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  1. [I did most of this as a response in another thread and I might as well make it its own topic.] PenBBS 391 苏 拭 (Su Shi) is a pigmented, dark, sort-of Prussian blue. Su Shi was a noted poet, writer, calligrapher, painter, politician, and jack of other trades, from about 1000 years ago. I rather think the color is a close match to his robe in this painting of him. It could easily be considered a blue-black and, while a conservative color, it is still different enough to be interesting. The color of the text in the photos below is not quite right - the ink actually leans slightly green, which shows more in the smears - it's not a typical, boring ball point blue. It shades tastefully, at least in the pens I've used it with. No significant show-through, no bleeding, and no noticeable feathering. Haven't experienced any clogging. Seems quite waterproof but I can't say anything about permanence. I purchased it for the equivalent of about $6 USD and it's a 60ml bottle - will likely be more expensive from the sources you can get it from but likely still an excellent value. It's been my 'go to' ink for notes, filling out forms, and such on my current long trip away from home and I've been quite happy with it. Below is using a Moonman 80s (extra fine maybe? I can't remember.) and Kokuyo Campus notebook (M221BN). The second pic is after running water over it in the sink for a few seconds. The paper was still wet when I took the photo, hence the grey blotches. I also tried blotting it with a tissue while the paper was still wet: no ink came off the page.
  2. noddle

    Where To Buy Penbbs Inks

    I have become quite enamoured with Penbbs inks lately, especially some in the older series, two in particular: 270 Strawberry Milkshake 272 Haworthia Vanness only has samples of 270, but I'd prefer to buy a full bottle as prices are reasonable. So my questions are: 1. Can anyone recommend a reliable retailer of Penbbs inks (inc. older stock) that will ship to UK? 2. If anyone has had dealings with YOYCART.com or GlobalMall.com, were they reliable? 3. What shipping restrictions and import issues there may be. Apologies if this topic has been covered before. Much appreciated.
  3. OldTravelingShoe

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  7. CupAJoe

    Howdy from SEK

    Howdy, I live in SE Kansas and I've been carrying FP's since I bought my first Jinhao x750 in 2016. My current pens I'm carrying are my Noodler's Konrad with a Noodler's flex nib I customized into a 1.6mm stub. It'll flex into a nice 2.9mm line width with my Noodler's Operation Overlord Ink. I also have a Noodler's Charlie with Heart of Darkness, and a Hero 616 with Montverde Malibu Blue. I had and gave away a Hero 729 that I really liked this last weekend and I'm looking to replace it, but I'm wondering about getting a Vacuum filler. My toddler likes to grab my pens out of my pocket and chew or throw my pens across the room before I can grab them out of their hands, so you won't find me buying any expensive pens. this is my third child and they've burned through 2 Konrads, 2 nib creapers, and my Jinhao x750 (maybe some others I'm not recalling at the moment). the Hero Pens are my goto now for letting kids use as they are cheap, have hooded nibs so they don't get ink on their hands and are push cap. My current Konrad nib and feed are the result of my nephew dropping the pen on the nib and bending it. I nipped it off above the bend and smoothed it out and have created my very favorite writing instrument ever! the nib feed combo is going to find a new host soon as I've already had to glue together the finial on the Konrad and it's pockmarked with various teeth marks. I feel like I'm a collector of various filling systems more than anything else so I feel like a vacuum filler is the next one I need. I've watched and read reviews on the Penbbs 268, 456 Wingsun 3013 and others and I think I'd like to try a 268. my question for any of you that have one, is can I put my Noodler's Konrad nib and feed into it? I mostly created this account here to get an answer to this question, so if you know the answer thanks in advance for your help and if not, maybe let me know the best part of the forum to post my question. My humble regards, CupAJoe
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  16. LobsterRoll

