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  1. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Kaweco Royal Blue

    This is Kaweco Royal Blue ink. I used it when I was reviewing the ART Sport Lapis because the ink goes nicely with that pen. My Lapis wrote straight out of the box when fitted with the Royal Blue cartridge. I had no problems with hard starting or skipping. The flow was great from the start. I also found this ink lubricated the nib very well. It's a quick drying ink, but it doesn't feel dry to write with. This ink isn't waterproof, but is quite water resistant. It doesn't stain fingers. Royal Blue is a really attractive green shade that compares well against many popular similar royal blue types. It is a really well behaved ink and I can highly recommend it as a top quality ink. You might still find some older bottles of Kaweco Royal Blue ink. The old and new inks are a very similar colour despite the cartridge pack colours being different. However, you can tell if you have one of the newer bottles or packs of cartridges because the name of the ink is now printed on the bottle labels or cartridge packs. Kaweco cartridges are also now impressed with the Kaweco brand name. Kaweco ink is made in Austria. It is readily available in 30ml bottles or packs containing 6 standard international sized cartridges. All new Kaweco pens come with a Royal Blue cartridge inside their barrels.
  2. In the past six months I've been on an acquisition spree of OMAS pens (which is good timing considering the possible trouble the company's in nowadays), and with the three old-style Paragons came three different colors of ink: the Arco Verde came with OMAS Green; the Bronze Arco came with OMAS Blue, the darker, old version***, apparently; and the Burlwood model came with OMAS brown. So far OMAS Blue is by far my favorite of the three. ***this is based on internet research speculation and a video by the Goblets explaining the difference between old and new.
  3. Rohrer & Klingner- China Blue (Taiwan limited edition, 2014) http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK02.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK03.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK14.jpg bottle design- compared with RK Scabiosa http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK13.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK12.jpg Dip pen "Blue Pumpkin" on ROSSI paper: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK04.jpg Not waterproof. http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK09.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK06.jpg Comparison: with Blue Pumpkin/ glass dip pen/ Platinum 3776 14K EF nib R&K on Moleskine with Blue Pumpkin and red watercolor: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/RK10.jpg ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ If you read Chinese, here's a more detailed review on my blog: http://chingdamosaic.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-51.html Thanks:)
  4. chingdamosaic

