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  1. Well, it is that time once again, another fine instrument just added to the collection. This time, a 100% custom pen hand made by Renee at Scriptorium pens. Yes, I am name-dropping as I am an incredibly happy customer and there is a bit of history with this pen. Still interested? Please read on. Pics at the end courtesy of Scriptorium Pens. My own pen photography is not this good. A little background history: My partner and I have to work great distances apart, myself in the middle of England, my partner in Scotland, thats about 300 miles distance, which means, for the first half of this year at least, we will not see too much of each other. So, in the wee dark hours, I hatched an idea to get my partner (Linda) something really special. At that point I started trawling thru FPN and fell across some pens made by "Scriptorium Pens", in actuality, a wonderful Lady called Renee (sorry can't get the accent on the letter e). After a LONG trawl thru various designs available, clip/nib combinations then finally choice of material I took the plunge. Here is how it happened. First contact: Email to Scriptorium pens with a rough intention, pen model, materials etc etc. Long wait? Nah, SAME DAY, complete with price breakdown, postage and payment method, all clear, nothing hidden. Too easy. Ok, curved ball time. As the pen was for Linda I had to try and work out what size. Yep, every single bit of the pen custom, including the size. Email time. Second contact: A quick email exchange re size and a query about bracketing (black ends). Almost immediate answers (does this lady not sleep)? This is too easy. How does the work commence? Easy. Spec sent, payment made, the pen goes into a work Q and an estimate is given on timescale (which as it turned out was accurate to about a day). What happens while waiting: Most suppliers (won't name them) this is where there is total silence. Not here. Scriptorium has an instagram site. All pens under manufacture are photographed during the process. I got an email to say it was due up next on the lathe, time to watch it grow. One gets to watch the pen grow from a rough block of something that looks like a rough rock develop and bloom into 3 dimensional art. This process is just truly unique and amazing. Once done: Photos are taken and an email sent which is what I would best describe as a sign off, am I happy with the work? Wow. You betcha. Blown away already. Post: Wrapped up securely and full postage tracking from the U.S. to the U.K. I was able to track it's every single movement. On arrival, it went straight into my overnight bag for my trip to Scotland. Wow factor: First we had to break the custom seals. Then ease the box open. Very secure. Inside, bubble wrap, enough to survive a 30 foot drop. Inside that, a tough flexible pen transport case. Inside that a velveteen pouch with a drawstring. Nearly there.... Nothing is going to get damaged in this packaging, nothing. And then the pen. Oh wow. Stunned. First impressions: It is a light pen. It reminds one of the Conway Stewart Churchill/Model 100 in weight, but much better quality. Sorry CS fans, I have 2 of my own, Linda has 3 and this is better quality. Remember this pen is HAND MADE and custom right to the n'th degree. Quality control is everything and I cannot find a single fault or niggle end to end. Even the finish doesn't have any microscopic polish/cleaning marks it is just awesome. Some serious magic has been worked here. Shape: The Bard utilises an almost identical profile to the CS Belliver which I like, but has a bit of extra girth and is a lot more balanced. The pen in the hand: Is worth two in the bush. (oh that is soo bad) Cost: I won't divulge in case I break any forum rules, sorry. The Scriptorium site does however give a reasonable indication and once a spec has been made, a quick email and one gets a full quote. I like that method, no hidden extras and no guessing. Consider, I have had a pen made, to my detailed spec, using the materials of my choice, with solid silver trimmings, nib of choice, and been allowed to watch it being made from the other side of the Atlantic. How does it write: First time every time. Loaded the pen up with Waterman Tender Purple and away it went. Linda had the first scribe and it just flowed beautifully from her hand. 1.5 Stub nib and it just did the business. Nice. Sorry no writing samples, the pen is now 300 miles away from my sticky mitts. Name That pen: Bard. But we have renamed it to Purple Passion. Filled with Waterman Tender Purple. And finally: To the pen pics, but before we go there, I just want to mention that this is not about a pen. It is about a complete and total end to end experience. Anyone can set up shop and sell pens. To work with a customer from design right up until postage at this level of detail is customer service at it's highest point. I know, I have worked in customer service for many many years. Thanks for reading, and a big big shout out to Renee at Scriptorium pens for making our unique piece of 3 dimensional art. Thank you, very very much. I have added a link to the site below in case anyone fancies taking that leap... D.
  2. I may have reviewed this ink before, but this one is more extensive and on some different papers. For some reason the scan came out sideways. The color is probably more accurate than the next image which is just an iPhone picture. The text reads: "This is still one of my favorite inks. A soft lovely purple. O like the color so much that when Anderson Pens had a special sale of OS inks, I got an 8 oz container. Ink for Life. But it is worth it. The vast majority of OS inks I've used have been totally well-behaved. My Menlo in Amber Tortoise is somewhat translucent and this ink doesn't stain. And it has no problems startiung up from a pause in writing. I don't believe this ink is being brought back in the limited release of OS. Maybe some would call this blue-violet." As seen in this last pic it is fairly water resistant if you quickly blot up with a paper towel.
  3. Arkanabar

