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  1. The pen came the other day , and I really wanted to play with this pen before some others . So here we go : 660 Piston Filler - I think this is just the Ebay seller giving the pen a description (?) It is an unbranded piston filler . Piston - Love the piston lock - The piston seems to draw ink really well . NIB - Is it a .3 something ? Writes moist , cants 45 deg left ok but dries up quickly canting 45 deg right . Applying pressure to the NIB does not affect ink flow very much . Ink seems to flow well , there was no burping . For a $3 USD pen I can only say that I am reasonably impressed so far . ( Will it continue to impress ) Back in 24 hours :
  2. I recently purchased a few standard (60ml) ink pots of the camlin royal blue ink. As soon as i laid down the first line. I noticed that the colour has been changed. I had purchased a few ink pots from Mumbai and the other from Ahmedabad. I noticed that no matter the location, the colour now is different than the previous ink. (Both have manufacturing dates of around mid-late 2014) The change is ever so mild, but it is noticeable none the less. The newer colour has become more of a uniform blue which is a bit lighter in hue. The earlier colour had a purple-grey undertone to it which made it a bit more saturated and darker. (I hope all this makes any sense!) I guess it will be better if i just showed the pictures! Here they are. The left one is the new colour. And the right one, the old colour. I suppose it is more clearly visible in the last picture. So what are your thoughts? Please share your views. If you haven't noticed it, do you think you will like the new colour? And if you already noticed this, What is your opinion?
  3. It's just amazing that you can buy a 99 cent USD fountain pen . At this price point one would expect nothing short of garbage , especially if you are buying $25 to $50 fountain pens ( or even more highly priced ones ) . The 599 does feel very plastic'y , the cartridge converter also feels a little cheap ( 99c after all ) Here is the RUB ! - The pen writes smoothly and ever better it does so softly . Not harsh like trying to write with a concrete nail - No ! Soft like a felt tipped pen ( But not quite that soft ) ... With some NIB polishing this could be a serious writer competing way above its price point . No issues , started right away . Does no like canting 45 deg Right Not happy writing inverted Smooth , very , in the sweet spot . Writes moist . Does not dry out when doing sweeping horizontal 8's After 24 hours the 599 wrote the same as the day before . ( No issues - leaks etc ) If your looking for a 99 cent pen - The Jinhao 599 just might be the one !
  4. This ink is a really neat brown. It flows consistently well, has no problems with cleanup, and is decent on lubrication. It's a really good all-rounder ink if you don't mind it not being permanent. Or, for that matter, water resistant at all. On a ten-point system, 10 being the best: Flow: 8 Lubrication: 6 Dry Time on Tomoe River Paper : 20-25 sec Shading: 7 (Depends largely on the pen) Bleed: None. Ghosting: Just a bit, nothing too heavy. Color: 7 - I like it a lot, especially in my Monteverde Invincia with a Pendleton BLS Nib. Its a very nice brown with good shading in this pen. Overall: 7 - This is a brown ink I could see myself returning to! Written Review: Photo: Scan: After capturing, I noticed there were bits of these really neat silvery black sheen where the ink pooled up enough. It probably won't be seen unless your pen is REALLY flowing on very ink-resistant paper, but it is there! I'll leave two pictures. One of the sheen circled and one not circled. The pictures do not do it much justice as in real life it sheens much more especially under light. I had real trouble picking up any sheen on my camera. Thanks for checking out my review! -Nick
  5. A very interesting pen . I was a little surprised it wrote as well as it did . ( A little scratchy ) Canting 45 deg Left made no difference Canting 45 deg Right and the pen became very scratchy but still wrote .. Also wrote inverted .. Writes a little wet . Started fine , no issues . I think a little polishing of the NIB could make this pen really smooth . I was able to write quickly with the pen as it did not grab the paper . After 24 hours ( rested horizontally ) Pen started fine No issues Still writes a little wet .
