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  1. Some more challenging brown paper from Amber's stock, for some reason it helps the scanner to not blow Murasaki into reds.
  2. yogalarva

    Three Greens

    *Reposted from my blog* To follow up on my post from yesterday, I did a quick comparison of three green inks that are currently in my possession. I haven’t written up the full review of Aventurine yet (actually I have now, it's here), but my review of Verdura is here and eventually I’ll do a review of Shin-Ryoku as well (for a neat mix that uses Shin-Ryoku, you can lookhere…), but here’s the quick and dirty side-by-side: A few notes on the scan - the Aventurine looks pretty true to life, at least on my monitor. The Verdura comes out a little bit light, and the Shin-Ryoku is a touch wa
  3. I'm thinking maybe Diamine Twilight Blue or even Eau De Nil could be a reasonable substitute for Tsuki-yo. What are you thoughts? Have any of you used or use a good substitute colour ink instead of Tsuki-yo? I'm addicted to it, It's an incredible ink and colour. I'm not saying I use a lot because i don't. In fact I bought a bottle in July 2012 and I still have half of it left and I write in my journal every day now. (Of course thats mixed colours between MB Royal Blue, MB Irish Green and Waterman Florida Blue)
  4. kanaka

    Dollars And Scents

    One of my favorite line of inks is the Iroshizuku not just for its writing qualities but because it's absolutely scentless. As much as I love the ink, I'm looking for a lower cost alternative. I tried Noodler's Black and it gave me a headache. What are your favorite scentless brands of cheaper, well-performing ink?
  5. Morames

    The Royalist Of Blues

    I have been looking for a certain blue (pilot Juice Aqua Blue)and decided to ask you all for some ideas. I am attempting to attach a copy of the color I found online, but this is my first attempt at posting here on FPN. I at one time had $80 worth of blue samples in my cart from gouletpens.com. The first blue I tried out turned out not to be as blue as the color swatch appeared to be, that was Noodler's Navajo Turquoise. Then I tried Chesterfield ink's Zircon ink from xfountainpens.com, it's a little darker and ever so slightly green leaning. While both colors are gorgeous they don't match wha
  6. Greetings all, Glad to join the pen community online. I'm relatively new to the hobby and have an 823 newbie question. I'm going to be away from my new Custom 823 for about three weeks and it's inked up with take-sumi Iroshizuku (so far my favorite combination ever.) Given the nature of the ink, the pen, and its valve-close system, should I still empty the pen before I leave it to sit? If I should flush the pen, does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the last few drops of water out of the 823? Thanks!
  7. I've been wanting to get a fountain pen for a number of years, but never really got around to it. I decided to go ahead and take the plunge starting with a few Lamy pens and some Iroshizuku ink. While I was at it, I figured I'd take a few pictures of my humble beginnings into the world of fountain pens. My Lamy 2000 and some ink. Rhodia Webnotebook with my Lamy pens. Nomadic PD-03 pen case from Jetpens. Currently carrying my Lamy pens as well as a few Pilot V5's and Pigma Micron pens. It even stands up!
  8. dadspens

    True Story...

    I've been writing my sub-contractor's weekly check with Iroshizuku Kiri-Same, my current favorite gray ink that looks like graphite. Apparently the bank hesitates to accept it because it looks like it's written with a pencil. The branch manager and the teller huddle together and scrutinize the check, unsure if it's legitimate. This has been happening for the past few weeks now. "Did you ask them to try to erase it? Maybe then they'll realize it's not a pencil," I said. "I did. They tried, It wouldn't. But still..." Today he stopped me and said "Please, let me give you a normal pen. It's to
  9. Hi friends! I've been gradually getting deeper and deeper into this world o' fountain pens since giving my first Lamy Safari a shot two years ago. I finally wrote a post on my own blog about the hobby and what fountain pens mean to me and why I like them, which necessitated some pictures. So I busted out my camera and tried to get all pretty-like with some of my gear. All of what you see below is also in the blog post. Hope you enjoy these first attempts. Feedback and advice greatly appreciated. And thanks to all for the mountains of info I've gleaned as a long-time lurker here on FPN. W
  10. A beautiful 1930's plunger vacuum-fill Sheaffer Balance has just come into my possession. Woo! It is my first vintage pen, and I want to take proper care of it. I'm trying to decide what ink to put in it. I have: De Atramentis Aubergine Diamine Oxblood Noodler's Black Swan In Australian Roses Noodler's Green Marine Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku What do you think of the safety of these inks in this pen? Should I avoid the Noodler's? Do I need to get different ink altogether?
  11. yogalarva