    Pilot Iroshizuku Konpeki 紺碧

    Pilot Iroshizuku Konpeki[紺碧] in Nooler's "Creaper" flex nib http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/02_20151030223804ef8.jpg On beige grid paper: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/08_201510302238244a7.jpg close-ups: http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/09_20151030223826aa5.jpg http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/10_201510302238265e1.jpg On AQUABEE 6075(sketch paper made in Canada):[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/11_2015103022410580a.jpg[/size] With dip pen(Blue pumpkin):[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/12_2015103022411070b.jpg[/size] Close-ups/sheen:[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/13_20151030224109daa.jpg[/size] http://blog-imgs-84-origin.fc2.com/c/h/i/chingdamosaic/14_20151030224110417.jpg[/size]
  5. My latest ink is Diamine Aster from the Flowers Set. I decided I should try to complete reviewing the Flower set inks, as I have reviewed all of the Music set inks. I find the Flowers set consists of more brightly coloured inks, whereas the Music set are more muted. So sometimes I'm in the mood to write with brightly coloured inks rather than muted inks. I decided to use Diamine Mediterranean Blue, Sheaffer Skrip Washable Blue (old bottle) and Waterman Florida Blue (now Serenity Blue) as my comparison inks this time. I chose these inks as they tend to be regular, everyday blue inks. I might have also chosen Parker Quink as a regular, everyday blue ink, but I only have it in cartridges. Aster seems like it's slightly less saturated than some of the Diamine inks I have reviewed, and although it's still quite a bright blue, I think it qualifies as a regular, everyday medium blue ink. I used my new purple Lamy Al-Star M nib, from Amazon for this review. I didn't have one and I found they were available at reasonably low prices. Diamine Aster behaved beautifully in the pen I selected, and I experienced no problems with it. I wrote my 'Further notes/Observations' two days after the rest of the review, and notice that section looks a bit darker. So this is an ink that could darken over time while a fill remains in a pen. Although this isn't a waterproof ink, it shows reasonable water resistance for a relatively unsaturated ink.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a M nib, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry.It tends towards wet rather than dry. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.It is currently available in 30ml glass bottles within the Flowers gift set, or in 30ml plastic refill bottles from Diamine.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
  6. I have a certain sensitivity to some cosmetics with the blue color. Using a blue toothpaste, for example, gets my face all red and somewhat flaky. Few weeks ago I got a bottle of Diamine Sargasso Blue and I noticed the same symptoms! I write for long times, several pages, 10 to 15 pages, twice per week (well, it looks a lot to me!). I'll go to the dermatologist this week. But may I ask in advance: has any of you had a similar experience? If it is really a sensitivity to some component that would be a little sad, since I like this ink pretty much, even though it bleeds a lot in my cheap papers! Good thing I like black better.
  7. Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them. This one is Blue Pearl. This ink is medium bright blue with a great silver sheen My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me. Diamine recommend that you gently agitate the bottle to mix the particles through the ink before filling your pen. They also recommend that you gently agitate your pen to mix the particles with the ink in your pen when starting a new writing session. I recommend good FP maintenance when using ink that contains particles. I suggest you clean your pens out a little more frequently than you might do with normal ink. These inks will come in 50ml glass bottles, and they have either gold or silver particles in them.
  8. I have had this Diamine Sargasso Sea sample for reviewing for a while. I looked at this sample and thought how similar it looks to Diamine Blue Velvet. However, after I started writing with it, I started to see that it leans a little more towards the red end of the colour spectrum than Blue Velvet does. I like that about it, and I would happily live with both colours. Notably though, Blue Velvet is more expensive because it's one of the 150th Anniversary inks. This is an excellent dark to medium blue type. It varies according to the type of nib used, and looks darker when written with a F nib than it does when written with a stub or wider nib. It could be used as an every day blue ink. It's an excellent performer. I'm not 100% happy with my Pilot CH92 F nib, because I find I get much more feedback from it than I do from my other F nibs. However, it loved this ink. It felt well lubricated and flowed across the page beautifully. I could have carried on writing with it for ages, but wanted to look at the writing with the stub nib too. I was surprised how different the colour looked between these 2 nibs. This was a slow-drying ink and exhibited much show through and bleed though on my thick 100g/sm paper. If you are content with that then I can recommend it.The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink, but there is some water resistance.Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a 1.1 and a F nib, this ink only took 17-20 secs to dry. That's common on this smooth, thick paper.It flows through the pen very well and lubricates the nib very well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests.It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.It's a reasonable price
  9. This is my review of Diamine Mediterranean Blue. I decided to try a sample of this ink because one of my correspondents used it in a letter to me and I thought it was a very pretty blue. When I first wrote with it I thought it didn't come across as a particularly saturated ink and I expected it to look more saturated, especially as the pen has been filled with it for several days before I wrote with it. My Waterman Phileas has a replacement 18ct gold L'Etalon M nib fitted into it, and that was the only pen I filled with this ink I don't think it's going to look significantly different with a F or stub nib. It's a nice colour, and I quite like this shade of blue, but you might think it should look brighter than it actually does when you write with it. As usual for a Diamine ink, it's a well behaved ink. It shows slight shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the Phileas that I used. This ink exhibits no showthrough and no bleedthrough on my thick Xerox ColorPrint paper. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink, but it's quite resistant. Bearing in mind the paper I use is thick with a shiny surface, and I used a M nib, this ink only took 8-10 secs to dry. That's really quick on this paper It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and dry time tests. It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges. Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site. It's a reasonable price
  10. mehandiratta

