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  1. This Orange Parker Duofold Centennial Special Edition is what I would call a reasonably priced collectors pen. Somewhere between sane & insane. If you take a close look, it's a lot, but it's not much. Is it plain? -yes. Is it simple? -yes. Are there any other pens like it? -yes. Are there any other pens exactly like it? -no. Would I buy a pen if it was a homage? -no. Would I get a MacArthur Limited Edition for 4 times more? -no. Does it compliment my Japanese Pilot Maki-e theme? -no, yes & maybe. But if I close my eyes & think Parker, I imagine Orange Vulcanite or Orange Permanite. How would I picture the most perfect Parker? Pilot Custom 845 Ebonite Urushi, from Parker, in Orange, with 3 thin rings; 1 medium & 1 thin ring; or 1 medium ring. A 2 tone nib, in a maple wood box. The only thing I know that is worse than fountain pens are leather pen cases. Probably my lack of knowledge, but the only one I've seen that I liked was Maxwell Scott, The Pienza in Chestnut Tan or Dark Chocolate Brown. -so if you know better, please tell me. We don't have fountain pen shops or a fountain pen culture where I live. The only place I know where they can seriously markup fountain pens, only sell Montblanc in their physical shop & their shop is older than me. So what about Parker Maki-e? -if you can't get away with more than Pilot could get away with in 1979, I'm still unsure about getting a Pilot Taka (although, they're SUPER NICE), so anything beyond what a Montblanc 149 costs, is like getting a Painting. As I said before, my theme is supposed to be Pilot Maki-e & I already have too many non-Pilot Maki-e. If this hobby is to last me a lifetime & I can't get a decent price, or be bothered with the risks involved in selling used pens. I better choose carefully the pens that I want to collect, for the sole purpose of admiring them, every now & then. I wanted to do this with watches, but servicing an expensive watch every 3 to 5 years, feels like punishment. If I start from the bottom & slowly work myself up, I might enjoy & understand the value & workmanship. It's only expensive because we believe that it has value. Otherwise it's Supply & Demand. A Rich, Dead, Artist, who can't Authenticate his own work. Or a Poor, Unappreciated, Artist, who can't get paid or sell anything.
  2. Introduction I recently had an opportunity to act as an enabler by helping a colleague and friend of mine acquire a special custom fountain pen. This particular gentlemen has a very fine collection of writing equipments including models from almost all premier brands and certainly a few Parkers. But his heart was set on acquiring a classic all ebonite Duofold in glorious orange hues but with a contemporary filling system. Since such a chimera doesn't exist in the real world, we set about creating a pen that looks and behaves like a modern Duofold Centennial but with an orange ebonite cap and barrel with black finials. We approached Mr. Manoj Deshmukh of Fosforpens who was willing to take up the challenge. Since this pen was meant for someone else. I didn't dip it or ink it to test the nib. Hence I wont call it a full review in the true sense of the term. Instead, let us consider this a pictorial essay of the pen that was finally created. Design The Duofold is a classic design and has spawned innumerable variants and knock-offs for over ninety years ever since it first appeared in the scene circa 1921. Any fountain pen enthusiast is well aware of the design and words cannot express its simplistic but sophisticated elegance. So instead of subjecting my limited vocabulary to unnecessary stress, I will let the pictures do the talking. http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/prithwijitchakiPrithwijit/Fountain%20Pen%20Reviews/Fosfor%20Duofold/IMGP5199_zps2pvd355h.jpg http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/prithwijitchakiPrithwijit/Fountain%20Pen%20Reviews/Fosfor%20Duofold/IMGP5200_zpscyiraq2a.jpg Size and Balance At 137mm capped, the Duofold would be considered a mid-sized pen by contemporary standards. Being made of ebonite makes the delightfully light and easy to handle. It is superbly balanced and comfortable to write for extended periods. Even with the cap posted, the pen retains its balance and is a breeze to write with. For those of you who may seek a size reference, here is a side by side image with the Kaigelu 316 which is a clone of the Duofold Centennial. http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/prithwijitchakiPrithwijit/Fountain%20Pen%20Reviews/Fosfor%20Duofold/IMGP5210_zps6kjouwpd.jpg Nib Since the gentleman in question already had access to other Duofolds, we didn't bother about getting an original nib for the pen. Instead he opted for a 18K Jowo #6 pen in rose gold finish with his initials engraved on the nib. This technique is different from the laser engraving I had done on my Rajendran and arguably better if the limited typeface options available do not bother you. http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/prithwijitchakiPrithwijit/Fountain%20Pen%20Reviews/Fosfor%20Duofold/IMGP5201_zpsazxbejmk.jpg Filling Mechanism The pen uses the standard international cartridge converter mechanism with a Schmidt converter paired with the WIN/Jowo nib unit. The section itself was custom made by Manoj. The pen can accept any bottled ink as well as cartridges from a host of brands. http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g346/prithwijitchakiPrithwijit/Fountain%20Pen%20Reviews/Fosfor%20Duofold/IMGP5205_zpsltn81ktm.jpg Build Quality Manoj is synonymous with quality and he amply demonstrated that in this pen as well. All critical aspects of the pen such as the shape, fit, threading, buffing/polishing and the finish are impeccable and gives the overall impression of a high quality product. Specifications The measurements have not been taken with any precision instrument or laboratory techniques and should be considered as indicative only . Length (capped) – 137 mm Length (uncapped) – 130 mm Length (cap) – 63 mm Length (section) – 20 mm Maximum width – 13.5 mm Maximum section width – 10.5 mm Minimum section width – 9 mm Conclusion I found the idea of this pen pretty intriguing. In one broad brush we have covered 96 years of Duofold legacy from its ebonite origins, big red lineage to contemporary evolution and amenities. The final product has certainly been able to fulfil its design brief. It is a classic mid-sized comfortable and well balanced writing instrument. The SEM ebonite and silver trims are wonderful thing to have and Fosfor quality and finishing comes through. Useful Links Very good orange ebonite blanks can be sourced from http://www.ebonite-arts.de/en/index.php Jowo nibs of your choice can be sourced from www.asapens.in Pen is made by www.fosforpens.com
