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  1. Not unlike how things are in New Zealand, postage costs in Australia are almost prohibitive for exchanges and giveaways even when just sending stuff domestically, especially when they involve pens, which Australia Post has explicitly stated are not to be sent by letter post, which is far cheaper, but must be sent in parcels (Parcel Post minimum cost A$7.95) that are not subject to being stomped on by automated mail processing machinery. A better way may be to pass around a box of surplus and not-my-cup-of-tea-but-may-be-someone-else's items of up to 3kg, using a flat-rate prepaid mailing bag – costing A$13.80 to ship between any two points in Australia – and let participants take from it and add to it as they wish. I would like to gauge the level of interest in such an exercise. I'd be happy to put the following into a box, pay for the first leg of its journey and kickstart the process: 3 new Hero 395 pens fitted with converters; these pens supposedly have semi-flex steel nibs, which is a feature I personally don't care much about2 three-ounce bottles of Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape ink – one new, one mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Prime of the Commons blue-black contract ink – mostly full2 three-ounce bottles of Noodler's Polar Green ink – one new, one mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Polar Brown ink – mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Kiowa Pecan ink – newseveral 3ml samples (in plastic pipettes) of the new Sailor Nano souboku pigment ink; I just received my three bottles in the mail yesterdaya few 3ml samples of Sailor Nano kiwa-guro and seiboku pigment inksand possibly: one or two 3ml samples each of some De Atramentis scented, Diamine, and Pilot Iroshizuku inks I have.I'm still waiting on my eBay order of plastic pipettes to arrive from China, so it may take another three or so weeks before I'm ready to get the samples ready for shipping. I don't personally intend to track the box's travels, or who has taken or added what to it, but if participants could just post in this thread: that they want to be the box's next stopwhat is in the box, after they have received it, taken what they wanted and perhaps added to it themselves; andtheir commitment to sending it at their expense on to the next interested partyI think that ought to be sufficient to keep things moving. What do you think?
  2. This is a review of “Kaco Master”. It’s the best Chinese Fountain pen I have come across till now.Kaco is a young company which makes some great products. Kaco since its inception in 2011 have launched many pens & accessories . This “Kaco Master” is among their most premium offerings .This has German Made Gold Nib , it doesn’t feel like it’s made by Jowo or Bock. It feels a bit different from those both. I think they are made by special order or made by some other company ! Pros- – Great 14k Gold Nib – Well Tuned Out Of The Box – Soft & Springy Nib – Minimalistic Design – Top Notch Construction – Great Price – Great Packing & Presentation – Hourglass Shaped Section – Have Premium Look – Suitable For Long Writing Sessions Cons- – Only comes in one colour i.e. Black for gold nib. Although the steel nib version comes in many colors. – Don’t post securely. – I can’t expect anything more at this price !!! Packing- Great, The pen comes with a great grey metallic case, which comes in a black box over which “Kaco” is engraved. The metallic oval case has a foam insert in it where the pen can rest. This foam ensures that the pen doesn’t get scratched with the sides of the metal case. Specifications- – Nib Size -Fine Nib 0.5mm – Filling Mechanism: standard cartridges and converter – Capped Pen length: 154mm – Section Length: 25mm – Section Diameter: 12.5 mm – Uncapped Pen Length : 133mm – Diameter: 16.5 mm – Pen weight: 27.5g Appearance & Design- Good, The pen has a classic design. It’s made of great quality black resin which has been highly polished. The clip is of gold color & fit into a clip-shaped recess in the cap & almost aligns with the cap of the pen .The clip is strong & is very functional. It is unique & looks good in my pocket. The clip has a small logo of “Kaco” over it .The pen size is around 133 mm uncapped & 154 mm capped. It doesn’t cap securely.This pen is made in very nice black resin, it is super shiny & feels premium in hand . I wish they had other colors too. It has an hourglass-shaped section & a number #6 14k nib in Fine with “Kaco” logo engraved over. It has a plastic feed. The section is long & threads of the cap are precise. This nib looks good & is similar to JOWO nib but it’s not JOWO. The nib suits the pen size & looks good. This pen is very comfortable for long writing sessions