    Ink Review : Bril Royal Blue

    I have stocked up lot of inks, especially inks like Chelpark, Camlin, Bril and Sulekha. All these are region specific like Chelpark is easily available in North India and Bril's availability is limited to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai, and Sulekha only available in Kolkatta that too few colors against 11 colors listed on webpage and lastly Camlin is available pan India. The review is about the Bril Royal Blue Ink, which happens to be my first ink review. And before I go further I would really like to thank Visvamitra and Lgsoltek, whose ink reviews I personally like a lot and is the inspiration for the ink review. Bril inks are one of the most used and admired inks in India. Bril has been in existence since 1964 and are based out of Bangalore. Bril Royal Blue is one of the most used inks in India after Camlin Blue and it is priced at Rs. 15 (US $ 0.25) for 60 ml glass bottle. INK SPLASH Ink Splash on Bilt Matrix - 70 gsm Ink Splash on Century Copy Paper - 70 gsm Drop on Paper Napkin Color Match Writing Samples Bril Royal Blue – Writing Sample on Bilt Matrix (70 gsm) using 3 pens of varying nibs width Bril Royal Blue – Writing Sample on Camlin School Notebook using 3 pens of varying nibs width Bril Royal Blue – Writing Sample on Century Copy paper (70 gsm) using 3 pens of varying nibs width Ink Swabs Bril Royal Blue – Ink Swab Sample on Bilt Matrix (70 gsm) – 3 swabs, 2 swabs and 1 swab from Left to Right For further details and waterproof test, please visit my blog LINK
  11. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Midnight

    I have decided to review some of my inks. These aren't necessarily in any particular order. I wanted to review Twilight and Midnight consecutively to see their differences or similarities. This one is Diamine Midnight. I would call it a dark blue ink. It leans more towards the blue-red portion of the colour spectrum than Twilight and Prussian Blue. It's quite similar to Tchaikovsky although it seems to contain slightly less red, and is lighter than Regency Blue It's a well behaved, saturated ink with not much shading. I found it flowed smoothly across the page, and had no problems with lubrication in the Pilot Custom 74 M nib pen I used. This ink exhibits showthrough and a little bleedthrough on my thick paper, so I tried it on Rhodia dot pad paper. Showthrough and bleedthrough are both noticeable. The water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, and the nib used at that time was a M, this ink took 16-18 secs to dry. It flows through the pen well and lubricates the nib well. I saw no skips or hard starts while I did swabs and comparisons with other inks. It is currently available in 80ml glass bottles, 30ml plastic refill bottles or cartridges. Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site. It's a reasonable price
  12. Hi all: After a long search for a darkish red ink, I have decided to try out a 30 ml bottle of Diamine Oxblood. It looks wonderful. I now need to find the perfect blue ink but the sheer volume is CRUSHING so I am asking for a bit of help. Can anyone who has gone thought a number of blue inks and found one they really like make a reccomendation I can follow up on? I tend to use pens that are on the big side and write with medium or broad nibs, mostly steel. Paper is Rhoda but I want to try others. My writing is all print and I take fast notes so i do not forget what clients tell me. (I forget anyway) I would love a very wet and intense blue that jumps off the page. What I want to avoid is the lighter/sky blue type colors that are wonderful but not for me. I do not care about water proof (clients no longer make me cry) and I do not care about dry time. (Under an hour WOULD be nice) Any help appreciated. Regards to you all. Bklyn
  13. Here's the first review I wrote after my wife and I moved into our house. It's a nice, soft blue, but too expensive for the performance, methinks. Still a very nice ink though. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/YykEos.jpg
  14. Here's one of the better inks in the 1 oz. Eternal series of Noodler's inks. It's soft and slightly chalky, but looks great on Rhodia. Definitely recommended! http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/901/VFJH2O.jpg
  15. This is one of my all time favorite blue, and I always have several pens filled with it. I think I definitely love it more now than when I wrote the review, which was over a year ago. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/CkHYfi.jpg I do have to note, of the three bottles I have, two of them are exactly the same, but the third has a major violet shift, which I feel is even out of Nathan's regular range of making every bottle unique. It's still an awesome ink, just more violet than the other two bottles.
  16. I recently purchased a few standard (60ml) ink pots of the camlin royal blue ink. As soon as i laid down the first line. I noticed that the colour has been changed. I had purchased a few ink pots from Mumbai and the other from Ahmedabad. I noticed that no matter the location, the colour now is different than the previous ink. (Both have manufacturing dates of around mid-late 2014) The change is ever so mild, but it is noticeable none the less. The newer colour has become more of a uniform blue which is a bit lighter in hue. The earlier colour had a purple-grey undertone to it which made it a bit more saturated and darker. (I hope all this makes any sense!) I guess it will be better if i just showed the pictures! Here they are. The left one is the new colour. And the right one, the old colour. I suppose it is more clearly visible in the last picture. So what are your thoughts? Please share your views. If you haven't noticed it, do you think you will like the new colour? And if you already noticed this, What is your opinion?
  17. Tessy Moon

