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  1. I recently purchased a few bottles of Sailor's Kiwa-Guro Nano Carbon Ink and absolutely love the stuff in my fountain pens. Even the smell is awesome. I'm curious though if there's a downside to using an ink like this for dip pens? How well does this ink work relative to the Iron Gall and Oak Gall inks that so many calligraphers use with their dip pens? Anyone? http://www.scriptorius.net/sailor_black.jpg
  2. A fantastic write-up by the people at NoteMaker (an Australian Stationary with products as unique as you are..). It finally answers the question we have been asking ourselves.. Who is Robert Oster? http://blog.notemaker.com.au/meet-designer-robert-oster-signature-inks/ C.
  3. eelldan

    Noodler's Lexington Gray

    I really enjoy grey inks and this one is my favorite. I think it works great with cheaper copy paper which I use everyday at work. it's work friendly which is a bonus when I need to leave notes for the boss. Following are how it looks on different paper. I hope you enjoy. Rhodia Copy Paper 90g Copy Paper 75g
  4. giacomodelbianco

    What Is Your Favourite Iroshizuku Ink?

    I am just curious! There should be a poll, I hope you can see it in the preview I am not able to do.
  5. I bought several inks when I bought my first several pens so I had a little bit to sample from. Here are the inks I initially bought: Noodler's Eternal Polar Blue. (Bought it with my Lamy Safari at store and was the only blue available.) Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Boxed Set (Bought it for Kon-Peki) Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake I've been happy with all the colors above in all my pens except I don't like the Noodler's Eternal Polar Blue all the much; I especially don't like it in my Lamy Safari. I've put all those inks in my Safari over this last week and the Iroshizuku inks seem to flow better in the Safari. The Noodler's Polar Blue seems to make my Safari have slow starts. Anyways it has seeped in my mind that the nib on my Safari may be out of alignment which I plan on looking at as soon as I pick up a good loupe. I have a magnifying glass, but it just doesn't have a high enough magnification to really get a good look at it. Has anyone else noticed issues with Noodler's inks? Someone else had a thread recently about Noodler's Elysium not working well in there Safari. I would like to try some other Noodler's blues, turquoises, and other colors; but now I am afraid that I'll have similar issues as with the polar blue. As I mentioned above The Iroshizuku inks seem to flow significantly better in the Safari. I plan on buying some more inks to try, but there is so much out there would like to hear from people on what they think are the "Staple" or "Must Have" inks that all newcomers should get / try. I tend to lean more towards the blues and turquoises, and greens. Having said that I recently stumbled upon some reds like Sailor Oku-Yama and Diamine Ancient Cooper and purples like De Atramentis Aubergine and Sailor Shigure that looks really cool and may pick them up so really I am open to all color suggestions.
  6. Hello All, On this particularly sunny day, we're delighted to announce that we've now been officially unveiled as an Authorised Retailer for the wonderful Robert Oster inks. We're working furiously on a new website, which will allow you to order online, but for now here's an FPN special. For the first time, they'll be available directly from us in the UK (EU customers welcome too)! Our first stock of inks will be arriving in the next couple of weeks and the initial colour selection is listed below... but here's what we thought, how about we give the wonderful people of FPN the chance to add whatever they want to our shipment. Our official stock of colours