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  1. milanjuza

    Diamine Twilight

    I saw a swab of Diamine Twilight on Goulet Pens website and I really liked the colour and decided to order it straightaway. Twilight is an amazing ink. It is i one of those that live up or even exceed your expectations. It's not the most well behaved ink in the world. But is has a very deep, noble grey-blue colour which makes is really nice to read and it also looks very elegant. I can see myself using it in almost any situation. With a broad nib, the colour comes across even more clearly. And, if you look closely, there is also a small amount of shading. I said it was not perfect, so here's what you need to expect: There is some feathering (even on Rhodia), but not to a degree that would bother me. You can also encounter bleed-through, but only with some broad and very wet nibs. For example, I had no problems with Lamy Vista 1.1 italic. On the positive note, compared to some other Diamine inks it dries quite quickly and while it is definitely not water resistant, it remains legible even after short water exposure and that's always nice. Diamine Twilight has become one of my favourite inks for daily use. And even though it is not perfect, I like the colour so much that I am prepared to forgive some of the shortcomings. You should give it a go too! ;-) Bigger pics are here available on my blog or my Flickr page.Paper: Rhodia A4 notebook (90 gsm)Pen: Vintage Parker Duofold 1.1mm stub nibWriting sample: J. K. Jerome: Three men in a boatWater test: drops left on the paper for 1 minute http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3814/9485796417_96f2989168_c_d.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3825/9485803005_e1f0e2af69_b.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/9485808243_eb6151ed94_b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/9488612204_32179e86e3_b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7421/9485821845_e5e571b055_b.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2853/9485753457_3269b46d0f_b.jpg
  2. In the software world, we often designate version numbers starting with zero to mean "this is still beta, a work in progress, and not ready for release." This is a beta review. Today, I got my Midori Traveler's Notebook (MTN, Large size) refill #013– the ultra thin paper version. Why just a refill? I wasn't sure if the form factor of the Midori would work for me, because of all the comments of the narrowness, and because I couldn't really tell how wide it actually was from the plethora of pictures and videos available. So, to check things out, I bought a refill to try. The first thing I said to myself: "This will fit in my sport coat pocket!" (That made me happier than you realize) The second thing I said was: "But ewww, that's an even weirder shape than I thought!" So, I sat to write a few things in it, wondering if it was going to work. Very quickly, I realized something important: The Midori shape encourages self-honesty, realism, and discipline. I've been carrying around my Quo Vadis Habana as a "general notebook." It is blank, and used for more free-form note taking, jotting ideas, trying to remember phrases, etc. I'm used to a certain flow, a certain "space" (both literal and figurative) to jot ideas. The Habana is nearly twice as wide as this MTN– in the MTN, that space is, well, not there. It's tight. It's narrow. It's a very short walk to the edge of the page! How is it possible for someone to really use this. But then I look back at my Habana and realize that most of that "space" is just that: space. It's empty. I jot down notes in a way that I use maybe half of the space on each page. I scribble notes, but then rather than use the empty space on the page to fill things in, I go to a new page, because there's too much conceptual overlap otherwise. Things get lost and jumbled together like toys in my twins' nursery and you can never find what you're loo– DAMMIT! WHERE IS BUSY BEE?!?! So my Habana is a wide notebook with a hell of a lot of wasted paper in it. This makes me think that my use of the MTN should be approached from a different philosophical perspective. It seems to me that this notebook would be nearly useless if I continued to take notes in a scribble way, because there's no room. However, it also seems likely that I take notes that way because there is so much room. In software, we say that some languages encourage better programming because they make it easier to do things well than to do them poorly. This is the same thing I can see happening with the MTN. It seems as though the MTN will encourage denser note taking because of its narrowness. It doesn't provide me with a ton of room to be sloppy– room that I don't need and don't use anyway– so I'll either be denser and more organized, or not use this notebook. From a philosophical point of view, I love this. Okay, Midori, be my school mistress and beat me into an organized submission with the ruler of your narrowness. So, I'm socking away money right now so I can get a cover and some accessories for a MTN. I hope, and really believe, that this will probably replace two, if not three, of my current large notebooks, and simultaneously force me to be a wee bit more organized. When I get them and give them a spin, I'll do a release version of this review.