    Sailor Souten

    Here is a quick review of Sailor Souten. I mainly wanted to show off its lovely sheen that I have been greatly enjoying on Tomoe River paper. So far I have had great behavior with this ink in each pen, nib, and paper combo I have tired. However, to get the fantastic sheen you really need Tomoe River to do it full justice!
  18. Anyone have some experience with this ink? I can get it relatively cheap but cannot find any info on it. I would really like to know how it performs, mostly regarding bleedtrough and feathering on copy paper. Thank you for any help in advance. http://fpgeeks.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.png The ink in question is this http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl/webstore/main/images/graf_inkbottle_all.jpg
  19. elysee

    Edelstein Sapphire Blue

    I received an email from Fahrney's Pens advertising new Edelstein long catridges. Upon checking the Fahrney's site, http://www.fahrneyspens.com/Item--i-363266S?src=WP200714SENTTOEL&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Inhouse&utm_campaign=140710, I found the option for Edelstein Sapphire Blue. Since I had purchased a lot of Parker Penman Blue Sapphire ink before it became impossible to find and since I have been using Private Reserve American Blue catridges for the travel needs of my pens taking international size cartridges, I have not tried Edelstein Sapphire Blue ink; having a lot of Parker Penman Blue Sapphire ink, I have not needed to buy bottled ink. Since the picture of an ink blob on the Fahrney's site looked promising in regard to color, I wanted to ask how the Edelstein Sapphire Blue ink compares in color to my beloved Parker Penman Blue Sapphire and my substitute Private Reserve American Blue. Has anyone used each of these inks? If so, how do they compare in color? In particular, how does the color of Edelstein Sapphrie Blue compare to the rich deep color of Parker Penman Blue Sapphrire? Thanks! : )
  20. The University of Reading (UK) displayed Samuel Beckett's drafts for his novel Murphy and ephemeral papers from some of his theatre productions. The manuscript on display consisted of six notebooks of approximately A5 size (they were slightly smaller). On the right hand side he had written his script which consisted of single spaced text in blue fountain pen ink (looked like Parker's Quink, but it is 86 years old). He had crossed out and edited the text in black ink. It looked like a broad/thick medium nib. On the left hand page, he hadn't continued with the draft, but put doodles of golfers, cavalry men and notes. The curator told us that some of these ideas appeared in later works - so it seems that the left side was a "scratch pad" and the right hand side was his work space. On the left hand side he had the question, "What is my life, but the preference for the ginger nut biscuit?" There was also a notebook of stage directions for a production of his play and a model theatre with dolls - a mock up of John Snow's English production of Godot. The stage looks very similar to the set of productions today.
  21. Pelikan’s Royal Battle Battle of the Blue Kings The old king vs. the new Royal Dear FPN friends, Last week I saw two reviews of Pelikan Royal Blue coming by in the Ink review forum. An old one started in 2010 (the first link) and a recent one (the second link) http://www.fountainp...001-royal-blue/ http://www.fountainp...001-royal-blue/ This gave me an Idea, since I have two bottles of Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue. An old bottle which is NINETEEN years old and a new one I recently obtained. I thought it would be a nice idea to compare the two… Please have a close look at the handwritten text since there is a Babylonian confusion of speech in the naming The 4001 series is a cheaper line of Pelikan inks, but the quality isn’t “cheaphttp://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png” at all… It is simply a very good basic ink that has been there for decades. The ink is fairly dry but still the flowing is well. Saturation is great. And there is some nice shading to it. Though a dry ink, as mentioned by others too, the drying time is fairly long for a normal Fountain Pen ink. This makes it perhaps not the best ink for left-hand writers. The old ink has matured very well just like a great wine does. As far as I can see it gained a lot of depth and finesse, expressed in darkness and shading. The old ink appears a bit darker to me. Both inks are beautiful the new one with freshness (like a good Beaujolais) the old ink has a lot of charisma like a person like Sean Connery in older age. I think I not only build me a wine cellar (a long wished dream) but an ink cellar too! Down here are the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007) points 1-5 1 = 5= The old King Fountain Pens: Online Best writer 0,8 Italic; Lamy Joy 1,5 Italic Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: test sheet points: 3 Flow: 0.8 points: 3 / 1,5 points: 4 Wetness: a bit dry points 3 Bleeding: almost absent in both pens points: 5 Shading: very nice points: 4 Feathering: 0.8 very little points: 5 / 1,5 little points 4 Waterproof: good points: 4 Package: simple bottle points: 2 Availabilty: Excellent points: 5 The new Royal Fountain Pens: Online Best writer 0,8 Italic; Lamy Joy 1,5 Italic Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: test sheet longer points: 2 Flow: 0.8 points: 3 / 1,5 points: 4 Wetness: a bit dry points 3 Lubrication: 0.8 nib smooth points: 3.5/ 1.5 nib smooth: 4 Bleeding:very little in both pens points: 5 Shading: still nice points: 3 Feathering: 0.8 very little points: 5 / 1,5 little points 4 Waterproof: good points: 4 Package: simple bottle points: 2 Availabilty: Excellent points: 5 Quality and overall verdict: 4001 is still a very nice ink. The quality is like most German product: like their, cars i.e. Mercedes, their Fountain Pens i.e. PELIKAN, their inks i.e. De Atramentis ,and Pelikan of coursehttp://cdncache1-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png … SUPERB…. Since the ink even gets better over time must really built me my ink cellar… The best is that an excellent Pelikan or De Atramentis is much more affordable than a Romanée Conti or Chateau Margaux…. I conclude… Very nice, quality ink for only E 3.90 a 25 ml. bottle. This is the best proof that a quality ink does not have to be expensive Warmest Regards, Peter Vlutters p.s since this review is an ink comparison as well as an ink review, I have posted this review in both for a. Peter Attached Images
  22. Pelikan’s Royal Battle Battle of the Blue Kings The old king vs. the new Royal Dear FPN friends, Last week I saw two reviews of Pelikan Royal Blue coming by in the Ink review forum. An old one started in 2010 (the first link) and a recent one (the second link) https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/167834-pelikan-4001-royal-blue/ https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/263912-pelikan-4001-royal-blue/ This gave me an Idea, since I have two bottles of Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue. An old bottle which is NINETEEN years old and a new one I recently obtained. I thought it would be a nice idea to compare the two… Please have a close look at the handwritten text since there is a Babylonian confusion of speech in the naming The 4001 series is a cheaper line of Pelikan inks, but the quality isn’t “cheap” at all… It is simply a very good basic ink that has been there for decades. The ink is fairly dry but still the flowing is well. Saturation is great. And there is some nice shading to it. Though a dry ink, as mentioned by others too, the drying time is fairly long for a normal Fountain Pen ink. This