too. Construction- Very Well Made, The construction of this pen is top notch.The pen has been polished well & has been given a mirror like finish on both clip as well as body. It looks pleasing to the eyes , but as a result it attracts dust & micro scratches may be noticeable. The pen is elegant & is a perfect minimalistic office pen. Filling System- This is a simple C/C pen. The converter is interchangeable with a Schmidt K5 converter. It has metal reinforcements in the mouth & it is perfectly functional. You can use standard international cartridges too Nib Performance- Amazing , Kaco Master has #6 nib which is very springy and relatively soft.It is surely better than JOWO/BOCK nibs. This nib has a slight forward curve which makes a different writing angle which is different from others, I think it’s some unique Chinese grind. This is very smooth & gives a distinctive feel while writing. The nib is similar to European Fine Nibs.On the box, it’s written the nib is made in Germany but nib doesn’t look like common nibs i.e. JOWO or BOCK . Conclusion- True Master, This is the best Chinese pen I have ever used & one of the best pens available at this price. I bought it for around $120. The pen is very well made & has a great 14 k gold nib. It has a minimalistic look,which is amazing. The glossy black color looks good but I feel there should be more color options in this pen. I really can’t expect anything more at this price. It is true value for money given the quality, ergonomics and writing experience. It’s a masterpiece about which most people don’t know about !
  3. I haven’t heard many people talk about this, so I just wanted to make those who are unaware now aware. Here is just a quick thing on some price comparisons. “Retail” price was taken from online fountain pen and ink retailers: DIAMINE 30ml Cult Pens- $2.47 Retail- $7.50 PELIKAN 4001 30ml Cult Pens- $4.82 Retail- $11.75 ROHRER & KLINGNER 50ml Cult Pens- $5 Retail- $11.95 PARKER QUINK 57ml Cult Pens- $5.21 Retail- $11.02 DIAMINE 80ml Cult Pens- $6.21 Retail- $14.95 WATERMAN 50ml Cult Pens- $6.51 Retail- $12 PELIKAN 4001 62.5ml Cult Pens- $7.52 Retail- $16.50 DIAMINE 150th ANNIVERSARY 40ml Cult Pens- $8.15 Retail- $15.50 HERBIN 30ml Cult Pens- $8.40 Retail- $12.95 KAWECO 50ml Cult Pens- $8.41 Retail- $12 CROSS 62.5ml Cult Pens- $9.47 Retail- $16 LAMY CRYSTAL 30ml Cult Pens- $9.99 Retail- $16 JACQUES HERBIN 1670 50ml Cult Pens- $18.39 Retail- $29.50 JACQUES HERBIN 1798 50ml Cult Pens- $21.02 Retail- $29.50 MONTBLANC AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS BLUE 50ml Cult Pens- $33.66 Retail- $40 I just wanted to tell all of you who weren’t aware. Have a nice day, W. Major
  4. Hurry! Offer ends soon! There's a packet of Monteverde Neon Orange ink carts with one missing. These fit Lamy Safari and Lamy Nexx. They really do glow under black light for all your psychedelic needs! Krishna ink bottles: Myrtle, a burgundy pink with shimmer on the bottom. Shake shake shake and get your shimmer and exercise routine all in one! Empty. Is it brown? Gray? Black? Your guess is as good as mine, but it is SATURATED, for all your really elusive deep dark color expressions. Shamrock, an intense saturated shamrocky green. Just in time for next year's St. Patrick's Day! Plus, if you act now, a special surprise will be included! . Reply here to be in the running. Shipping is free, but substantial restrictions apply....as in CONUS only. Good luck! Hey...there's a shamrock! 🍀
  5. Hello everyone, I've been back on FPN for one or two weeks now, and am really loving the knowledge that's still being shared here. I'm currently learning more about urushi pens, and surprisingly, there is one topic I haven't seen explicitly discussed on this forum (or elsewhere). What inks are more "safe" for urushi on temporary contact? I understand that leaving ink (or any liquid) on urushi for a prolonged period of time will likely damage it, regardless of its composition. However, I suspect there certainly are inks that will create staining and other issues more quickly than others. I'm therefore trying to find out which inks are the least dangerous for urushi. My initial guesses on unsafe inks are pigment (as opposed to dye) based inks, Noodler's lubricated inks, and "permanent" inks of any kind. My initial guesses for safe inks are the standard fare: Pilot/Namiki, Waterman's, Pelikan, etc. (However, I have heard iroshizuku can cause problems -- is this true?) I'm looking forward to what people with experience in the matter have to say. Thanks in advance!
  6. Hi, I am looking to buy a pilot custom 74 in a fine nib(soft is preferred). My only criteria is that it writes smooth and isn't too weared out. If you have a custom 74 you'd like to sell or trade, hit me up and we can talk about the pricing!
  7. Mysterious Mose