    Heart Of Shin-Ryoku

    My mother bought me a beautiful bottle of Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku for Christmas, and while I love the color (a very vibrant green), it just wasn’t getting much use because vibrant colors don’t have a good place in my academic writing. Plus, it’s not at all water resistant. So, I decided to try mixing it with a bit of Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, and this is what emerged: It’s a 4:1 mix of green/black and the result is a dark green that exhibits lots of shading, a pretty wet flow, and reasonably fast dry times. Oh, and water resistance! That’s the result of a thorough soaking. The g
  12. Uncial


    I am rather excited to have received a few bottles of Iroshizuku ink for the first time! Having used either Parker Quink Back (back in the day) and for the last few years Waterman's Black, I must say that the influence here nudged me in the direction of trying out coloured inks - which I have never done before, partly because I wasn't that fussed on what was available here. Writing samples posted here started to make me wonder; so I took the plunge and have to say I am very glad I did. So, first off, I tried the Tsuki-yo (Moonlight). Nice shading....in fact, very, very nice shading; but the
  13. nomadhacker

    Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

    I'd heard this one was Iroshizuku's periwinkle blue. It looks close. I like a good periwinkle color. It's just fun to say. This seems a little drier than some of the Iroshizuku inks I've tried. Just a bit. Still flows good and doesn't feather, bleed, or insult your mom. As standard for Iroshizuku. Did better with the water test than I was expecting. It's close in color to Namiki Blue. (which I realize now I forgot to add to the comparisons on the sheet)
  14. write to me often

    Pilot Iroshizuku Ajisai

    Hello dear fellow penthusiasts, I would like to share my Iroshizuku Ajisai review with you. Ajisai is a nice, elegant, mute blue with nearly no shading. It has a bit tendency to bleed thorugh the copy paper. But still a fine color for daily use. You can check my blog for more photos if you want to. http://www.banasikcayaz.com/2013/09/pilot-iroshizuku-ajisai-ink-review.html
  15. Jadie

    Iroshizuku Kung Te-Cheng

    I've always like Noodler's Kung Te-Cheng, but its quick-drying times, chalky texture, and high maintenance means I'm limited to using it in my Platinum Preppy eyedropper....until now. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3682/9429776061_7d1caf655a_c.jpg P1050685 by Jiadepix, on Flickr At last! A serendipitous mix of Iroshizuku Yama-budo and Ku-jaku has given me an ink with all the lovely indigo color of KTC and none of the fuss. Best of all, the flow is silky smooth and easy to clean....perfect! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/9429777231_8bf8e5a9a8_c.jpgP1050688 by Jiadepix, on Flickr 'Cou
  16. My friend John is a photographer and asked me if he could borrow a few fountain pens to shoot for his portfolio. I think he did a great job. http://static.squarespace.com/static/51c300c1e4b034c963afc8b8/t/51c48c43e4b0c5a944a39daa/1371835461423/20%20-%20Pennor0564.jpg Pilot Capless, TWSBI Diamond 540, Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo ink, Pilot Custom, Pilot MYU BS-500. http://static.squarespace.com/static/51c300c1e4b034c963afc8b8/t/51c48c2ce4b09ee48eb671cd/1371835437733/20%20-%20Pennor0531.jpg Montblanc Meisterstück 149, Waterman Carène, custom Nakaya, Iroshizuku Chiku-rin and Tsutsuji ink. Photos ta

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