    Some pale PenBBS inks

    I wanted to get some pale, pastel inks for artsy stuff and for making light backgrounds in my journal that I can write over. I hadn't tried any PenBBS inks before but had noticed that they've put out a wide range of colors, including many pale, unsaturated ones, so I decided to get some samples. PenBBS #182 April Diamond PenBBS #408 Xiamen PenBBS #409 Spring Lake PenBBS #440 Ginger PenBBS #501 Spring Festival / Spring Begins PenBBS #509 Grain in Ear / Honeysuckle I did some comparisons to decide which one(s) to ink up first, so I thought I'd share. Brief thoughts/color descriptions My pictures are not very good for color accuracy. #501 is a pale yellow that shades to orange. It's brighter and more cheerful than Images 1-2. It can look more orange-red (Image 3). #440 really looks like the peel of a piece of ginger root. #409 is a pretty pastel aqua green, kind of minty. It's a little greener than Images 1-2. #408 is a pale periwinkle blue. It's very pale but it's a shade I enjoy. #182 and #509 are not very pastel, but I liked how the swatches looked so I wanted to try them. #182 looks somewhat like a darker version of #408. It's more periwinkle than the photos. #509 is a green that makes me think of late spring. Image 1. Stalogy paper, B nib. Image 2. Stalogy paper, B nib. Image 3. Tomoe River paper, dip pen. Excuse my atrocious handwriting. Some color comparisons These are on scrap pieces of Maruman Mnemosyne paper. Image 4. #501 is lighter than Rohrer & Klingner Carmen and Noodler's Apache Sunset. Image 5. #182 is grayer and not as blue as Troublemaker Milky Ocean. Water tests I let the ink dry for a while then brushed over the lines with a water brush. This was on generic lined looseleaf paper. On the first (top left) grid, I lightly dampened the brush and swiped across once. On the second (bottom left) grid, I dipped the brush in water and swiped across once. On the third (right side) grid, I dipped the brush in water and swiped across multiple times back and forth. #408 and #409 were not waterproof at all. #182 and #509 also washed away. A good amount of the lines stayed for #501. #440 was surprisingly water-resistant. My favorites are #440 Ginger, #409 Spring Lake, and #408 Xiamen, so those are going to be used first!
  17. Straight outta Shanghai, crossing vast oceans and lands, comes the latest from PENBBS, the model 487 magnetic filler eyedropper. By now, you've all read about the revival in magnetism in fountain pen filling with the likes of Piedmonte Pen Design and the PENBBS Year of the Rat 492 Well this here's the one for the masses. Same set up as the 492 but a bit more accessible to purchase and just as competent on the magnetic cap pulls magnetic piston. Goodies My first fill brings out the delightful novelty, look ma, no rods! Neato, speedo! The mechanism is very easy with the clear instruction card provided. Initially the push/pull of the piston was stiff and ChrisRap52, Douglas Rathbun, What I Ink, Inky.Rocks YouTube reviews are good for unstuckth tips by turning the piston. This thing holds a lotta ink sans rod and the magnet is plenty strong, heck you can even turn it into a deskpen Fit and finish are superb. This is my first PenBBS pen and I am very pleased beyond the mechanism, if replaced or broken, this would serve as a superlative eyedropper regardless and that is a very good thing.It posts securely but makes the pen over long and I don't post even though I'm a serial poster. Purdy - Chatoyance, pearly pearls all the way from cap to barrel. Described as brume, mist or fog in French and I had to look that up; there went the college French.Balance - this pen has "it" unposted which very few pens do for me. I love the taper and grip section, very well balanced like another fav balance, the FPR Himalaya v2 or Sheaffer ... Balance!Smoother writer - the RM, round medium has no skips and no leaks. The flow gushes with Monteverde Blue Black. Very surprised for my first PenBBS pen. Waay waay better than the (bleep) Moonman M8 dry junky nibs coming out recently Neutral This pen is long, like Cross Peerless, Pilot 743 length. But not an issue for me unposted Baddies Hard to say for only a week in of usage. There is so much good!! Well this pen does have magnets so I steer away from mechanical watches and maybe some electronics unless data scrambles from poor to nil gauss shielding. It does not stick to the titanium Conid though. Design flaw alert: Unlike the 492, the back end cap does not appear to unscrew meaning the end is not user accessible to poke a chopstick on the magnetic piston if it gets stuck. And oh boy, it done stick, stuck, stooky. I'm still on my first fill despite using it onstop daily journalling, scribbling, todoing. For fun, I tried moving the piston to dispel the empty void but no go. Argh!!! I had to syringe out the ink as my theory was the magnet is not strong enough to dispense against the feed. It did start moving again thankfully once the barrel is emptied with ink, but it shows a fatal design flaw where if the magnetic piston does get stuck at the end cap on full fill there is no way to release the piston short of a more powerful electromagnet. What I surmise is that the piston attaches to only one side and may displace at an angle if a weak push/pull attempt is made. If the piston gasket is askew from perpendicular from the inner barrel, stuck city. When I made another attempt on a full pen, the piston finally moved and jerkily burped ink successfully out the feed and onto my hand. This is definitely in need of some user practice or I'll settle for long serial fills at a time.That said, if the piston is irrevocably stuck, one still has a very competent eyedropper pen Summary Despite the non-end cap user accessibility, PenBBS 487 is a wonderful pen on its own write/right. Pretty, functional and balanced aside from its nifty novelty of filling mech.
