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  1. 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
  2. A little over a month ago I finally managed to get my hands on a small bottle of Blackstone Barrister Blue Black - an ink I'd been wanting ever since I first saw it come on the market. The new formulation of Barrister Blue (for which I've just posted a review, see https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/346668-blackstone-barrister-blue-permanent-ink-new-formulation/) is a lovely ink, but almost leans turquoise. I really liked the old Blue formulation (and still have a nearly full bottle of it), so was sad to see it discontinued / replaced - and wondered whether this might make for a good replacement. As you'll see from the written review below, I really like this ink. The nano-pigment formulation has been flowing smoothly and trouble-free in my pens for more than a month now, and I love the richness of flow and the 'texture' of the ink. It's not like-for-like with the old Blue - the latter really was a dark blue / blue black, whereas this (in common with a lot of older / vintage Blue-Blacks) has a greenish tinge to it - but I find myself really appreciating it. At the moment it's only available in 25 ml glass bottles (at least on the Just Write website - https://justwrite.com.au/Blackstone-Fountain-Pen-Ink/Waterproof-Fountain-Pen-Ink) - but at AU$16 for a fully waterproof ink, I think it's a pretty fair proposition. Below is a photo of my written review, plus the water test in action - the water had little to no effect on the ink, even though I'd laid the lines down less than 10 minutes earlier. Pretty impressive performance! Standard disclaimer: Though I've occationall received review samples from Kevin / Just Write Pens / Blackstone Inks, I paid full price for this bottle with my own money!
  3. Nearly 3 years ago I wrote a review for the newly-produced Blackstone Barrister Blue Ink - part of a new line of permanent inks made in Australia (you can find that review at https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/311074-blackstone-barrister-blue-permanent-ink/). It was (and remains) a favourite of mine: a dark, strong blue that wrote well and stayed written no matter how much water you threw at the page! My recollection is that Kevin (the proprietor of Blackstone Inks and Just Write Pens) was not entirely happy with the ink, though - because whereas his black ink relied on a nano-pigment dye, the blue relied on a dye that had iron-gall like properties (though much less corrosive). Which meant that the blue started out darkish, and went almost black with time. Fast forward 18 months, and I found myself looking at a YouTube review of Barrister Blue, on fellow Aussie Mick L's YouTube channel (see link at bottom). Mick's sample looked substantially lighter - so I made enquiries and discovered that Blackstone had reformulated the ink using a newly-available blue nano-pigment. The ink was out of stock at the time, so it was many months later that I finally bought a new bottle - and many months more before a discussion on my old review thread prompted me to re-post. There is also now a Blue-Black ink available from Just Write Pens (www.justwrite.com.au) and (probably) other Blackstone distributors. It took me months to procure a bottle (it was out of stock for a long time), but I now have it, and will review it - another awesome ink. Below is a scan of the new formulation Blackstone Barrister Blue - very happy to answer questions. Disclaimer: I'm a long-time buyer from the JustWrite website, but purchased these inks at full price with my own funds. And a close-up of the Water Test: Mick L's YouTube review from October 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUK-GVIdFuo&t=192s
  4. A bit over a month ago now (I think) I placed an order with Kevin from Just Write Pens (www.justwrite.com.au), and with my order received a sample vial of his latest 'Blackstone' branded ink. I've held off on publishing a review until now, because it didn't appear to be have been released yet - but I understand it's now available through Anderson Pens (and others?) in the US. Due to supply issues (of nalgene bottles) the ink is not yet available in Australia, but I'm hoping that will be rectified soon - I'm keen to order a bottle! Like Barrister Black, Barrister Blue is a 'permanent' ink - though as you'll see (when I get around to appending some pictures) it's not completely "bulletproof". A small amount of blue ink washes away in water, leaving a solid line of blue-grey ink. Unlike the 'Colours of Australia' inks (which are non-waterfast), Barrister Blue is a 'serious' ink rather than a vibrant colour. It's a dark blue, almost a blue-black, that tends to darken further as it dries. I've been really impressed with it, though: it doesn't seem to dry out at all in my pens (I've tried it in 3); it's well-lubricated and flows very nicely onto the page; and it's not prone to feather, bleed or spread. Highly recommend this for anyone who wants a permanent / *almost* completely colourfast blue ink. Without further ado, here's a photograph my ink review sheet: Here are two close-ups of the water test grid, both during the test... and after One last picture - here's a close-up of the cotton tip colour swatch:
  5. JustWrite Pen Company

    Are Blackstone Inks Vegan Friendly ?