  3. Sailor Kingdom Note "Crustacean series" Macrocheira kampferi (Japanese Spider Crab) Thanks to an inky friend in Japan I've received a sample of this ink from the Kingdom Notes' Crustacean series. Most English-speaking people refer to this ink as "Japanese Spider Crab," but the label actually uses the scientific name given above. Regardless of the name, this is a muted orange ink, and somewhat desaturated as are many of the inks in this Crustacean series. It is drier than the inks in the previous Bird and Insect series, but that's just by comparison. I doubt anyone would actually say this ink is "dry" though I presume if you have a dry pen, this might not be the best ink choice. Most of the orange inks I have are either the bright, retina-searing kind (Sailor Kin-mokusei), the dark blood orange kind (Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange), and a couple others that might be more normal (KWZ Orange, KWZ Grapefruit). This ink is somewhat between KWZ Orange and Sailor Style Dee Delta Sonezaki Orange, being a little closer to the latter. If you don't know the Sonezaki Orange, it's similar to Cult Deeps Deep Dark Orange, but a bit lighter. The ink is drier than some of the super wet Sailor inks; this was common with the Crustacean series as was their less saturated color. But that doesn't mean the inks were light such as certain S-K inks, just that they were more normal in their saturation, especially compared with the others. Pen: Edison Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7 The problem I see with the images is they didn't really capture the muted orange character of the ink. They all look too red to me, and don't have that "chalky" appearance, they look too saturated compared to the actual writing. The Waterfastness test actually seems pretty decent representative of the color, though perhaps a little too pink. This is closer to the "chalky" appearance the ink has, but perhaps with too much pink. I don't know what happened on the one droplet with the weird circles, maybe some flaw in the paper towel composition.
  4. Sailor Style Dee Delta “Water City” Sonezaki Toutou (Sonezaki Orange) Recently one of our Japanese FPN members pointed out some Sailor bespoke inks from a shop called STYLE DEE in Osaka with a brand called DELTA Original Ink. I was confused because there is also an Italian pen maker called Delta with a few inks available. But these are real Sailor inks. The inks seem to go along with an inexpensive demonstrator pen ¥4,300, and unfortunately I didn’t put one in my shopping cart. There were originally four inks, based on the seasons of Osaka. “Water City” Umeda Yasei (Umeda Night Blue, a deep blue, perhaps a blue-violet) “Water City” Doujima Ryokkin (Doujima Green-gold) “Water City” Nakanoshima Shunryoku (Nakanoshima spring green) “Mizuho” Kitashinchi Beniya (Kitashinchi Red Sea, a burgundy or wine hue) The two latest inks released August 2016 are “Water City” Sonezaki Teuteu (Sonezaki Orange, a burnt orange) “Water City” Tsuyuten Murashime (Purple Rain, a purple or violet) Recently I was able to obtain three of these inks: the burnt orange, the purple, and the green-gold. I was very lucky with the Doujima as the shop said this ink was sold out, but when the purchaser went to buy the inks, there was one available. I don’t know the availability of the earlier inks, so there’s no guarantee that any of them are available, but I think the two latest inks released may be available. These inks are the same price as other standard Sailor bespoke inks at ¥2,160 per bottle, which is about $19.10 US as of today (2/11/2017). This price doesn't include shipping to the destination or any charges incurred using a forwarding service. Each person is limited to purchasing one bottle of each ink. I'm really happy with this ink. I've learned that this kind of orange, what some might call burnt orange, really is quite delightful. Typically it's a bit deeper in value than many oranges, not so bright, so it's quite readable. This particular ink is in between Diamine's Cult Pens Deep Dark Orange and the Kyoto TAG Kyo-iro 04 Higashiyama Moonlight. I'm finding it to be really yummy; it's a nice rich color; very shady. Pen: Edison Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7
  5. Nearly everyone know of Sailor, the Japanese pen and and ink company. Perhaps almost as many people have heard of Bungubox, often just called Bungbox here in the US, the Japanese stationary, pen, and ink shop in Hamamatsu, Japan. Here is a nice google map for you to locate it when you travel to this area of Japan to see the Hamamatsu Castle. https://www.google.com/maps/place/BUNGUBOX/@34.7061243,137.7291498,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x97450230eab367e4!8m2!3d34.7061243!4d137.7291498 The have an extensive line of inks made for them by Sailor, and during the craze for Sailor Japanese store-exclusive inks Bungbox became very popular and with that the price went up, and up. Even in Japan they are much more expensive than other store-exclusive inks. Vanness actually have the Bungubox inks available, but you will but up $43 for a 50 ml bottle. For some, this price is worth it, for the inks are exceptional. I have a number of their inks from before the craze, and a few I got as prices were rising, but so far I have resisted the current nose-bleed prices. Though Sweet Potato Purple was very tempting. But Fresh Oranges is somewhat legendary among the chasers and collectors as a great orange. Perhaps along the lines of Sailor's Apricot. I've never tried the latter so I cannot say. And I must admit that orange inks are nice, but I often find them to be a little light in value, and therefore, harder for me to read. But they can be very inks especially for cards, notes to friends and family, and your journal writing. Orange is a happy color and one that will never bring you down. I received a nice sample of this ink awhile back when I first got involved with orange inks. Thank you inky friend! Many orange inks seem to have flow issues compared with other inks. I think part of that is their lightness, and if you want any other quality you can't have a gusher of an inks. BB Fresh Oranges is very good in that regard. It has great shading. It's a very nice orange ink, not flat. But it is very close to Sailor's Kin-mokusei. They are different, but only you can decide whether you want to spend $18 or $43. Others will probably be able to explain more on how this ink is, and how it differs from others, and why they love it. Pens: Edison Premiere (M-steel), Pelikan M400 (F) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7 And in comparison with Sailor Jentle Four Seasons Kin-mokusei (2016 edition) On Rhodia: left, Kin-mokusei, right Fresh Oranges On more absorbent MvL
  6. white_lotus

