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  1. ninja883

    Getting New Nibs

    Hello, I own a Parker Frontier with a cheap third party nib that I would like to replace. I happened to stumble upon a set of Noodler's #6 nibs for $6. I was wondering if those nibs would fit the Frontier. By the way, the Frontier has a plastic feed (not the ebonite feed that Noodler's has). The following link will take you to the site: https://www.gouletpens.com/collections/replacement-nibs/products/noodlers-art-nib-pack?variant=11884735823915 Even if they don't fit, feel free to make suggestions.
  2. (The topic title notwithstanding, this is not really about the paper, but the inks in question.) Usually Noodler's X-Feather is so good at resisting feathering, I could write on a run-of-the-mill paper napkin with it using my Rotring 400 pen with an EF nib, and it would barely show any feathering; furthermore, soaking said paper napkin afterwards still would not induce feathering. Imagine my surprise to see writing done with that pen and ink feather earlier tonight, especially when Sailor seiboku does not appear to feather on the same paper to anywhere near the same degree. The paper in question is one of these adhesive labels: Avery-branded removable white rectangular dispenser labels
  3. Noodler's Lightning Blue Highlighter Ink Review Note: this review is also available on my personal reviews site with more pictures and better formatting. If you'd like to take a look, click here. Noodler's Lightning Blue (formerly known as Electric Blue) ink is one of the most peculiar inks I've come across. This is mostly due to the fact that, unlike most fountain pen inks, it is not meant for writing. Rather, it was designed to be a highlighting ink. There are only a few of these specific inks that are designed exclusively for highlighting. Matter of fact, there are really only two common brands that offer them: Pelikan and Noodler's. Pelikan's offering comes both alone and bundled with their M205 Duo BB highlighter fountain pen. However, Pelikan only offers these two colors: yellow and green. On the other hand, Noodler's offers many different highlighter inks, divided into the normal 'Electric Color' series, and the UV-glowing 'Dragon' series. Both of these series have a yellow, a green, an orange, and a pink offering. However, the blue ink, Lightning Blue, is exclusive to the Electric Color line. And for certain, Lighting Blue is a mightily peculiar ink. However, as opposed to some of Noodler's other inks (Ottoman Azure for example—reviewed here), Lightning blue's name actually seems to match its color, that of the shade of blue that lightning leaves behind just as it fades from the sky. In fact, the actual color of the ink is actually nearly indistinguishable from normal highlighter blue. However, that is where the similarities between this ink and plastic highlighters end, as this ink was designed with nibs in mind. However, the real question is, which pen works as a highlighter? Personally, I use a Pilot Parallel 3.8 mm pen, which is not only eyedropper-convertible, but it also is an extremely wide pen which allows for me to highlight the entire contents of a line of text. However, if you rather a narrow highlighter, it also works brilliantly in a normal fountain pen (currently I have it in a Jinhao X250 as well). The ink comes in the standard Noodler's box. And, just like all of the other 3 ounce tinted Noodler's ink bottles, it is filled to the brim (so be very careful when opening). The label of the ink itself has the