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  1. J Herbin Lierre sauvage (Wild Ivy) This is one of my oldest bottles of ink, it more than 10 years old. I thought I’d review it for fun. It’s a flat green, lacking nuance, which is surprising for a Herbin ink. I neither like, nor dislike it and plan to finish it in a brush pen for artwork. Ink has decent water resistance, and with slightly below average lubrication. The intriguing chroma, doesn't translate in the colour: Writing Samples: Ink had more character with the vintage flex. Quotes are form Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) French poet from AZquotes. Photo: Comparison: Water test: (after 24 hours) Note how the ink blended through Mnemosyne paper after 10 seconds under running water) And finally an art work done with a brush pen, and different from my usual work, entitled Green Meditation: · Pens used: Pilot Kakuno Ef, Stub, Kaweco Sport (EF/F/M/B), Vintage Conway Stewart 330 flexible oblique nib · What I liked: Drawing with it. · What I did not like: The colour · What some might not like: It does not like copy paper. · Shading: Only with flex. · Ghosting: Yes, on cheap paper. · Bleed through: Same as above with wet pens. · Flow Rate: Wet. · Lubrication: Slightly below average. · Nib Dry-out: Not noticed. · Start-up: Not noticed. · Shading Potential: Only with flex pen. · Sheen: No. · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed. · Nib Creep / “Crud”: No. · Staining (pen): No. · Clogging: No. · Cleaning: Easy · Water resistance: Surprisingly good. · Availability: cartridges, 10 ml, 30 ml. Please don't hesitate to share your experience, writing samples or any other comments. The more the merrier
  2. Hello FPNers, I’m a huge fan of shading inks but dislike sheening inks. In the blue-teal-green spectrum (and nowhere else), can you recommend high shading inks that have no sheen? My current champion blue is Colorverse Supernova and my current champion green is Diamine November Rain. But there have to be more! Again, only in the blue-teal-green spectrum. Thanks! Gary
  3. Audrey T

    Headed for Trouble

    Doodle -- Skating owl coming to hole in the ice. Fukurokuju (Pilot, 100th Anniversary)
  4. An ink from Colorverse's Season 3 ‘Multiverse’. Pair with Cat shimmer (or ‘glistening’) ink as a retail package. Colour: A lively and cheerful green; stays bright and vivid after drying. Flow and lubrication: [revised] Relatively wet. My usually dry-writing Sailor Fude de Mannen pen write more smoothly with this ink than I expected; and, when I transferred the half-full converter into a new F-nibbed Sailor HiAce Neo — not a model that tends to write wetly or too smoothly out-of-the-box, in my experience — the ~0.2mm-wide lines come out wetter and darker than shown in this review, and wet enough to be a problem writing Chinese ideograms quickly in 5mm-squared space, in spite of the narrowness of the lines, because of how commonly lines intersect and criss-cross, causing pooling of the still-fluid ink on the page from earlier pen strokes. (I haven't timed it yet, but I hate to think how long those lines would take to dry!) Feathering: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper. Show-through: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper. Bleed-through: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper. Drying time: Relatively slow, taking more than 30 seconds on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper. Water resistance: Low. Shading: Choppy shading along fine or broader lines, but not much that can be easily seen in extra fine lines. Sheen: Not observed on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper. My verdict: I like the colour a lot. The chromatography is pretty. It's not a Noodler's Ink. That's about all the good things I can think of to say about it, considering that I'm sure there is some Diamine ink colour (or half a dozen) that looks like this and behaves equally well, for about a quarter of the asking price (on a per-millilitre basis).
  5. A Smug Dill