  18. PenBBS #448 ("Waves") is a very wet seaglass-turquoise.
  19. Here's a weird ink, probably closely comparable to Jacques Herbin Nude By Marc-Antoine Coulon (which I don't have), that I expected and really wanted to like, but in which I'm sadly disappointed by its performance characteristics that make it nigh unusable and useless. Colour: It really does look like rose quartz, at least the globes and other-shaped pieces that I recently saw in an antiques and secondhand knick-knacks store. The colour on the page defies proper capture with my Canon LiDE 300 scanner, in any mode and with a colour calibration reference card by the side of the review sheet. No amount of algorithmic colour correction or other post-processing — within my limited skill as a user of the software — in GIMP could make it look right in the scanned image; it should look far more pink, a bit like the Rose Taupe in the relatively recent ‘first release’ colours of the Sailor Professional Gear Slim Mini pens. The colour shown in the photo of the review sheet is much closer, even before colour correction was applied. However… with each pen stroke, the ink initially goes down looking close to the ‘quick’ broad stroke colour shown in the scan, making it difficult for me to see the exact shape of the mark I just made. Within less than a second, it gets darker, akin to the colour of the ‘3-pass’ patch in the scan, but still more taupe and dull than rose and pink. Then the mark becomes lighter, and finally more pink and (slightly) more vivid over the next several minutes, until it looks like the ink colour shown in the photo. Flow: I'm not sure how best to describe this. What I see is the behaviour of a somewhat wet-flowing ink, that somehow produces a very dry writing experience. The ink seems to be very watery, for lack of a better description, and not even remotely lubricating. When I'm ‘drawing’ a minuscule / lowercase 'l’ (or the stem in ‘t’), the vertical stroke looks faint until I lift the pen / nib off the page, and then suddenly a darker taupe colour rushes up to fill the length of the stem, so I must conclude that a fair amount of ink was laid down all along the trajectory of the stroke, but the liquid was easily pushed along the surface of the paper by the nib's tip, and only when the pen is lifted that the glob of ink is allowed to flow in reverse direction up the track of the mark that was made. That makes for a rather unpleasant writing experience. Feathering: Not observed per se on Rhodia Dotpad 80g/m² paper, but lines do ‘spread’ and become slightly thicker than they originally seemed as the ink dries Show-through: Low to nil, on account of the pale colour Bleed-through: There is a tiny bit, where two or three passes of the nib was made over a particular spot; probably on account of the ink not providing any lubrication, thus making it likely for a very fine / sharp nib to lightly damage the paper surface on the first pass, and the watery ink then seeps on the second or third pass Drying time: 9–10 seconds Smudging after fully dry: Didn't happen when I rubbed my thumb over the hatching/stippling panel and the largest Chinese hanzi chharacters Water resistance: Very poor Shading: Heaps, but not in any manner that I'd deem useful or pleasing Sheen: None observed (and I checked the ink marks under a loupe) Shimmer: None My thoughts: I don't mind the light rose taupe colour of the ink once it's dry, but the writing experience is extraordinarily horrible. (I also had the ink in a Kaigelu 316 with a steel F nib that isn't really that fine, and the writing experience with that was very marginally better; but then I had to contend with the lines spreading while the ink is drying on the page.) Maybe there is some use for such an ink in drawing portraits, or muted and faint monochrome images… but not for me.
  20. Hello everybody, first things first... this is NOT a typo, I didn't mix up numbers such as 355 to 535, as a matter of fact you have read correctly. Penbbs has issued a new pen the 535 as a Limited Edition with only 999 pieces built. Second, please be kind this is my first review and my very first posting. I have decided to make this review because for the life of me I couldn't find any information on this pen on any aficionado forums, not even on the original Penbbs forum. Last I would like to extend a big thank you to everybody who made the effort to post reviews, recommendations and advice. Many of the pens I have bought since I got the FP bug are the result of the invaluable treasure trove at FPN, and it never has let me down. Thank you for keeping your enthusiasm, it does make an impact rest assured. Let's start this review. Design and Construction The Penbbs 535 is a very long pen with a total length of 16 cm (15.4 cm unposted) and a weight of 25 g. The filling system is equivalent to the modified system in the 355, so it is a bulk filler, more on that later. The shape of the pen is reminiscent of a piece of bamboo. The section is somewhat wide but does lie good in the hand due to the rounded shape. The cap is s screw cap, a little short, but good to post. The cap has a engraved plate on the top with the words "Penbbs 2021 Year of the Ox" and a picture of a cow. The serial number is engraved in the cap (in my example I was able to chose the number upon ordering which is 989- a lucky number in China- of 999). The body is transparent. The section is not removable, so replacement Penbbs sections cannot be installed. The nib is a medium steel "round" nib, Penbbs offers the 535 also with F "blade nib" and F "round nib". The nib is golden (not a gold nib) and has the image