  6. Hero 616 , with ink bladder ... First - I didn't know if I was going to like the ink bladder = I don't . It is a cheap pen @ 99 cents .. And it sort of performs like a 99c pen .. Started of writing very very dry ... Scratchy - and just feels a little NQR ... ( ? ) Cant explain it , just not my type of pen I guess ? Did not like to cant 45 deg right Did not like to write inverted After 24 hours inked and rested ... Pen put more ink to paper .. No longer dried out .. But as I was writing I noticed a burp developing under the feed ... Tissue to the rescue , it was a fair bit of ink ballooning under the feed / NIB ... My suggestion would be to pass on this one , and if 99 cents tickles you fancy then perhaps a Jinhao 599 @ 99 cents might scratch that itch ... ( yes next review to be posted )
  7. Ever since I saw this pen I really liked the looks of it .. I also thought it might make for a decent eye dropper mod . ( Will try later ) The thing that strikes me the most , is just how hard this pen writes .. Like a steel rod - or more aptly a knitting needle ... It really feels rigid and hard .. Also it's some what scratchy - runs on the dry side and lays ink down like a ball point pen . ( ok maybe thats not all bad ) . The pen feels very unyielding and there is no sweet spot as such . ( Not that I found ) Will definitely hit the 5000 grit wet and dry when it gets here .. ( Haven't found any local ) ... Dont want to use anything more course with such a fine NIB . I will play more with this pen in the future .. Started easy .. No leaks - no burps - After 24 hours actually lay down a little more ink .. ( Dirty NIB ? ) Runs on the dry side Very scratchy - no sweat spot
  8. Romus Majestic Piston filler / Parker Quink Black 1) I like the piston filler - reliable and solid - and not easy to accidentally activate 2) Small but nice ( The pen ) 3) Scratchy writer 4) Perhaps on the dry side 5) Burps even after being warmed ( Is it a air pocket ? ) 6) Bone dry after burping - difficult to restart ink flow If you have to add it to your piston filler collection ( Go for it ) , it does feel like a decent build . How ever if your looking for a carry pen ? , then you may wish to look else where . I am at a loss to explain the burping ( limited knowledge ) ... But the pen burps after being warmed - and is bone dry after burping - which leads me to believe that a air bubble is forming in the feed ? interrupting the flow of ink .. Stopping it at one end and allowing the ink to flow out the other end ( NIB ) - BURP !
  9. For a sub $2 USD pen I was relatively impressed The Pen is smoother than either the Jinhao 990 or the Romus Majestic . It does put ink down on the dry side and if you want more ink on paper you need to increase writing pressure . Also I did need to change out the cartridge converter for a tighter fitting one .
  10. This is Part 7 of my Mega Monster Review series on Pocket Notebooks. Here's my review for the Rosetta Notes pocket notebooks along with a few pictures. Below are links to the full review, the main Mega Monster page, and the master spreadsheet (still very light as I ramp up on this project). As this is a work in progress that will likely take me a couple months to complete (I'm not that fast), I'd love any feedback you have that could help me make these reviews more useful. Thanks & enjoy! Full Review Mega Monster Review - Pocket NotebooksSpreadsheet of specs & results Introduction & About the Company: Rosetta is the house brand of the fine folks over at iPenStore. Although currently an online-only stationery dealer, iPenStore is a fourth-generation family business that first opened in Chicago in 1932 as the Evers Office Supply Company. Over the past several years, iPenStore has released a number of products under their Rosetta name, including pens (fountain, rollerball, and ballpoint), pencils & leadholders, andpocket notebooks. iPenStore seems to fly under the radar a bit. I've bought from them several times, and I had the opportunity to meet Jim Evers at the 2017 Ohio Pen Show (nice guy!). They carry a pretty wide selection of products, and they offer a curated, monthly subscription service called iPenBox that includes a fountain pen, some paper, ink samples, and other goodies. Description: Rosetta Notes notebooks are pretty nondescript at first glance. They are typical 3.5 in x 5.5 in notebooks with two staples on the spine and rounded side corners. The front covers are only adorned with the Rosetta logo stamped in a dark gold ink and the back covers have some info about the company