    Colorverse Schrödinger review - close-ups

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  6. Since I do not own too many green inks, I cannot show very similar inks to compare. Instead I thought it would be useful to show where it lies in the spectrum between yellow/brown leaning greens like Krishna Ghat-green/ Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu and a teal leaning green like Diamine Aurora Borealis... Overall, I'd say its a pleasant color though not a very uncommon one - nothing screams out as unique or special about the colour or the ink's abilities but it is a nice pleasant green if you want only one green ink, and being Noodler's it is pretty inexpensive. Shame about the feathering though, this is not an ink which you'd pick if you write often on absorbent or average to cheap paper. Even when it doesn't quite feather, it spreads quite bit on absorbent paper. As my pic below shows - the line width of this ink coming out of my PenBBS mini-fude F is wider than even my medium Jowo, Bock or Montegrappa nibs (generally I find the mini fude to write slightly broader than a western fine on down strokes and like a western fine on side strokes). Note that probably 90% of my inks do not feather or spread on this Muji copy paper. Another picture of the feathering on cheap copy paper Note: the color variation in the 'whites' of the papers is native to the papers. I set white balance on a white card and then didn't edit for each picture - but some casts cannot be ruled out.
  7. Morbus Curiositas

    Diamine Teal Vs De Atramentis Pigeon Blue

    Diamine Teal vs. De Atramentis Pigeon Blue Both these inks are inspired by colour found on birds For the people who have no knowledge of birds. The Bird on the Right is a Parakeet which modelled for Diamine and the bird on the right is a bald eagle which inspired De Atramentis Colour Comparison Just as these birds and their colour are different both inks and birds also have some familiarities The De Atramentis ins seems to be a bit bright like the colour on the Pigeon. The Teal to my eyes is darker Ink Behaviour Both inks are very smooth writers ad well saturated. Neither of these ink feater bleed or show through. Although there is no sheening in neither of these inks they do shade The Pigeon blue seems a little bit better but the diference is neglectible Both inks seem to hold their liquor I smeared both inks with wet fingers but both texts stay legible Availability La Couronne du Comte I guess Dennis and Rik would even travel to the moon to get it for you (just pay them a million or 2) Well it is safe to say that they do almost everything to satisfy their customers… Considering http://www.lacouronneducomte Bankers have Rothshield Ink lovers have the Goulet Pen Company. Rachel and Brian carry the almost* largest assortment of ink on earth an it's near surroundings http://www.gouletpens.com (*almost Dear Amberlea Davis carries the largest assortment in the universe but is not a seller Larry Post of Australia is a Great Supplier of Stationary and Artist Equipments. They carry a lot of De Atramentis Inks http://www.larrypost.com.au/ The same applies to Singapore based Arters of the utterly friendly Yitpeng and WeetekOng http://arters.com.sg Conclusion Both inks have well saturated beautiful blue greenish colours and both behave very well, they are a joy to write with. I cannot pick a favourite…. But I do not have to… I Own Both
  8. I just bought a Pelikan M600 in Green. I own several inks that lean on the side of teal or turquoise so I'm looking for my true greens. I'm looking for suggestions / recommendations on green ink.
  9. There are few ink brands out there as iconic as Waterman inks. My very first bottle of ink was Waterman South Seas, and many, many years later, Waterman inks are still a favorite brand for me. And Harmonious Green is one of my favorite greens. Many have given the history of this ink currently made in France, so I will dispense with further introductory remarks. Waterman inks feature as stable, glass bottle with an opening large enough for most pens. The bottle contains an ample amount of ink (50mL) and is sold a very reasonable price. I purchased my bottle from Pen Chalet when it was on sale. The ink is a medium green which leans towards blue, and has a lovely burgundy sheen which complements the green very nicely. It is very well behaved and flows smoothly from the pen. For this review, I have used two fountain pens - a Conklin Duragraph with 1.1mm stub nib, and a Pilot Metropolitan with EF nib. The papers used include HP All in One 22 Copy Paper, Tomoe River 52 gsm and Clairfontaine. Waterman Harmonious Green is closer in shade to more