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  1. I discovered this ink thanks to one of Nick Stewart’s videos. This is one of the double dye inks, belonging to the same family as General of the Armies and the now discontinued lovely House Divided. This one has a purple dye below the beige/yellow coloured one. To quote Nathan: "Rome Burning” has a bulletproof patrician core color of Caesar’s purple with the colors of the inferno that wash away from it with excess liquidity. As it dries there are shades of brass that can actually shine on some paper grades and can halo the darker core when using the right nib/feed combination. On very absorbent cellulose paper the patrician core can be seen in the center as the fire surrounds it – as if an eclipse of the sun." Here you go, its magic when applied on wet watercolour paper: When smudged with a wet Q-Tip, the yellow component washes away to leave the purple colour: Also when you rinse the pen, the dominant colour in the sink is a rich purple I have nothing like this ink. It’s a wet, fast drying ink on most papers but, Midori/ Tomoe River 68gr papers. With some wide nibs the purple dye is visible for a split second. It’s the type of ink I really like, murky, fast drying and dependable. I thought the purple dye would be difficult to wash out but in the end in the end I used only water. I read that it stains convertors but it didn’t do mine. So be careful if you're fussy about stains It’s a pity Nathan changed the name of this one. It was so evocative. I used quotes from notable Romans, and the infamous Nero, to whom this ink alludes. Writing samples: Rhodia TR 68gr Midori Codex Mnemosyne Apica · Pens used: : Kaweco Perkeo Fine/ Pilot Kakuna Medium, Jinhao 450 /Fude Nib · Shading: Lovely · Ghosting: On cheap paper,depending nib, probably. · Bleed through: depending nib, probably. · Flow Rate: Wet · Lubrication: Good · Nib Dry-out: Not noticed · Start-up: Not noticed · Saturation: Nicely saturated… · Shading Potential: Only with Fude nib on Midori/ TR 68 gr papers. · Sheen: Nope... · Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed · Nib Creep / “Crud”: Not noticed... · Staining (pen): I’ve read that it can stain convertors, but it didn’t mine. · Clogging: Nope. · Water resistance: The yellow component washes away and leave a purple line · Availability: 3 oz/ 90 ml bottles
  2. Next Saturday June 6, 2015, will be held in Rome,at NH Hotel Leoardo Da Vinci (Via de' Gracchi 324), the Rome Pen Show, the first one organized in Rome by the ACPS (Associazione Collezionisti Penne Stilografiche, Fountain Pen Collectors Association). The Pen Show will open to public at 12:30 and close at 18:00. Early entry will be at 10:00. More info in the italian forum: http://forum.fountainpen.it/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9128

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