    Diamine Marigold

    An inky friend sent this sample a while back and now I've gotten to a review. This is from the Diamine Flowers set, which seems to be difficult to find now in the US. Anderson seems to have this ink in small bottles. Several UK sites seem to sell 30 ml refills, so if this is an ink you like, it is possible to get more. The ink didn't do well in my Edison Premiere, while not feeling dry, the flow wasn't good enough to get decent color. I'd have to slow down my writing to do so. In a Pelikan with a broad nib, that few of my inks can tame, this one fit the bill. I got a rich orange line. So the old saw of matching pen and ink applies here. Still a bit of a light color, but sometimes delicacy is called for. Not water resistant at all. Pens: Edison Premiere (M-steel), Pelikan M205 (B-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7
  7. white_lotus

    Sailor Kin-Mokusei (2016)

    As vis' might say, Sailor is a company that needs no introduction, at least around these parts. This ink is a member of the Jentle Four Seasons line of inks, these are ones that are fairly readily available in pens shops and online. Some explanation may be necessary regarding the Four Seasons series. Originally it was a set of eight inks, two each for representing each of the four seasons. So two for winter, two for spring, and so on. Every few years Sailor would swap out the existing lineup and bring in a new series. I don't know if this was a few years in between but it was certainly long enough for people to become attached to the ones that went away. You can imagine the sadness. In spring 2016, Sailor released eight additional Four Seasons inks, ones that had been in the line before. Cheering! Unfortunately it seemed that they were destined for Japan-only. Why did Sailor torture their devoted (Western-based) fans so much? Some people wanted the new inks so bad they ordered them from Japan. At the DC Pen Show, Sailor reps announced the new inks were coming to the US. Yea! And since then Europe will receive them as well. So this is the 2016 edition of Kin-mokusei. Many people that have Sailor Apricot say these two inks are the same. I can't vouch for that but it would sure be great. This is a fairly bright orange ink. It's definitely brighter, and has more yellow, than KWZ Orange. I have a few other oranges waiting to be tried out and we'll see how they compare. One word of caution, some Japanese websites list these inks as "limited edition". US retailers have not reported this as being the case, so my guess is these will be around for a while, but perhaps not forever. This ink seemed a bit drier than most other Sailor inks. Not dry per se, but not as wet as one might expect. I suspect this was to preserve the color and shading. I didn't get the silver sheen, but many people say it is there. Not water resistant. Pen: Pelikan M400 (F-14 kt) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7
  8. white_lotus