will be as follows, drum roll please... Blue seaSummer stormGrun SchwartzEmeraldBlue BlackClaretBarossa GrapeDirect sunDeep SeaJade Price will be £14.95 per 50ml bottle + shipping (detailed below). So, what we'll do is up until the end of Thursday, if you send us a message with your requirements (colour swatches below), we'll then add them to the shipment and send them on to you once they've arrived with us. We would ask for pre-payment (via paypal or bank transfer). To keep it really simple for you, here's the shipping charges for this initial 'add whatever you like' order... UK 1-4 Bottles: £5.45 5-9 Bottles: £8.95 10 Plus Bottles: Free of Charge EU Countries 1 - 4 Bottles: £12.50 5 - 14 Bottles: £16.00 15 Plus Bottles: Free of Charge We're really delighted to be involved with Rob and the wonderful inks that he produces... more exciting news to come soon. Until then, have a good day. Roy
  7. Robert Oster Signature Inks - Quick review of 7 lovely inks You can find Part 1 here. You can find Part 2 here. You can find Part 4 here. I AM BAAACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.. And I have some more Robert Oster Inks for your pleasure… If this is the first time you are reading about Robert Oster Signature Inks, he is a lovely Australian gentleman and produces high quality Fountain Pen Ink. You can find it in eBay-AU: http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/osteralia For international orders, please use his email: Signature@RobertOster.com You can find more reviews of his inks in the links provided above. (Part 1 and Part 2) On Part 3, the list of inks reviewed will be: · Barosa Grape · Pinky · Peach · Ever Green · Spearmint · Tranquility · Dark Chocolate I have never mentioned the packaging... The inks come in wrapped in a gold foil paper... like the treasure they are. Is fun to remove the wrapping and unveiled the jewel inside. Now to the inks... BLACK nRED These inks flowed quite well on this paper… They get along quite well… no bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering whatsoever.. I use a wet flex broad, my pen dumps a bunch of ink and the behavior was flawless. Barosa Grape: (don’t confuse with Barbosa) LOL. Gorgeous Purple. A must have to any purple lover.. Shading, Sheen, … on a wet pen it looks like Ink of Witch.. very dark, Pinky: You can’t call me a pink lover….. but Pinky is really the kind of pink I don’t mind. Is not retina-searing (which I dislike) and it has a vintage look without being chalky. A lovely pink. Peach: Similar to Pinky, as in a more subdue color… with a vintage feel. Is not in your face Orange.. Is so soft and delicate, you almost want to touch the “fuzz”… Ever Green: This bright green will please all straight green lovers… (I am more of a “murky” green lover) .. reminds me of MB Irish Green. Bright and cheery. Spearmint: This one surprised me… I don’t know why I was expecting a more delicate green (you can tell I am no gardener..lol)…. Is a lovely green and more in my style of “dark” greens. Sheen is amazing on this one. Tranquility: YAY!!... Deep Sea younger sister…. Lol. The hue is the same, but this one is more delicate. The darker areas might look the same.. but Tranquility is lighter and you can tell in the lighter areas. The shading is spectacular. The sheen is not too shabby either… Dark Chocolate: Is very interesting… Is a chocolate with mauve undertones. I remember finding Rober Oster Chocolate with pink undertones… so not surprised this one (Dark Chocolate) has also some other tones. I personally love when ink looks different with different lighting. Nothing wrong with that. This makes it a lovely ink for sketching. RHODIA DOT PAD No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering. TOMOE RIVER No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering. MUJI Notebook