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  1. I just noticed these today on AliExpress: which are purportedly new limited-edition, market-exclusive colours for China. They are listed by that seller at the same price as the gold-trimmed translucent colours in the regular line-up (Bourgogne, Laurel Green, Chartres Blue); the available nib options are F and M only. The net price of US$112.55 (plus tax, where applicable), after automatic and/or easily accessible discounts, is marginally less than the Japanese domestic market MSRP of ¥18,000(+tax) for the regular colours going by today's exchange rates. Free international shipping included (at least for Australia, Belgium, Mexico, UK, US and Zimbabwe, as far as I've checked just now). The inclusion of a converter with silver trim in the retail package seems a bit out of place for either of those colours, especially when previously the silver-trimmed converters are sold at a slight premium over the ‘standard’ gold-trimmed ones.
  2. Hello From past few days I was reading the ASA Nauka Series review by our learned fellow members like Aditkamath26 (Very Good Pics), dinuraj - Marvellous info rich review, Sagarb - Superb Handwriting and Vaibhav (as always very detailed review with sharp pics) and after reading again and again I had decided to go for "ASA Aqua Blue Translucent Acrylic Nauka" . And let me tell you gentleman that though above mentioned people's review tempted me to buy this but I am enjoying this pen completely. Not only me, but my colleague at workplace are as well enjoying the beauty and writing of this pen. From last couple of days this ASA demonstrator is demonstrating itself very well. I believe, all the specs and details are already given in previous reviews, so, I thought that I will write some gibberish for sample and clicked few pics for your viewing pleasure.
  3. I've just realised I have quite a few coloured demonstrators and actually, I prefer them to totally clear demos. (I know some people say we shouldn't even call them 'demonstrators'... but heck, they're see-through, you can still see the ink sloshing away or pistons going up and down, so they're demos as far as I'm concerned.) So I thought it would be interesting to start making a list of what's available. These pens are all relatively recent manufacture - the transparent Pelikano came out in 2000, the first of the m200s I think in 1997 - though not all are still available new. Pelikan m200 comes in a range of transparent finishes; amber/cognac, green and yellow highlighter pens, amethyst, blue, grey, red, 'anthracite', regular green, light blue, aquamarine. I only have the blue, so far.Other transparent Pelikans include the 450 Pelikano which is a nice inexpensive pen, and various other Souveraens including a green 400, and 600 versions in blue, marine blue, aubergine, red.Platinum 3776 has a number of versions - the Bourgogne in deep red and Chartres Blue, but also the more recent Nice Lilas in gentle pinkish-purple. (It also has some gorgeous translucent or not-quite-completely-transparent pens like the Nice Pur.) There's a 'lantern' version currently available from Japan which appears to be translucent amber with black ends, and which someone else always seems to win on ebay, and the red Shungyo which Goulet pens is showing for pre-order.I haven't ordered one but the ASA Pens Tangerine Nauka also fits the bill. I just didn't particularly fancy the colour but now... there's still time!Kaweco Ice Sports come in various colours and are an inexpensive way to collect coloured demos.Waterman Kultur has loads of translucent coloured variants. I have blues, reds, a neon yellow, green.. Lovely pens, still available in France as a school pen.Pilot Custom 823 in amber. Pilot Custom Heritage 92 comes in orange and blue and Custom 74 in violet (this one I find very tempting!)Nemosine Singularity I believe comes in pink, 'onyx' (smoky) and blue, another inexpensive pen.Monteverde Artista in blue, red and green.Quite a few Edison pens come in partly translucent acrylic but I'm not sure I'd call them demos, since the translucency (eg on a couple of the Goulet-exclusive Nouveau Premiere iIRC) is part of a swirl design. Custom pens, of course, you name it....Franklin Christoph does a lot in this line, though it's not a manufacturer that I know well (I don't think they're distributed in Europe?) - model 02 comes in amber and 'smoke' for instance.I hope that's a nice little list to be going on with, and that other FPNers can come up with additions to the list. By the way, when was the earliest translucent demo? - I mean all-translucent, not (for instance) a bulbfiller with a translucent barrel, or a visulated barrel pen like the Vacumatic. I'd love to know the history and I wonder if we could speculate about why these pens have become popular. Who else loves coloured demos?
  4. Being new to inks, I'm looking for a blue or turquoise ink for everyday use in demonstrator pens. I'd like the writing to be dark enough to be usable for everyday writing (notes, grading) but apart from that the two things I'd like to have are transparency and shading. Noodler's Navajo Turquoise seems to be highly recommended, but I am wondering if people have other suggestions that I should compare or try out. I understand that transparent blues are somewhat harder to come by than reds. I've been really enjoying Noodler's Dragon Napalm and would love to have a blue/turquoise ink with similar characteristics (although DN doesn't shade much). Thanks.

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