    Kyo-Iro Higashiyama Moonlight

    Another of the inks from the Kyoto TAG company, now also carried by Vanness in the US. I'd call this ink an earth orange color, and a number of existing reviews say the ink is "dry". I didn't find that to be the case. I don't know if there have been formulation changes or simply a different pen. Pen: Edison Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7 The shading on Tomoe River was especially nice.
  9. Clumsy_Penman

    Lamy - Copper Orange

    Lamy - Copper Orange was released some time ago in 2015 as a part of the Copper Orange Special Edition Lamy Al-Star fountain pen. I have reviewed all of the standard line of Lamy inks on my blog earlier this year, but with this particular colour I catch up recently thanks to Mishka from BureauDirect, UK (thanks) who sent me a box of sample cartridges. Despite the fact that this is a special edition ink and sooner or later it will extinct, but it is still available here and there, so I decided to test it my way because I found it very interesting. The colour of Lamy - Copper Orange is as name says - orange which is not that bright as Diamine Pumpkin but more like Diamine Autumn Oak, J. Herbin – Orange Indien or Kaweco Sunrise orange. Is much lighter than Diamine Ancient Copper. Because it has yellow component there is some similarities to a famous Noodler's Apache Sunset, however Noodler's ink has much more of yellow which is resulting in superb shading. Lamy's ink shaded too, but obviously less than Apache Sunset, which for many is a benchmark, I believe. The cool thing about Lamy Copper Orange, which separates it out from the orange crowd is the way it shines once it dries completely. The ink has an interesting light green/yellow-gold sheen but also something which reminiscences suspended tiny particles which mimic metallic feel. This is not exactly the same thing as you have seen in Diamine Shimmering inks. The effect is more subtle and it results in rusty look, which I really enjoy. Here are some examples. For much more please check my short review on my blog . Enjoy! http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-58.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-22.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-39.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-18.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-5.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-53.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-25.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-34.jpg http://www.clumsypenman.com/wp-content/fpngallery/lamy-copper-orange/untitled-45.jpg
  10. It's time for another Ink Giveaway PIF! I am giving away a nearly full bottle of J. Herbin Orange Indien ink. This ink is similar to the OMAS Orange I gave away in an earlier PIF, but is a little less saturated. Here are the rules: 1) United States only. 2) Winners of my previous PIFs (Levenger and OMAS inks) are not eligible for this PIF. 3) Everyone who posts on this thread saying they want the ink through Tuesday, January 3, 2017 is eligible. 4) On January 4, 2017 I'll post here to close the PIF and everyone ahead of me in the thread will be entered. I'll select a winner using the random number generator at random.org. I'll list the winner here, and contact them via PM to set up shipment. 5) You can enter as many of my PIFs as you want, but you can win only one. In the event the same FPN member wins two PIFs, I'll ask you to choose which you want. I'll draw another name to win the other prize. 6) I will ship to the winner for free, in exchange for a letter or postcard from you containing handwritten samples of your five favorite ink colors. Or, you can pay for shipping, whichever you prefer. (I will ship via USPS). 7) Winners who don't respond to my PM within three days after close of the PIF will forfeit their winning. I'll draw again to find another winner. Here is a writing sample of the ink.
  11. My guess is that Cult Pens has quite a cult following in the UK. They apparently stock nearly everything they can get their hands on in the way of pens of all kinds, many inks. I have a feeling that if I spent much time on their website I'd end up with a fairly expensive cart of booty. Well they have Cult Pens ink made by Diamine. These are the "Deep Dark" inks, and they are not rebranded standard Diamine inks. The Deep Dark Brown has been rated by those in the know as the closest to the long-discontinued Parker Penman Mocha. But I personally could never justify to myself to order just a couple bottles of ink given the exchange rate, and added shipping costs. Thankfully an FPN friend sent out some samples of a couple of these inks. This is the Deep Dark Orange. And I will tell you that at $1.23/£1 an 80 ml bottle of Diamine retails for £4.92, about $6, compared to nearly $15 in the US. I'm not sure there'll be nearly $9/bottle of shipping charges. So some bargains may be had for the adventuresome inky pirate. I love the color of this ink, it reminds me of blood orange. The color is really nice and rich, not bright, deep and not thin. There's nice shading. Excellent handling, with very good flow and lubrication. There could be some sheen on Tomoe River, but you might need a wide nib to really bring that out. I'm not normally an orange or red ink fan, but for some reason this ink makes me go oo la la. This probably wouldn't become an everyday ink, but would be a joy to use whenever brought into rotation. If you live in the UK, you are one lucky person. The only downside is it's not very waterproof. Pen: Edison Nouvelle Premiere (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet
  12. white_lotus