    Comparative Costs Of Inks

    The costs of different inks vary considerably, even by a factor of almost 6. My question is: what do you get for your money? Why are some inks so much more expensive than others? Is there any common reason? My data for comparison are inks listed and priced in the Annual 2020 Fountain Pen Hospital catalogue. Other relevant inks are sold by other dealers. They're not listed here. Also, prices will vary. So here's the list, sorted from least expensive to most expensive. What is relevant is the price per ounce. Noodler's: $4.17/oz. - $13.50/oz. Diamine: $5.56/oz. - $14.29/oz. Parker: $6.00/oz. Sheaffer: $6.18/oz Private Reserve: $6.47/oz. Waterman: $7.06/oz. Sailor: $7.35/oz. - $14.71/oz. Pelikan 4001: $7.50/oz. Cross: $8.00/oz. Platinum: $10.00/oz. - $12.50/oz. Montegrappa: $11.76/oz. Montblanc: $12.00/oz. - $17.50/oz. Herbin non-shimmering: $12.00/oz. Ferris Wheel Press: $12.41/oz. Pilot (iroshizuku): $12.50/oz. Graf Von Faber-Castell: $12.80/oz. Visconti: $12.96/oz. Aurora: $14.81/oz. Herbin shimmering: $18.82/oz. Pelikan Edelstein: $20.59/oz. Caran D'Ache: $24.41/oz. Please feel free to add inks sold by other dealers.
  8. Greetings friends! I was asked to create a separate post in which I will share my tests on fadeout of ink from light. I did my first test two years ago(2018), but there was not much ink. This is the original test sheet: These are sheets after half a year tested outdoors but without direct sunlight. Conclusion: First sheet: It seems to me that Pelikan Edelstein Topaz, Noodlers Midway Blue, Noodlers Ottoman Azure, Sheaffer Torquise did the best with the task of lightfastness. At the same time, Noodlers Midway Blue practically did not lose color at all - i.e. is the winner in lightfastness in this group. Second sheet: The second sheet "tête à tête", which placed black, orange and brown. And as it turned out, of all inks, the favorites in terms of lightfastness turned out to be precisely the warm, orange and brown shades, which practically did not lose their pigment . Regarding blacks, one cannot say that they have lost their color, because they do not have it, but in fact they are also great save tone and remained, in principle, almost the same black or so . In the second selection J.Herbin Aniversary 1670 Rouge Hematite, Gamma Reds, Diamine Inferno Orange, Diamine Beaver, Noodlers Kiowa Pecan and Noodlers Red-Black look best. There is no favorite here, but J. Herbin 1670, Diamine Inferno, Noodlers Red-Black and Koh-i-Noor Black is practically unchanged. Third sheet: The last sheet: And on the third sheet, I placed predominantly green shades and those ink that I did not have initially, but they appeared with some delay in the samples:). Recently bought the pigment Platinum, Windsor & Newton India ink, Gamma and Chinese india ink also got here. At that time, I still did not have dr. Ph.Martins. As you can see, the green shades did not go far from the blue ones and lost quite a lot in color, and Diamine Ultra Green turned out to be the leader. But I was pleasantly pleased with Platinum Carbon Black and Pigment Sepia Brown inks - the color did not change at all and it pleases because these are my main colors for drawings with fountain pens . Pelikan Fount India pigment ink also showed itself very well, despite the fact that they practically do not reflect light by dry pigment in side lighting, unlike Platinum Carbon Black, which, coupled with the price, makes them very attractive. More detailed photos you can view by the link: https://lenskiy.org/2018/11/fountain-pen-inks-light-resistance-test-2018/
  9. I have way too many pens and inks, and I am trying to simplify. So I am offering 4 bundles of bottled inks. Unless indicated, bottles are 90% full or more. (some have had only a fill or two out of them). All bottles have been purchased within the last 12 months - most of them during COVID era. All of these inks are terrific and will make you happy. The rules are simple: First come, first served. State your selection in a thread reply, so everyone knows what's been taken.Send me a PM so we can work out shipping. Shipped free to CONUS. Outside of CONUS, you'll just pay the USPS shipping rates. Noodler's Lot (3 Bottles): American Eel Black (~ 70% full)Red Rattler American EelAir Corps Blue Black Waterman Lot (3 bottles) Mysterious BlueAudacious RedSerenity Blue (~40-50% full) Parker Quink Lot (3 Bottles - all ~ 70% full) BlackWashable BlueBlue Black Mixed Lot (3 Bottles) Noodler's BurgundyPrivate Reserve Sherwood Green Fast DryAurora Blue
