen. It was easy to fill, started up with no problems, love how it doodles.

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inkyelbows

Welcome To 2018, Now Here's Some Free Stuff!

As a company we do a LOT of giveaways. Whether that's traditional raffle giveaways, social media giveaways of various types, hidden pens, and other random giveaways; it's something we've done for several years. But we've never done done giveaways one the scale you're going to see in 2018. For starters, we're running monthly random YouTube subscriber giveaways. If you didn't know about that, you've still got time to get in on . In February we're going to be adding monthly random Newsletter subs

Karas Kustoms

Karas Kustoms

Need Advice: Leaky Fingers From My Noodler's Ahab?

Hi all, I'm giving my Noodler's Ahab another go. I like the bit of flex it gives, and I don't have to worry about springing the nib (I do have nicer pens now, so am aware of the difference). BUT it always ALWAYS leaks on my middle finger (see photo). I've tried adding silicone grease to the bit where the body connects with the writing bit. Any other advice? Thanks kindly! p.s. For the drawing above, I used Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses, one of my new favourite inks.

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inkyelbows

Trying Montblanc Lavender Purple In My Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass

Inked up my Edison Nouveau Premiere Seaglass (a gift from my husband Jeff) with some new ink I acquired from my fountain pen enabler friend, mishie. Used a water brush to smear the ink around a bit. This is my first Mont Blanc ink, and I'm fascinated by the bottle shape. Does anyone know if this shape customized for Mont Blanc pens? Or just for an interesting design? Anyway, it's a beautiful colour and I'd like to try this in one of my pens with a broader nib to see how it shades.

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inkyelbows

Trying Out Sailor Jentle Sky High & Reconnecting With My Noodler's Ahab

Inked up my Noodler's Ahab with the new Sailor's Jentle Sky High ink I recently acquired from mishie (aka Fountain Pen Obsession Enabler). When I first bought my Ahab from Wonder Pens, I confess I was not enamoured because the nib required too much fiddling (I had been warned about the Ahab but I still wanted to try it). So I de-inked & cleaned it, set it aside for several months. Took it out yesterday to try again...and LO AND BEHOLD, I love it. It takes more pressure than my beloved Pilot

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inkyelbows

My Husband Gave Me A Turquoise Twsbi Diamond 580Al!

I inked up my TWSBI (my first TWSBI!) with Iroshizuku Syo-Ro and created this wee doodle. The Pilot Falcon is still my favourite writing experience, but I'm too paranoid to take with me travelling in case I lose it or someone I meet along the way (young readers, etc.) accidentally hurts my gold nib. The TWSBI is a pen I can take out to jot notes without feeling I have to be super-careful. I would be disappointed and sad if I lost it, but as much as if I lost my Pilot Falcon. I ended up not t

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inkyelbows

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