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  1. I see Milligram Outlet is offering eight units of the Pilot Elabo (aka Falcon) in black, with metal barrel and Soft Fine nib, for A$245 each. Shipping Australia-wide is $8.80 per order (with no ‘free shipping’ spend threshold and no other waiver available). Comes packaged with a CON-70 converter each; I can't say whether that is the newer CON-70N or actually the (older, discontinued) CON-70. Not a bad price, I suppose. Cheaper by >10% than buying from Mega Office Supplies, and I haven't seen Mega Office Supplies offer a ≥10% site-wide discount code for a long while. Cheaper also than buying on Amazon AU, Amazon.com (i.e. ordering from the US), or from PenSachi (i.e. ordering from Japan) at the moment, as far as I can see. Bookbinders Design AU is offering it for A$256 at the moment with free shipping. Well-known site-wide discount codes cannot be applied to bring the price down even further by another 10%–15%.
  2. Not unlike how things are in New Zealand, postage costs in Australia are almost prohibitive for exchanges and giveaways even when just sending stuff domestically, especially when they involve pens, which Australia Post has explicitly stated are not to be sent by letter post, which is far cheaper, but must be sent in parcels (Parcel Post minimum cost A$7.95) that are not subject to being stomped on by automated mail processing machinery. A better way may be to pass around a box of surplus and not-my-cup-of-tea-but-may-be-someone-else's items of up to 3kg, using a flat-rate prepaid mailing bag – costing A$13.80 to ship between any two points in Australia – and let participants take from it and add to it as they wish. I would like to gauge the level of interest in such an exercise. I'd be happy to put the following into a box, pay for the first leg of its journey and kickstart the process: 3 new Hero 395 pens fitted with converters; these pens supposedly have semi-flex steel nibs, which is a feature I personally don't care much about2 three-ounce bottles of Noodler's Baystate Concord Grape ink – one new, one mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Prime of the Commons blue-black contract ink – mostly full2 three-ounce bottles of Noodler's Polar Green ink – one new, one mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Polar Brown ink – mostly full1 three-ounce bottle of Noodler's Kiowa Pecan ink – newseveral 3ml samples (in plastic pipettes) of the new Sailor Nano souboku pigment ink; I just received my three bottles in the mail yesterdaya few 3ml samples of Sailor Nano kiwa-guro and seiboku pigment inksand possibly: one or two 3ml samples each of some De Atramentis scented, Diamine, and Pilot Iroshizuku inks I have.I'm still waiting on my eBay order of plastic pipettes to arrive from China, so it may take another three or so weeks before I'm ready to get the samples ready for shipping. I don't personally intend to track the box's travels, or who has taken or added what to it, but if participants could just post in this thread: that they want to be the box's next stopwhat is in the box, after they have received it, taken what they wanted and perhaps added to it themselves; andtheir commitment to sending it at their expense on to the next interested partyI think that ought to be sufficient to keep things moving. What do you think?