No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering. Please note, not all MUJI paper is fountain pen friendly. This one is the “black cover” notebook. They do quite well with ink, wet pens and they do show sheen. Summary What can I say, I am still very impressed with Robert Oster Signature Inks. Can’t say I am head over heels with all his colors, he still needs a DEEP RED… and a straight BROWN.. but the range and quality of Blues and Greens is just MAGNIFICENT…. I personally like his purples, oranges, amber… and odd colors (Copper for example) I’ve been told there is an exclusive Red (exclusive to SAKURA) .. and I am trying to get a sample of that for comparison sake. So, hopefully I am not done with Robert Oster anytime soon. Hope you guys have enjoyed another quick trip through Robert Oster Signature Ink heaven.. Disclaimer: Not affiliated to Robert Oster.. yadda yadda…. C. .
  8. Someone will be smacking me over the head with something.... My lovely friend, gave me samples of pretty much the whole line (I am missing three, I believe).. That was almost 6 weeks ago !!!!!... I did sample/review them approx 5 weeks ago, but I keep forgetting to post them.. I am a horrible friend... (Plus, I've been busy with Robert Oster Signature Inks.. but don't tell her that) In any case... here it goes.. Intro.. I had the pleasure to play with the following: Spanish BlueBlue 72 (What an odd name)Noir et BlueTenebris Purpuratum (what an AWESOME name)Midnight EmeraldLodenTerra FirmaDark ChocolateBlack CherryClassic Black I believe I am missing: Red 187, Emerald 357 and Brown 732…. What’s up with those names??… To start, you can call me a snob… I don’t care much for overpriced ink … those where the damn bottle seems to be more unique that the ink that is inside.. (I am looking at you Caran D’ache). So, I was quite pleased with these affordable inks… (more affordable to the US audience.. shipping is quite dear for me and anyone outside the US).... But honestly, here is perfect example that great ink with very lovely colors don’t have to be expensive. I should add a disclaimer…. I like my dark and murky colors… and this line seem to have been made for me…. They are nicely saturated and on the dark side.. All of them have sheen.. (on Tomoe of course) and they all shade beautifully. I almost can’t pick a favorite… :wub: Here you go… Red and Black Rhodia Tomoe River Conclusion.. They are not waterproof, they dry in a reasonable amount of time. Lubrication is fair… in summary they are all well behave inks. Spanish Blue: Nice fair blue. Lovely sheen. Blue 72: Too purple for my liking, but I know tons of people who like this type of blue. Noir et Blue: Ahhh YES!!!... This is a lovely blue black with a purple undertone. On wet pen it looks almost black Tenebris Purpuratum: Beautiful dark purple… if your like your purple to look almost black.. this one is for you. Midnight Emerald: Don’t bother getting the Pelikan Aquamarine… this one is as good.. and maybe even better. I will have to compare side by side. Loden: One of my all-time favorites. Is not a replacement for Olde Emerald… but is nice and dark. It reminds me of KWZI Foggy Green (which I adore!!) Terra Firma: LOVE IT LOVE IT… let me say it again… LOVE IT!!! – Is an odd dark terracotta… but is lovely… Dark Chocolate: Oh yes.. yes… come to mama… I love my dark browns. This one has no undertones. Looks black out of a wet pen. Black Cherry: Another lovely dark color. This one is darker with a tad more red than Tenebris P.… looks black out of a wet pen. Classic Black: You all know I don’t care about Black inks.. but this one is interesting. It has a mauve undertone… I don’t have Pussiere de Lune, and I wonder if this is more like a very dark Pussiere? Disclaimer: Not affiliated with Franklin-Christoph .. yadda yadda… C.
  9. northstar