    Lightfast Purple Ink For Pfm-Ii

    I'm looking for a well-behaved, lightfast purple for my PFM II. I'm the sort of person who'll ink a pen, and take as much as a couple of weeks to write it dry before cleaning it. I've been known to leave my M200 inked with red-black without cleaning for months, just so I can always have the combination ready. If I find a "forever" color for the PFM-II, it could easily get treated the same way. I had been considering Diamine Bilberry, but there have been rumors which now make me hesitant to use it. I am also considering Diamine Grape. The PFM was the last of the Snorkels, and the first of the inlaid nibs. Has anyone had issues using Bilberry with either of these types? If you've used Bilberry without issue, how long did it stay in the pen?
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  6. I love the qualities of Namiki blue: its water resistance and low maintenance. However, it would be nice to find a red which I could add to it to create a lilac purple. Do you have any suggestions for low maintenance reds which might fit the bill; if the red isn't waterproof, I'm assuming the Namiki blue will still be legible if a spillage occured. Thanks.
  7. yogalarva

    Iroshizuku Murasaki-Shikibu

    Seriously, the names of these Iroshizuku inks will be the death of me. Doesn’t matter how many times I write/type it, I always have to double check the spelling. This ink was given to me as a birthday gift from my mother. Unlike the Shin-ryoku that she got me for Christmas last year, I had specified this color as one that I really wanted. Remember how unimpressed I was with the Pelikan Violet because it had too much red in it? This is a perfect purple ink for me because it’s much more towards the blue side of things. Seriously, I can’t get over how much I love this color. I’m a sucker for jewel tones, and this hits that mark right on. It was also surprisingly water resistant, which is a plus for me since I don’t like to make an ink a “daily user” unless it has at least a bit of water resistance, and I was going to be really sad if this had to be a special occasion only ink. Like pretty much every other Iroshizuku ink I’ve tried, this one behaves wonderfully and gave me no troubles with feathering or bleeding, even on the Field Notes paper. And it didn’t do the weird disappearing act when highlighted that I saw with the Pelikan ink, so that’s a plus. Overall, I really recommend this ink. Then again I might be biased because I think it’s like the most perfect color ever. I also don’t know that I have tried any other inks that come really close in terms of color, so if you know of one that matches and has good behavior and is cheaper than the premium $28/50 mL that we see with Iroshizuku inks, let me know! This ink was given as a gift and I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like. Full page scan of the review:
  8. Hi everyone, posting my first ink review, I didn't mean to post it at all, made it for my personal reference but realized it could help someone decide (as numerous reviews have helped me), so here it is. I am sure there is room for improvement so feel free to point out what to adjust in the next one. I've got close to 40 inks so I will be posting more as I go through them again. These of course are only my personal findings and may not be as accurate as someone's who's been reviewing ink for a long time. I've only gotten into inks recently even though I've been using fountain pens for years. This review is on Radece Papir Italia, 80g. The best office paper I've found so far in this part of the world. Excellent for fountain pen inks, very resistant and overall performs very, very well. I've tried quite a number of them by now. I want to stay away from reviewing on Clairfontain or Rhodia simply because I don't use them daily and the ink really won't show its faults as much. Enjoy! - Daniel
  9. FoszFay