  3. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9970635215_2283e03917_n.jpg Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (box) by ChrisL_AK, on Flickr [As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are WELCOMED! Also blogged on inkProne] Verdict Buy it! The Docket Diamond Premium Writing Tablet handled every pen and ink I threw at it with basically no feathering or show/bleed-through. I'm pretty sure there isn't a legal-pad style tablet out there that comes close to it. If you have a need for a pad for a clipboard or similar application, this is practically paper porn. But that's not doing this paper justice: it's competitive with the best paper out there. The feel is substantial and the laid finish is a real laid finish, not the faux laid you'll see on some cheaper papers...enough, in fact, that your xxx-fine and sharp-as-a-razor italics might dig in a bit. Think G. Lalo Verge de France style finish and then add a bit more texture. I own a lot of paper. And I mean a lot: at least 80 varieties (in hundreds of different packs, tablets, pads and notebooks) from vintage onionskin and typewriter paper to all of the top fountain-pen lovers' favorites, and I keep coming back to this paper... Features 24lb; laid finish; ivory; watermarked50 micro-perforated sheets; 10mm (legal) rule (one side only)8.5 x 11.7 in. ; 8.5 x 10.75 in. finished sizeRigid backboard with blue marble headtape Performance (Scale 0-5, 0=none 5=like a mofo) Feathering: 1Show-through: 0Bleed-through: 0 (obviously, unless you use invisible ink)Dry Time: 1 As you can see, it even survived my patented KiSS---knife, swab, scribble---test with no show-through or bleeding. Cost Comparison Ampad Gold Fibre Retro Legal Pads: $31.50/600 sheets = .05/sheetAmpad Gold Fibre Retro Pad: $7.50/70 sheets = .11/sheetClairefontaine Wirebound Pad: $12/80 sheets = .15/sheetClairefontaine Triomphe Pads: $9/50 sheets = .18/sheetKokuyo Campus Loose Leaf Shikkari: $9/50 sheets = .18/sheetRhodia Premium Notepad: $13/70 sheets = .19/sheetDocket Diamond Premium Writing Tablet: $19/100 sheets = .19/sheet The Docket Diamond tablets really are premium tablets and they cost accordingly, though not particularly expensive compared to their real peers. Keep in mind that none of the competing tablets listed here have the laid finish or are watermarked...and most don't have an ivory-color option. The closest paper I know of is Southworth Antique Laid Business paper, which is only .06 sheet, but it comes in loose sheets and isn't lined. Similarly, G. Lalo Verge de France is similar, but better, except it also isn't lined and weighs in at a hefty .32 per sheet! Other Reviews, Threads, etc. Brief Review of the planning pad version (same paper)Paul Theroux likes it!Diamine Merlot on Docket Diamond? Why yes!Scans http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5473/9970630415_d4cd550d03.jpg Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (writing sample) by ChrisL_AK, on Flickr http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3799/9970699046_5212750fe5.jpg Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (writing sample, reverse) by ChrisL_AK, on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/9970758543_cb6535db38.jpg Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (KiSS test)) by ChrisL_AK, on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5546/9970624125_506bc4fc4e.jpg Docket Diamond Fine Writing Tablet (KiSS test, reverse) by ChrisL_AK, on Flickr
  4. http://kaffehauz.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/pen.png The Pelikan M1000 is the largest fountain pen in Souveran range. It is a distinguished signature pen which features a flexible 18 carat gold nib with rhodium decoration. The M1000 has a brass internal mechanism, 24 carat gold plated trim on the Pelikan clip and rings. This model is Pelikan's signature Green striations with black cap and filler knob - the Black stripes are actually transparent, so when the pen is held up to light, you can see the level of remaining ink. Also, you can just about see the mechanism moving through the stripes when you turn the filler knob. Weight - 33g Length (closed) - 14.5cm Length (cap posted) - 17.7cm Holds 2.0ml of ink (a standard short cartridge holds 0.75ml and a standard large cartridge holds 1.45ml) Guillaume’s Review How do you go about reviewing a top-of-the-line pen like the Pelikan M1000? This is the top (well, maybe not the very top but close enough anyway) and so, what?, are you going to be disappointed? Will you relish the job of finding faults with the thing? My M1000 came after a long saga involving countless email messages over 4, no 5, continents. It was meant as a present for my 40th birthday, a gift of the best fountain pen my wife could find (we discovered a shared lack of interest in the Mont Blanc company), and damn the consequences. Even my parents, not the wealthiest folks you’ll meet, decided to contribute to make it all happen. My job was to find an M1000 at a price that