    Fpn Exclusive Inks

    Here are the sketches I did using the FPN exclusive inks, used each ink to draw the person it was named after, hope you all like it. Best regards. Voltaire Candide Vermilion. Galileo Manuscript Brown. Dumas Tulipe Noire. Van Gogh Starry Night Blue.
  10. Robert Oster Signature Inks - Quick review of 7 lovely inks You can find Part 1 here. You can find Part 3 here. You can find Part 4 here. So I am back with some more Robert Oster Signature Inks !!!.. Yeah, Yeah.. I can’t seem to get enough of his inks… Those lucky Ozzies.. between Robert Oster and BlackStone… why would you buy anything else…. If this is the first time you are reading about Robert Oster Signature Inks, he is a lovely Australian gentleman and produces high quality Fountain Pen Ink. You can find it in eBay-AU: http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/osteralia For international orders, please use his email: Signature@RobertOster.com Ok so… this time I got: Blue BlackSchool BlueMossCopperOrangeClaretYeah, I totally forgot about Barossa Grape… but that one is currently on its way… Without further delay: BLACK nRED These inks flowed quite well on this paper… They get along quite well… no bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering whatsoever.. I use a wet flex broad, my pen dumps a bunch of ink and the behavior was flawless. Blue Black: This is a GORGEOUS Blue Black… Goes down wet and shiny and dries with a high saturation.. Lovely color School Blue: I like blues… I am NOT crazy about blues as most people seemed to be. I do LOVE dark blues. But Blues in general are just “Fine” by me. School Blue, is a “regular” blue that looks AMAZING on paper. The shading is quite dramatic.. and I don’t think it shows too well because of my wet pen. If you maximize the pic, you will see it goes from very light turquoise to a very dark blue (almost Blue Black). Really amazing looking color. And don’t forget the sheen. Robert Oster must have a very sheeny blue dye. All his blues sheen wonderfully. Moss Green: If you know anything about me, you know I like my greens very much. Especially the darker, mossy type… (the murkier the better). Moss green is not murky, but is a lovely “moss” green… lol. The name is quite right. I do love it. I also love that it does shift the hue depending on paper. It looks more olive on cram paper (Muji paper below) Copper: Now, this is a very interesting color. I think this is what people call “Puce”… Is brownish/pinkish.. very hard to describe. I do like it. It flows well and unless my eyes need adjusting (which I believe they do by the way.. I got my first pair of reading glasses three weeks ago) it seems to leave a “border” on each stroke. Not really sheen, but a darker border. I find this color very vintage looking and handsome. Not sure if copper is the correct name thou. Orange: NOW.. this IS ORANGE !!!... I think sometimes we think what orange is, and then this one comes an SMACK you in the face and says..” HEY .. I am the real ORANGE”.. Lol.. Honestly, I love my oranges, and this is a beautiful orange.. BRIGHT, but not NEON.. (which I dislike). Royal Red: This is a nice “subdue” red. I wish it was darker. Beside the Fire Engine Red it looks orangey. Robert.. if you are reading, we need a dark-blood-type red. Claret: OH WOW!!.. This goes down almost BLACK!!.. and dries to a WONDERFUL purplish /mauve color.. but is quite intriguing.. You need to see when is drying, it seems to change to grey/plum/purple/mauve.. Is almost like a chameleon… Amazing looking ink. RHODIA DOT PAD No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering TOMOE RIVER No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering MUJI Notebook No bleed thru, no show thru and no feathering. Please note, not all MUJI paper is fountain pen friendly. This one is the “black cover” notebook. They do quite well with ink, wet pens and they do show sheen. All the inks flowed well, and they seem quite wet. I am sure some are wetter than others, but in general.. they are on the wet side. While writing this, I went to his eBay site to grab the link, I just found out some newly release inks.. Blue Sea, Viola and Direct Sun !!!.. Should I go for more?... Is my birthday coming up?.. Well, yes.. in 2017.. LOL.. http://i.myniceprofile.com/478/47831.gif I guess is time to make a Toronto Posse Group Buy !!. C.
  11. sidthecat

    Robert Oster Ink Package

    So I ordered a bottle of ink from Robert Oster, and this is what I received: The bottle of Barossa Grape I'd ordered A same-sized bottle of Claret Sample bottles of Burgundy, Sea Blue, Peach and something else that I can't recall A Jinhao pen A note, sealed with wax, expressing thanks for my purchase All wrapped nicely in gold foil. A beautiful package, which cost a packet to ship. If you want to have Christmas, order from this guy.
  12. Ink Stained Wretch

    Has The Price Of Noodler's Inks Been Raised?

    I get a frequent E-mail from Jet Pens touting their sales. In the latest one they make a big thing about having Noodler's inks in stock. So I looked. The price of every Noodler's ink on their site is $15 per bottle, and these are the French square bottles, the "3 oz." ones. Is the price of Noodler's ink being raised by 20% everywhere, or is Jet Pens the only one charging this new price for it? Will we see other vendors selling Noodler's inks for more soon? I know that Nathan went to the (mostly) unpopular plastic bottles for a while in order to avoid a price rise on the inks, so it would seem strange for him to suddenly raise the price by 20% after that experience.
  13. Uncial

