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  1. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_325.jpghttp://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_325b.jpg
  2. Jamerelbe

    Toucan Orange Ink

    This is (hopefully) the first of several reviews for a brand of ink that was released onto the Australian market in November 2013. Manufactured by a Queensland-based company named 'Tintex', or Dye Manufacturers of Australia, I wasn't sure what to expect when I responded to an offer from the supplier (Kevin from http://www.justwrite.com.au) to send free samples to any Australian-based members of the Fountain Pen Network. Still, I put up my hand, and was pleasantly surprised by the collection of inks that came my way (in 2 ml sample vials). In fact, I was SO pleasantly surprised that within a couple of weeks I'd ordered the entire range (at my own expense) in the 60ml pouches available from the website. A couple of preliminaries: First, this is the first time I've written a review on the Fountain Pen Network (please be gentle!!) - though I posted a few sample pages on 'The Mall' forum. Second, I'm writing as a relative newcomer to the world of inks - though I've used fountain pens on and off for 2-3 decades, it was only last year that I started dabbling with anything other than Parker Blue or Black! Third, these inks are only available (at present) in Australia (or New Zealand), and the only packaging available is the plastic 'pouches' Kevin ships them in. (I believe Tintex produce them in rather functional, i.e. ugly, plastic bottles of various sizes, but they're not available for retail sale via their website.) If there were sufficient interest from international buyers, I believe Kevin would be willing to look into making them available worldwide - but the cost of shipping would introduce a big step-up in price for the end-consumer. Fourth, these inks are EXPRESSLY DESIGNED to allow for mixing - which means that there's an almost endless array of possibilities if you want to create new colours of your own. Fifth, I should say that from a personal point of view I really love these inks - though some much more so than others. The 'Royal Blue' is lacking in saturation; the 'primrose' and 'gold' colours are too pale (IMHO) to be useful for anything; and the Magenta is a shade of pink that, well, my 5-year-old daughter likes a lot more than I do. I'm kicking off with Toucan Orange because it's my personal favourite - in the vial it was fairly transparent, so I feared it would look washed out on the page, but boy was I in for a surprise! It's vibrant, shades nicely, and - both on Rhodia paper AND the (admittedly good quality) copier paper I used for these reviews, it's resistant to feathering and bleed-through. So without further ado, here is... Toucan Orange. http://i.imgur.com/DeMXO6D.jpg A bit more 'reddish' than in real life - not sure how to fix that - but hopefully this gives you a good idea. Cheers! EDIT: Attaching a photo from my Sony xPeria phone: http://i.imgur.com/INbt1vt.jpg
  3. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/Inklings/slides/2013-Ink_732.jpg http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/Inklings/slides/2013-Ink_730.jpg http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/Inklings/slides/2013-Ink_730b.jpg
  4. smiorgan

    Diamine Sunset Mini Review

    Another quick one. This is a lovely bright red-orange but I've found it very difficult to scan to show off the shading. Look at the bottom 3 rows of squares and the tops of the loops in the bottom right. No water resistance, excellent clean-up, good flow, looks pretty in a demonstrator. Nice and cheering on dull days
  5. nomadhacker

    Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin

    Another bright orange. I've picked up a few lately. This one really does remind me of mandarin oranges. Flow is wet. Has a traditional feel. A bit like an Iroshizuku ink, which I guess is appropriate considering both their premium placements. Honestly, I like Yu yake better for flow. Operation Overlord Orange has more water resistance. And I'm a big fan of Apache Sunset with more shading. That's my personal preference. But I do like all of these oranges color-wise.
  6. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Apache Sunset

    Now this is my orange ink. Great great shading. Shades from orangish yellow to orangish red. The scan doesn't do it justice. Not water resistant. But then I'm sure you know that. You don't buy this ink for signing checks.
  7. nomadhacker

    Noodler's Operation Overlord Orange

    Part of the v-mail series of inks. They are reproductions or recreations of vintage ink formulas from the 1940s. All named after aspects of that really big thing that happened in the 1940s. This is a nice orange color. Doesn't have the shading of Apache Sunset. But it did indeed have some fairly impressive water resistance for an orange ink. Dry time was nice. Felt a little thinner than Apache Sunset. Not as bold as Edelstein Mandarin or Organics Studio's Neon. Could be too light for a lot of uses, but then, you wouldn't use orange ink in business situations anyway, would you? edit: Also my first review trying out Staples Sustainable Earth sugarcane based paper. Not bad. Got a spiral notebook of this with perforated edges. Not bad for feathering and shading on inks. Doesn't have serious bleedthrough issues. Paper is thinner, which is nice for when you want thin paper. But it's not for people who hate showthrough with every fiber of their inked being.
  8. nomadhacker

    Organics Studio Neon

    Hold onto your retinas. This is a bright one. The good thing is it's saturated enough to not seem just light or be hard to read. Some oranges are bright colors, but just light and watery. This is the ink to use for writing warning notes. Or to write notes to your kids you don't want them to ignore.

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