emerald greens such as Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdgrun than greener shades such as Leonardo Green. The flow is excellent, and while not heavily lubricated, there is enough lubrication to make even my driest Pilot Metropolitan write smoothly and easily. PROS: Lovely green shade leaning towards blue. Medium saturation Burgundy sheen seen in pooled areas with wider nibs Nice shading in wider nibs; minimal in finer nibs Little to no bleedthrough even on copy paper Minimal showthrough No feathering except on cheap paper Flow is excellent even in dry pens CONS: No water resistance Slightly longer dry time Overall, this is an excellent ink and holds on to its long standing reputation for reliability. If you like this color, I highly recommend getting a bottle. **All photos were taken with an iPhone and the images have not been retouched. You may note a slight pink cast to the paper due to the pink blotter placed behind each page.
  10. Today I'm reviewing Diamine Apple Glory ink. Diamine Apple Glory is a nicely saturated bright green dye based ink that leans slightly more towards the blue range of the spectrum than the yellow range. It’s a summery, bright, grassy green colour and is from Diamine Inks standard range. Diamine Apple Glory leans slightly less blue that Diamine Ultra Green and is a very similar colour to J.Herbin Lierre Sauvage, but is more saturated. Kaweco Palm Green and the old discontinued Caran d’Ache Colours of the Earth Amazon are also very similar colours. Flow Rate: Very good. Felt quite wet in the pen & paper combinations I used.Lubrication: Good - It felt smooth across the page in the pens I used.Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.Start-up: Immediate.Saturation: Saturated inkShading Potential: Some shading seen with F and M nibs.Sheen: None seen.Show-Through:Royal recycledOxford paperField NotesTomoe River 52gsmGeneric 80gsm lined padsSpread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen, even on Field Notes.Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the penStaining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen - easy clean-up with water.Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof and has no water resistance.Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.
  11. Today I'm reviewing Diamine November Rain ink. Diamine November Rain is a Diamine Exclusive ink made specially for sale in Germany. I’ve seen it for sale on Fountainfeder, Papier & Stift and Seitz-Kreuznach websites as well as on Amazon. It comes in 30ml bottles and 80ml bottles. I only have a sample bottle, so I can’t post a picture of the 80ml glass bottle and box. This is a saturated dark green ink with red sheen. It doesn’t have quite as much sheen as the Organics Studio high sheen inks, but has more sheen than what you would call a “standard” ink. In my opinion, Diamine don’t have a current similar standard ink that is is very similar to November Rain, although Dark Forest is probably the closest. November Rain a blue leaning green. More green than Lamy Petrol and Organics Studio Henry D Thoreau Walden Pond. I would describe it as similar to a dark conifer green forest. The fact that it’s a saturated ink that has good sheen, without having too much sheen, comes with a few benefits: It’s a very nice green colour, whether you can always see the red sheen or not. It easily washes off of my hands with cold water and bar soap (definitely not like Organics Studio Nitrogen, Ralph Emerson, or Henry Thoreau) and it easily flushes out of my converters and pens just using water. It didn’t suffer from any hard starts or non-starts when I put the uncapped pen down to do swab tests, dry times and water resistance. I like that about these inks. It dried quite quickly on most reasonably absorbent papers and once dry it didn’t smudge or smear. I tested for this by rubbing repeatedly across my writing. I saw no green or red on my fingers, and no smudging on the page. I really enjoyed writing with it. With these high sheen inks showthrough and bleedthrough can be a problem. There was showthrough on several of the papers I wrote on, although I could still have written on the reverse of all them with no problem. The red sheen is usually more visible when using pens with wet flow and broader nibs. Flow Rate: Very good.Lubrication: Very good.Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.Start-up: Immediate.Saturation: Highly saturated ink.Shading Potential: Some shading with finer nibs or dry writing pens.Sheen: Good red sheen.Show-Through:Oxford 80gsm lined pad.Royal Recycled.Tomoe River 52gsm - Slight.Rhodia Bloc.Whitelines.Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Seen on a couple of papers with my wet B nib.Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not seen.Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen - easy clean-up with water.Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof but has some water resistance.Availability: Exclusive to Germany and available from: Fountainfeder, Papier & Stift, Seitz-Kreuznach and Amazon. I found Fountainfeder offers the lowest price including shipping, especially when you buy two 80ml bottles.