of a cow as well as the Chinese characters of Year of the Ox engraved. The construction quality is positively impressive and the pen does look great. Filling System: The Penbbs 535 is a bulk filler. According to Penbbs the modified 355 filling system is employed. Instructions for filling the pen in Chinese and English language are provided. The piston head sits on the top end of the pen and is separated from the piston rod. To fill the pen the piston head is screwed into the piston head. Then the piston is pushed all the way down. Now the pen section is submerged into the ink glas and the piston pulled up. Now the rod is unscrewed from the piston head and the rod pushed back down without the head. Some ink may be pushed out through the nib during this action. Finally, the ink shut off valve (just like with an Opus 88) at the end of the body is closed. For writing this has to be opened. I guess (as I don't know for sure) that the 535 holds about 6-8 ml of ink. At least my 15 ml Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku Ink glass was half empty after I filled this pen. Nib: I have chosen the "round" M nib. The pen was immediately ready for writing without flushing. The nib seems to be a bit dry, but I have heard that Penbbs tend to be on dry side. Using a wet ink such as Irsohizuku helps and ink flow can be regulated with the valve. The nib is relatively smooth, not Pilot smooth, but isn't scratchy. It's a comfortable nib and it is fun to write with this pen. Cost and Value: The 535 is not one of the cheap pens in the Penbbs portfolio. The price in China is about USD 48 (EUR 40). If this pen ever should be available outside of China, it will probably be at a higher price point. The limited edition, its beautiful form, the unique filling system, the good writing and the good quality of this pen add to the value of this writing instrument. Conclusion: The Penbbs 535 is a fascinating writing instrument. The filling system is unique and the pen writes great out of the box. It is an aesthetically pleasing pen, which however is not suitable for business meetings due to its length. The clip is a bit short for carrying it in a shirt even if you do happen to have a shirt with a long enough pocket. I was positively surprised about the construction quality. It is a pen which I can recommend to any fountain pen enthusiast. Whether the 535 will be offered internationally is difficult to say, the Limited Edition was limited to 999 pieces, I assume that it will be sold out in China very soon. However, Penbbs may offer a non-limited 535 in the future, at least that's what I would do given that this pen so unique.
  21. I found this image on the PenBBS Etsy site and it totally confuses me. Can someone explain how the nibs line up with the line sizes?
  22. Hello again to all my FPN friends, Today the long awaited Penbbs 456 vac-filler arrived in the mail, so I thought I'd give everyone still waiting for theirs on the slow boat from China to see what they have to look forward to. Below are just a few impressions after filling it up and taking it for a test drive. - The pen just exudes quality! The translucent blue material looks thick and sturdy. The pen just feels very solid and sturdily constructed. - The 456 is just a tad longer than the 309, but notably heavier due to the additional metal parts (see comparison photos below). - It posts securely, the most securely of any Penbbs pen I own. - The clip is one of the best I've seen on a Chinese pen. It's just the right amount of springiness and slides very smoothly only whatever it is clipped too. Unlike previous Penbbs models, the end of the clip isn't just folded over metal, but appears to be a separate piece welded on. - The vacuum mechanism worked perfectly on the first try and filled up a little more than half the ink chamber with one pump. I'm so happy to have been able to try this filling system without having to pay $70+ for a TWSBI. I've owned TWSBIs before and I'd say the 456 actually feels more solid. - Although the section threads are metal going against the cap's threaded acrylic, uncapping and capping the pen is very smooth and secure. The metal threads on the section are smooth and I have no problem actually resting my fingers on the threads when writing (something I have to do given the issue below). - The only negative point for me is the balance. The pen is back heavy even when not posted. This probably won't be an issue for people with larger hands. However, with my small hands I must hold the pen on the section threads in order to obtain a comfortable balance for writing. Otherwise the angle of the pen decreases from how I normally write. - As for the nib, it's a super smooth two-tone #6 Penbbs nib. It writes a little on the dry side, but the filling method ensures that there's plenty of ink in the feed to keep it going. The nib has the classic Penbbs slight bend to it which can actually make a little bit of line variation, what I would call "semi-architect." Downstrokes are about 0.5mm while sidestrokes can vary from 0.3 to 0.8 depending on the writing angle. Ink fly increases with pressure, but there's nothing in the way of flex. All in all, I think Penbbs has created their best product yet and can't wait to see what they come up with next! Comparisons (from left to right: Pelikan M215, Lingmo Lorelei, Platinum 3776 Century, Penbbs 308, Penbbs 309, Penbbs 456) Writing (slight line variation between vertical and horizontal strokes)
  23. A Smug Dill

    Comparing multiple PenBBS nibs

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    I'd forgotten that I'd posted this here: https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/355075-penbbs-extra-fine-nibs/

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