and notebooks in the same gold color. Rosetta Notes are available in Blank, DotGrid, Graph, and Lined paper, and each ruling comes in one or two different cover colors (Blank comes in Chocolate and Orange Fizz, DotGrid comes in Wine, Graph comes in Plain White, and Ruled comes in Black and Turquoise). You can get three-packs of any one notebook style, and they do have a mixed pack that comes with one each of the Blank (Chocolate), DotGrid (Wine), and Ruled (Black) books. That was the one I bought. All three cover colors are dark, rich, and muted. Overall, they have a really classy look, but it's a quiet sort of classy...they don't jump out and scream "Look at me!" The Paper: Rosetta Notes are billed as having "Fountain Pen Friendly" paper. They use 70# (105 gsm) Smart White text paper from a family-owned Michigan company called French Paper Co. (if French Paper sounds familiar, it's probably because they've supplied paper for some other notebooks, including some of the Field Notes releases). The paper is bright white and silky smooth to the touch. Is the paper fountain pen friendly? In a word: Heck yeah! Or...like...two words. The ruling for both the DotGrid and Graph is 5 mm. I don't have a sample of the graph, but the DotGrid uses a fairly light gray, and I find the dots to be pretty large. I'd like to see smaller dots. The ruled version uses a darker gray ink, but the lines are super thin and spaced about 6.4 mm apart. With my small handwriting, I love the tight ruling (most notebooks are in the 7 to 8 mm range). Pencil Results: I have yet to find a paper that pencils don't like. Rosetta Notes fall in line with everybody else. Palomino Blackwing: This is kind of a strange combination. It FEELS incredibly smooth, but it SOUNDS a little crunchy...like something I'd expect with more rough or textured paper. The graphite left behind also looks more uneven under a loupe, like I'd expect with rough/textured paper. I've also found that the graphite on the pencil seems to wear down a little quicker than I expected. Erasing had a stubborn start (took several passes before the graphite started to come away), and it left behind a fair amount of color.Uni Kuru Toga Mechanical Pencil (0.5): Super, super smooth writing experience. Feels like I'm writing on air. The line is consistent and pretty dark—very comparable to the Blackwing. Erasing still leaves behind too much graphite for my taste, but it's a little more complete than the Blackwing. Ballpoint Results: They pretty much still work everywhere. Uniball Jetstream (0.7): Very smooth, and the line comes out much finer than I expected. It seems closer to 0.5 mm than 0.7 mm. Excellent performance.Fisher Space Pen (0.7): The Space Pen ink has a slick, oily feeling to it, but not in a bad way. Writing is very smooth and the line is nice and dark. Gel Results: You really can't go wrong with gel pens, and mine all work great on the Rosetta Notes. Uniball Signo 207 Ultra Micro (0.38): Dark and flawless, baby! It's super freaking smooth on this paper. It doesn't come out completely black, but it's comes out darker than it does on several other papers. I think this is the perfect paper for this pen.Pilot G2 (0.5): Wicked smooth. It's doesn't put down as crisp a line as I expected, though. Under a loupe I can see a tiny bit of spread. Otherwise, the line is dark and consistent. Zebra Sarasa (0.7): Sloppy as always, but the paper handles it really well. There's some noticeable spread, but it's not awful. It is extremely smooth, though. Liquid Ink Rollerball Results: Someday when I'm president, I'm going to pass an Executive Order banning rollerball pens. Pilot Precise V5 RT (0.5): It's smooth and dark, but I'm getting some feathering and spread. It doesn't look too bad, but it's definitely visible without a loupe. Look at the capital F, G, and J in the alphabet. Overall, it's a mushy experience, but serviceable.Uniball Vision Elite (0.8): Very sloppy experience. Lots of spread & a little feathering. As with other papers, this ink dries a dark gray rather than black. Fountain Pen Results: I don't want to spoil anything too early, but this paper is magnificent for fountain pens. There were a couple tiny places that didn't dry within 10 seconds, but performance was otherwise flawless. (EF) Platinum Preppy with Noodlers Midnight Blue ink: Very smooth. the line comes out super fine. There are some tiny areas of spread, but you can't see them without a loupe.