would still make it possible for us to send our children to university some day. I played the Malaysian roulette for a while; very nice people, no M1000 to be had in the striped green version. I then looked into North American options; how can anyone afford anything in Canada? And finally ended up in Old Blighty, where a decent price and a smiley email service made it a reality. After a few other juggling acts involving friends travelling to Canada and back for Christmas…the M1000 was mine. So, what do I make of it? It feels like the top. It’s big, it’s loud, and you wonder if your hand is large enough to hold it, and if what you’re going to write with it will be worthy enough of the thing. Somehow I feel it’s going to criticize me if all I do is doodle on cheap paper. Like a friend of mine would say, this thing is made to sign international agreements, not take notes during a staff meeting. He calls it my MOU Pen. First things first. It comes in a nice enough cardboard box, wrapped in a small vinyl pouch. It’s all a bit tacky, especially the white vinyl pouch (white?) and you’d think that, for the price, they could put the pen in a decent box (the Chinese will sell $19,99 pens on eBay that come in a large wooden box actually worth more than the pen inside). Anyway, this is not the point. The point is the pen. Listen, I like my fountain pens to be straightforward. I like basic marbled celluloid or solid colours. I don’t buy pens with Kabuki figures etched on them or a reproduction of Churchill’s signature in gold appliqué. So, to me, the M1000 in striped green is absolutely perfect. It’s the same damn look the pen had 200 years ago and that’s exactly what I want. The celluloid is smooth like butter on a picnic table on a sunny day and the finishing job is Teutonically perfect. The nib is the two-tone steel and gold, which I find nicer looking than the gold-filled one. The cap has a nice Pelikan logo at its end. The pen holds well in the hand although, it must be said, someone with longer fingers than mine would probably enjoy it even more. I can’t believe that anyone would seriously want to use this pen posted since you get dangerously close to one foot of writing gear in your hand if you put the cap at the end of the body. It’s like writing with a plastic tent peg. But now…how does it write? Well, for one thing it’s a flex nib. Not a wet noodle but flex it is. I’m too much of a dilettante to truly appreciate the power of the flex but it sure is an experience in itself. Not knowing what I was getting myself into, I bought a medium size nib. Friends, medium for flex is like broad, XB even, for your regular hard-nibbed Lamy. And when your nib is about an inch long, that’s even broader stroke flex action for your writing pleasure. I was reading something on the net today where they were warning potential M1000 buyers that “most people prefer a fine-size nib given the flex nature of the nib”. Actually, the nib is excellent. Ink flow is superb, not a scratch will ever trouble your peace of mind as you are drafting your next MOU and, well, the pen is a foot long, what would you expect? XF? Chicken scratches, 500 words to a page? This is the M1000, for the love of God. The filling mechanism is the Pelikan trusted-and-loved pump action. I like the fact that you only unscrew the end of the body a bit and the piston inside goes all the way up. All inks I’ve tried have worked like a charm. Of course, with that much liquid squirting out on the paper, you’re bound to have some amount of feathering. Ink that takes ages to dry will obviously not improve after a ride in the M1000. Get a blotter. Altogether, the M1000 does exactly what it is supposed to do. It announces to the world that you wanted the top and someone loved you enough to give it to you. It pushes the other pens on the sidelines, turning your previous favourites into a bit of a disappointment: they’re too small, write too thinly, are just tepid. It’s like getting off the Harley and riding on the 125cc again. It was such a great little bike but now it’s so…pathetic. I wish I could say that, with the M1000, I’ve reached the end of my fountain pen obsession. It’s got everything and more. Nothing can top that. Nothing. And yet… Originally published at: http://kaffehauz.com/?p=205
  5. http://seeorpostreview.host22.com/parkervectorctstandardfountainpen.html This pen is only available in India as far as I think, do look at my review on the above link. Also an option to buy....
  6. Platinum Sheep, M nib (14 K gold). http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/9760961205_617343ecce_c.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/9760751041_e5cffdee5a_c.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3782/9760962734_974876e2a2_c.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3718/9761041803_38c9c839fc_c.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5488/9760971715_c454994d21_c.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/9760968916_dd16d575f5_c.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/9760970934_50c207225c_c.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3665/9724096681_d69ce0e3be_c.jpg
  7. milanjuza