    Kwzi Orange

    OK, I've posted enough reviews about KWZ inks you'd think I was Polish. I'm American, but my ancestors (great grandparents or earlier) were from somewhere in Poland, though my grandparents always claimed they were German. So perhaps this is why I'm so attracted to these inks, or maybe it's because they typically have very good handling qualities and are very good colors. Orange was not a color that interested me for the longest time. I thought it might be naturally too bright. I prefer browns, blues, murky greens. But orange can be nice and I've found a few that I like. KWZ Orange is a relatively pure orange, fairly bright, but not retina-searing, not overly saturated so you get some nice shading especially on Tomoe River, Rhodia, etc. I would probably use this more for markup rather than writing many pages, but that's my personal preference. I'm sure there are those that enjoy the happy color of a good orange and will write whole chapters with it. Pen: Pelikan M200 (M-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet. One thing I found difficult with the images was trying to capture that bright, pure quality of the inks' color. I don't think I've done it at all. It simply appears more muted, more toned down, and more saturated rather than bright. But this isn't an orange ink that goes down orange and dries to brown or burnt siena. It goes down orange and dries orange. Not water resistant at all. Mostly lifts off the page when blotted and washes away otherwise. But any kind of water resistance wasn't expected. A bright single dye.
  13. My eyes! My eyes! OMG my eyes! It burns!!! Aggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!! If you like retina-searing orange inks, you'll love this ink. This ink is really bright, almost fluorescent. The handling was perfectly fine on the paper I used. I think Anderson Pens carries this brand in the US, which originates from Australia. This is not a color I would ever use, but if you have a need for a great markup ink, this one will fit the bill. I was so traumatized by this ink that I was only able to use one page for review and could not bring myself to do the rest of the review. I know I'm not worthy like Visvamitra. Pen: Edison Nouvelle Premiere (F-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet. Do not be deceived by the image here. It's a really florescent orange, very pure in hue and bright. You have been warned!
  14. white_lotus

    Kwzi Grapefruit

    Here is an ink nearly everyone can buy! KWZ Grapefruit is a brilliant, bright reddish-orange. It is fabulous as a markup color. It's a very deep orange. The handling is excellent. The color is really beautiful. But you have to like these bright colors. For me their use is fine occasionally, but I'm not a regular user of such colors. But I would still recommend it. Totally not water resistant at all however. The usual papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet.
  15. white_lotus

    Kwzi Monarch (Fontoplumo)

    Well, every now and then there are LE inks reasonably available to normal folks. The Fontoplumo pen shop in The Netherlands has a custom Conid fountain pen, and KWZ was commissioned to create an ink matching the color of this pen. The shipping for this ink to the US was fairly expensive, so I joined with a few like-minded ink fanatics to obtain this ink. I believe visvamitra and LGsoltek have both provided reviews as the ink is more readily available in the EU, however their results were quite different. So there was some consternation regarding what kind of ink we would receive. The ink is not a bright orange, but a muted one, more like a deep ochre, but not brown. None of my writing with the pen I used produced brown ink on the page. I wouldn't even call it burnt orange. Just deep, but muted, orange was the darkest I obtained. The ink shades very well, especially on TR. The usual papers for me: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. To some pictures. The ink is not water resistant, but that wasn't expected. An interesting color drop.
  16. Hi Everyone, This is just a quick comparison I made of two shading orange inks: Super5 Delhi and Noodler's Apache Sunset. I was surprised at how similar they can look and the shading with both is impressive. The huge advantage, for some at least, of Delhi is that it's completely waterproof once dry! If you've been hoping for a waterproof version of Apache Sunset, Super5 Delhi may be close enough to fit the bill. My only complaint with Delhi as far as behavior goes is that it left pink stains in my TWSBI demonstrator that I still haven't been able to get out. Here's what these two oranges look like on a cheap legal pad: Some close-ups: And on 80gsm Rhodia: Rhodia close-ups: I hope this is useful for someone!
  17. Gazcom

    Columbus Arancione (Orange)