  3. Disclosure / disclaimer: I do not work for Dymocks, directly or indirectly, and am not otherwise affiliated with the company or its owners. I just walk past it several times a week when heading uptown or on the way home, so I'm just putting a word in for a local business. Dymocks on George Street in Sydney CBD is offering a selection of fountain pens (of different brands and countries of origin) at 30% off their regular prices, in the name of a ‘Pen Sale’ for which the sign hasn't been taken down since the height of COVID-19 related restrictions on movement in NSW. I didn't take note of them all, because brands like Cross, Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, Kaweco and Retro 51 that were also there just don't capture my interest, but I did see six units of the Platinum Procyon (PNS-5000) including one Persimmon Orange (F nib), one Citron Yellow (F nib) and two Deep Sea (M nibs), which are priced lower than the Turquoise Blue ones sitting next to them in the same discounted goods cabinet near the front entrance. There were also: one unit of the Platinum #3776 Century Bourgogne with gold trim (PNS-13000#71) and F nib in the same cabinet. At the 30%-off discounted price, it's roughly comparable to ordering it from overseas, say Cult Pens today (inclusive of 10% Australian GST which it now adds to list prices expressly, the 10%-off discount code in play, and ‘free’ shipping to Australia), or from Japanese sellers on eBay once shipping charges are factored in; one Platinum #3776 Celluloid ‘Calico’ (or ‘Stone Celluloid‘) with F nib; and one Platinum #3776 Celluloid ‘Midnight Ocean’ (or ‘Ocean Blue’) with M nib. There were four Pilot MR Animal (if I'm not mistaken, two White Tiger and two Black Crocodile) pens on the same tray. Having owned more than half a dozen Pilot MR pens (including the oft-recommended Pilot MR Metropolitan), I just don't think they're good ‘beginner’ pens because of the step-down and the ineffective cap seal, and may give someone of little experience with fountain pens the wrong impression; and I'm confident fellow Aussies can order those more cheaply than $48.99-less-30% on Amazon.com.au, so they aren't really worth looking at either way. Also, a Porsche Design Tec Flex fountain pen, and a Visconti travelling inkwell at 30%-off, among other pens I don't recognise. There were two Lamy Scala in black, one Lamy Aion in red and another in silver (talking about fountain pens only; there were some Aion ballpoint pens next to them), in the adjoining cabinet that is also part of the 30%-off clearance campaign. A Cross Peerless 125 Darth Vader edition fountain pen, and the matching rollerball pen, too. All colours that remain in stock of Monteverde Portable Ink Capsules still at 50% off. I saw five different colours in the cabinet yesterday, but notably no more blues.
  4. Milligram Outlet in Australia has just put up 11(?) units of the LAMY 2000 55th Anniversary Limited Edition gift set for A$560 each, with a $8.80 Australia-wide delivery charge per order that is not waived. That's effectively US$400 (excluding delivery charge) each. For Australians looking to get one quickly and/or “buy local”, that's not half bad for a retail offer, if a brown LAMY 2000 is what they're after.
  5. There's a eBay promotion in play for 26/9/2021 that gives any random Joe Punter 20% off the prices in Peter's of Kensington's official eBay store, or 22% off for eBay Plus members. Sadly, not much of interest to me personally (even if I were still in the market for pens and inks today), but I'll call out that: Monteverde 10-colour (Bloo, Emotions, Gemstone, and Noir ink collections) gift sets are now A$56 (or less) after discount Pelikan Souverän M605 Green-White fountain pen (different nib sizes still available) is now A$416.80 (or less) after discount That is much cheaper than ordering it from my normal go-to European retailers for Pelikan products, even after stacking discounts to get an overall 19%–20% off the regular price, and with ‘free’ international shipping by DHL. I personally wouldn't be able to get those items any cheaper anywhere else.
  6. yazeh