    Noodler's Dragon's Napalm

    This is the first ever Noodler’s ink I tried. I got a sample as a part of Goulet Pen’s Ink Drop. It is hardly the most mainstream colour, but it turns out it is not as unusual as it seemed to me when I was making the hand-written notes below. When I was writing the notes, I used an artificial lighting and as I later found out the ink appears quite different on daylight. Under a typical incandescent or even fluorescent light, Dragon’s Napalm it appears almost pinkish. However, in daylight its colour is much closer to, in my opinion somewhat more universally usable, peach or light orange. Dragon’s Napalm behaved well in my tests. There was almost no feathering at all and only a very small amount of bleed-through. The ink even shows some shading as can be seen from the high res pics. It’s rather unlikely I would use this ink on a daily basis as I find the colour to be a rather too bright and, as mentioned above, ‘too pink’ under artificial lighting. But in terms of key characteristics, reliability and ease of use there is very little to complain about. Plus, I really love the name! Paper: Rhodia A4 notebook (90 gsm), tested also on 80 gsm Rhodia, Paperchase and MoleskinePen: Montblanc Boheme M nibWater test: drops left on the paper for 1 minuteHigh res images are available on Flickr or on my blog.
  8. Knowing that there are many other reviews about first impressions, and tests in depth, I would like to add my general ideas after using this pen regularly for the last 6 months... I will not go into design, box, looks, etc. I liked them, obviously; otherwise I would not have bought it. I just focus on how it performs as what it is: a writing instrument. The excellent. (As in top of the class). Most intriguing feature that outperforms my expectations, is the material. That lava thingy. It is in feel and durability like a basaltic rock, yet very light. http://s21.postimg.org/autra6h47/2013_07_27_11_43_55.jpg Here you find the pen along a rock for massages. Not only the color is similar, the texture also is. Why does it matter? Because I have found it un-chippable, unscratchable, un-crackable. It can fall to the floor, and it will not show even a point. You can wear it in the jeans' back pocket and even if you sit on it, it will not bend or crack. I can't praise enough the engineers who came up with this material and I am actually finding myself thinking of many other uses for a material with these qualities. A subjective point would be the need of a bulletproof pen, but for a careless person such as me, it is reassuring to know that I don't need to think too much about its physical care... Second extraordinary thing: Its nib. http://s7.postimg.org/i397r8kej/nib.jpg The point it is not if it's buttery, smooth,, flexy or whatnot. The pen comes with a lame phrase like "don't push, the nib will follow your dreams" or something like that... Well. It's true. From all the pens I have used in my life, this one is the most adaptable to any paper. Even papers that other nibs can't perform, like slightly waxed paper, this one can (with the right ink). The nib doesn't care is the paper is super-rough, if it is absorbent, or if it is glossy. It will write there, evenly and without any hiccups. Just for curiosity, I bought it with an F nib, which is not as thin as others, but not a full medium. Both previous qualities makes the pen an amazing powerhorse. This is a pen you can take mountain climbing and writing the memories of it in a paper napkin at the top. Average qualities The closing mechanism Very praised, the HS comes with a short screwing thanks to a greca pattern. It allows to be unscrewed and screwed fast with one hand. Although it is commendable the innovation, I personally don't find it neither safer nor more convenient as a good "click" mechanism, and