    About a year ago I spent some time working in Turin and every day, along the usual journey from home to the workplace, I catched a glimpse to a stationery shop window which had this unknown brand of inks : Columbus. Afterwards, I discovered that Columbus is an Italian pen manufacturer, part of the Santara group, which is also the Italian distributor for Ballograph and Sheaffer. I was kinda attracted by the brand, because it’s actually one of the few that sells orange ink in a standard ink line (a Pelikan-ish 30ml bottle costs around 5€ ). http://s11.postimg.org/5f2c5ye2b/OVERVIEW.jpg Orange inks, and in general bright inks, have always been a little problematic. In my experience, especially cheap ones, tend to have really low saturation and to be quite watery, behaving poorly almost everytime. When I first tried it I really didn’t know what to expect, but actually I’m quite pleased by this ink. Columbus Orange has a very light tone that tends to become a little darker when it dries (especially on cheap copy paper) becoming a little more visible. It has a good flow, doesn’t show any feathering (!!!), really really little bleedthrough and reasonable drying times (6 seconds on copy paper) Keep away from water! kinda dissolves if touched by liquids. The real problem on this ink is the colour, it’s too light and even if it shows some shading, it seems to be impossible to darken it more than a certain amount, even layering on generous swabs of ink. Is Columbus Orange a good ink? The answer is quite simple: when you spend 5 euros for a bottle of ink, you surely do not expect to have the “Grail ink”, and this is just a pleasant one with good price/value. Good for everyday use or for extensively writing? Not really, I think this might be put in good use for highlighting, taking some bright notes or drawing. COPY PAPER http://s14.postimg.org/qc0eg1fk1/COPYPAPER.jpg SCHIZZA & STRAPPA PAPER http://s14.postimg.org/sj4n3yku9/SCHIZZASTRAPPA.jpg TRACING PAPER http://s14.postimg.org/lty3nxzi9/TRACING_PAPER.jpg CROMATOGRAPHY http://s14.postimg.org/tk4vt31tt/CROMATOGRAPHY.jpg INKDROP http://s14.postimg.org/n3vx2zta9/BLOTCH.jpg PS: Keep in mind that this ink looks lighter than on monitor!
  18. Some time last year Kingdom Note came out with two new lineups of bespoke inks from Sailor. They were the "Jellyfish" and "Crustaceans" lines and these pretty much replaced their previous collections of "Wild Birds," "Mushrooms," and "Insects". This was at a time when obtaining these Sailor inks became difficult for even those living in Japan. Some stores discontinued selling online, or even began limiting purchasers to just one or two bottles of ink, and another chose to raise prices over 100%. Kingdom Note is not one of those stores, but availability of their inks has been quite limited, and some have simply remained "SOLD OUT", perhaps seemingly forever. That's the way the sushi roll falls apart. The five inks in the "Jellyfish" series were/are: Chrysaora helvola "Yanagikurage" — an orange ink Porpita porpita — a blue ink Thysanostoma thysanura "Purple jellyfish" — a purple/red-violet ink Mastigias papua "Kite jellyfish"— a pink ink Aequorea victoria — a light green ink Recently I decided to check the Kingdom Note site, and found a few of these inks and their Crustacean cousins available. The writing samples shown there are decidedly unimpressive, seemingly using a XF nib. This would probably be fine if you were going to write Japanese characters, but many chasers of ink seem to want to use it in medium to broad to stub nibs and go to town with it. So there were few takers here when they came out. But I decided to take the plunge. The orange, blue, and purple inks were available. This is a review of the orange ink, my first orange! Just fyi, the stash of this ink KN had is sold out, but it is listed as "in negotiations". Perhaps that means they're trying to have Sailor make more. One can always hope so. The ink now comes in a standard Sailor Jentle box with a custom sticker pasted on the front. The bottle is standard Sailor Jentle with the dumb insert. The images of the box and bottle taken with iPhone4. As always, I test inks on papers I use and these are Mohawk via Linen=MvL, Hammermill 28 lb inkjet paper=Hij, and Tomoe River=TR. The images of the reviews taken with a Nikon Coolpix P50, so a bit dated, but it seems to do better than the iPhone in representing the ink color. My basic view is I liked this ink. I'd stayed away from orange inks fearing they would be overly bright or too light. This ink definitely was neither. This ink didn't seem to be "less saturated" per se than other Sailor inks. It's certainly a very reasonable good ink with very good flow and lubrication, some shading from light to darker orange. A bit slow drying on the MvL, but quite fast on the inkjet paper. I didn't notice any problems with hard starts, and the like, and it cleaned out of the syringe-filler pen I used quite easily. So I'm glad I got this ink and am not disappointed. ps I forgot to do a waterfastness test on this ink. Sorry. The poem here is from Robert Burns. From the ink drop on a paper towel it appears that the ink is made up of an orange and either a yellow, or a very light yellow-green. It's quite hard to tell. I think a yellow even though in the picture you could imagine it's yellow-green.
  19. We hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Here in Arizona we are on the cusp of the monsoon season where we have hot, sunny temperatures mixed with dark clouds, and lightning filled thunderstorms. You can be getting sunburned one minute, and drenched in rain the next. It makes for some beautiful scenery and once you experience it, you will never forget it. This yearly seasonal weather pattern has inspired our latest experiment in pen-making. We have been experimenting for a while with different materials and finishes and have come up with some pretty cool results. This new pen represents the Arizona monsoon season, but in pen form. The orange body represents the heat/sun, the grey cap represent the storm clouds and silver grip sections represent the lightning that so often comes during our monsoon season. So, to celebrate some of the success we have had with some of the new finishes, we are going to try something new. Instead of our usual method of product testing, we are going to include more community members to give us feedback on our latest endeavors. Here is how it works. We are going to, through different means, give (yes, give) away a small number of this pen to gain feedback on materials and finishes. We want to hear it all. The good, and even the bad. The point of this is to be more in touch with our customer base and their wants and needs. So, if you are interested in getting your hands on one of these “Monsoon” pens to review, here is how to do it: Choose from the following options: Write us a short original essay on the topic “Made in America” and email it to us with the subject line “Monsoon Essay”. You don’t have to be a great writer, just tell us a story. Create original artwork inspired by “Made in America” and share it with us via email(subject line “Monsoon Artwork”) or Instagram (#monsoonreview). Please create something new, nobody says it has to be fancy, but don’t reuse old artwork. Artwork from all ages, including children, is encouraged. Take an original photo or video depicting what “Made in America” means to you and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #monsoonreview and tag @karaskustoms and @karaspenco. We can’t wait to see what you come up with. We will be choosing 3 people per category in a completely biased method based on our tastes and preferences. This is not a contest, we will pick our favorites in each category and that is who will win. Each category will be judged by a different employee, so you can enter each category to increase your chances of winning. Enter as many times as you want, but each entry must be unique. We will post the winners and their entries on this blog (http://blog.karaskustoms.com/). We will announce the winners on August 12th, 2016. You will have 48 hours to respond before we choose another winner. We are asking all winners of this giveaway to provide us with a review of the Monsoon pen. This can be as simple or as complicated as you wish, we just want to hear your thoughts. Good and bad, it doesn’t matter, but we want to hear from you. We obviously can’t make you review this pen if you are chosen, but it would be awesome if you did. Once again, we will choose the winners on Friday, August 12th. Good luck!
  20. The wonderful and widely known Diamine Autumn Oak. This ink depends HEAVILY on the pen and nib as to how it looks. To me, it reads as a much more "mature" Noodler's Apache Sunset. I absolutely adore this ink and will be buying it when I have the chance to do so! Flow: 8 Lubrication: Written says 6, but I would change to 5. It is a very watery ink and as such the flow is very good but the lubrication is fairly low. Dry Time: 25-30s on Tomoe River paper. Shading: 10! Bleedthrough: None Ghosting: Not too bad. Color: Written says 7, change it to 8. Overall: 7 - I absolutely adore the shading and this more mature orange ink! Written Review: Photos: Scans:
  21. Newly listed to our eBay store, the Conway Stewart Churchill is fashioned in a brilliant orange with gold accents. Equipped with an 18k gold monotone nib, Medium in size and uses cartridge/converter (converter included). Limited Edition #0252/500 The pen is brand new, unused and comes packaged in its original Churchill presentation box accompanied by a Churchill cigar, a bottle of orange Conway Stewart ink, and a book of famous Churchill quotes. Does not come with the outer box. Currently on eBay for $1,500 Special price for all FPN members $1,200 Call 855-565-1818 or email orders@airlineintl.com
  22. Uncial