    Recommend A Dark Purple

    I would like a nice, dark, saturated purple, but don't know much about anything other than your blues and blacks. Does anyone make a purple-black ink? If so, who and is it any good? Otherwise, what is a nice dark purple? Thanks, Tom.
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  11. poisonedpen

    Papier Plume - Burgundy Ink Review

    First review. This is of Papier Plume's hand-bottled ink, Burgundy, which can be found at papierplume.com or in their shop in New Orleans. It's a nice ink that performs well in italic or flex nibs. My review was color-corrected to represent an accurate scan of the ink. Feathering of the ink is actually zero to very minimal, but my image resolution makes it look a little higher, unfortunately.
  12. cybaea

    Diamine Tyrian Purple

    Disclosure: I received a 30ml bottle of this ink free from Cult Pens with no obligations. Thanks guys! You have to try this ink! Buy, beg, borrow, steal, ... a sample from somewhere. Even if you do not like the colour and do not care for the shading. There is something about how this ink feels that is tremendously satisfying. The wetness and lubrication is just so. This ink was released on 1 August 2014. The Wikipedia article on Tyrian Purple is interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_purple USAGE DAILY WRITER: Certainly. BUSINESS USE: Yes, with the usual caveats about any ink with red components. ILLUSTRATIONS: Oh yes! Can cover large areas. NOTES: Yes. LETTERS: Yes, please! Do send me letters with this ink. LOVE LETTERS: Absolutely! More romantic than passionate. PERFORMANCE FEATHERING: 4/4 - none at 10x magnification with the flex writing BLEEDTHROUGH: 3/4 - very minimal; only seen on the poorest papers SHADING: 3/4 - really beautiful shading that does not overwhelm SHEEN: 0/4 - none seen FLOW: medium - high with great lubrication WATERPROOF: 1/4 - faint lines remain, possibly enough to read the text DRYING TIME: 2/4 FADE RESISTANCE: (not tested) Review [The writing samples are from the instructions of St Cyril of Jerusalem to the catechumens, dated circa AD 350.] On Rhodia dot pad On Rhodia R On our corporate printer's stock cartridge paper
  13. I'm looking for a bright and saturated medium/ royal blue. Something like Noodler's Baystate Blue or Parker Penman Sapphire. I found Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao. From the pictures I've seen online, Asa-Gao is either bright and vibrant blue, light purple or light (definitely not vibrant) blue. If you have used it, what colour is it? Or what colour is it on different papers/ inks? Pictures from the internet: vibrant medium blue: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cmHjilyUSw4/UAm8hlmA8FI/AAAAAAAACO0/3afleivbjuM/s1600/AsaGao3.JPG light blue http://www.gouletpens.com/v/vspfiles/photos/PN69203-2.jpg light purple http://static.jetpens.com/images/a/000/042/42848.jpg thanks
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  15. yogalarva

    Kaweco Summer Purple

    Recently I’ve started looking for an ink that is available in standard international cartridges and is a color I like and has some amount of water resistance (this really is a necessity for an ink to be a daily user for me). Why? Well, I really love the look of the Kaweco Al-Sport, but it takes carts only and I have no interest in refilling. Anyway, I digress… I like this ink. I don’t love it, but I like it. Reminds me a bit of R&K Scabiosa with that dusty shade of purple. Conservative while still being interesting, I think this would be a definite contender as something I could use in cartridges. Behavior was good, though it initially seemed a bit dry in my Lamy 2k. I think that was just because I wasn’t paying attention to keeping things on the sweet spot, because when I went to write this review it was fine. I didn’t notice any feathering or bleeding and, as you can see, it does exhibit quite a bit of water resistance. As a purple ink, I would recommend doing some other looking around. It’s not the most exciting ink out there, and Kaweco bottled ink is kinda pricey as inks go, at ~$14/30 mL. The cartridges are about $0.50 each, which I think is more or less the standard and we all know that carts are not the most economical thing anyway. However, as a well behaved ink that is at least partially water resistant and available ink standard international cartridges, I do recommend this ink and it will go on my short list if I ever do get around to getting that Al-Sport. :-) This ink was purchased with my own money and I am not being compensated for this review in any way. All opinions expressed above are my own and you are free to disagree with them if you like.
  16. bardiir