Noodler's Catfish covering the picture, although he seems to have his tongue, as well as his pupils, colored in with the Lightning Blue so that he matches the ink. The label also features the standard Noodler's WordArt logo, along with the 'Electric Color Series' inscription on the left-hand side denoting its highlighting capabilities. The properties of Lightning Blue, for lack of a better word, are quite interesting. The ink takes between 20 and 50 seconds to dry (depending on paper). Copy paper dries almost instantaneously, however, with a gratuitous amount of bleed through. And as this ink is for highlighting, it does not have much saturation to it, which, personally, I do not mind. However, it does feather, bleed, and ghost quite a bit—not quite at the level of Baystate Blue—but close. Spotted bleed-through and ghosting even occurs on papers like Rhodia and Clairefontaine. However, unlike BSB, it does clean quite easily and does not stain (it's even decently easy to get off of your hands). As such, it is not water resistant in the least, and will be completely lifted from the paper with just one drop. It has mediocre shading (mostly due to its light color), and does happen to flow quite wet. And while some of these properties may sound somewhat discouraging, the ink does its job of highlighting on copy paper well—even though it will go through to the other side of the page. I also tested the ink with some highlighting. And, unfortunately, it did manage to make most inks blur—with the exceptions of Noodler's Black and Baystate Blue. Lamy and Montblanc inks failed the worst here as they became completely illegible. And, unsurprisingly, the 1¢ ballpoint pen fared the best out of all. On copy paper, the ink in the Pilot Parallel worked just fine—highlighting well, without smudging the inkjet text. However, it did manage to bleed through the copy paper all the way. In conclusion, Noodler's Lightning Blue is a picky, picky ink. However, this did not mind me so much given that this ink has a relatively difficult job to accomplish. It needs to be watery and light, and as such, does not have ideal properties. However, it does perform its job brilliantly, and I recommend trying it if you're looking for a highlighting ink. It is available on Goulet Pens for $12.50 and on Amazon for $13.85 with Prime Shipping (this link is not an affiliate link). If you liked this review, please considering subscribing. Every subscription helps, and I promise not to spam your inbox.
  4. *comes in a 3 oz glass bottle * it's definitely pink *more of a blue-pink than an orange-pink (the third photo looks the most accurate to me, but your monitor may show it differently) *dries pretty fast, under 5 seconds *highlights over a variety of inks without smearing *not water resistant (that's not a surprise!) The first sheet is the 32 lb HP laser paper - the only part that really shows (obviously) is where I shot the paper with a syringe full of ink! The second sheet is cheap 20 lb copy paper, and I (personally) wouldn't have any trouble highlighting on both sides of the paper. You can see it a bit, but it's really not bad at all.
  5. Hello to all of the FPN I only used lamy inks and I'm interested in trying out new inks and I saw some that caught my attention because of their beautiful colors like noodler's walnut, bad blue heron, the Lawrence and any other black ink. I have also heard that some are resistant to the passage of time, water etc.So I ask you what do you think about these inks?I use a lamy 2000 BB modified to stub
  6. Adgj533