    Super5 Australia

    Super5 Australia Pigmented inks made by Rohrer and Klinger fo Papierlabor . They are lightfast and waterproof and designed for sketching, just like the sketchINK by R&K. The naming of this line is a bit haphazard, you can judge for yourself: Atlantic Australia Darmstadt Delhi Dublin Frankfurt They also have line of pens. The pens have a very good seal and the inks don't dry out in them, from what I've read. They are a shade darker in my experience of their sketchInk counterparts. Australia is shade darker than Jule and wetter. Australia is a nice wet ink. Dry time is the same as sketchInk inks. Meaning, if you use broad/flex/wet nibs and ink resistant paper the dry time is about 30 seconds or more and if you use F/EF nibs then you’re good. The price, however, is three times the amount of sketchInk. Very expensive for what is. • Pen used: Lamy Safari – Broad nib both sides • Shading: Yes with wider nibs • Ghosting: None • Bleed through: None. • Flow Rate: Wet • Lubrication: Nice • Nib Dry-out: Depending on the pen. Needs well sealed pen. • Start-up: If not used it can dry out, in pens with high evaporation. • Saturation: Saturated • Shading With wide/ flex nibs • Sheen: Not rally. • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: None. • Nib Creep / “Crud”: None • Staining (pen): You might need a pen cleaner. • Clogging: Yes, if pen is not well sealed. • Water resistance: Waterproof • Availability: Only in bottle 30 ml bottles. Chroma: Midori Midori with an attempted sketch... The colour reminds of wine Broad nib full galore.... and inky experiment...on TOmoe River 68 gr Australia
  7. I just thought I'd share the ‘opportunity’ with others who'd want to squeeze the last bit out of the changing landscape. Milligram in Australia is having a 30%-off sale for selected products, including several Sakae Technical Paper Tomoe River FP (paper pad, and 50- and 100-sheet packs of loose sheets) products. I didn't see any low stock warnings for any (white or cream, 52gsm or 68gsm, A4 or A5, etc.) product variant when I looked just now. (Yes, I think these are all made from the ‘old’ paper produced by Tomoegawa's paper milling machine no.7.) The ‘Friends For Life’ discount supposedly do not apply to these sale products, but in fact it does in the checkout process. I was prompted by an email from Milligram yesterday (with the subject "$40 gift from us to you - that's what friends are for!”) advising inconsistently that “we're changing our loyalty program” and “We've changed our loyalty program”. (It looks like the change has been implemented, and “For Life” and ”Forever” no longer mean what the average person would think the marketing expressions mean.) The voucher code can be applied to further bring down the total value of the order. Free shipping applies if the discounted total value of an order (i.e. payment due in real money) exceeds the relevant threshold. Given that Kobe INK Story has been taken off Milligram's catalogue, Robert Oster inks in selected colours are seldom individually discounted any more, and the shop's prices of Pilot Iroshizuku inks have gone up significantly all in the last year or so, there just isn't a whole lot to buy from Milligram at some cost-saving (compared to ordering from Amazon AU or overseas retailers) any more. Most of the heavily discounted clearance products are now shifted over to Milligram Outlet by default, where the loyalty programme discounts and free shipping offer do not apply. So, as much as I'm not a fan of Tomoe River FP paper, to take advantage of dying loyalty benefits before they are extinguished, I foolishly bought a few packs with no clear application in mind, and will probably end up giving away to kiddies on which to draw.
  8. Dymocks on George Street in Sydney CBD is offering the Monteverde Portable Ink Capsule product in all in-stock colours at 50% off their regular A$20 price at the moment. Each package contains 50ml of ink in a cylindrical clear plastic vial with a screw-on lid, as well as an empty 50ml vial of the same type. I saw these a few days ago in the discounted inks cabinet, asked if they were also offered at half-price, and was told no. I asked again today, when I saw a new sign posted on top of the cabinet to indicate otherwise, and confirmed that they are indeed half-priced; I was also pointed to a different sign in one of the glass cabinets mounted behind the counter attesting to that. The signs didn't say when the promotion ends, and I didn't ask. When I was there a few hours ago, there were at least six or seven different ink colours — including Horizon Blue and Capri Blue, as well as several that aren't blue — and multiple units of each in stock.
  9. Milligram has been offering its stock of black-covered Bloc Rhodia No.18 80g/m² lined (A4-sized, 7mm-ruled, with blue horizontal lines and a red vertical margin line) notepads on clearance for a week now, for A$5 each [/and/] with a “buy 3 for the price of 2” offer. The effective price is therefore A$10 for three, or $3.33 each when you buy in multiples of three on a single order, and that's if the purchaser is not eligible for any other discounts (such as the "Friends For Life" discount of 10% site-wide) that apply. I imagine it may be obstacle to some (or even most) prospective customers that the threshold for free domestic shipping on a single order is $69 (after discounts); without the FFL discount, one has to order 21 of those notepads at once to avoid the $5.99 delivery charge which would dilute the effective discount on the order, and 24 of them with the FFL discount. However, Milligram just announced today (a few hours ago) that it's offering free shipping for orders of $29 or more, for a limited time only. That means one can buy just nine of those notepads, delivery included, for a $30 outlay without the FFL discount, or get twelve notepads delivered for $36 with the FFL discount, if he/she uses an Australia delivery address. (Since Milligram delivers using Australia Post Parcel post service, Parcel Locker and Parcel Collection addresses are OK, as well as PO Boxes and physical/street addresses in Australia.) When I checked less than ten minutes ago, the maximum number of these notepads the system will accept on a single order is 426 — down from 472 three days ago — so I'll assume that's what Milligram thinks it has in stock and wants to clear. Rhodia paper fans, knock yourself out! Edit: Updated stock level
  10. JustWrite Pen Company