  12. Ink Tests for the Common Office - Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu Today in my Ink Tests for the Common Office series I am reviewing Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu, aka Pine Green. When I received this ink in my latest sample-haul, this was the first one I grabbed. I sincerely doubted that I would have cause to use a green ink in the office for anything other than corrections, and only having three pens, I did not think that I would be using it much until my collection inevitably grows. So without further ado, let’s move on to pictures! Chromatography There is a whole lot going on here, from teal-blue, sky-blue, pine-green, a light burnt-umber, and pale-yellow. It's definitely a pretty combo. White-Copy Paper I am beginning to realize that sheen is very, very rarely going to happen on standard office paper. Honestly, that's okay, because for work I don't want too-too much going on to draw attention to the fact that this is neither blue or black. It is slightly on the wetter side of things, and does feather and bleed-through, just slightly less than Namiki Black. As long as you don't swipe/drop water all over the page, or smear the ink, you probably wouldn't notice, at first, that the ink is not an office-standard color. Because of how wet the ink is, I would not recommend this for two-sided documents on standard Staples white copy. As with my previous review, alcohol was not available. Bleach caused the ink to almost disappear, except for the barest of yellow remnants. Photocopy Pursuant to the recommendation of namrehsnoom, I am including an image of what the ink looks like after photocopying. It is interesting to note that smearing and water damage didn't seem to show up much, if at all. If one were able to mop up a spilled drink quickly enough, a b/w photocopy of the document would probably look just fine. This gets me thinking...maybe I should add Dr. Pepper or coffee reaction tests in the future...hmmm. Moving on. Longer Writing Sample - White Copy Yellow Legal Pad In longer writing samples, the bleed-through and show-through start becoming more noticeable, but so does the shading. There was no bleed-through on the Staples yellow legal pad, which is really starting to impress me for cheap paper. Because the yellow paper doesn't suck up the ink as much, smearing was much more prevalent. Staples Copy Shading Yellow Pad Shading Even on cheap paper, the shading shows up, although it is not super noticeable. Final Thoughts: Surprisingly, I feel comfortable using this ink in the office. I would not use this ink for signing my name, however, as water and bleach can mess with longevity too much. And, while I would certainly use this ink for notes on the legal pad, and possibly corrections, I would not use this on any two-sided documents (which, lucky for me, are anathema in my office). If you like more reserved greens, or just want to rebel in inconspicuous ways, I think you might want to give this ink a shot. For this review I used a Xerox 3220 Scanner set to Color at 300dpi, an iPhone 7s back-camera with no filters and set to large, a Brother MFC 8810DW photocopier, and some beautiful, industrial florescent lighting, as one would most often find in these circumstances. Disclaimer: I received this sample from Anderson Pens at my own expense. I am not being compensated for this review, or sponsored in any way. Colors may appear differently on different screens. The images and opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.
  13. Hello! I've bought some second-hand fountain pens, which arrived the day before ysterday. Most still had some ink in them, a few dried, so I've let them soak for two days. This particular ink was in a still functioning as is pen and kind of struck me: I thought it was Noodler's zhivago at first (little blob below it) but it's a more intense green. It really looks almost black in the darker parts. The previous owner thought it might have been Robert Oyster green black, but wasn't sure since she had over 800 colors.. 😂 Any guesses whether that may be the color? Or any other guesses? I really like it.. 😂 Any help is appreciated!
  14. phanofphysics