makes it perhaps not the best ink for left-hand writers. The old ink has matured very well just like a great wine does. As far as I can see it gained a lot of depth and finesse, expressed in darkness and shading. The old ink appears a bit darker to me. Both inks are beautiful the new one with freshness (like a good Beaujolais) the old ink has a lot of charisma like a person like Sean Connery in older age. I think I not only build me a wine cellar (a long wished dream) but an ink cellar too! Down here are the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007) points 1-5 1 = 5= The old King Fountain Pens: Online Best writer 0,8 Italic; Lamy Joy 1,5 Italic Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: test sheet points: 3 Flow: 0.8 points: 3 / 1,5 points: 4 Wetness: a bit dry points 3 Bleeding: almost absent in both pens points: 5 Shading: very nice points: 4 Feathering: 0.8 very little points: 5 / 1,5 little points 4 Waterproof: good points: 4 Package: simple bottle points: 2 Availabilty: Excellent points: 5 The new Royal Fountain Pens: Online Best writer 0,8 Italic; Lamy Joy 1,5 Italic Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: test sheet longer points: 2 Flow: 0.8 points: 3 / 1,5 points: 4 Wetness: a bit dry points 3 Lubrication: 0.8 nib smooth points: 3.5/ 1.5 nib smooth: 4 Bleeding:very little in both pens points: 5 Shading: still nice points: 3 Feathering: 0.8 very little points: 5 / 1,5 little points 4 Waterproof: good points: 4 Package: simple bottle points: 2 Availabilty: Excellent points: 5 Quality and overall verdict: 4001 is still a very nice ink. The quality is like most German product: like their, cars i.e. Mercedes, their Fountain Pens i.e. PELIKAN, their inks i.e. De Atramentis ,and Pelikan of course … SUPERB…. Since the ink even gets better over time must really built me my ink cellar… The best is that an excellent Pelikan or De Atramentis is much more affordable than a Romanée Conti or Chateau Margaux…. I conclude… Very nice, quality ink for only E 3.90 a 25 ml. bottle. This is the best proof that a quality ink does not have to be expensive Warmest Regards, Peter Vlutters p.s since this review is an ink comparison as well as an ink review, I have posted this review in both for a. Peter
  23. Well this is my first ever ink comparison. So I apologize if don't have very good scans, my pengirlship is poor, I lack multiple nib sizes, especially the italics, fines, and stub 1.5! I only have three pens and they're all medium nibs. I'm sorry again if I am boring. I will be adding to this thread additional scans of the other blue inks as I run through the ink already in the pens. Then I'll switch to a different blue. I simply used the regular settings on the Epson scanner I have as part of the Epson WF-7520 printer. When I scaled the images down for uploading, they were individually 3.4 Mb, so I had to make them smaller, but I set the quality to "high". Now I have smaller file sizes that I can upload. I hope the quality is preserved. The inks in this set are: Lamy Blue-black Iroshizuku Shin-kai (Deep Sea) J. Herbin Bleu Nuit Organics Studio Mark Twain Halley's Comet The pens I used were Lamy 2000 medium Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe medium Shaeffer 1960's "school pen" when my Edison Beaumont arrives, I'll add that to the mix. The papers I used were: Moleskine (I know some of you have issues) Mohawk via linen 70# text Office Max Inkjet paper After starting the project I realized from other posts on FPN that I should have tested the SAME INK in DIFFERENT PENS. But I didn't do that. It may have made more of a difference if I had different nib widths, but with them all being mediums, maybe not so important? Thanks so much for your time, and if you have any suggestions about how I can do better next time, let me know! OK, without further ado, the images!
  24. Morbus Curiositas