    Diplomat Clearance

    Out they go... We are clearing our Diplomat stock with most items at half price. Stocks are limited and once they are sold we will not be restocking them. https://justwrite.com.au/Clearance
  11. Couldn't find it posted up anywhere that my searching could find so might as well hoist the flag. http://www.melbpenshow.com.au
  12. https://www.facebook.com/groups/136521267035715/ This is a brand new group The Mighty Nicholas Gold was instrumental in creating of this group so respect to him. This is a facebook fountin pen group for Aussies and Kiwis. Please invite your fountain pen enthusiast from Au or Nz to help the group grow. If there are any questions regarding this group or me please feel free to DM me. This group doesn’t have much moderation as long as it’s on topic, I really appreciate anyone who joins it really helps me, and again thanks for joining and enjoy your stay. *Please no more drama/posts about what happened in the past.
  13. Lunoxmos

    Mabie Todd & Co 'swan' Ink

    I recently went down to an antique shop and I happened to find some 'Swan' Ink bottles, made by Mabie Todd & Co in Sydney Australia. One bottle was labeled "PERMANENT BLUE BLACK" while the other was "VIVID RED". They appear to have what is most likely dried ink in them, though there is a chance that the permanent blue-black one contains iron oxide sediment at the bottom considering it is most likely an iron gall ink. Is it possible that I could receive some information on them (there doesn't appear to be much about it online), as well as whether it is safe to reconstitute the ink inside of them? Also. since there appears to be rust on the caps, how would I open the bottles without having to smash the glass or any other method that involve s the destruction of the bottle? (Or should they stay closed?)
  14. A fellow hobbyist (thank you very much, Chaos-incarnate!) gave me the heads-up early this morning, and then I also got the email from LarryPOST: Use LARRYFANS20 at Checkout for 20% off nearly everything to 20 June 2019 or while stocks last. Excludes TWSBI, SAILOR, special orders. 02 8668 4247 Not really shopping for any of these myself, but these appear to be good deals, at least for Australian shoppers with free delivery to boot: Item 'Ticket price' before discount Effective price after discount Gift set of Pilot Falcon with metal barrel (and SEF, SF or SM nib) and three 15ml bottles of Iroshizuku (shin-kai, take-sumi and yama-budo) ink A$295.00 A$236.00 (Standalone) Pilot Falcon with metal barrel (and SEF, SF or SM nib), in various colours A$269.95 A$215.96 Three-pack of 100 sheets of Tomoe River 52gsm A4 white paperA$59.95 (⋍$20 per 100 sheets) A$47.96 (⋍$16 per 100 sheets) Disclaimer: I have no other relationship with LarryPOST, its owner(s) and/or staff, other than having bought from them before and was happy enough with the service and outcome.
  15. Hi everyone. I live in Castle Hill (Northwest of Sydney, Australi), originally from China. My first fountain pen is a red Lamy Safari EF, purchased in high school, loved it so much, I even enjoyed taking notes and doing assignments, just so I get to use my Lamys. Stopped using fountain pens (or any pens really) when I was in university doing my IT degree, almost everything was done online/on a computer, totally forgot how a fountain pen feels. It's about 2 years ago, youtube randomly suggested a video in the "up next" and automatically played, its the one that features the Spencerian customization on a Pilot Falcon, I didn't even know flex nib existed before that video. After the video, I bought my first flex fountain pen, a Pilot custom 912 FA, and fell in love with FP again. I also started to like Calligraphy from that time. I'm still fairly new to the FP/calligraphy world, would love to share and learn from here. my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qiaqiac/ Hope to make some new friends!
  16. JustWrite Pen Company

    Blackstone Clipless Brass Fountain Pen

    New at Justwrite: Blackstone Clipless Brass Fountain Pen From $AUD89.00 OEM or JoWo nibs Click here for full details.
  17. JustWrite Pen Company