    Alternative To Montblanc Irish Green

    I really like the color and shading of Montblanc Irish Green. I also like its performance on poorer quality paper (from what I've seen in reviews). The one drawback is the $23 price tag which, as a high schooler, I am a bit hesitant to shell out. I was wondering if there are any similar inks out there with very minimal bleedthrough. Permanence or water resistance is preferable but not a must-have. I use a Jinhao with a fine nib if that is of any help. Here is a writing sample from The Pen Habit, if you don't know what it looks like. http://penhabit.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/IMG_5595_resized.jpg
  15. Chrissy

    Ink Review: Diamine Meadow

    Today I'm reviewing Diamine Meadow ink. Diamine Meadow is an unsaturated, yellowish green, dye based ink. Its from Diamine Inks standard range. This is a darker and greener shade than J.Herbin Vert Pré/Apple scented and P.I. Chiku rin, and a lighter and less gold/brown shade than R&K Alt. Goldgrün and Sailor Waka uguisu. In fact I dont have an ink really similar as a comparison. I found it quite an unusual ink to write with. Sometimes it shaded a lot and felt wet and lubricated, particularly with my M and B nibs, yet when I first used it in my Lamy 2000 with F nib, it felt drier and less lubricated. It seems to behave quite differently depending on the pen, its nib, and the paper. Flow Rate: Good. Felt wet with my M & B nibs.Lubrication: OK - better with M & B nibs.Nib Dry-out: Not noticed.Start-up: Immediate.Saturation: Unsaturated ink.Shading Potential: An unusual shading ink, quite variable.Sheen: None seen.Show-Through:Tomoe River 52gsm.Tom Bihn Lined.Generic 80gsm lined pads.Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not seen.Nib Creep / Crud: Not seen, even after over 1 week in the pen.Staining (pen): Not seen after several days in the pen - easy clean-up with water.Staining (hands): Easy clean-up with bar soap.Clogging: Not seen. Seems unlikely.Water resistance: Not sold as waterproof but has surprisingly good water resistance.Availability: Available from Diamine Inks web-site and many other outlets.
  16. Morbus Curiositas

    P.w. Akkerman Groenmarkt Smaragd

    P.W. Akkerman Groenmarkt Smaragd P.W. Akkerman Den Haag Akkerman is a very noble supplier of the finest stationery and writing equipment from all around the world, offering their services all around the world. When I wrote very noble... I mean very noble without exaggeration… There are many companies that supply noble stationery but there are only few who supply the truly noble The Hague Passage which dates back to the early days of the Belle Epoque is a fitting residence for a company that personifies Noblesse Oblige at it’s finest just as the city of the Hague is the epitome of Dutch Noblesse oblige. https://denhaag.com/...ion/428/passage The Hague is not only the seat oft he Dutch parliament but also home of Dutch house of Royals where King Willem Alexander van Oranje-Nassau resides. As Hofleverancier, purveyor to the House of Royals, and who knows how many ambassadors from all around the world, Akkerman can truly state that it supplies the world‘s finest with the finest in stationery The Ink and the Bottles The ink bottles Having a look at the lovely Akkerman Ink bottles it is hard to believe Akkerman only started supplying inks under their own name as from 2010 Well with ink bottles it is like with fine wines… “good wines need no bush” There are ink companies that supply normal inks in noble packages which it is like watering in crystal wine bottle… The bottle thrills, its contents taste like something one definately needs to discard of soon. Without being to philosophical, I truly believe that true nobility is an inner value. Therefore, it is is a pleasure to know that Akkerman’s heavenly Inks are served in such noble bottle which are a most beautiful reminiscence of the golden age of fountain pen writing… As I mentioned above, it is hard to believe that Akkerman started supplying their inks in 2010 only The Ink points 1-5 1 = 5= Fountain Pens: Lamy Italic 1.5 italic / Conklin Duragraph F nib Paper: Waldmühle Reflex Premium Drying time: fast points 5 Flow: very smooth points: 5 Lubrication: smooth in both pens points: 5 Bleeding: absent) Points 5 Shading: medium none points: 3 Waterproof: will survive a drop points: 3 Package: One of the most beautiful points: The Ink. This ink is a smooth and excellent writer. It does not even feather on even the cheapest paper. The colour is Moss or Forest Green it is dark green and shading There is some show through but it is not too strong. Feathering is medium till good. The drying time is very short just 5 seconds which means this an excellent ink for left Hand writers. Funnily the Akerman Lievens Kardinaaal Paars has an even shorter drying tie of only 3 seconds The Ink name All Akkerman "standard" inks are named after typical The Hague streets, locations or expressions. The Groenmarkt is The Hague's central square. In the Middle Ages, the vegetable market was held here and fishermen from Scheveningen would come here to sell their wares. Some of the houses have retained their Art Nouveau façades, while several pedestrian streets run off the square: the Paleispromenade to the north, and to the south, De Passage, a wide covered arcade built in 1885 which is popular with shoppers. More importantly de Groenmarkt is also the location where the entrance of an old and noble shopping mall is located…. Why is that so important…. Akkerman is situated in this lovely mall https://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Tourist-Attraction/Den_Haag-2513_AL-Groenmarkt-a5nyv5bf Ink Comparison Availabilty:https://www.vulpennen.nl/en/ Conclusion Yet another superb ink by Akkerman Of course taste is personal but I love dark green inks. This ink has a “antique look2 which I love it for. Writing is smooth and then there is this most lovely bottle, the quicky drying, the smooth writing and the lovely Colour make this ink a Work of Art too. I have also tested Akkerman Lievens Kardinaal Paar from their Dutch Master Collection https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/338322-pw-akkerman-lievens-kardinaal-paars/ I believe I want to buy ALL Akkerman inks I Love them
  17. Private Reserve Spearmint This is my first review of anything and I am excited to do more!
  18. I love this ink, and I should have bought a second bottle when my first one leaked a little over the label on my way back to the hotel through the remnants of the 20+ inch accumulation blizzard at the memorable and thoroughly enjoyable 2015 Philadelphia Pen Show. It's a wonderful dark green that, in a fine nib can initially be confused with black. I've had no problems with vintage lever-fill pens, and it's easy to clean. I'm 3/4 of my way through my bottle, and I'd be interested in hearing about any similar inks (or mad scientist mixtures) for when it finally runs out. Thanks!
  19. ErrantSmudge