    Mr Oster's Amazing Inks

    I first noticed Robert Oster's ink on ebay and wasn't too sure about it. Then I saw someone here had taken the plunge before me and the ink seemed good, so I took the plunge and contacted him. Customer service was truly excellent; he always responded very promptly and politely and was very helpful. I got seven inks in one package by ordering directly from him. I can't give a full picture review here as all my photographs are too big, so I have a picture of a comparison sheet below, after my thoughts. Moss Green: Very nice green with a slight grey aspect. Quite dark and a genuine 'moss' colour. No shading. Orange: This one doesn't come out very well in the picture. It is very bright, no shading and is a little bit like a highlighter ink but is deep enough for normal use. It 'pops'. Lime Green: Really lovely citrus green. Nice and bright with slight yellow hints underneath and a small bit of shading. It gives Kobe's lime a run for its money. Royal Red: A standard red, but quite a nice one. No shading. Looks a little flat on Tomoe. Barossa Grape: lovely murky purple. Very dark; perhaps a little like Ink of the Witch? I have nothing quite like it. Deep Sea: really awesome. Like a slightly more saturated Emerald of Chivor. Nice shading and sheen. It has a tendency to bleed a tiny bit on Tomoe, but I had no problems on Clairefontaine or Rhodia. Jade Green: Very nice murkey green, a touch lighter than Tanna Japonensis if you know that ink. Has shading and a slight brownish/yellow undertone. I simply wanted to add that these inks are really great. They all have quite strong saturation and a wetness on the nib, good flow, decent lubrication, no staining issues (some of them wash out really easily) and reasonably fast dry times. Except for the Deep Sea on Tomoe I had no issues with show through, bleed or feathering. It's the deep saturation for me that makes them really attractive. I liked these inks so much that I'm already narrowing down my list for the next seven in a pack. Highly recommended. flic.kr/p/HHFYdq
  23. http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0771.jpg Lamy 2000 M / XXXF on Rhodia Dotpad http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0767-Edit.jpg (1) Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki (2) Iroshizuku Yu-yake (3) Sailor Hachimitsu (4) Sailor Apricot (5) Noodler's Apache Sunset (6) J. Herbin Orange Indien (7) Sailor Hachimitsu and (8) Sailor Apricot on Strathmore Watercolor paper http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0675.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0675-2.jpg Chromatography for Sailor Hachimitsu (top) and Apricot (bottom) For my purposes, these inks are identical in color and behavior. The chromatography is practically a mirror image! It appears from the washes that the Sailor inks are close in hue to Apache Sunset. However, this is slightly less so in real life. The Sailor inks are very saturated, approaching fluorescent, while Apache Sunset is slightly more earthy. Care was taken to ensure color accuracy, but in all things, perfection is unattainable. Thanks to migo984 and fireant, who requested reviews of these inks and supplied the samples!
  24. crazyaboutpens

