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  1. white_lotus

    Kwz Baltic Memories

    KWZ Baltic Memories (Wspomnienie znad Baltyku) I must say I was very excited when I saw the announcement of new KWZ inks. I am a real fan of their inks, and they are one of my favorites. This is the first of those three new inks that I'll review. There are a number of positive things about this ink, and one fairly important negative. The color for this ink is really lovely. It's a green-leaning blue but quite dark, so not at all a bright teal. The shading I got with the Gate City Belmont was fabulous. There's supposed to be lots of sheen with this ink and it's true. It's sort of shiny and not quite red, it more like darkens the places where a heavier application is found. I don't care much for sheen. It's not a requirement for the inks I use and most of the papers I use won't show sheen, ever. So unimportant to me. I don't know if this sheen is the kind folks will rave about. The ink is not water resistant and having a heavy dye load will probably leave a mess when a page interacts with water. The problem I have with this ink is the numerous hard starts and skips. I suspect it was the pen did not work well with this ink. This is a fairly wet nib, but it would constantly dry out even after a few seconds of a pause. And it would write somewhat dryly until the flow got going again. On Rhodia, the writing was painful as the paper is somewhat dry itself. These problems made me quite disappointed in the ink. The saturation/dye load for this ink is very high, much higher than the usual KWZ ink. So much so I was concerned that the ink would stain the clear barrel of the Belmont. It did not, but I only had the pen inked for a couple days with it. This ink reminded me of some of Noodler's ultra-saturated inks where it's necessary to add some water, perhaps up to 10%, to improve their flow. I haven't tried this yet here, so don't take that as a recommendation. After my disappointment I switched pens to an Edison Premiere (F). I knew this pen was very wet, with an excellent feed. So far it has performed flawlessly without the hard starts, skips, dry out I experienced with the Belmont. But much of the special character of the ink is lost: it's now just a dark blue-green with minimal shading. If I was writing on paper that would show the sheen, perhaps I'd see that aspect of the ink. I'll have to give some thought to which of my pens might work well with this ink and bring out its good qualities. I'd definitely recommend a sample so you can determine whether you'll have issues with your pens with this ink. Pen: Gate City Belmont (M-steel) Pen: Edison Premiere (F-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, Rhodia=Rhodia 90g ivory. Camera: iPhone 7 using Camera+ app The images were fairly decent, but the FPN uploader seems to modify the images making the ink appear darker and with less range than in reality. As always with ink reviews, you may want to order a sample prior to diving in on a full bottle. Sadly the FPN uploader has totally messed up these first two images. Far too dark in the ink. The original images look fine on my screen.
  2. white_lotus

    Sailor Style Dee Delta Horikawa Jade

    This is another of the Sailor shop-exclusive inks for the Style Dee shop in Japan. I'd bought a bottle of this earlier in the year, and wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But it turns out it's a favorite of the green-leaning blues. It really is like looking at the waters of the old Horikawa canal in Osaka. The text says it's a "jade green", but to me it's a very green-leaning blue, so folks might call it teal, but this isn't a very bright color. Still very pretty and nice. With various surcharges and shipping, it probably cost about $35/50 ml bottle. I think shipping to the US has gone up some. But that's the price we pay to get the rare inks we love. Fairly fast drying on more absorbent papers, but dry times on Rhodia seem OK. There's red sheen on Tomoe Rive paper. Excellent flow and lubrication. The Kobe #36 Sakae-machi Indigo seems lighter, and more neutral, and with more blue. A bit like Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo, but this one has a bit greener cast, and is more pure of hue. Maybe even a little similar to Sailor Yama-dori, but they are clearly and distinctly different.
  3. white_lotus

    Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Blue-Green

    I'd had this review for a while, but hadn't posted it. The ink is the Akkerman #24, Zuiderpark Blue-green, an unusual color right on the border between blue and green. I'd received a sample and decided to give it a try. The few Akkerman inks I have are quite good, though there is a rumor that they are repackaged Diamine ink. I don't know if Diamine has this color, I'm not well-versed on their range of inks. The Akkerman bottles are fantastic. If I remember correctly the ink behaved well. But it's difficult to decide whether the ink is blue or green. For this reason it was difficult to adjust the photos to accurately reflect what I see on the paper. I think of think they are pretty close. On Mohawk via Linen paper. On Hammermill 28lb Inkjet paper On Moleskine
  4. white_lotus