it actually comes with a prize, that I will comment later. The clip Another idea of visconti, it is an arc with a mechanism that allows to fix the pen to most things. But because it has no hook under the clip, it makes it super-easy to be stolen. Yes, it fastens on the cloth, but as easy is to take it out, that I can't allow myself to take it so reachable to others. Not such an important thing, but if your idea does not actually improve the existing designs, keep it simple. The lacking (As in "I've seen better") Writing comfort The greca pattern of the locking mechanism is in the way for the middle finger. It does not make it uncomfortable, but it is noticeable in long writing sessions. It will not http://s22.postimg.org/a1lqvc329/23_Kt_PALLADIUM_Nib800_close.jpg break your finger or mark you, but many other pens outperform this one in finger comfort when writing a lot. I have to hold it differently and rest the pen by the brass ring, which, again, is not perfectly comfortable. The ink management The pen uses a vaccuum filling mechanism, and that is all good and dandy. But be aware that you fill this pen blindly. You have no idea how much ink did you put in, and after a couple of days, how much is left. So to be safe you should empty and refill before any important writing day, such as an exam or a weekend trip. Once again, it's not so bad, but indeed improveable. The veredict Would I buy this pen again? Absolutely yes. Disregard the design and other secondary things. With its resiliance and all-terrain nib, this is a commando of a pen which is asking for action, take it out of the house, whatever you are dressing, and use it and use it. I would recommend it to... Anyone with experience and adaptability to finger positions in writing, and who are comfortable about filling it more often than needed. For those who disregard silky care of the pen, this is The One. It's as hard as you. I would not recommend it to... Students, who need to take notes for many hours and use a lot of ink in one session. I would also be concerned about people starting using FP with this one, because they would probably hold it too down, to avoid the pattern, and write with the fingers, not the arm.
  9. This has recently been posted by Project Gutenberg, which is digitizing everything in the public domain that they can get their hands on. Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.—No. 6. [New Series.], August 10, 1878FOUNTAIN PENS. For several days we have had in use in our office examples of the Mackinnon Fountain Pen, and find it to be a very serviceable and effective instrument. This is a handsome looking pen, with a hollow handle, in which a supply of ink is carried, and the fluid flows from the point in the act of writing. The necessity of an inkstand is thus avoided. One of the difficulties heretofore with pens of this character has been to insure a free and certain delivery of the ink, and also to bring the instrument within the compass and weight of an ordinary pen. The inventor seems to have admirably succeeded in the example before us. The ink flows with certainty, and there is no scratching as with the ordinary pen; it writes with facility on either smooth or rough paper; writes even more smoothly than a lead pencil; may be carried in the pocket; is always ready for use; there is no spilling or blotting of ink. The construction is simple, durable, and the action effective. One filling lasts a week or more, according to the extent of use. These are some of the qualities that our use of the pen so far has seemed to demonstrate; and which made us think that whoever supplies himself with a Mackinnon Pen will possess a good thing. The sole agency is at No. 21 Park Row, New York city. I wish they'd stated the price, but it's nice to see this short review in the magazine.
  10. jakob