    I've been asked this question so many times and at first it had me scratching my head until I did a bit of research. I assumed Vegans were simply vegetarians and wondered why the question was being asked since fountain pen ink isn't a foodstuff. Vegans aren't just vegetarians, they are opposed to the exploitation of animals and avoid all animal based products. So, the question finally made sense. It seems important to a lot of people so I decided to check whether Blackstone Inks do meet the Vegan Friendly criteria. I wasn't all that surprised to find they did they did but I was surprised to learn that glycerine, which is used in a lot of fountain pen inks as a humectant is usually derived from animal sources. We don't use glycerine so we were able to issue the following statement for the information of Vegan fountain pen users which there seem to be quite a few of based on the number of inquiries I've been receiving. Blackstone inks do not contain any animal products or animal derived ingredients and no animal derived materials are used in the manufacturing process. None of the ingredients used in Blackstone inks contain any animal products or animal derived ingredients and have not been tested on animals. Blackstone inks do not contain glycerine, a humectant and lubricant often used in inks, that is usually derived from animal by products.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Just realised I'd posted this in the 'Th-INKing Outside the Bottle' forum instead of the Ink Review forum (original review https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/321154-blackstone-australian-bush/) - so am putting it up here as well. This ink looks set to be available on the market soon - so here's a preview! ========================== A couple of weeks ago I received some ink samples from Kevin at JustWrite Pen Co, from a new line of inks he was developing - with a request for feedback on what I thought. At the time, Kevin asked me to hold off on publishing any reviews - but as of 1 April, the word is out: the Blackstone 'Scents of Australia' line will soon be available for purchase (see the announcement at http://www.fountainp...e-scented-inks/). Kevin has given me permission to publish a review (an advance preview?) of one of the inks I received - Blackstone Australian Bush. Though the ink sample was provided free, the review is my own initiative - and I hope a fairly impartial one, although it's hard to be impartial about inks I really enjoy using! I may be able to publish a second in the near future - though I understand the scent of the second ink (Brown Boronia) has been changed from the prototype formulation I received. Both inks perform really well, and to my eyes, both are really attractive colours (and shades) that don't quite match anything I have in my collection. Without further ado, here's the review sheet - which will be followed by some additional shots on other papers: http://i.imgur.com/tMRtpkX.jpg The ink really is what it says on the box: a kind of 'gum tree green'. A dark, intense, green-with-a-hint-of yellow kind of eucalypt / gum tree green, that comes out significantly darker in broader nibs and lighter in F/EF nibs. Here's an 'action shot' of the water test - which shows significant amounts of ink lifting from the page: http://i.imgur.com/sDFpu0s.jpg Here's a series of comparisons with my other green inks, on Rhodia paper - I initially thought it was a reasonable match for Rohrer und Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, but it's quite a bit darker, and leans a lot greener (though that khaki / yellow tinge is still there): http://i.imgur.com/s3iiR56.jpg Finally, here's a "day after" shot of Australian Bush on creamy Tomoe River paper - I tried to lay the ink on fairly thick with a 1.5mm stub nib. No sheening, as such, but the 'pooled' areas are almost green-black: http://i.imgur.com/szI2SYF.jpg Needless to say, I really really like this ink - it's a unique (in my collection) shade of green, and the eucalyptus scent is an added bonus. The moment I uncap a pen containing this ink, the refreshing aroma catches my nose - even though I don't have a particularly good sense of smell. I'm looking forward to buying a bottle of this ink, as soon as it becomes available - in the meantime, I'm grateful for the sample provided, which will hopefully tide me over. Thanks to Kevin and JustWrite Pens for sending this to me!
  11. 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.
  12. Coming soon to JustWrite ... Platinum Classic Iron Gall Fountain Pen Inks. 60ml bottle: $AUD35.00 ($USD26.60) Complete Set of 6 colours: $AUD200.00 ($USD152.00) Click the NOTIFY ME button on JustWrite and we'll email you the instant they arrive. http://justwrite.com.au/image/cache/catalog/products/Platinum/platinum-classic-fountain-pen-ink-all-700x393.jpg
  13. A couple of weeks ago I received some ink samples from Kevin at JustWrite Pen Co, from a new line of inks he was developing - with a request for feedback on what I thought. At the time, Kevin asked me to hold off on publishing any reviews - but as of 1 April, the word is out: the Blackstone 'Scents of Australia' line will soon be available for purchase (see the announcement at https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/321002-new-blackstone-scented-inks/). Kevin has given me permission to publish a review (an advance preview?) of one of the inks I received - Blackstone Australian Bush. Though the ink sample was provided free, the review is my own initiative - and I hope a fairly impartial one, although it's hard to be impartial about inks I really enjoy using! I may be able to publish a second in the near future - though I understand the scent of the second ink (Brown Boronia) has been changed from the prototype formulation I received. Both inks perform really well, and to my eyes, both are really attractive colours (and shades) that don't quite match anything I have in my collection. Without further ado, here's the review sheet - which will be followed by some additional shots on other papers: http://i.imgur.com/tMRtpkX.jpg The ink really is what it says on the box: a kind of 'gum tree green'. A dark, intense, green-with-a-hint-of yellow kind of eucalypt / gum tree green, that comes out significantly darker in broader nibs and lighter in F/EF nibs. Here's an 'action shot' of the water test - which shows significant amounts of ink lifting from the page: http://i.imgur.com/sDFpu0s.jpg Here's a series of comparisons with my other green inks, on Rhodia paper - I initially thought it was a reasonable match for Rohrer und Klingner Alt-Goldgrun, but it's quite a bit darker, and leans a lot greener (though that khaki / yellow tinge is still there): http://i.imgur.com/s3iiR56.jpg Finally, here's a "day after" shot of Australian Bush on creamy Tomoe River paper - I tried to lay the ink on fairly thick with a 1.5mm stub nib. No sheening, as such, but the 'pooled' areas are almost green-black: http://i.imgur.com/szI2SYF.jpg Needless to say, I really really like this ink - it's a unique (in my collection) shade of green, and the eucalyptus scent is an added bonus. The moment I uncap a pen containing this ink, the refreshing aroma catches my nose - even though I don't have a particularly good sense of smell. I'm looking forward to buying a bottle of this ink, as soon as it becomes available - in the meantime, I'm grateful for the sample provided, which will hopefully tide me over. Thanks to Kevin and JustWrite Pens for sending this to me!
  14. JustWrite Pen Company