    Robert Oster In Sakura

    Robert Oster is a new arrival on the ink scene from the sunny climes of Australia and he produces a large range of ink colours in neat, tall bottles with secure caps and a gold label. There have been a few reviews of his inks and personally, the inks that I have tried have been very good and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. Until now you had to buy directly from him, choosing seven inks to fit in an international package. Now his inks will be available through Sakura (link below). I just thought that people might like to know as it is quite an extensive range of inks and in my dealings with him he's been such a gentleman and a pleasure to order from and it's exciting to see a new ink range come to market that could potentially do very well. (No affiliation etc, etc) http://www.sakurafountainpengallery.com/en
  14. PW Akkerman Pen shop in The Hague, Netherlands is located in The Passage. The Passage is a street made into a mall and covered with a high glass roof. The Passage was created in 1885 and PW Akkerman opened his pen shop in 1910. Another PW Akkerman shop located in Amsterdam was sold off and is not connected with the original shop. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PW%20Akkerman%20The%20Passage_zpscfvl3eek.jpg http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PW%20Akkerman%20Storefront_zpswd3p71qf.jpg The front windows at PW Akkerman would fascinate anyone with an interest in fountain pens. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PW%20Akkerman%20display%202_zpsbmynyfah.jpg http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PW%20Akkerman%20display%201_zpstibnej8s.jpg Inside, the shop offers fountain pens, a variety of inks, and a small collection of notepads, note books and quality paper. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PK%20Akkerman%20Shop%20scene%202_zpsos1tcdnf.jpg There is a display of old fountain pen inks and bottles. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKA%20Ink%20Shelves_zpszskg5v5c.jpg http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKA%20Vintage%20Ink%20Display_zpsc2fh32mg.jpg Of special interest are the proprietary PW Akkerman inks. The inks come in a special bottle with two chambers and a glass ball stopper. One can invert the bottle to pour ink into the upper chamber then return the bottle to an upright position. The glass marble drops into place and retains ink in the small upper chamber of the bottle to facilitate drawing the ink into a fountain pen. The inks come in a variety of colors. Purchasers are cautioned that the house brand ink is well saturated and inclined to dry if stored in a fountain pen for long. So, use of the ink in an easily rinsed pen, such as a fountain pen with a removable converter, is recommended. The Akkerman ink costs 15 Euros (currently $16.71 USD). Purchased from the store in quantities of 5 bottles, the per bottle cost with shipping is a bit over $21. The same ink is available from US Internet pen shops for $30. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PK%20Akkerman%20Ink%20Display_zpstysde4cd.jpg The shop deals exclusively in new pens and offers a wide variety of Monte Blanc, Pelikan, Waterman, Cross, and Visconte pens including specimens from current and some past special editions. There are smaller collections of other fountain pen brands. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PW%20Akkerman%20sales%20counter_zpsmdch9wdy.jpg Photos of the store owners 1910 to 2010 hang over the Monte Blanc Display. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PK%20Akkerman%20Shop%20scene%201_zpssabl9ddx.jpg There are also some beautiful lacquered pens on display. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKW%20Painted%20Pens_zps8ptgw0an.jpg My favorite among the lacquered pens were these Romanov pens. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKA%20Rominoffs%201_zpsx5rowgcd.jpg The most interesting pen I saw was this Dupont “Shoot the Moon” fountain pen that looks like a cannon. With the available pen stand it would be impressive on one’s desk. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKA%20Cannon%20Pen_zpsez5m4c7r.jpg One needs souvenirs from a vacation. Mine from this trip are a special edition Vibrant Blue Pelikan M805 with silver trim and bottles of PW Akkerman ink in Shocking Blue and Bekakt Haags, a dark brown. http://i332.photobucket.com/albums/m326/PatientType/Pen%20Shops/PKA%20What%20I%20Bought_zpszcggaccz.jpg
  15. KyleKatarn