    Omas Green

    Omas Green- on Rhodia dotPad N°16 paper- with a Lamy Al-Star, extra-fine nib- from a 2 ml sample Ink characteristicsFlow? No complaints. (average?)Lubrication? Average.Shading? Moderate.Spread? No complaints. (none?)Feathering? None observed on Rhodia paper.Saturation? Sweet spot. (medium?)Show-through? Very little—almost none on Rhodia paper.Bleed-through? None on Rhodia paper.Smear (dry)? No.Waterproof? No. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2834/8987881277_5d616e8ffc_o.jpgOmas Green by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/8987883073_34c3162332_c.jpgOmas Green [back] by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/8993124654_afb2823c50_o.jpgOmas Green [extra] by jakoblwells, on Flickr
  11. Caffeinated42

    De Atramentis - Jeans Blue

    This is a really fun greenish blue ink. It reminds me of what concentrated ocean water from someplace tropical might look like. It is like a mini Caribbean vacation in a bottle
  12. This is a page from the most recently filled pocket journal. I'll go through the pro's and con's with it after the pictures. And too acknowledge that another member from a year or so ago gave me the idea of making the Aquiline Font an 'everyday hand' and that I practiced it in the journal, I would like like to post a link to that thread https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/index.php/topic/215433-aquiline-two-font-identification/ This is the pocket journal wrapped closed with the tie. Despite that being a theme over the last two journals, I actually prefer them to not have any. And the brand, quite literally on the back of the journal. "Rustico, Made in USA" EDITED TO ADD: This photo is of an entry made with a dip pen quill using Speedball ink. Both the right and left page, and should show the writing on the opposite side of either page, to demonstrate the level of transparency/bleedthrough the paper has. So this handy little guy has served as my handy "pocket journal" over the last three months. I kept it in the right back pocket, as it is a hardy journal/notebook. The cover is pure, thick leather. It not only stood up to the, um, large seat, that was pressed down on in during that time, it also softened it up a bit and added some character to it in my opinion. The paper, is good...I'm not an expert on the subject, so I can't give much more of an analysis than that. I used a Pilot G7 gel pen, because frankly it was too small to use with an italic nib. Minimal feathering and a little bleedthrough, not significant. I personally like being able to see a little bit of the writing on the other side, but that's just me. The pro's with this journal were: Tough, durable, archive quality paper (so it says, ivory too, again: Not an expert) and the smell of leather. Cons: Expensive: I'm a big proponent of that you get what you pay for, that being said, almost twenty bucks for a 3x5 inch journal seemed a bit much. That may have been just the store I bought it from, however. Glued Spine: Unlike nearly every other Rustico product, the pages are glued into place with this journal, so it does not lay flat. In fact, you have to struggle with it just to keep it open. You get used to it, I suppose, as I did manage to continue in it for three months. Final Thoughts: Overall, I would recommend this for people who do lot's of outdoorsy style stuff. It took a lickin, and still looks good. It would make a good fishing/hunting/camping journal in my opinion. I also used my Crow/Hawk Speedball quill on it when I was at home, and it took it just as well as the Pilot Ballpoint. You get that great feeling when a dip pen is writing smoothly over the paper with that scratch. I'm not sure what it's called exactly, I just love the feel and sound. A couple of guys at my work loved the look of it too, and I get them each one as a present for being upstanding dudes. A couple of weeks later, I saw them actually making use of it, and they said they loved it. These guys were not into journaling or penmanship at all, just as regular notebooks. It also comes in three different colors from where I got it from. Brown (pictured), Saddle, and Black.
  13. jakob

    Noodler's La Couleur Royale

    Noodler's La Couleur Royale - on Rhodia dotPad N°16 paper - with a TWSBI Diamond 580, medium nib - from a 2 ml sample Ink characteristics Flow? Good flow. Lubrication? Above average. Shading? Just below moderate. Spread? No complaints. (none?) Feathering? None observed on Rhodia paper. Saturation? Medium-high; well-saturated. Show-through? Some on Rhodia paper. Bleed-through? None on Rhodia paper. Smear (dry)? No. Waterproof? No. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7365/9052004336_b5805cab4a_o.jpgNoodler's La Couleur Royale by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/9052005732_9f7446ae06_b.jpgNoodler's La Couleur Royale [back] by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3832/9049773315_912e9c3b58_o.jpgNoodler's La Couleur Royale [extra] by jakoblwells, on Flickr
  14. Caffeinated42

    De Atramentis - Vanilla

    This is my review for De Atramentis Vanilla. Before I start to talk about the ink I would like to apologize for the kitten paw prints on the review itself. On the other hand, my current batch of foster kitties highly recommend this ink This ink is just a wee bit dry with an extra fine nib, but I didn't notice that until I finished my written review.
  15. jakob