    Blackstone Ink In Plastic Pouches

    We've had a lot of requests to 'bring back the pouches' and package Blackstone Ink in them. We received a lot of feedback and comments when we first introduced ink in plastic pouches and we've taken a lot of this into account this time. We received a lot of positive comments about the environmentally friendly aspects of the pouches but the major criticism we received was that the cost savings did not override the extra time and effort involved in decanting the pouches and that the pouches were difficult to decant with the spout in the centre. We've addressed both these issues this time. Our new, even tougher, glossy white pouches have a side spout which makes it much easier to pour without spilling. We have also reduced the cost per ml from 18.3 cents per ml (first pouches) to 11.9 cents per ml and 10.9 cents per ml in the set of six colours.. The same ink in 30ml PP bottles is 26.5 cents per bottle. The new 50ml plastic pouches cost $AUD5.95 for a 50ml pouch. We only have a limited number of pouches available this time and depending on the feedback we get, we will look into introducing larger sizes and including a pouch version for all of our inks. Please feel free to offer any comments, suggestions or advice about ink in plastic pouches. I value everyone's opinions and always try to take the community's views into account.
  15. We're very excited to release our first waterproof Blackstone ink. Barrister Black is a well behaved, pure black, nano carbon ink that is 100% waterproof, fade proof and is highly resistant to bleach, alcohol and acid. Barrister Black comes packaged in in 30ml HDPE Nalgene bottles. If any Australian FPN members would like a free sample for review please email me at kevin@justwrite.com.au You can see a review by dcwaites HERE Barrister Black is now available at JustWrite in Australia and will soon be available at Anderson Pens in the US and at Appelboom in Europe. http://justwrite.com.au/image/cache/catalog/products/Blackstone%20Ink/barrister-black-waterproof-fountain-pen-ink-1100x619.jpg
  16. Blackstone Axiom Fountain Pen Hello, a few months ago, Kevin from JustWrite was looking for pen testers to test/review Australian new Fountain Pen offerings… Blackstone brand. I jumped at the offer, I have been a huge fan of Blackstone inks for years now and I was seriously excited at the opportunity to try a Blackstone Pen. The Blackstone AXIOM model comes in Carbon Fibre and PU Leather finish. I went for the leather finish because I don’t have any other pen in leather finish and I was interested in experiencing that. I received the pen just before the Holidays, timing was excellent since there was a couple of pen meets schedule during that time and I could give a pen a true “road test” across fountain pen lovers of every kind (and every taste). Specs of Blackstone AXIOM pen I received: Black PU Leather/Titanium finishNibss: #6 Ruthenium Plated Jowo nib in B and 1.5 ItalicCartridge Convertor First Impressions: What can I say… I LOVE the looks of the pen!!!!!. Is dark and heavy and looks like a bad boy in leather (in comparison to the MB146 above... lol) .. The ruthenium nib (dark gray) matches the titanium finish of the clip and bands perfectly. I tend to like the submarine-type of pens. There are a few flat tops I adore, but in general I tend prefer the cigar shape on pens. The AXIOM with its rounded finials (top and bottom) is very much to my liking. The leather texture is an interesting one. It has an organic feel. Anyone who has an ebonite pen can relate a little to it. Ebonite has a warm/alive feeling in comparison to just normal resin. The leather has a textured feeling. You either love it or hate it. In my case I like it very much. The pen is heavy. . again, one of those things that you either love or hate. I like heavier pens and totally dislike the very light ones. Weight is about 50g, which makes it on the heavier side of my pens (Oh yes.. I have heavier pens than that.. lol) Nib Performance: My personal taste is for Double Broads, Broad Stubs, Oblique Broads and Calligraphy nibs 1.1 and above. So yeah.. I do like BROADS… the bigger the better.. (You can tell I am not a man.. ). I requested the Broad and the 1.5 Italic nib. The nibs come all fitted to a neck, so changing nibs is quite easy, just unscrew the neck/nib combo and screw the new neck/nib combo. Total foolproof. Broad: I find this broad more on the Medium+ size. Not as broad as I would like.. but still bigger than a regular medium. Technically, the Broad size is usually the smallest nib size I like. Performance is good. From start, it wrote like a good ol’ Jowo nib. Pleasant experience. Calligraphy 1.5: This is definitely a favorite nib for me. Most times with Lamy