    Old And Vintage Inks Findings

    Today I was visiting a store that only sells old stuff, not really an antiquary, more like an hoarder that buys and resells old things that many could tought of as complete junk. There I found and bought 15 packs of fountain pen ink cartridges for the grand total of 2 Euros. I wouldn't qualify these inks as vintage, although they are old. However, the ink in the cartridges seems to be in good shape, no evaporation signs or whatsoever. I thought it could be neat to have a topic where to show and discuss these kind of findings. So, what do you think of my latest acquisitions? http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/900x600q90/923/zhqUZq.jpg
  16. Hi, On the 20th May 2016 I am lucky to be going to Tokyo and Osaka. What would you contemplate buying that is interesting, different, you cannot buy elsewhere, (especially the United Kingdom) etc. and from where? I am into Urban Sketching so also want to visit there art supply shops It could be pens, strange nibs on pens, pencils, paper, inks, calligraphy (like), sharpeners or anything else pen, calligraphy or stationary related. All suggestions no matter how wild and wacky will be very welcome
  17. Robert Oster Signature Inks - Quick review of 16 lovely inks You can find Part 2 here. You can find Part 3 here. You can find Part 4 here. Exciting news.. a new PLAYER has enter the Ink World.. Robert Oster Signature Inks !! I was quite excited to see quick reviews of these inks. You all know how much I love new inks. New colors are always exciting to me. Looking at the line up of Robert Oster, it seems that he has been busy. More than 30 colors are currently available at his eBay store. (31 inks on eBay and maybe 7 more.. total of 38) In any case, I was dying to get my eager paws on some of his creations.. so I went ahead a selected a few colors then some more oh well. Someone might have gone a little overboard But hey!!... couldnt resist a good deal. I got: Yellow SunGreen OliveKhakiLight GreenLime GreenJadeEmeraldDeep SeaTurquoiseAustralian SkyBondi BlueBlue DenimBlue NightFire Engine RedBurgundyChocolateThey come in these cute bottles that are quite misleading.. they contain 50ml of inks and dont look much bigger than the Diamine plastic bottles. I believe Robert Oster's bottles are of a much better plastic; they are quite sturdy and the caps closes tightly. Not one spill, not even a drop of ink crept out. Mr. Oster was having a special of adding a pen (Jinhao) for every bottle you purchased. I believe that offer was for the Australian market (the weight of the pens will definitely be costly for international shipping).. In any case, he was so sweet to add 4 pens for me to try out. I never experienced this specific model of Jinhao, but I am quite happy to check them out. I LOVE broad, flex, wet pens You can imagine that I run into problems almost everywhere I go (unless sticking to the best paper). I did not bother testing with the worst paper possible. Most of us try our best to use at least decent paper. If you are forced to use bad paper, then stick to very fine nibs with medium to dry flow and you should be ok. For the purposes of this compendium-review, I use 4 types of paper. Two of them are decent fountain pen friendly (most of the time), one is excellent and the last one is not really meant for fountain pens but I happen to use it to create my swatch cards. Regular Decent Paper Black nRedRegular Decent Paper Rhodia Dot PadFantastic Paper Tomoe RiverAbsorbent Paper Maruman MnemosyneMy regular notebook is the Black nRed, I use Rhodia only for testing and Tomoe River is mostly for fun, doodling and testing inks. A great ink just looks FANTASTIC on Tomoe and because of the way it lets inks pool on the surface.. if an ink has the ability to sheen, Tomoe River will show it. To start, these inks are WET. Really wet. I do enjoy wet inks, but since most my pens are wet pens wet+wet.. is a tad too wet. I believe these inks will work much better on medium nibs and they will also help a dryish pen. Colors are nicely saturated and most of them display very nice sheen. BLACK nRED This is paper works 90% of the time. I tend to use extremely wet pens (broads and flexs) and this paper will sometimes fails me. Only very few inks misbehave on this paper. I enjoy the sturdiness of the hardbound cover and the whiteness of the paper enhances the color of the inks. I do enjoy using this paper and I was gladly surprised that NONE of the Robert Oster inks bleed, showed or feathered on this paper. Some of these inks display a nice amount of sheen on this paper
  18. I have just ordered the 4 Seasons inks and have several demonstrator p ens I would like to use these inks in, but don't want to stain them. Does anyone have experience with Visconti Opera, Pelikan M8XX, M2XX demonstrator pens and the Sailor inks? Please share! Thanks in advance!
  19. Uncial