    Lamy Green

    Lamy Green - on Rhodia dotPad N°16 paper - with a Lamy Al-Star, extra-fine nib - from a 2 ml sample - very similar to Omas Green Price comparison Lamy Green: $7.50 / 50 ml = $0.15 per milliliter + ink blotter tape (jetpens.com) Omas Green: $15.50 / 62 ml = $0.25 per milliliter (gouletpens.com) Ink characteristics Flow? No complaints. (average?) Lubrication? Average. Shading? Moderate. Spread? No complaints. (none?) Feathering? None observed on Rhodia paper. Saturation? Sweet spot. (medium?) Show-through? Very little—almost none on Rhodia paper. Bleed-through? None on Rhodia paper. Smear (dry)? No. Waterproof? No. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3795/9046997252_96aa658711_o.jpg Lamy Green by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/9047021840_1e222cbf46_b.jpg Lamy Green [back] by jakoblwells, on Flickr http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/9045530715_a368b227be_o.jpg Lamy Green [extra] by jakoblwells, on Flickr
  16. A great ink in a loud pen, I've written a review on this pen-ink combo. Here are the scans and a few pictures of the pen and ink bottle. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1lvqj_OqInM/UZaWtFbQ-JI/AAAAAAAABzQ/R1bra4AF0rU/s1600/comeback+post+50,000_0004.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-F7Y_NqHasH0/UZaYBsi3odI/AAAAAAAAB1c/Khj33xGBgyA/s1600/IMG.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2avBWXbinM0/UZaWuydIkRI/AAAAAAAABzg/0mp8BZnWisE/s1600/comeback+post+50,000_0006.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--58pqBTWUlw/UZaW9k00fwI/AAAAAAAABz8/4CKL80R_JVM/s1600/DSC07867.JPG http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rjOKSijOR5Q/UZaXCzB_gqI/AAAAAAAAB0o/eNt9sFz0tLs/s1600/DSC07893.JPG http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_7rj6YYLxyQ/UZaW85gz6FI/AAAAAAAABzw/WrJKCTAuDFA/s1600/DSC07863.JPG
  17. This is a long-term review of the Pelikano Junior. What that means is that it reflects my accumulated experiences and impressions after having used it for about one year. My initial impressions of the pen were very positive. While it comes in very ordinary packaging, just a plain cardboard box with blue and gold Pelikan logos scattered about, it comes across looking simple and fun. Besides the pen, there is a strip of sticky paper for writing my name on and displaying on the pen. Also included is a colorfully made cartridge of blue ink covered with cartoon characters. It's definitely geared for kids, but, despite being an adult, my inner kid-self appreciated it. I got a matching green copy (mine is yellow) for my son. It's his first fountain pen, and he's pretty happy about it. Unfortunately, its use is somewhat constrained as the school has a stupid rule whereby you are only permitted to write in pencil. He does not write much at home outside of school stuff, so we'll see what use it gets. Still, he's quite happy and likes the idea that Dad has the same pen. Inserting the cartridge is quick and easy (also for my son who is new to all this). The ink starts flowing almost immediately producing a lovely wet and smooth line. There is not exactly flex to the nib, but it does have a bit of spring to it. It makes a solid medium line. My son commented on how sparkly the ink is when just applied. I agree. This is one of the things that makes fountain pens so nice to use. The pen has now found its way into my backpack rotation. These are a group of pens kept in a case in my backpack for mobile writing. This rotation only consists of pens that would not be too painful to lose since one goes missing every now and again. The Pelikano Junior booted a Hero 616 for this slot. It works very well in this role, starting up immediately despite not being used, not leaking ink despite being bounced around (a common problem afflicting the Hero), and generally being fun to write with. Over time, it gained a hold of the #2 position in this lineup behind only a Pilot 78g with a broad (stub) nib. The 78 was the go to when I wanted to write with some variation while the Pelikano took up the role of writing equations and graphs. A number of Chinese pens circulated in the #3 position (there are only 3 slots in the pen case), but never threatened to overtake the Pelikano. About 6 months in, I noticed stress marks on the plastic cap--not a good sign. The pen also stopped posting very well. Current report: The cap on the pen is about dead with serious cracks all over. Some stress marks on the body though that is holding up better. Sent a message to Chartpak about a replacement. This is looking doubtful since the Pelikano is covered by no warranty. Fingers crossed that they have a replacement. Otherwise, the pen will have to be retired.

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