(F) Lamy Safari with Lamy Petrol ink: Zero spread or feathering and super smooth. In the dry test, the scribble didn't smear at all, but a couple spots in the preceding letters did. (M) Platinum Cool with Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo ink: Excellent performance with minimal spread and a few random tendrils (have to use a loupe to see it). My Cool is a really wet pen, and it needed a few extra seconds to completely dry. (0.6) Nemosine Singularity with KWZ Standard Turquoise ink: Very good performance. No spread or feathering (although I do see a few random "artifacts" at the tops of some letters, but I think that's a product of the nib more than anything). Completely dried within 10 seconds, and shows off some really nice shading with this ink. (1.1) Conklin Duragraph with Robert Oster Midnight Sapphire ink: Excellent performance! The lines aren'e especially crisp, but there isn't any spread or feathering at all. More awesome shading, too. Except for the colon after the word "Test," it rocked the dry time test. Conclusion Rosetta Notes are phenomenal little notebooks. Every writing instrument I used wrote smoothly, and most of them behaved well. I got some really awesome shading with a few pen/ink combinations, which is always a nice surprise for paper with fast dry times. I experienced some spread with my wettest pens, but none of them could be considered unusable. The ghosting was minimal and there were ZERO instances of bleed-through. Not a speck. Not an iota. None. So you can easily use the back side of every page. Like I mentioned earlier, the only thing I'd like to see is smaller dots on the DotGrid version. In the struggle to find pocket notebooks that can handle fountain pens and still offer acceptable dry times, Rosetta Notes nails it. And for everything you get out of these notebooks, the $7.99 price tag is an insanely great price.
  11. This is a review of Birmingham Pen Co.'s "Pennsylvania Railorad Boiler Steam Blue/Black" ink. Another, earlier review of this ink: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/329493-birmingham-pennsylvania-railroad-boiler-steam-blue-black/ Birmingham Pen Company is a store in Pennsylvania with its own line of budget-friendly, mysteriously complex dark shades of inks: https://www.birminghampens.com/pages/about-us This particular ink is a classic "Blue-Black" that's more on the dirty grayed-navy side than teal--sure to please those who don't like their blue-blacks too green. The ink is not without quirks, but now that I understand it, I believe it can be very well-behaved on paper, given the right tools: Specifically, this ink has high flow, and if you use a juicy nib you might end up with a lot of ink on the page, taking a long time to dry or else quickly bleeding through cheap paper. HOWEVER, if you use a more conservative flow nib/feed or even something like a drier fine nib, the ink dries very quickly on any paper. You especially may want to use conservative amounts of this ink on cheap paper, as the inks absorbs readily and bleeds through if you put down too much. If your preferred instrument is a pen with an XF nib, you will probably be okay with cheap paper too. That said, on nicer fountain-pen-friendly paper, this ink looks great! As long as paper absorbency is not high, you begin seeing beautiful shading, as while the hue is dark, saturation is not high. It is not the kind of shading that dramatically goes from light to dark and looks distracting. Rather it is a gentle transition, especially if you write in unbroken cursive. Particularly with broader nibs, the shading looks quite striking (with the caveat of long drying time for some spots, but that doesn't bother me). There is no outlining to speak of nor noticeable sheen*. *The sheen is present, but only on very non-absorbent paper and only in very high concentration areas, where you might just about detect a hint of something metallic red. But just barely. Water resistance is respectable: the color components wash off, and clear gray line remains. Although this ink has a fairly conservative hue that's not out of place in any line of work, this ink's appearance is intriguing enough to use for personal correspondence as well. Pale cream Fabriano Bioprima paper and Col-O-Ring cards (top left card is an abbreviation of Birmingham Pen Co. "Grandview Avenue Midnight Horizon" blue): On "white" (rather creamy) Tomoe River and Col-O-Ring cards: Some lower quality paper: absorbent, no shading to speak of, bleed-through is present: Water resistance:
  12. Very difficult color to "catch", scanner didn't succeed so it is a picture...

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