    The Australian Fountain Pen Community

    The Australian Fountain Pen Community is a small one and pen makers, ink makers and retailers are part of that community. They play their role in the community by providing products and services that enable and enrich the passion we all follow. When I first became interested in making ink back in 2013, there were no Australian made fountain pen inks available and the range of imported inks was limited and expensive. Now we have Robert Oster with his amazing array of colours, Bookbinders, Van Diemens and Blackstone. And now, there is a steadily increasing number of enthusiastic pen makers, making unique hand made pens and James Finniss of Pensive Pens is one of them. James is the guy who worked with Robert Oster to develop the Serendipity Pen, a unique, Australian designed and made pen. Recently James took a bad hit when his workshop was flooded and Yagan Kiely (Macchiato Man), another well known figure in the Australian Fountain Pen Community has started a GoFundMe Fundraiser to help James replace his equipment so he can get back to making pens. As Yagan pointed out, James isn't the kind of guy to ask for help but we're a small FP community here in Australia and we should support each other to help keep our passion and our industry alive and flourishing. If you can help by supporting the GoFundMe Fundraiser or by patronising Pensive Pens, either would be great. Here is what Yagan said on the GoFundMe website: Good friend of the Australian Fountain Pen community, James Finniss, owns the business that many of us have enjoyed and used, Pensive pens in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Flooding this year in his region has caused the destruction of the equipment he uses to turn pens. James was insured but the insurer won’t pay for the specific machinery to be replaced. While James is saving to replace and repair as much as he can, there is still a long way to go to make right was was destroyed which he puts at a little over AU$50,000. James isn’t the person to ask for help but the fountain pen community is a great community and I’m sure we can help James recoup the costs. If the funding goal isn’t reached, James will still get what is raised. There’s no obligation for James to immediately replace the equipment but it was his goal to eventually do so; whatever is donated will hasten that end.
  18. JustWrite Pen Company

    New Australian Made Fountain Pen Ink At Justwrite

    I'm delighted to announce we have a new locally made fountain pen ink available at JustWrite. Toucan Fountain Pen Ink comes in 14 colours and is made right here in Brisbane by Dye Manufacturers of Australia, a company that has been around since 1918. Toucan fountain pen ink is formulated with water soluble dyes, with absolutely no pigments, no harmful additives and is pH neutral (7). Toucan Fountain Pen Inks can be freely mixed with each other to make your own custom coloured inks. All 14 colours can be blended together in varying ratios and can be diluted with distilled water to create an almost infinite range of unique coloured inks. We've been testing this ink for about 3 months and it's not a highly saturated ink, but that's our only minor criticism - it may not suit people who like highly saturated inks. Available in: 2ml individual samples: $1.25 5ml individual samples: $1.60 2ml sample packs of all 14 colours: $14.00 (Free Postage) 5ml sample/mixing packs of all 14 colours: $18.00 (Free Postage) 30ml plastic pouches: $3.50 30ml plastic pouches pack of all 14 colours: $40.00 150ml plastic pouches: $8.50 (Available soon) 400ml plastic pouches: $15.00 Postage is $5.00 per order and we're offering free postage on the sample packs of 14 colours for a short time. If any Australian FPN members would like to review the ink or just check it out, send me an email with your address and I'll send you a free sample pack. (Only for a limited time though.) Unfortunately we can only ship this ink within Australia. Australia Post packaging requirements for liquids and their costs for International postage make it prohibitively expensive to send overseas.
  19. JustWrite Pen Company

    New Blackstone Cmyk Ink Mixing Set

    Blackstone CMYK Ink Mixing Sets are now available at Justwrite. Set comprises 1 x 30ml bottle of each - cyan, magenta, yellow and black. $AUD36.00 Blackstone's CMYK inks are made from pure cyan, magenta, yellow and black dyes. These pure dyes create the pure, base CMYK colours that are essential to create the full colour spectrum. They have been specifically developed to be mixed with each other to create the full CMYK colour spectrum. See Nick Stewart's review HERE.
  20. We're pretty excited to have been able to secure two (2) of these Limited Edition Omas Arte Italiana Calligraphy Sets. This set is a Limited, Numbered Edition of only 331 released worldwide as part of Omas' 90th birthday celebrations and we have managed to secure the only two that have been allocated to Australia. Includes: One Omas Arte Italiana pen in Omas "Colour of the Year" blue. Four easily interchangable complete nib assemblies: 1 x 14K Gold Broad Nib 1 x 18K Gold Italic Nib 1 x 18K Gold Fine Nib 1 x 14K Gold Extra Fine Flexible Nib An always "ready to write" leather travel carry case that securely holds two pens, three nib assemblies and has a pocket containing an Omas note book and a zip pocket containing five Omas cartridges. Features:Limited, Numbered Edition of 331 Sets. Shape: Dodecagonal Material: Cotton Resin Color: Blue Trim: High Tech Models: Milord Converter/cartridge Fountain Pen Engravings: OMAS logo and Greek key on the ring of the cap #Limited Number on the cap Nib: Rhodium plated, 18K Gold B in 14K Gold – Italic in 18K Gold – F in 18K Gold – 14K Gold in EF Ex.Flex. Feeder: Ebonite ø 6,5mm with 1 capillary for Milord model Loading capacity: Converter: 0,80 ml. – Cartridge: 0,80 ml. Length: (cl. – op.), Weight: 145,2 mm. – 174,70 mm. - 27 grams – max ø 16,3 mm. Warranty: OMAS International Packaging: OMAS Leather pouch, including OMAS notebook and 5 cartridges Price: $AUD2,250.00. ( $USD1722.00)Please email kevin@justwrite.com.au if you would like to buy this set or if you would like any further information. You can also download an OMAS pdf file from HERE
  21. A fantastic write-up by the people at NoteMaker (an Australian Stationary with products as unique as you are..). It finally answers the question we have been asking ourselves.. Who is Robert Oster? http://blog.notemaker.com.au/meet-designer-robert-oster-signature-inks/ C.
  22. JustWrite Pen Company