    Baystate Blue Not So Blue

    Hey guys I am relatively new to this forums, I bought 2 samples of baystate blue from goulet pens. just need your input on it because I inked it up on my nemosine pen with a goulet M nib and the ink looks purple to me. for example like diamine majestic purple. I am using cheap paper but I tried it on good quality paper as well and I get the same results. I get a washed out purple with no saturation. Everyone talks about how bright this ink is but I sadly dont see it. Do you think I got a "bad" sample for some reason, I love goulet pens so I dont think they would make any mistakes. I tried samples a few years back and had the same problem. Or do you think I need the full bottle for somehow to get the full effect? Another thing, I found 2 reviews here on BSB first one is by Mafia Geek and that is how my ink looks like. In his review he says it is a bright blue but to me that looks like a purple color. Next review I found by Bubba Dog and this is how BSB should look like. this to me a in your face blue that I love but I dont know how these 2 users have such different outcomes in terms of color. They both used quality paper, Does the Nib size matter? thats the only thing I could think of. Bubba dog mentions he used a medium nib and I used a M nib too. ( btw I dont mean to undermine any reviewers or their hard work. I just wanted to know why the difference in color. I didnt mean any offense in anyway) Please help me
  7. This is less of a review (and much less of a competition), and more of a comparison / demonstration of my two newest pens using two of my newest inks. The paper is Rhodia #16 pad. I've been more interested in line variation lately, as well as broader nibs. I started out my fountain pen journey, quite briefly, with Japanese fine nibs. I soon came to the conclusion there was little reason to use a fountain pen if you're using a nib that fine. Not trying to convince or argue with anyone, but that's what my eyes and hands told me. I quickly moved up to medium, and just recently began exploring some broad nibs, primarily for correspondence. I still use my Pilot 823 medium for work primarily, and my Franklin-Christoph #19 for journaling. Everything else varies, but I've also found I really only love using 3-5 pens of my ~ 3 dozen. (I don't use the word "collection" because I'm not a collector, i.e. if a pen isn't a good writer, it isn't a good pen and I have no use for it.) I researched both these pens before I bought them and had high hopes for both, but also some anxiety as I've read negative comments of both, especially the Ahab. Those high hopes were valid; they are both very good pens. My expectations were well exceeded for one of them, and met by the other. I've always had a strong suspicion I buy Noodler's products from some "other" Noodler's that is quite different from the one some quite vocal critics do. My evidence for this strange conclusion is I cannot for the life of me find a bottle of Bay State Blue that eats my pens or becomes a permanent stain on any object whatsoever it touches, nor Black or Heart of Darkness that smudges after 14 days in the Sahara dry heat, or a Noodler's pen that just won't write out of the box, or even ever, no matter what I do. It could, I suppose, have something to do with not giving one fig about the personal opinions of the owner and sole employee of Noodler's (or Pilot for that matter), but since that would be ridiculous to form a pen or ink opinion or review on, I can only come up with the idea that I'm actually doing business with a different company with the name "Noodler's". But, the pen and documentation say "Noodler's Ahab" so, I'll go with that. The Pilot Falcon was a different story for me. It is only the second pen I've ever gone into a bricks and mortar store and bought, and the very first pen EVER I've tried before I bought it. Probably not so strange in this internet commerce age, but it still sounds weird to say out loud. I visited my friend Alan at Crazy Alan's Emporium nearby in Chapel Hill. Many in the pen world know Alan from pen shows. I know him, and the folks at Franklin-Christoph, because they're my home folks. There's more than one advantage to living in the Triangle of North Carolina. I walked in to Alan's store with the goal of walking out with a few pads of paper for jotting quick notes, and left a little while later with a new Falcon. We've all been there. The Pilot is a smooth writer, as I'd be shocked to find any different performance from a Pilot. My 823 is an absolute phenom and if the skinny thing would put on some weight and especially girth, say grow to the size of a Bexley Prometheus, I'd probably be a one man, one pen guy. It's got everything but that. Pilot doesn't advertise the Falcon as a flex nib / pen, and I always thought that was a cop-out. Now I don't. They're right, it isn't. It's a "standard" pen with a quality nib that isn't a nail. It "flexes" some, vs. none at all, and it will give you some line variation, but not a lot. I noticed the most variation when I did the little squiggly lines many people seem to do to test a pen, much more than when actually writing real stuff with it. It's like the folks at PIlot know how you're going to test it! Or maybe not. I have heard the line variation is more pronounced in the fine or medium nibs from Pilot, so I'm not making a statement about all the nibs available for the Falcon. I've only tried the Soft Broad. (hope my wife doesn't read that sentence out of context). The Ahab is amazing. Maybe I'm amazed easily, but for all the pens I've seen that people claim to be "modern flex" or something equivalent, this one is head and shoulders above the rest. I have never once had problems with the feed keeping up or railroading. I've experienced both, especially railroading, with my Falcon. When I bought the Ahab, I thought it would be a gimmick, use once-in-a-blue-moon kind of thing. I had no expectations of it being a truly very good everyday writer, even when applying no "extra" pressure for flex writing. But it is. This is also the first time I've seen Bay State Grape used in post, to my memory, which I really like. But, this post is about the pens, not the inks. I like both pens and am happy with my purchase. The Ahab far exceeded my expectations, and the Falcon fully met them, though, if I hadn't used the Falcon in the store before I'd bought it, I probably would have expected more line variation from it based on most reviews I've read vs. what it actually does. Enjoy! - MG
  8. I recently acquired a Parker 51 Vacumatic and, up to this point, I've been using Parker Quink Black in it. However, Quink Black is, in my experience, a very dry ink that isn't very water resistant either, so I was curious if I could switch to Noodler's black. I know the ink would require me to flush the pen more often (how frequently?), but I'm more concerned if it will cause any damage to the filling system, specifically to the rubber diaphragm.
  9. truthpil

    Waterproof Burgundy?

