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  1. truphae_inc

    Montblanc & Meissen

    We took some new iPhone photos of our Meisterstucks from the Meissen porcelain partnership. It was pretty crazy to read that these porcelain artisans have to go through years of training, with the process of each pen taking several months. Do you guys have positive feelings toward handpainted pieces like these for your collections, or prefer the more traditional Montblanc looks?
  2. I'm currently reviewing some of my favourite Diamine inks. This one is the red ink from the latest Diamine 150th Anniversary collection: Carnival. Bearing in mind the paper I use is very smooth, this ink dries reasonably quickly.It flows quite wet and lubricates the nib very well. No start-up problems noticed. No skipping noticed.It didn't dry out when I left the cap off the pen while I did the swabs and the comparison inks.It is currently available in wedge shaped 40ml glass bottles that don't have ink wells.Water test on the review form shows this isn't a waterproof ink. It washes off skin very easily.It's reasonably similar to Diamine Matador.Diamine sell it directly to end-users on their web-site.
  3. Ink Review: Diamine Carnival (150th Anniversary Ink) Pen: TWSBI Vac Mini, M-nib Paper: Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm Review In 2014 Diamine released their very fine 150th Anniversary Ink collection to commemmorate their 150 year existence (1864-2014). In this review I take a closer look at Carnival - one of my favourite happy inks from this collection. Carnival - it will come as no surprise that the name evokes the image of a warm sweaty evening in Rio De Janeiro. Festive crowds dancing in the streets. Your eyes drawn to some sensual young ladies in a dark red bikini, complemented with a huge feather crown. Happy partying all night long... This ink's name has been chosen well. This is a happy and festive ink. A beautiful shade of dark red. A sensual colour. Definitely not an ink for the workplace, but for use at home in your journal, or for writing that intimate love letter... The ink flows well in the pens I tried it with. And I really, really like the colour. It is a stunning dark red with some purple undertones, as shown in the chromatography. Water resistance is very low. Like rain disperses the partying crowds, even small amounts of water wipe out this ink from the page. Look elsewhere if water resistance is a requirement. OK - but how does this ink behave on paper? For this I did some tests: Rhodia N°16 notepad 80 gsm - drying time 30-35 seconds, no feathering, no show-through nor bleed-throughPaperblanks journal paper - drying time ~15 seconds, no feathering, no show-through nor bleed-throughGeneric notepad paper 70 gsm - drying time ~15 seconds, no feathering, minimal show-through, almost no bleed-through (except on the spot where I did an ink swab)Moleskine journal - drying time 5-10 seconds, no feathering, noticeable show-through, minimal bleed-through (mostly on the ink swab, and on the dots of the i)This ink behaves surprisingly well on a variety of paper, it's even not too shabby on bad Moleskine paper. Drying times on fountain pen friendly paper are a bit on the long side. For some reason, the ink flows noticeably wetter in my Paperblanks journal - the M-nib looks like a broad on that paper. Overall - a very well-behaving ink. Conclusion For a red ink, you can't go wrong here. I really like this dark red colour. For me, this is a "happy" ink, a festive one as its name implies. Oh... and a tip for you: the ink looks fabulous on off-white, more yellowish paper - on this kind of paper it really shines. I for one am glad to have a bottle of it. my overall score: A+
  4. http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-nazwa.png I present to test the ink Diamine 150th Anniversary Carnival with a beautiful deep crimson color. In my eyes the perfect red. Ink writes great, has good parameters and a pretty good dry time. The ink was developed to celebrate the 150 th anniversary of the company Diamine. The series consists of 8 new colors not available in the standard palette, packaged in a triangular bottle that set the sides together form a closed circle. I would recommend. Manufacturer: Diamine Series, colour: 150th Anniversary Carnival Pen: Waterman Hemisphere, nib "F" Paper: Image Volume (80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-kleks.jpg The ink smudged with a cotton pad http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-wacik.jpg Lines http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-kreski.jpg Water Resistance http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-woda.jpg Ink drying time http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-wysychanie.jpg Ink drops on a handkerchief http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-chromatografia1.jpg Chromatography http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-chromatografia2.jpg Sample text http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-txt.jpg Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-Oxford.jpg Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) http://inks.pencyklopedia.pl/wp-content/uploads/Diamine-150th-Anniversary-Carnival-Rhodia.jpg
  5. Get your party frocks on folks, it time for Carnival!! By the way, note Wild Strawberry doing her thang with that delicious green sheen!

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