  10. Since I rotate my 8 pens and my 8 inks, there are many combinations of pen-ink. And then there's the 4 papers which I also rotate. Some combinations work better than others. I'm trying to make sense of this. I ask you to rate the 8 inks and the 8 pens in terms of wetness and dryness. Fountain Pens: Pelikan Souveran M805, Waterman Expert II, Waterman Phileas, Stipula Splash, Sheaffer Sagaris, Sheaffer Prelude, Sheaffer School pen and Sheaffer Cartridge Pen; inks: Pelikan 4001 Brilliant Schwarz (Brilliant Black), Pelikan 4001 Königsblau (Royal Blue), Edelstein Sapphire, Edelstein Onyx, Waterman Encre Bleu (Inspired Blue), Diamine Mediterranean Blue, iroshizuku (Pilot) ama-iro (Sky Blue), Montblanc Mystery Black Is there anything else I should know about these inks? Are there any other inks that belong in my collection? Blue or Black only, please.
  11. Up for grabs: five beginner pens, an extra section that I believe fits the clear pen, and, not seen, a couple of standard carts, plus a sample vial labeled Diamine China Blue (but isn't....it is nonetheless blue of a sort). I'll leave this PIF open for a bit, close on a whim, and select a winner using the highly scientific eeny-meeny methodology. Conus only, please. Thanks. http://extras.ourpatioparty.com/files/3215/9058/9426/PIF_Pens-640p.jpg
  12. I love the in-between-ness of the tertiaries; they're complex, blended, impure, not one thing, nor t'other. Those yellow-oranges, red-oranges, red-purples, blue-purples, blue-greens, and yellow-greens. So all you ink lovers out there who love the tertiary colors: let's hear / see your favorites in the in-between ranges. Here are the colors I have loaded in pens at the moment:
  13. the main review is below. This is an Indian notebook called ITC classmate which is dirt cheap and exceptionally fountain pen friendly - doesn't feather or spread with the worst offenders (in my case, Noodler's 54th Mass for spreading, Noodler's forest green for feathering); dry time is quick but inks retain their vibrancy and shade nicely. Only strikes against it is that it doesn't particularly help with sheen and its not bright-white (there's a slight red tinge to the pages). Anyway, enough about the paper. This review was written with a PenBBS 480 with a Mini fude F nib. Really its more like an M. Writes wetter than normal. Note: the color balance is off in the top 5th of the page - probably due to paper not being totally flat. The ink in that area looks murkier than in real life. Here are some comparisions to other browns (Kiowa Pecan is similar, Yama Guri, not really). Also how the inks looks on blobs, swatches, smudges and dry times. Overall thoughts: It is a very nice brown, rich color with shading variations and possibilities of sheen (and a nice ink even without the sheen); with good flow, quick-ish dry times and no major drawback as far as I can see, except the tendency to stain clear plastic (though not sure if it was just that one cartridge converter). Will be receiving some Clairefontaine and Tomoe River shortly (I am out of stock now and all but essentially deliveries are closed due to C-Virus). Will check on sheening then. The pooled ink drop shows some green sheen around the rim of the darker area.
  14. Greetings. For the office and use on cheap photocopy paper I like the quick drying properties of Noodler's Bernanke inks. Color selection is limited to red, blue or black. Here is my go at mixing the three colors to get new options including purple (1 part red to 1 part blue) and my general go-to color: blue-black or midnight blue. Drying time seems to remain the same and not changed by mixing (but will leave it to others to test and confirm). I've read mixing inks made by different companies can be problematic. My assumption (right or wrong?) is mixing inks within the Noodler's Bernanke family should be okay. (Tests done on old (1940s-1950s) good stock graph paper)
  15. Going to be autumn soon, and being in New England it is something I eagerly look forward to. I am putting aside my brave adventuring into the world of murky grayish greens for the time being and going against my inner nature by exploring ORANGE. The story so far: received two samples from Goulet, Diamine Autumn Oak and Diamine Pumpkin. I like both of them, in fact cannot choose between them, so I mixed them together to fill my eyedropper, since it takes such a huge amount of ink to fill it. Both samples ended up going into it in one fill. Autumn Oak is good for me because most of my pens are wet writers and dry inks do very nicely in them. But I would like to experience others as well. All my pens are vintage (my modern eyedropper is the exception but it has a vintage nib in it). So, no saturated inks, sheening inks. I avoid Noodlers. I love shading. I don't want anything violently bright, but more autumnal, without being brown. Ancient Copper for example, which is one of my standards, is too brown for this exploration. And not washy, such as some J.Herbin inks tend to be. Suggestions?
  16. Salixj