    Franklin-Christoph Midnight Emerald

    A while back Franklin-Christoph added some inks to their "special color" line. I'm not sure how the "special color" line relates to their "regular" line of inks. Their Midnight Emerald seems to be a darker version of the Emerald (bright green) ink. I tend to like murky greens, so I picked this one up a while back. The Midnight Emerald is a moderate valued, fairly pure green that leans strongly to blue. It's no where near as dark as Diamine Deep Dark Green or even F-C's own Loden, which is great. There's nothing really wrong with the handling, but the color is just not so interesting for me personally. Others may prefer this over many murky greens available as it has some purity of color to it. The ink has good shading, and some red sheen outlining on Tomoe River. A broad or very wet pen helps with this effect. The ink is not water resistant at all. This is kind of like "KWZ Northern Twilight" lite, the color being somewhat similar especially in the ink droplet. Maybe with a very wet pen you could have an approximation, as inferior as it might be. I'm certain there are people who will like the color, the handling is certainly quite good. F-C inks usually are fairly wet and quite lubricating, sometimes on par with Sailor inks. This is isn't quite at that level, but it's good nonetheless. Not many shops carry this line, Papier Plume in New Orleans being one, but you can order online direct from F-C. Since that sounds like an advertisement, you should know that I bought this bottle of ink on my own with my own money. Pen: Edison Nouvelle Premiere (F-steel) Papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, TR=Tomoe River, Hij=Hammermill 28lb inkjet.
  5. jasonchickerson

    J Herbin — Emeraude De Chivor

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/20160830_0007.jpg Emeraude on Rhodia Dotpad no. 16. Title drawn with a 1.5mm Brause no. 180 nib and plenty of gum arabic. http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/20160830_0008.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/20160830_0011.jpg Undiluted (left) and diluted (50%, right) splotches. http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/20160828_0001-2.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/20160828_0001.jpg Peacock painted with Emeraude de Chivor, Sailor Souten, and a hint of J. Herbin Cacao du Brésil on Stillman & Birn Gamma Series paper. This is a review that I thought I had already done. When I set out to do it again, I realized why I never finished the first time round. Emeraude de Chivor is one difficult ink. It is oversaturated, much too wet, stains everything, and threatens to clog my pen. It also refuses to work with a dipped without plenty of gum arabic, which removes the sheen (but adds gloss). Is anyone actually writing with this ink? I'll admit Emeraude looks pretty good coming out of my wife's mint Kaweco Sport, but I won't be putting it in any of my pens any time soon. Too staining, too clogging, and it smears when dry a la Rouge Hematite. So what on earth could I ever use this for? Well, that peacock looks pretty nice, for one. I love the way three distinct colors can be gotten through dilution: gold/red/black when laid down really thick, a dark emerald green at full volume, a brilliant turquoise when diluted. And it looks great alongside the pink-sheening Souten. Looks like this one is permanently relegated to the art shelf. Now I just have to find some subject matter that requires a glittery teal...
  6. white_lotus

    Montblanc Blue Hour "twilight Blue"