and other pens that have a Calligraphy 1.5 nib, I find that they tend to run on the dry side. Is understandable, the nib requires more ink that a regular medium or fine, and most time the feed is not prepared to supply that amount of ink. The AXIOM with this nib works beautifully. Ink makes a difference and is very possible I just pair it with a great ink (Blackstone ink) because the nib just glides on the paper. I definitely like this nib. Writing Experience: I have been using this pen everyday since November. I already said I like the looks and feel, so the weight is not an issue for me. The pen has had several fills of Blackstone ink (some of my old Cashmere inks and some of the new Colors of Australia inks). These inks are overall on the wet side and the pen has taken them as a champ. Nibs have not received any adjusting from me and they just glide over the paper. The pen is definitely not postable, it becomes too back heavy if you post. I tend not to post my pens (unless they are too small), so no issues for me. The section has a nice gentle slope that makes your finger feel comfortable there. The threads are not on the way, unless you grab your pen on the high side... which would be kind of wrong since the shape of the section makes you grab it on the right spot. I do enjoy looking at the nib, I find the ruthenium matches the pen's looks and is a joy to see it when writing. The AXIOM has become my EDC pen. Only time will tell, but the finish of the pen makes it amazingly sturdy, it still looks like a brand new pen. Road Test: I received the Axiom just before the Holiday season. Timing was excellent because I was able to bring it to a few Pen Meets where several of the top connoisseurs of fountain pens in Toronto had the chance to play with it. The name of well renowned connoisseurs of the Toronto area have been change to protect their identity. Terald – Is a fan of celluloids and precious resins… he found the pen on the heavy side, did not like the leather feel and overall he receded to his corner to caress his brightly colored “precious” pens… Lischy – Is a delicate lady, her taste goes in to EXTREME fine nibs and petite pens… of the Japanese persuasion… She was not a fan of the Axiom (especially with those BIG WET BROAD nibs) and she also receded to her corner the play dress up with her pens. Rags, Lanwar, Tyke and others .. gave the AXIOM a thumbs up!!.. They like the weight, feel and the overall look of the pen. These are big men with big hands.. and they appreciate a substantial pen. I believe Rags was the one excited about being able to unscrew the bottom finial.. (pic below) He says that because of his big hands, is easier to fill the pen that way (removing the finial and holding the barrel instead of the tiny converter). That was a first for me, I had no idea you could do that. Conclusion: All I can say, I enjoy the pen, but there are elements of this pen that makes it not suitable for everyone. Overall, this being one of the first offerings from Australia, makes me excited to think what else will come… Some funky takes with a couple of legendary pens... ... the AXIOM is in good company (Parker Duofold Centennial White Ivorine and Delta Dolcevita ORO Oversize) C.
  17. Sorry - duplicate post. Other post has pictures. Our latest Blackstone pen - the Maxim Midnight carbon fibre with black chrome trim and Jowo ruthenium nib. $AUD97 with Jowo Nib. Full details HERE.
  18. Like a number of other FPN members, I was given a Blackstone Axiom Model fountain pen (prototype) by Kevin Watson of the JustWrite Pen Company, Australia in exchange for agreeing to review and comment on the pen in accordance with FPN guidelines. The particular pen that I was given had a black carbon fibre finish with titanium trim with a medium and 1.1 stub nib assemblies. In addition to using the pen myself, I brought the pen and nibs to my Saturday morning pen club meeting to see what others thought. I also found that some of my comments overlap the FPN categories for such reviews and that will be apparent as you read this review. Accordingly, the comments that follow are a compendium of my thoughts and other members of the London Pen Club. Appearance and Design – 7/10 Rather than attempting to photograph the pen with my limited skills at such things, I suggest that you look at the “much better than I could ever do” photos posted here – https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/298253-new-australian-made-fountain-pens-available-for-review/?hl=justwrite The pen is very attractive and eye-catching, in a black carbon fibre finish with a rounded black cap top, central (cap) ring and bullet-shaped barrel top. The trim is titanium – clip and clip ring, two cap rings and three barrel rings. The imprint “BLACKSTONE” in small but readable letters can be seen on the black cap ring, just beneath the two titanium cap rings. In my opinion, I think that the Axiom is very similar in shape to an Aurora 88. Almost every member of my pen club who saw the Axiom were immediately attracted to its attractive finish and wanted to write with it. Standing back and looking at the pen, the carbon fibre finish gives the impression that the Axiom is lighter than average. Similarly, the bullet-shape of the barrel top gives one the impression that the cap of the pen will post easily and snugly – if one needs to post it. Unfortunately, neither impression is correct. It is for those reasons that I have reduced the rating of the Appearance and Design of the Axiom. Construction and Quality – 7/10 I found the construction and quality of the pen to be very good. I mention these next few points for greater certainty, as I expect that they were the result of Kevin’s intention to get the prototype to me quickly and thus would otherwise be prevented by “stricter” QC. For example, I did note the presence of what I assumed were manufacturing oils in the pen and also that the black resin barrel top was loose enough to come unscrewed when I tested the construction and fit of the pen with my hands. Finally, I found the quality of the converter to be sub-par, even for a pen selling in this price range. Weight and Dimensions – 5/10 Weight Capped 51 gm Uncapped 29 gm Length Capped 140 mm Uncapped 122 mm Diameter Cap 13 mm Barrel 12 mm Section 11 → 9 mm The pen is much heavier than it should be, especially if it is to be used for any significant period of time, as one would expect from a pen that is in the “affordable user” category (where I would put this pen). If I was customizing this pen to suit my hand, I would have the length of the barrel increased somewhere between 10 – 20 mm – because I prefer to write with an unposted pen. While I could get the cap to post on the end of the barrel, I simply could not get it to remain posted. Perhaps threads should be added to the barrel top so that the cap can screw on to it. Before that is done, the weight of the cap and barrel need to be reduced in such proportions that when the cap is posted, the pen is balance. The pen given to me simply has too much weight in the cap, i.e., the balance point is about 2/3 of the length toward the back of the posted pen whereas most people like it to be the reverse of this - about 1/3 of the length of the posted pen from the front. The weight and the balance of the prototype are by far the most serious concerns that I have with the pen. Nib and Performance – 9/10 I was provided with a Medium and 1.1 Stub Jowo nibs. Both nibs are stainless steel and ruthenium coated. These nibs were both a delight to write with and the feeds kept the nibs ready to write with – even after putting the pen down and capping it for over 2 weeks! I love these nibs and the ability to change them easily because they simply screw in and out, like Pelikan nibs. Filling System and Maintenance – 7/10 The Axiom is a Cartridge/Converter filler, taking standard international cartridges, and it came with a standard screw-piston converter. As I mentioned above, the converter is sub-par and everyone at my pen club commented on it when they examined the pen. If you don’t own many fountain pens, like many people who will buy this pen, you may not recognize this to be a problem. Nevertheless, the pen deserves to have a quality converter to go along with the high quality Jowo feed/nib. As I mentioned under the Nib and Performance section, I was given two nib/feed/section assemblies, a Medium and a 1.1 Stub. It is very easy to change nib assemblies. Like Pelikan pens, it is simply a matter of unscrewing the barrel, removing the converter/attaching the converter to the nib/feed/section assemblies, replace the barrel and proceed. When the nib is unprimed, especially with cartridges, I like to squeeze the cartridge so that the ink “floods” the feed and the nib. Cost and Value – 8/10 It is my understanding that these pens will retail for about AU$100 or US$75. I think this price is more than fair, especially once the weight/balance issues are addressed – then the pen will be the perfect gift for those professionals looking to add a bit of flair to their writing! Conclusion – 43/60 I was pleased to be given this opportunity to review this Blackstone Axiom fountain pen. I am a sucker for carbon fibre and ruthenium/gun metal so I would buy this pen in a heartbeat – once the three key problem areas – weight, balance, and converter – have been addressed. JustWrite Pen Company can be reached as follows: http://justwrite.com.au/ info@justwrite.com.au kevin@justwrite.com.au
  19. JustWrite Pen Company