    New Blackstone Scented Inks

    Coming May 2017 The fountain pen experience is much more than simply putting a pen to paper. The right pen, the right paper, the right ink and the right environment can all combine to create an incredibly enjoyable and uplifting experience. Sometimes the unpleasant smell of some fountain pen inks can detract from this experience so we've created a range of scented inks to add a new dimension to the fountain pen experience. We've chosen a selection of uniquely Australian scents and tested them thoroughly to ensure the scents do not interfere with the free flowing and well behaved characteristics that Blackstone inks are famous for. These scents are designed to enhance the writing experience and provide a subtle but noticeably pleasant fragrance when the bottle is opened and when writing. Australian Bush - Ink Colour: Green The classic aroma of the Australian Bush, a crisp and vibrant blend of Australian Native Eucalyptus, Kunzea, Lemon Myrtle, Rosalina and Nerolina. This is what you can smell when you walk out into the bush after rain. Blue Cypress - Ink Colour: Green/Blue Callitris intratropica Common Name: Cypress Pine A sweet, earthy, woody smell reminiscent of herbs and balsam. The Blue Cypress is mainly found in the Northern Territory and North Queensland, can live for over 200 years and grow to 45m. It has highly fragrant wood, bark and leaves all of which are used to extract the scent. Kunzea - Ink colur: Red Kunzea ambigua Common Name: Tick Bush, White Cloud, Duncane Kunzea A mild eucalyptus and myrtle smell with hints of pine and herbs. Mainly found in cool coastal areas of Australia, Kunzea is a tall shrub with white, pink or red flowers. Kunzea was given the common name Tick Bush because native animals are often found sleeping underneath the plants to get rid of ticks and other parasites. Blue Gum - Ink Colour Blue/Green Eucalyptus Globulus Common Name: Tasmanian Blue Gum A very pleasant, mild and spicy eucalyptus smell. The Blue Gum is a massive gum tree that can grow up to 100m. It is found mainly in Tasmania and Southern Victoria and is the floral emblem of Tasmania. New leaves are covered with a blue/grey waxy bloom which gives it it's common name. Brown Boronia - Ink Colour: Brown Boronia megastigma Common Name: Heaven Scent The Brown Boronia has a wonderful, lemon scented aroma which is not surprising considering they belong to the same plant family as citrus. Regarded as a serious contender for the title of ‘World’s Best Perfumed Plant’ by Don Burke, Brown Boronia is an evergreen, Australian native plant with flowers ranging in colour from yellow to dark brown. Wild Orange - Ink Colour: Orange Capparis mitchellii Common Name: Wild Orange or Native Orange The wild orange has a sweet, fresh, orange scent but is not related to oranges or citrus, nor to the Wild Orange (Osange Orange) of the USA. It is actually a member of the Caper family. The Wild Ornage is widely distributed throught Australia and is a well known 'Bush Tucker' food. It starts life as a rambling vine and grows into a tree up to 6m in height.
  23. Hi! I'm new here and it's my first time posting a subject so I hope it's all done well... Anyhow, I live in France and love most things Australian including Robert Oster Signature Inks. Two of the inks I love are Kada Kada Dark and Light which are exclusively sold in Australia by Pensive Pens. After crunching my numbers, I realized that it was financially ok if I ordered straight from Pensive Pens 8 inks by RO including the Kada Kada duo. Initially, my plan was to order: - Kada Kada L - Kada Kada D - Fire and Ice - Deep Sea - Green Diamond - Astorquiza Rot - Grun Schwartz - NG's orange However, I have decided to drop NG because I am not a big fan of Orange and am already getting Noodler's Apache Sunset (one orange should be PLENTY for me). Also, I have my doubts between the various greens because I LOVE GREEN 💚 but can't get a straight comparison between Emerald, Spearmint, Peppermint and Green Diamond. How do they differ? Which shimmers more? So my questions are: 1. What color would you chose between Emerald, Spearmint, Peppermint and Green Diamond? 2. Which would you recommend as an 8th color (considering I like all colors except orange and LOVE shimmer and shading)? Much appreciate all recommendations you may have
  24. dcwaites