    Inks That Don't Like Tomoe

    I recently had a strange experience with a Bungbox ink - Oranges of Lake Hamana. I really like this ink, in fact it is one of my all time favourites. It doesn't have any sheen, but the shading and the colour really hit the spot for me. It usually has a real 'liveliness' on the page. However, when I used it on Tomoe River Paper I was quite disappointed. It had a little shading but not nearly as much as on other papers and it lost all of its 'liveliness' to appear quite flat. I've noticed this with a few other inks and I guess it has something to do with the absorbancy of Tomoe River but hadn't expected to see it with this particular ink. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting and useful to list any other inks that demonstrate this behaviour on Tomoe.
  20. galem

    New Member From Missouri

    I have always loved fountain pens and generally use a Pilot or Lami for writing. I was an exchange student my junior year of college in Germany and was amazed that the young students learned cursive from the beginning (and not printing first) and used "junior" models of fountain pens. As a matter of fact, you will still see " beginner" fountain pens among office supplies in a grocery store! I am into calligraphy in a major way and use a Pilot Parallel pen for my practice and have all four sizes. I do not like some of the ink in the Pilot cartridges, especially the black. It feathers and soaks through many types of paper, and I wonder why they don't improve it. There are a lot of complaints out there! I load my Pilot handle with ink or refill cartridges with a syringe. I just tried Noodler's bulletproof black in my Pilot pen and it is wonderful. I also have two Osmiroid pens that I have cleaned up and am using again. Hope to hear from other calligraphy fans.
  21. glowy01

    Are These Good Inks?

    I had a question on a few inks: Are the Pilot Irushuzi (or whatever they are) worth the price? Are the J. Herbin 1670 inks as awesome as they look? Is the Alexander Hamilton ink any good? link below http://www.andersonpens.com/De-Atramentis-Alexander-Hamilton-35ml-Bottle-p/da-1126.htm
  22. Pens & Pints meets the first Friday of the month (6pm - 9pm) every month. Sometimes we do re-schedule. This month (MARCH) we had two Pens&Pints. We hosted Ken Cavers on March 11 (Was so much fun!!) and our regulars Pens&Pints will be on March 18. We are meeting at the Union Social Eatery @Yonge-Sheppard. Everyone is welcome to drop by.. is good to have an idea of numbers so we can reserve a bigger table, so please leave a message here if you are planning to come. C.
  23. Edgemcmuffins

    $30-50 Pens

    Recently, my parents have said that If I get straight a's, I will get $100 to spend on pens. Right now, my pre-prepared cart on goulet has a rhodia dotpad, a jinhao 159+ goulet nib, a faber-castell basic, and a twsbi eco. I was thinking of replacing one of the pens to buy some more ink, as all I have now is noodler's black and a set of black-cap winsor and newton inks that I don't trust. If I had to get rid of a pen, which should I get rid of?
  24. If you have any inks that you would recommend for an expensive or a vintage fountain pen, what would it be? If you have a list of them, I would love to see that. Feel free to also say what inks you would specifically stay away from when using expensive pens. Currently I only have 2 inks, one is a black Parker Quink which I like a little bit. Not a huge fan, but if I need a black, it gets the job done. The other one is Noodler's Liberty's Elysium, which I love so very much. It's the nicest blue I have ever seen by far. However, I did notice that it stained the feed of my Metropolitan blue as well. So I decided that I would never let that happen if I were to get a more expensive or a vintage pen. More so a vintage pen because I respect vintage items and would rather not do something that will make it changed forever (I have 2 vintage saxophones that I use, I freak out even if I barely tap them against a music stand, chair, or another person's instrument). Does anyone else have this problem with Liberty's Elysium? For some reason I thought only Baystate colors had that problem. If you need to know what colors I'm particularly interested in, well, personally I prefer either a gold-brown, green, regular brown, blue-green, grey, and blue. However, I already have a blue and would like to get either a green, blue-green, brown/gold-brown, or grey. I am well aware that there is such thing as grey-greens and gold-greens as well as other combination colors, those apply to the things I wouldn't mind trying out.
  25. Visited Parker's new version website for UK (USA site is same old one). On it, it seems that Parker is going to relaunch some more colors, both in bottle and cartridge, as earlier only washable blue, black and blue-black were mentioned (it is still same, there on USA-Shop Online site). Same has been changed for China and Japan as well.

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