    Noodler's Purple Heart

    http://www.fp-ink.info/colorcard/132.png As always, light resistance will follow in about one month, images will be replaced:
  17. Tessy Moon

    Diamine Majestic Purple Ink Review

    Here is a brief handwritten review of Diamine Majestic Purple Ink. It is difficult to display the true color of this ink. It has a vibrancy to it but it is definitely not searing bright. It is a medium purple with pink undertones. (When diluted it is a pretty pink color.) I think it is a very nice medium purple and very easy to read. As noted in my review, this ink appears much darker in a wetter pen (like the Ahab) as well with broader nibs (I have tried a stub 1.1 and 1.5) http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/1d/06/3b/1d063b5d998b929012ff08e3d774563a.jpg More detailed photos are here: http://tessymoon.wix.com/tessymoon#!fountain-pen-love/cp8t
  18. Expect to see more writing samples posted. http://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_813.jpghttp://sheismylawyer.com/She_Thinks_In_Ink/2014-Inklings/slides/2014-Ink_814.jpg
  19. bardiir

    Waterman Tender Purple

    These are my first ink reviews so I'd like to hear all suggestions how to improve them. I've got quite some inks in my collection already (most of them are samples but it's a start) and I will review some more in the future.
  20. Hey there. I just bought my first fountain pen (Lamy Vista with a fine nib) and haven't invested in my first bottled ink yet. I would need some suggestions on buying inks. I'm a middle school math teacher. I plan to use my fountain pen to grade papers. I'm looking for inks that are suitable to write on office copy paper or regular school notebook paper, doesn't bleed through too much, and affordable since I'll using a lot daily. I'm looking in the range of turquoise, purple, green and orange. I usually don't like grading in red ink. Does anyone or any teachers here have some good suggestions for me? Or maybe other colors that are not red? Thank you so much.
  21. I just wanted to share this since I love pinks and purples but sometimes it is hard to find just the right light shade of pink or purple ink. I don't have an exact formula for this. It is mostly water with a few drops of DMP. I just test it in the pen and use a syringe to add another drop of ink or water as needed. If you want to try this I highly recommend starting with a very small batch. Either a sample vial or directly into the converter is what I like to do. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ff/94/17/ff9417c09223d961e5c487f399e59ded.jpg
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  24. Jamerelbe

    Toucan Violet Ink

    Toucan Violet - the third-last in the range (not sure whether I'll bother with #14). The review below may seem a bit harsh - but honestly, the only thing I don't love about this ink is its colour (!). It's well-behaved, reasonably saturated, washes well out of my pens... I just, well, prefer a more 'brightly coloured' purple (or violet). The ink in the Platinum Preppy (see sample) is just about perfect for me - this colour seems 'flatter' by comparison. That said, Toucan Violet is a 'legitimate' colour in its own right - it reminds me of the flowers on a spray of lavender. You know the drill: manufactured by Tintex, only available for purchase in Australia and NZ (at least for now), but an amazing price - kind of makes up for the extra we have to pay on every stinkin' pen and ink and paper that has to be imported Down Under and sold at a ridiculous mark-up to boot ('Pardon my potty mouth'!, as Fix-It Felix Jr would say...). Here it is - scan only (unless someone asks for a photo), but I think this is reasonably accurate: http://i.imgur.com/prgY6Ct.jpg
  25. New delivery if around twenty colours from Cult Pens today. Thought I'd share first three that I've tested tonight!





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