    Cx Made

    Has anyone tried CX Made ink, and if so what was your experience with it?
  17. Hello FPN, This is Pranav from Mumbai, India. It too me long to get this message up in this forum, well better late than never! I really don't remember how i got into this amazing different world all together, i always wondered whenever i read about random FP Blogs how can people be so passionate and the statement that its a priceless possession for lifetime! - something that started from filling my dad's old Hero FP just to experience its charm, from what i have had been listened to him since i don't know when. Somehow after going thru articles i managed to ordered a Pilot Metropolitan in this new year and suddenly with few months time i am having a few handful of FPs from Ranga, Airmails, Lamys, Jinhaos - with a few different Pelikan, Pilot, Camlin Inks! The ink stains don't wanna come off now, I can say the same now - its got me bugged - Until Death Do Us Part! Thanks for Welcoming!
  18. Oh I wish this one had a different name! I humbly offer Mehndi - which is exactly this colour, and the past of which is applied on hands and feet to celebrate special occasions and weddings.... I digress...
  19. sunilscallipgraphie

    Namaste From Ahmedabad, India

    Hello FPN Members, Its glad to meet you all. Long story short, my name is Sunil Pandya, from Ahmedabad INDIA and my instagram handle is @sunilscalligraphie my passion for writing started around 1988 at that time I did not know even what the calligraphy is. I was inspired by my Biology teacher Mr. Karimullah, every time I see him writing on board I copied into the book and kept practicing for hours and hours. I have recently started practice calligraphy in Spencerian and Copperplate for which I was googling for fountain pens and I found FPN network has huge number of supportive people discussing whereabouts of fountain pens, vintage pens, reviews and lots many more. I am totally inspired by this community and created account so that I can also share my thoughts. Before joining this group I did not knew that India is a Hub of Fountain Pens so a big thanks to the group members. I am also visiting to Abdul Rahman Street, Mumbai to pick up some budgeted Fountain pens for easy writing. I will post my findings soon after my visit. Happy exploring and discussing. Love from India
  20. The Good Captain

    Pure Pens Ink - A Taster

    Pure Pens based in Newport, south Wales, have launched a series of their own branded and 'Bottled in Wales' inks and this short comment features just two of the series, which arrived in the post this morning. There are far more details on their website and no doubt, there will be many more reviews and comparisons in the coming months but I just wanted to show a couple of images. I just wanted two colours at the moment - Celtic Sea and Saltire. I also purchased one of the TWSBI Eco T pens from them - blue to use with the Celtic Sea one but more about that on another occasion. Celtic Sea is a lovely colour, with tones of a relatively light blue/green that really do make me think of the sea. Very pleasant to use and it flows well. Saltire is wonderful. Just my sort of colour and even with the F nib on a TWSBI 580, there is a definite red sheen which isn't always easy to see on a scanned image. Judging by comments made on Twitter and Instagram, there will be more colours available, which is very exciting. I don't know where the inks are made but based on the slight aroma of one of them, I have my suspicions. A great new product range to ad to PP's extensive arsenal and I can only see them being firm favourites. Especially if a blue-black shade is offered sometime!
  21. DeClubac