    Blackstone Inks Now Available At Justwrite

    Blackstone Inks are very much a product of the FPN. They have their genesis back in 2013 in a thread discussing powdered inks. The original SuSeMai powdered inks evolved into Blackstone ink concentrates and the Colours of Australia are based on those concentrates. The evolution of these inks has been directly influenced by the feedback and advice of FPN members who tested this ink in its different forms. I've always believed that the people who use fountain pens on a regular basis know best how a fountain pen ink should appear and how it should behave. We will continue to invite and encourage feedback, comments and advice from the fountain pen community as we refine, improve and develop new inks. These five inks are just the beginning. Prices: 30ml Nalgene Bottles: $7.95 60ml Pouches: $11.95 Complete Set of 5 x 30ml Bottles: $35.00 Complete set of 60ml pouches: $54.95 5ml samples: $1.75 Complete set of 5ml samples: $7.87 Domestic Shipping: $7.15 International Shipping: $25.00
  20. Just arrived at JustWrite Platinum Maki-e fountain pens, Platinum ink cartridges and Platinum Mix Free bottled ink. As far as I know this is the first time these pens have been made available in Australia and I'm very pleased to be able to offer them at prices almost comparable to the US. $AUD260 (Approximately $USD200.00) $AUD2.95 (Approximately $USD2.06) Platinum Mix free 60ml bottled ink $AUD27.00. Approximately $USD20.00
  21. JustWrite Pen Company

    Nalgene Ink Bottles Now Available At Justwrite

    These superb quality bottles don't need any introduction to FPN members and we're delighted to be stocking them. We'll have 30ml and 60ml sizes in stock very soon. http://www.justwrite.com.au/nalgene-15ml-ink-carry-bottle-amber/ I should add that is $AUD2.20 ... about $USD1.73 and the Amber are more expensive than the regular translucent.
  22. JustWrite Pen Company