    Asa Rainbow Review.

    asapens recently launched a new pen, called the rainbow. This pen is available in a bunch of colours and is made of acrylic. These pens are c/c and eyedropper convertible and have Schmidt nib units. It is available in fine, medium and broad. I ordered their 'flaming orange' (quite a fancy name if you ask me!) version with broad nib and rounded ends. I must say that the pen sure does look stunning and writes equally well! BODY The pen's body is made of acrylic and looks quite nice. The quality of the acrylic is pretty good. The pen is completely hand-made. The surface has a bit of imperfections but since it is hand made, I have no problems. The acrylic has a lot of 'depth' which I could not capture well in the picture. The ASA logo is not clearly visible and one has to squint a bit to see it clearly. The cap is screw on type and takes 1 1/3 turns to fully unscrew. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AknkfXg_Qnw/VjNIUa8Z4zI/AAAAAAAAAG0/PwoUO4PcLLw/s640/DSC_0006.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ynzKza8U4Qw/VjNIPlR-33I/AAAAAAAAAGo/SqtgmwBwkjE/s640/DSC_0005.JPGNIB The nib is a Schmidt Broad which writes more like a medium. It is quite smooth and has a bit of flex but it is almost negligible. It is a stainless steel nib. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-inIaxNypaNw/VjNIQFONgNI/AAAAAAAAAGs/V2cfyPRSyHo/s640/DSC_0007.JPG This is actually a whole unit with a schmidt converter (optional). SECTIONThe section is shaped like the section of the ASA I can. It is extremely comfortable to hold and is well suited for long writing sessions. It too is made of the same Acrylic as the rest of the pen. The section can be seen in the above pic. MEASUREMENTS I compared the measurements with those on the ASA site and they seem pretty much the same. Pen Length (Capped)135mmPen Length (Un-capped)100 mm (Excl Nib)Pen Length (Un-capped)120 mm (Incl Nib)Section Length25 mmCap Length65 mmCap Dia16 mmBarrel Dia14 mmSection Dia12 mm avg. WRITING SAMPLEThe pen writes quite wet. I would rate the wetness to be 8/10. It is pretty smooth as well. In terms of smoothness, it will easily score 9/10. The ink used in this sample is parker quink blue and the paper was 70gsm century A4 sheet.http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xchZpwmK6jk/VjNHk3AOZII/AAAAAAAAAGc/-X1FSTQ9B7A/s640/DSC_0004.JPG SUMMARYI am quite pleased with the pen. The finish is quite nice and it writes pretty well also. I have no complains with this pen and it is currently my favorite! (They are not paying me to say all this, all the opinions are my own.)http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OQFuRaYTYmk/VjNHhgyDSHI/AAAAAAAAAGU/GQwDGiAe7Ok/s640/DSC_0003.JPG http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CeRVxFvznMQ/VjNJP_0ejbI/AAAAAAAAAHU/uNh3XbV09vk/s640/DSC_0011.JPG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R9zCckjuQ64/VjNJC9syrKI/AAAAAAAAAHM/Un36nrVVPZg/s640/DSC_0010.JPG
  25. jasonchickerson

    Kwzi — #74 "orange" Iron Gall Ink

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0627-2.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0627.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0627-3.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0622_1.jpg #74 with Zebra "G" nib on Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton paper KWZI's #74 is a weird one for me. Rationally, it's a very fine ink with great behavior and a decent color. Yet I don't love it. I'll not likely miss my sample when it's gone, but I would recommend it to anyone looking for an ink in this color range. I prefer it hands down over #83 "Iron Gall Gold," which I'll try to review soon. As far as iron gall inks go, this one doesn't seem to have a lot of color shift upon oxidation. It kind of just gets a bit darker. I should point out that in the review above I describe Alt-goldgrün as "in this color range" when I meant "in this style," i.e. a complex dirty greenish gold. As always, care was taken to ensure color accuracy, but that green-gold on the paper is hard to capture. On my screen, even after color correcting the image and tweaking the levels, etc., the ink is slightly greener in real life that on screen. Perhaps my screen does not reproduce this color well as all other inks in the comparison appear as they do on paper.





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