    Hi All, Since Noodler's Waterproof Burgundy is no longer around, is there any waterproof (or incredibly water-resistant) burgundy ink on the market?? I've got waterproof inks in every major color except burgundy and it's driving me crazy! I'm also dreading the thought of having to mix my own with De Atramentis Document inks. Thanks!
  10. akszugor

    Noodler's: 54Th Massachusetts

    http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-nazwa.png Present test ink Noodler's 54th Massachusetts with cool gray-blue color. Ink writes great! The real pleasure of writing. Also color my type. Worse with the smell. It reminds some laboratory chemicals. Sharp and unpleasant. But nobody tells us to smell the ink. Note: TOTAL waterproof. I would recommend! Manufacturer: Noodler's Series, colour: 54th Massachusetts Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-txt.jpg Ink drying time ca. 5 sec. Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-54th-Massachusetts-chromatografia2.jpg
  11. blackfinger

    Replacing Nib In Noodler's Ahab

    One of my favorite pens is the Noodler's Ahab. I like how it is cheap and easy to service (it even smells good lol). I find the original nib quite decent, but I wonder if it is possible to replace it for something "fancier", like a gold nib. I believe it is a #6 nib, but different brands might have different shapes, so I am not sure which model would work. Did anyone try it? Edit: This is the nib I want to put int the Ahab, if I manage to remove it from the feed...
  12. Rosendust2121

    Help Me Decide!

    Hey everyone, I am on the lookout for a new pen. But I am wondering, should I go with my EDC(Which is a Pilot Metro) and use that exclusively for Noodlers inks, or should I invest in a Creaper? and to clarify, I will be using this as a notetaking pen\writing pen. Thanks so much everyone!
  13. I haven't gotten huge into inks yet, mostly playing around with Goulet samples. Currently, I have a nearly full bottle of Noodler's, but I can imagine that bottle being a pain to use once it gets low. I've been playing around with the idea of adding an empty bottle to my next order. There are a couple that are just gorgeous and seem like they would be much more practical when low. That said I have a small income and even smaller apartment (one of the big reasons I got into fountain pens was to reduce my carbon footprint and clutter of having half-empty pens everywhere). Is this a good functional investment? For those of you who have done this is it worth the time and effort of decanting the ink into the new bottle or is it one of those things where you could take it or leave it? I realize it's a low cost item, it's more being in a place of reducing my consumption in general.
  14. I have been using my Nib Creaper for almost a year now and I have begun to notice that my piston seal is starting to crack so I need to get it replaced. However I don't know the size o-ring to use to get it replaced and getting them from Goulet Pens is not an option as the shipping to fee to get them shipped to Malaysia is like 20$(80MYR). Any one know what size o-rings they are?
  15. akszugor

    Noodler's: Lexington Gray

    http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-nazwa.png Manufacturer: Noodler's Series, colour: Lexington Gray Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point (copy paper) Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-txt.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-wysychanie.jpg Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Lexington-Gray-chromatografia2.jpg
  16. akszugor

    Noodler's: Habanero

    http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-nazwa.png Manufacturer: Noodler's Series, colour: Habanero Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-txt.jpg Ink drying time ca. 5-10 sec. Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Habanero-chromatografia2.jpg
  17. akszugor

    Noodler's: Red-Black

    http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-nazwa.png Manufacturer: Noodler's Series, colour: Red-Black Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: average Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-txt.jpg Ink drying time ca. 5-10 sec. Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Red-Black-chromatografia2.jpg
  18. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-nazwa.png Manufacturer: Noodler's Series, colour: Cactus Fruit American Eel Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: noticeable (copy paper) Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-txt.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-wysychanie.jpg Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cactus-Fruit-American-Eel-chromatografia2.jpg
  19. akszugor