    Montblanc is that famous pen manufacturer that also has some inks. They also produce an LE ink with the release of a special edition pen. A while back there was a Blue Hour pen, and an ink that went with it. Usually these inks sell out quickly, but the Twilight Blue is still available. It apparently didn't capture the fancy of the speculators, regular MB customers, or even the ink fans. There are a few reviews on FPN and they disagree on the color, but the consensus is of a very greenish blue. I'd agree with this assessment. On some papers it appears blue, and on others it appears green. Quite unusual. In some way it reminds me of Akkerman #24 Zuiderpark Green which has that borderline blue-green to green depending on pen and paper. So something you'll either like, or hate. And if you like this color the Iroshizuku Yama-guri may well be much better. I find the ink has excellent flow and lubrication, and I used a wet F nib. Someone said they found the ink to be very dry in Fine nibs, but I didn't have that problem. Someone said the ink seemed like KWZI Turquoise and I couldn't disagree more. This is nothing in color like that ink. I noted that the ink was "dark" but I don't think so. It's really a moderate value. Maybe in certain pens/papers you can get a dark value, but I haven't had that experience. Anyway, the usual papers: Mohawk via Linen=Mvl, Tomoe River=TR, Hammermill 28 lb inkjet=Hij. When I was first adjusting the color on this image I thought "This can't be right, the ink looks green. Let's reshoot the picture." Upon looking, the ink on the paper was green! I found a little water resistance with blotting, and a bit more when washing over the writing with water.
  7. L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio - Omi Osun L’Artisan Pastellier is a small company in southern France that specialises in natural pigments, and offers customers authentic and reliable products in beautiful colours based on mineral or vegetable pigments. In a collaboration with Loic Rainouard from Styloplume.net, the chemist Didier Boinnard from L’Artisan Pastellier created the line of Callifolio fountain pen inks. These pastel-colored inks are traditionally crafted, and can be freely mixed and matched. Overall these inks are only moderately saturated, and have low water-resistance. The inks were specifically designed to work well with all types of paper, and all types of fountain pens. Being pastel-tinted, these inks have a watercolor-like appearance, and are not only fine inks for journaling, but are also really excellent inks for doodling & drawing. I only recently discovered them, and they are already the inks I gravitate towards for personal journaling. In this review I take a closer look at Omi Osun, one of the many blue inks of the Callifolio brand. The blue inks of the line seem to be named after rivers and lakes – so my educated guess is that the ink is named after the Omi Osun river in southwestern Nigeria. This is a nice blue-green ink, that leans heavily towards the blue side of the spectrum – just as I like it ! The ink is nicely saturated, especially in the broader nibs. It’s also an ink with *lots* of shading, but – again – you need the broader nibs to show this off. The ink started to show a hint of its potential in the F-nib, but you need an M-nib or above to really open up the ink. A nice feature of the ink is that it shows “outlining” – with this I mean that you get a darker-coloured outline around your writing, as illustrated in the blow-up from a broad nib below. This is a very nice graphic effect, that I really appreciate ! Omi Osun is an ink for personal use, not an ink for the workplace. The ink is relatively smudge-resistant – the colour spreads, but the words remain legible. But the ink is definitely not water-resistant. The chromatograply suggests that a light-brown residue remains, but in reality what remains on the paper after coming in contact with water is near illegible. With a magnifying glass and lots of patience, you might be able to reconstruct your writings, but don’t count on it. Even a short 10-second exposure to running tap water made the text disappear. Keep this in mind – not an ink to use if water-resistance is high on your list. On the other hand – the low water-resistance is a big plus when doodling & drawing. With a water-brush you can easily spread out the ink, and obtain some nice shading effects. I’ve tested the ink on a wide variety of paper – from crappy Moleskine to high-end Tomoe River. For the Callifolio reviews, I’m testing a new format to show you the ink’s appearance and behaviour on the different paper types. On every small band of paper I show you:An ink swab, made with a cotton Q-tip1-2-3 pass swab, to show increasing saturationAn ink scribble made with an M-nib fountain penThe name of the paper used, written with a B-nibA small text sample, written with an M-nibDrying times of the ink on the paper (with the M-nib)Omi Osun behaved perfectly on all the paper types – it even shows no feathering on the notoriously bad Moleskine paper. That’s quite a feat ! This is also a fast-drying ink – mostly in the 10-15 second range, even on the Tomoe River paper. On the Original Crown Mill cotton paper, there was noticeable feedback while writing – I also have the impression that the ink is drawn straight down into the paper, the effect of which translates into a reduction of nib size. The text that I’ve written with an M-nib looks as though its written with an F-nib. Strange… I’ve never seen such behaviour before. I also show the back-side of the different paper types, in the same order. With the low-end generic paper and the Moleskine paper, there is significant show-through and bleed-through. With the other papers, Omi Osun’s behaviour is impeccable. On Tomoe River, there is some slight bleed-through on the ink-swabs. Conclusion Omi Osun is a very well-behaving ink, though one without water resistance. The ink has some nice shading in broader nibs, and a wonderful graphic outlining effect that I really like. And this is a blue-green on the blue side of the spectrum, just as I like it. For me – that’s a definite plus. I really enjoyed using this ink, and I think it certainly deserves an A. Technical test results on Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm , written with Lamy Safari, M-nib
  8. Ink Review : Diamine Schubert (Music Collection) Pen : Lamy AL-Star, M-nib Paper : Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm Review Vienna, autumn of 1821, banks of the Danube river Greetings wanderer, my name is Franz Peter Schubert and I am enjoying my afternoon walk along the banks of our famous Danube river. Thunderclouds are gathering and the sky is gleaming with a magical light, that colours the river a deep green-blue. This setting inspires my muse - I've got an idea for a wonderfully complex piece. I think I'll call it "Wanderer Fantasy". In 2015 Diamine released the Music Collection, a set of ten subdued and seriuous-looking inks named after well-known composers. In this review, we take a closer look at Schubert - after the above introduction, you're sure to remember that this is a green-blue ink. Diamine Schubert fits in the spectrum of blue-green colours, but leans heavily towards the green side. Personally, I find it a rather dreary colour that's not really to my taste - dirty riverwater indeed ;-) Me, I like my blue-greens more on the bluish side, like Iroshizuku ku-jaku or Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine. In broader nibs, the ink looks more lively and exhibits more shading. But still, this colour is not really my thing. OK - but how does it behave on paper ? For this, I did some tests: Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time 15-20 seconds, no feathering, no show-through nor bleed-through.Paperblanks journal paper - drying time 10-15 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-through. Looks better on this off-white paper.Generic notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time ~10 seconds, no feathering, no show-through, bleed-through only on the ink-swab.Moleskine journal - drying time ~5 seconds ! No feathering, significant show-through and bleed-through.Tomoe River paper - drying time ~20 seconds, no feathering, some show-through, no bleed through (with the exception of minimal bleed-through on the ink-swab).Original Crown Mill cotton paper - drying time ~10 seconds, no feathering, no show-through and no bleed-through.Technically, Schubert does really well on a wide variety of paper, and even behaves on the lower quality ones. In a Moleskine journal, it is perfectly usable if you use only one side of the page. In my opinion, the ink looks nicer on off-white, more yellowish paper. On white paper, I'm not a fan of the colour. The ink is reasonably smudge-resistant, and exhibits a fair water-resistance. Even after 30 seconds of running tap-water, I still had no difficulty reading what remains. On the 15 minute droplet test, the ink did behave poorly - in this case the text has all but vanished. Conclusion Diamine Schubert is a well-behaving ink on a broad range of paper, and has a fairly OK water resistance. Technically - I see nothing wrong with this ink. But for a teal ink, I personally find it too green for my taste. The resulting colour is not to my liking. In my opinion, blue-greens only look nice when they are closer to the blue side of the spectrum. my overall score: B
  9. jasonchickerson