    Scents Of Australia

    Scents of Australia Blackstone Inks have released a set of inks called Scents of Australia. FPN member Jamerelbe has already done a set of reviews on them, as has member Lgsoltek, so I thought I would do a comparative review, between the six inks, and a couple of others for comparison. The six inks are Australian Bush (khaki green), Blue Gum (dark teal blue), Blue Cypress (greeny blue), Red Kunzea (red), Wild Orange (orange) and Brown Boronia (brown). The scents are floral, but apart from the Wild Orange (which has a citrus-y smell) I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the other scents. The Aus. Bush definitely has a scent of clean, mild Eucalyptus. The scents are not intense. You can smell them when you open the lid of a bottle, and if you hold the nib up to your nose, but once the ink has been written and dried, you can’t smell anything. What has taken some time has been working up a suitable method to do the comparisons. I have a set of 3 Jinhao X-750 pens, all adjusted to be similar in wetness, and with Asian Medium nibs, so I did three inks at a time. I wrote samples on 4 different papers — old stock Reflex (OSR) to demonstrate a poor quality paper, Fuji-Xerox Sustainable Earth (FXSE) and J. Burrows Premium (JBP) for medium quality office paper and Japanese Muji paper to show shading and sheen. Because I had three similar pens, I did three inks at a time, starting with the Blue-Green inks, followed by the Red-Orange inks. Above the Blue-Green I did a comparative sample of Monteverde Horizon Blue (a well-behaved Medium-Wet ink) and below a sample of Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue (a Medium-Dry ink). The Australian Bush sample came as a pre-release version called Gum Trees. The other five samples are retail versions. Results The Scented Inks are, generally, wettish inks, but they are quite well behaved on modern papers. Most of them are wetter than the Monteverde Horizon Blue, but there is some spread between them. The Australian Bush is the wettest of the six inks, and the Brown Boronia is definitely the driest. The other four — Blue Cypress, Blue Gum, Red Kunzea and Wild Orange are in between, and pretty much the same degree of wetness. None of the scented inks showed any feathering on any of the papers, although the Monteverde H.B. showed a little on the old stock Reflex. All of the inks showed some degree of bleeding on the OSR, with the Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue, the Brown Boronia and the Wild Orange showing the least. There was no bleeding on any of the other papers. The only ink to show any spreading at all was the Australian Bush, the wettest of the inks. The Blue-Green inks all showed noticeable shading on all the papers except the OSR. The Blue Gum showed the greatest degree of shading. As well, examination of the edges with a loupe show a degree of sheen. There was little to no shading or sheen demonstrated by any of the Red-Orange inks. The inks are all far too wet to be used in a dip pen – they need to be used in a fountain pen with a proper feed. Five of the six inks appear to be quite saturated, the exception being the Brown Boronia. I can’t tell if it is the dyes used, or the concentration, but the Brown Boronia doesn’t appear to be much more intense than the Pelikan Blue. The Scans There are lots of images here, because I scanned on four types of paper, and showed the back of two of them. First, the best paper, Muji Refill paper. I only did the front, because there was nothing to show on the back. Muji Front Next, the worst paper, old stock Reflex, showing the front, and bleeding on the back OSR Front OSR Back Finally, the middle-of-the-range paper, J.Burrows Premium JBP Front JBP Back I haven't included the Fuji-Xerox sample because it duplicates the J.Burrows Premium results.
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