    Monteverde Yosemite Green

    When I first started reviewing Monteverde's reformulated ink line about a year ago, there was not much awareness of Monteverde inks and there were close to no reviews on FPN. Since then, several FPN reviewers have sampled Monteverde ink, and it has been recognized as a brand offering good quality at a reasonable price, as well as a wide range of hues. Monteverde touts their "ITF Technology". From Monteverde's promotional material, here's how it claims to benefit us writers: Yosemite Green Yosemite Green is part of Monteverde's standard line of colors. It is a medium-green with a tree-leaf hue. Sample Clairefontaine paper Fabriano EcoQua paper Shading and Sheening I really like the shading this ink exhibits on most papers. On Tomoe River paper, the ink sheens reddish-purple but this ink isn't a real big sheener. Tomoe River paper Flow This ink is a free-flowing, fairly wet ink. I definitely noticed it flowed freely from my Lamy Safari. Lubrication Monteverde inks are earning a reputation for being very lubricated, due to their proprietary ITF addititve. That said, while this ink does have a lubricated feel to it, it doesn't seem as highly lubricated as some of Monteverde's other inks, such as Horizon Blue. Dry Time On Clairefontaine paper, dry time is about 30 seconds which places it about average for the inks I have reviewed. Feathering Yosemite Green does very well in the feathering test, on this cheap office notepad as well as on copy paper. The Cross ATX with M nib used in this test is a very wetpen and puts down a generous line of ink on the page. Ampad office notepad Hammermill Copy Plus 20 lb copy paper Bleedthrough/Showthrough Yosemite Green performs about average in the bleedthrough/showthrough test. On copy paper, you can probably get away with using both sides with F or XF nibs. On cheap office notepads, it's one-sided use only. Ampad office notepad With the copy paper the ATX feed had been fully primed at the start of writing, as I had just used it to make some ink drops for the sheening test. So this bleeedthrough represents a worst-case sample in terms of ink flow to the page. Hammermill Copy Plus 20 lb copy paper Water Resistance Yosemite Green shows no special water resistance in the 10-second immersion test. Clairefontaine paper Comparison with Other Inks Yosemite Green is in the center, surrounded by some other green inks for comparison. Note that the ink directly to its left, "Monteverde Green" is in fact a separate color of ink also offered by Monteverde. You can read my review of it here. Fabriano EcoQua paper
  20. Following on from my thread announcing the launch of Diamine Shimmertastic inks I am happy to post my reviews of them. This one is Magical Forest. This ink is emerald green ink with a great silver sheen My reviews show you my experiences with these inks in several of my pens. I’ve experimented by having these inks in my pens for weeks, and have intermittently written with them to see how they start, and how they write. I must say I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve experienced no feathering with any of them, and they have all behaved really well for me. Diamine recommend that you gently agitate the bottle to mix the particles through the ink before filling your pen. They also recommend that you gently agitate your pen to mix the particles with the ink in your pen when starting a new writing session. I recommend good FP maintenance when using ink that contains particles. I suggest you clean your pens out a little more frequently than you might do with normal ink. These inks will come in 50ml glass bottles, and they have either gold or silver particles in them.