    Rohrer & Klingner — Verdigris

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0621.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0623-3.jpg Verdigris (unadulterated) and Zebra "G" nib on Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton paper http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/01626_PhthaloBlueGreenShd-l.jpg Old Holland Pthalo Blue, Green Shade acrylic color swatch (DickBlick) Verdigris was one of my early favorites when I became interested in inks. I quickly got over it, though, when I realized just how unresistant to water it is. Still, it's an interesting ink and looks good diluted, too. Care was taken to ensure color accuracy.
  10. jasonchickerson

    Kwzi — #27 Turquoise

    http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0620.jpg http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0623.jpg #27 (unadulterated) and Zebra "G" nib on Original Crown Mill Pure Cotton Paper http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac209/jasonchickerson/_FUJ0623-2.jpg #27 (diluted 1:1 w/ water, plus gum arabic) and Zebra "G" on OCM Pure Cotton Unfortunately, I don't have many inks in the color range for comparison. Care was taken to ensure color accuracy. I've had this on in my pen for a couple of days and I'm really enjoying it.
  11. http://www.rdwarf.com/users/wwonko/images/fpn/iro/08-Ku-jaku-header.jpg Iroshizuku - Ku-jaku (Peacock) - CRV - Group Review - 2015-05 The Iroshizuku Group Review color for May 2015 is Ku-jaku ”Peacock”. It is a blue-green, which seems to vary a lot in color based on pen and paper and even has sheen in the right combination - very like the flashy tail of the bird it is named for. Please post your reviews and scans of the ink in this thread. If you want to a partner for a Co-Razy View (CRV) of this ink, please write it up and mail it to Lou Erickson. (PM for the address.) If you want to do a Co-Razy View on your own, please do! Other reviews are welcome, too. NOTE: I have a new address as of January! If you have sent me things in the past, please PM for the new address - the old one will stop forwarding eventually. You can look at the full description of the Iroshizuku Group Review to see how this should work and what we’re doing.http://www.rdwarf.com/users/wwonko/images/fpn/iro/08-Ku-jaku-product.jpgThanks to Rachel Goulet, who gave permission to me to use their beautiful product photo and swab.More thanks to Amberlea who gives so much of her time to herding these inky kittens. Many apologies for the lateness of the post this month. It's been a busy time. I hope you've tried the ink out and have something to share!
  12. nomadhacker

    De Atramentis Mint Turquoise

    This is a nice minty color. Indeed halfway between a mint and a turquoise. It's a soft looking color. Definitely not an everyday color. But one of my wife's favorites. Has a good flow, feels nice to write with. Handled water fairly well.

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