    Noodler's: Cayenne

    http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-nazwa.png Producent: Noodler's Series, colour: Cayenne Pen: Waterman Hemisphere "F" Paper: Image Volume 80 g / cm2 Specifications: Flow rate: average Lubrication: good Bleed through: possible point Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-woda.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-txt.jpg Ink drying time ~ 10 s. Other tests carried out: Sample text in an Oxford notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-Rhodia.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Noodlers-Cayenne-chromatografia2.jpg
  20. jacobgmusic

    Noodler's Polar Blue

    Noodler's Polar Blue A Newbie's Perspective In my last review I mentioned that my favorite color is Green. If I had to choose a second favorite color, I would choose blue. I like this blue, yet, I wish it had shading. I really like inks that have nice shading properties. Anyways...
  21. RoyalBlueNotebooks

    Transatlantic Crv

    My second CRV ever. Thank you, amberleadavis! I'm glad I got to see so many inks. I had never seen any of them on paper in person. These are not all the pages, I'm trying to come up with things to doodle in the other pages. Seitz-Kreuznach Palm Green and Pelikan 4001 Dark Green. Seitz-Kreuznach Palm Green + Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris
  22. CobraKai

    My Inks - 8 Month Fade Test

    I must partially apologize. I no longer have a scanner. I have a camera, but no light box as of yet. I am working on that. I have attached a PDF as that is what the Xerox Workcentre scanner that the church that I clean has available. Noodlers Widowmaker Texas Bluebonnet Texas Live Oak Texas Pecan The Alamos Twilight Comanche Rouge Tanned Armadillo Lexington Grey Private Reserve Chocolat DC Supershow Blue Aurora Black Pelican Brilliant Black 4001 Higgins Black Magic Drawing Ink (Not FP Safe)I taped a sheet with all of these inks in my window that faces mostly west. I taped them up on Jan. 13, 2013 and pulled them down on Aug 3, 2013. They stayed up for almost 8 months. The Comanche Rouge almost disappeared. The Alamo's Twilight lost the red. The Chocolat seems to have turned a lighter brown. The DC Supershow Blue lost most of it's blue, turning grey. There is still a touch of blue, though it is not visible in the scan. The Pelikan Black MAY have lost a touch of it's black, but the is a subjective call. The rest of the inks seem to have kept their color. I'm happy about that. Right now my favorites are the two blacks, Texas Bluebonnet and Chocolat. Always have a pen loaded with these. If HOD is just as black, I will switch to it for it's bulletproof capabilities. DOC014.PDF
  23. For those of you just tuning in, two of the first three inks I bought were Noodler's (the third was Iroshizuku Shin-Kai). One of them was the infamous Bay State Blue. While I liked the colour, it had several problems: Nib creep, staining, leaking from nibs, bleeding through Leuchtturm1917 paper, and feathering on cheap paper to the point that anything written with it was illegible. Last night, I decided I'd had enough of this beautiful but very high-maintenance, ill-behaved diva and decide to purge it from my petrol blue Lamy Al-Star. This is how I did it: First, I attempted to purge the pen the normal way using the converter. This caused horrible staining everywhere the ink touched - sink, countertop, hands, etc. It was awful, it looked like I tried to dump paint down the sink. After a fair bit of cursing, I put a small amount of undiluted common household bleach on a paper towel and wiped the stains up from the surfaces. They came off immediately - yes, it is true, bleach will get rid of BSB stains on hard, nonporous surfaces like kitchen sinks and countertops. For any other ink, the pen would have been ready to re-ink now, but BSB was not giving up so easily. Undaunted, I then turned to the Goulet purging method using an ear bulb syringe (link below). That metod worked beautifully to get the ink out of the grip, feed, and nib. Any other ink would have been completely gone gone and the pen would have been ready to re-ink, but not BSB. Note that I had to decapitate a Lamy blue cartridge