    Scratch And Dent Sale - Justwrite

    We're very careful how we handle pens at JustWrite, but as careful as we are, from time to time a few pens get slightly damaged. Minor cosmetic damage that does not affect the pens functionality but makes it impossible to sell as a brand new pen. So, we decided to have our very first Scratch and Dent Sale. Most of the damage is very slight and they would be ideal knockabout pens and ideal for people who like to experiment with inks without risking valuable pens. They are all guaranteed to be in full worknig order and are covered by our normal warranty with the exception, of course, of cosmetic defects. Most of them are 'one offs' except for the Parker Vectors that look like they've had something heavy on them and the clips have made dents in the caps. You can go straight to the Scratch and Dent Sale by clicking HERE. ( http://www.justwrite.com.au/scratch-and-dent-sale/ ) If you're in the US or UK, you can use our new International Pen Express service and buy up to 6 pens for a flat $AUD10 postage.
  23. Our Tomoe River Notebooks are now available. Made in Australia in collaboration between JustWrite and Olive and the Volcano Letterpress featuring 120 blank, white pages of famous Tomoe River Paper, a soft cover made of 450GSM black cardstock, machine stitching, rounded corners and blind embossing on the front and back covers. A5 $AUD19.00 A6 $AUD11.00 Flat Rate $6.50 delivery per order within Australia. Shipping to the US, UK and New Zealand. International Delivery Charges A5 Notebooks: US and UK: 1-3 books - $20.10 4-8 books - $35.70 9-12 books - $48.55 12 + books - $71.75 New Zealand: 1-3 books - $16.55 4-8 books - $27.15 9-12 books - $35.55 12 + books - $55.45 International Delivery Charges A6 Notebooks: US and UK: 1-5 books - $20.10 6-13 books - $35.70 14-20 books - $48.55 20 + books - $71.75 New Zealand: 1-5 books - $16.55 6-13 books - $27.15 14-20 books - $35.55 20 + books - $55.45 Delivery charges for mixed quantities of A5 and A6 notebooks will be automatically adjusted. International orders are sent by Australia Post Pack and Track International.
  24. JustWrite Pen Company

    Toucan Inks Now Available In The Us At Anderson Pens

    We're delighted to announce that Toucan inks are now available in the US at Anderson Pens. Toucan fountain pen ink is a high quality, Australian made fountain pen ink that comes in 15 brilliant colours but unlike most fountain pen inks they can be 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. Toucan fountain pen ink is formulated from water soluble dyes with no harmful additives and is pH neutral (7). Toucan ink can also be used with a stylus or brushes and is ideal for writing, calligraphy, drawing, washes, painting, and airbrushing. Ink Type: Washable Container: 30ml glass bottle, screw cap. Quantity: 30ml Cost per ml: 1 bottle - 0.23 : 2 or more bottles - 0.16 Suitable for all types of fountain pen, dip pens, brushes and stylus. Ideal for writing, calligraphy, drawing, washes, painting, and airbrushing. All colours are freely mixable. NB: We do not recommend mixing with other types of ink. Made in Australia by Dye Manufacturers of Australia You can get them HERE
  25. JustWrite Pen Company

    Toucan Ink - Group Buy - Us Members

    Sinistral1 and amberleadavis have arranged a Group Buy so FPN members in the US can buy Toucan Ink. We only sell this ink in Australia at the moment and this is a great opportunity to get hold of some and only pay the normal price for the ink and packing/postage within the US. How the Group Buys Works: Go to the JustWrite website. www.justwrite.com.au Click on the FPN Toucan Fountain Pen Ink Group Buy link at the top left.. Order whatever ink you would like in this section of the website - No minimum purchase is required. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged when you place the order on the JustWrite website. On 28.05.2014 when the offer expires, JustWrite will send all the orders to FPN member Sinistral1, who will repackage and post the individual orders to members in the US. Sinistral1 will advise you of the postage cost payable for your order and you pay Sinistral1 with PayPal before the ink is shipped to you. You will only pay the actual cost of packing and posting the order within the US. JustWrite will pay for the cost of shipping the orders from Australia to the US. You pay JustWrite for the ink only when you place your order and pay Sinistra1 for the postage within the US before she ships the ink to you. Prices are in Australian Dollars. Please include your FPN username in the comments section during checkout. We're delighted to make this ink available to US members and appreciate all the hard work done by amberleadavis and Sinistral1. If you would like any additional information please feel free to contact me or Sinistral1.





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