    Declubac's Intro

    Hello Everyone! My name is Richard, and I became infected with the Fountain Pen Virus about 18 months ago. Since then, my collection has expanded more rapidly--and expensively--than I anticipated. I am fascinated by fountain pens and inks, like the rest of you. I also cannot truly answer the question: what is your favorite pen? It is way too difficult to choose. I can't even decide on my favorite brand! But, I love Lamy, Visconti, and Pilot. I'll give an honorable mention to one Faber-Castell: the Loom, which punches way above its weight, in my opinion. The Lamy 2000 and the Pilot Custom 823 are my top writers, but I have an on-going love for my Visconti Rembrandt with a 1.5 mm Stub nib. I lament not having easy access to an Architect Grind, as I often find myself rotating my Stub nib 90 degrees to create a similar effect. Also, the Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age is the crown jewel in my collection for overall "wow" factor. I have a Pelikan M800, which I love. However, I thought it would write more smoothly given all the reviews. It is very good, but it doesn't quite match the Pilot Custom 823 in terms of smoothness. I would love to pick up an M1000, though, as the "springiness" it is notable for is right up my alley. I enjoy Pilot's Vanishing Point series for work use. I will say, I have misplaced my Lamy Safari and my Lamy Al-Star, and I find myself frequently missing them. They are inexpensive and steel nabbed, but they are among my favorite pens to use. I generally prefer buttery smooth with little to no feedback, which Faber-Catell's Loom accomplishes much better, but for some reason, I enjoy the feedback and overall feel of the Lamy Safari/Al-Star lineup. With respect to nibs, I tend towards mediums and larger, although, I do like having a smooth fine on-hand for business situations (Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo works great for that). Inks...SO...MANY...INKS! Among my favorites are the usual suspects Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki & Yama-Budo, Noodler's Black Swan in Australian Roses, and Noodler's Liberty's Elysium. I love pretty much every single Diamine I've ever used. I still cannot decide between Diamine Autumn Oak and Noodler's Apache Sunset, and I can hardly tell the difference between them most of the time. I also struggle to choose between Diamine's Oxblood and Red Dragon. I love both of those reds. Diamine Sherwood Green is one of my absolute favorite inks. I would love to get more green inks. I will admit: I am not a big shimmering ink fan. Shading, yes, but shimmering, no. I don't need metal flakes in my ink or stuck in my feed. I like deep, rich, and smooth inks that aren't painfully bright. Legibility is important to me, so I tend towards darker shades that also have an elegant beauty to them and "pop" on the page without requiring sunglasses to read. I love my Bullet Journals, and I highly recommend them. Also, the Clairefontaine Basic Notebook in Dot Grid is absolutely fantastic! Of course, there is always Tomoe River paper and Rhodia. Other than fountain pens, I also love cars (I sell luxury brands: Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, and Volvo). I am also published author and theologian, and I speak German and Spanish; I can also read French and--to an extent--Latin and Greek. I am a soccer fan: Go Liverpool! That's enough rambling for now: bis später, arrivaderci, au revoir, hasta luego, and goodbye.
  22. Where can I buy nib Tuning Supplies like micro-mesh and mylar paper in India?
  23. Hi, I was thinking about buying my first TWSBI pen and I'm confused about which one I should buy. I've shortlisted the TWSBI Eco, TWSBI 580 and TWSBI Vac 700. If it were up to you, which pen would you buy and recommend?
  24. RudraDev

    Help! Robert Oster Inks

    Hi, I am in love with the Robert Oster signature inks and I want to them. I live in India. Where can I get Robert Oster inks in India?
  25. Help! I really love the Robert Oster inks. Where can I get them in India? Have you guys used Robert Oster?





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