    De Atramentis Document Ink

    De Atramentis Dokument Tinte Blau / Document Ink Blue Dear FPN friends, This time an ink review of a very special ink. De Atramentis Document Blue. This ink is mentioned for doctors, lawyers etc. and for all who need a permanent ink for official Documents To be qualified as a document ink the ink has to meet certain standards. The standard in Europe is ISO 12757-2. This means that the ink has to be lightfast and may not be influenced by any outer influences. To show you the resilience of the inks I have poured several aggressive Fluids over it and… Nothing happened. It is like if the ink was carved in stone…. Amazing… It is not only bulletproof but also bombproof … I believe the ink even survives a nuclear accident or bomb attack (sorry for not testing that ) The ink is extremely lightfast. This is tested and certified with the Woll-Skala, wool scale in English. This may sound peculiar, but isn’t that strange on second glance. In history quite often the same pigments used for Dyeing wool where used for inks as well. The Woll-Skala reaches from 1 not lightfast over 5 extremely lightfast to 8 extreme lightfast. The ink “of course” is WS 8. There are other resilient inks like inks based on iron gall or soot. The problem is that iron gall inks are very aggressive to both paper and nib. (the paper of old Dutch documents from the golden age are often eaten away partially by the ink) Both iron gall and soot inks may also clog the feed of your fountain pen. The De Atramentis inks are, as far as I understand, made with nano-particles. According to the noble Fountain Pen King Sire Richard of Binderheart. Nano-particle inks can be safely used in Fountain pens. I always have one Fountain Pen filled with the ink for work and flush it once every 2 months… No problem at all Down here are the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007) points 1-5 1 = Bad : 5= Excellent Fountain Pens: Sheaffer Targa F, “online Best Writer 0,8 Italic, Lamy Joy 1,5 Itaic Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: Quicker than a camel’s bottom during a desert stroll points 5 Flow: like a Hippie on LSD points: 5 Wetness: very wet still drying fast points 5 Lubrication: very smooth points: 5 Bleeding: medium on average quality paper with ‘normal’ nib points: 3 Shading: almost none points: 1 Waterproof: what do you think points 5000000 Package: bottles only Points: 3 Availabilty: EU Excellent points: 5 USA/ASIA ??? Quality: Handmade everlasting points 5 A very good dark blue ink, it is a bit too dark for my taste. Funnily the dark blue obiously even darker but I find the colour nicer. Shading is absent. Verdict: a very nice bombproof ink for all official purposes. Next time; De Atramentis dark blue. I will ask Dr Jansen for some technical specs and ask him why the ink probably survives all mankind… Have fun
  25. Morbus Curiositas

    J. Herbin 1670 Blue

    Waterman Bleu Sérénité / Waterman Serenity Blue Dear FPN friends, The lovely J Herbin blue ink I received with my excellent Pelikan M800 Fountain Pen. There is a nice little story to that, which I mentioned before in a topic by Migo984. It's a nice story about excellent service . Last year's february I bought an very nice Parker Premier fountain pen at the Fountain Pen store in Breda (Netherlands). www.tschrijfgereitje.nl The shopkeeper then offered me a free bottle of Parker quink Blue Ink. Nice or not??? Unfortunately the Nib got bended, making the writing terribly scratchy... The shopkeeper warned me (when I bought the FP, to keep the bill for guarantee purposes... What did I do... I lost the bill . Three months later I was back in Breda and visited 't schrijfgereitje.. Fortunately the shopkeeper of t'Schrijfgereitje (the Little Writing Tool... Nice name!!!) is not only friendly but also very good with fountain pens... Just come back tomorrow! I will see what I ca do for you... The next day the Nib was repaired and the Fountain Pen fully serviced... and most important... It writes like a dream now Well I thought: At this shop I will buy another Fountain Pen, when my eye fell on the splendid Pelikan M800 green biased Fountain Pen (Stresemann stripes).... Well you guessed it I bought it there ( my advice do not often buy such nice but expensive pens in one year... your budget gets more ruined than the economy of North Korea, in the shortest possible time ) and again the shop keepr offered me a bottle of ink of my choice.... FREE OF CHARGE!!! Super service wouldn't you agree ... I will contact the shop to ask wether this is the same when you order a Fountain Pen from his webshop.... I will soon let you know On topic now... The ink, though a bit dry according to some reviews I have read, is very smooth. The blue is a very rich dark blue with a noble look to it... I think it's very chique with a touch of oyal richness to it Down here are the technical specs (as suggested by Ann Finley 2007) points 1-5 1 = 5= Fountain Pens: Lamy Joy 1,5 Italic Nib; Pelikan M800 medium nib Paper: Leonardo Ringbuch,average quality school note book made in Austria Drying time: see handwritten review points: 4 Flow: like enlightenment OHM!!! points: 5 Wetness: a bit dry points 3 Lubrication: very smooth points: 5 Bleeding: medium points: 3 Shading: little points: 2 (it is a dark ink ) Feathering: None points: 5 Waterproof: medium points: 3 Package: Very nice exclusive bottle points: 5 Availabilty: Excellent points: 5 Quality: qualité superbe!!! fabriqué en (la douce) France points: 5 Vive la France!!! Lovely lovely luxury Ink





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