to use as an ear bulb adapter as Brian described in the video. When I saw the Lamy Blue ink issuing from the cartridge into the sink, I was expecting another horrible mess, but this ink simply washed down the sink with water as if it had never been there. "Hmm", I mused, "this is what well-behaved ink is supposed to do!" That cruel teacher? She is called "experience". She gives the test first and the lesson later. Now I was rock solid in my resolve to get rid of BSB, but everything the ink touched was still that electric purplish blue. Time to bring out the big guns. In a Pyrex glass kitchen measure, I mixed 1L of lukewarm tap water with 100mL of the bleach and mixed well. Then I completely disassembled the pen's grip section and dropped each component - grip, feed, nib, and converter - into the bleach solution and left it sitting overnight. The next morning, the BSB was gone as if it had never, ever touched my pen. Success! No apparent damage to the feed or grip section, but I found a nib-shaped bit of rusty-looking discolouration on the bottom of the glass where the nib had been sitting. There is no obvious damage to the nib, however, no flaking chrome or anything of the sort. The only other thing I noticed was that the converter is now a bit hard to turn and squeaks a lot. I figure the next inking will restore the converter's smoothness, but if not, Lamy converters are cheap unlike Pilot ones, which cost as much as the bloody pen! The pen is now inked up with a Lamy Blue cartridge pending my next Iroshizuku ink purchase (I'm thinking Kon-Peki, but I'll take suggestions here) as I am currently going through an out-of-cash experience. After sitting nib down for an hour or so, the nib is still quite dry so it's a bit hard starting, but once it starts, it doesn't feather, has a beautiful shading to it, and doesn't bleed through the pages of my Leuchtturm1917 Master. This is, of course, one of the many key advantages of converters - you can completely saturate the nib with the converter when you fill the pen. The shadowing is equivalent to the Iroshizuku Shin-Kai in my other Lamy, an Lx. The last thing? I threw the bottle of BSB down my trash chute. I smiled when I heard the satisfying sound of glass smashing when it hit the bottom. It's been real. Again, while I liked the colour, the ink was so poorly behaved that it just wasn't worth the effort. The Iroshizuku, OTOH, has never given me a lick of trouble. It looks very professional, but it's a tad boring and dries slowly. Any throughts/shrieks of horror would be appreciated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipwFvY0PUqs
  24. I unexpectedly got some pens parts in the mail today (several days early. Thanks Goulet!) and proceeded to form my newest creation: a Stylomine 303 with working accordian sac, a Nemosine 0.8 mm reentry nib, and a Noodler's Ahab feed. It works! Now all I need to do is find a breather tube that fits so that its ink capacity can be maximum!
  25. jhylkema

    Greetings From Seattle!

    Hello fellow FP geeks! I am a returnee to the fountain pen world. A couple of months ago, I picked up a Pilot Varsity and loved it. Then I ended up ordering three Lamys from Amazon - a Lx, an Al-Star, and a Vista. I also ordered a bottle of Shin-Kai ink and bought two different Noodler's inks (one of which being the infamous Bay State Blue) from a local shop that sold it. I got back into the FP world because I am studying for a tech cert and wanted to do handwritten notes. I am a believer in the science that handwritten notetaking vastly improves understanding and retention of the subject you are studying. I am also getting into bullet journalling - my BuJo is a Leuchtturm1917 Master. It's huge and I'm a bit disappointed with how much the BSB shows through the pages, but it's only enough to be mildly annoying. BSB really bleeds through my cert notebook, a Moleskine. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have stuck with the Iroshizuku ink and Rhodia or Leuchtturm1917 notebooks (more on the ink in another post.) My next pen(s) will likely be (a) Lamy Studio. Well, that's my short intro. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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