  21. Hi all-- I'm new, so please forgive if this is the wrong place. I'm an editor at a state agency. I can't choose the ink color or the type of paper-- it's green ink on copy paper (or terrible grey copy paper for drafts). I'm using Pelikan 4001 Dark Green, which is well-behaved on decent paper. So far I've had good luck with Pilot Metropolitan fine-nib pens. I'm syringe-filling the CON-50, which is the best way I've found to fill to capacity. I'm carrying two Metros to work daily, and could carry three. In a slow week, the Metro is perfectly adequate. However, when things are busy I end up refilling both Metros every other night. In a perfect world, the Metro would take a CON-70, but it doesn't...so I brought my fine-nib Custom Heritage 91 to work. For ink capacity, it's the best. The problem is that on terrible paper, the ink feathers. The line is also often too wide-- I'm editing on single spaced documents, so my writing absolutely has to be tiny. Also this is a professional office and feathering is distinctly unprofessional So I have questions. Should I : 1) try a different green ink? It would need to be a dry ink in the same color range. (The pens provided for our use are Pilot Razor Point in a green that matches the green in Pilot / Namiki cartridges; unfortunately the pens don't last and they don't write as fine as the Pilot Metro.) 2) send the CH91 fine to a nibmeister to be ground to an extra-fine? Problem is that this would cost nearly as much as just buying a CH91 in extra-fine. 3) get another CH91 in extra-fine? Given the paper I'm dealing with, I'm concerned that this won't solve my problem. 4) just carry three Metros and refill when necessary? or, 5) just give in and use the house pens when things get busy. ...I kind of hate the house pens. They require a very light touch and have a tiny sweet spot. I've looked everywhere that I could think of-- fountain pen forum on reddit, all kinds of pen & ink threads on FPN-- and haven't found an answer to my situation yet. I'm hoping that more experienced FPN'ers will be able to provide advice. Thanks much; I've been lurking for more than a year and really enjoyed FPN. I'm a lurker at heart so this gives you an idea of how dire this situation is. ...If Pilot would make the CH91 in purple extra-fine I would buy it in a heartbeat.
  22. Yet again we get to travel to the land of Japan and experience wonderful inks. This Kingdom Note ink came by way of secret methods of forwarders. This ink was on my "must have" list and I am not disappointed. This Kingdom Note ink is part of their "Flora and Fauna" sets based on the critters and plants of Japan. Actually I don't think they've done anything based on plants, so they perhaps decided on fungi instead. This ink is from the Insect group of inks, and created after the insect of the same name. I think they've captured the color fairly well from what I can see on the net. A nice muted yellow-green, maybe like green olive oil but darker obviously. On many of the pics, the ink seems too dark compared to reality. The ink is really a mid-tone. But they weren't able to capture the sound of the Evening cicada for us in ink, so we rely on this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuiqDQLBNuc On Mohawk via Linen. Closeup of the same. On Hammermill 28lb Inkjet paper. Closeup of the same: A sample on Tomoe River paper. I never seem to get much sheen, maybe it's my nibs all being medium. The iPhone picked up the text on the next page. That's the ghosting you see. Next time I'll have to put a sheet of paper between them. Waterfastness Test on Inkjet paper The ink is not terribly waterfast. There is a good loss of color, but some does remain to allow recovery of the text.

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