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  1. I saw 50ml bottles of this ink going on clearance dirt-cheap, with no free shipping on offer but a fixed charge per order irrespective of its contents, so I took a big leap of faith and ordered eight bottles at once on a whim, hoping I'll like the ink. My initial reaction upon seeing it on paper up close was one of disappointment; my writing with it (produced with a very fine nib, of course) looked blue-grey without any violet or purple, and so I hadn't been much inclined to fill any of my pens with it. I've since tried it in nibs I don't really like writing with: Aurora Stub and Oblique (Medi
  2. namrehsnoom

    Jacques Herbin - Violet boréal

    Jacques Herbin – Violet boréal La Société Herbin, Maître Cirier à Paris, was established in 1670. This makes J. Herbin probably the oldest name among European ink makers. Today, Herbin produces a range of beautiful fountain pen and calligraphy inks, writing instruments, gift sets and accessories. Herbin inks are made in France, and the finishing touches on the bottles are still done by hand in Paris. Like so many others, the company jumped on the premium product bandwagon, and started to release higher-end inks under the Jacques Herbin “Les encres essentielles”
  3. Spurred on by the encouragement of "A Smug Dill", I decided to finally open a bottle of ink that was given to me as a parting gift by former colleagues, 12 years ago. It was nothing like what I expected. Although Landolt-Arbenz is a known manufacturer of ink in Switzerland, it is possible that this was a limited edition run. The bottle is different from the other example in the reviews here, and totally different from the inks shown in their web site now. The cap was covered in wax, though this was not a seal and didn't need to be broken to open the bottle. As noted in the review form, I
  4. akszugor

    Cross Violet

    Manufacturer: Cross Series, colour: Violet Pen: Waterman Hemisphere „F” Paper: Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: noticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: good A drop of ink smeared with a nib The ink smudged with a cotton pad Lines Water resistance Ink drying time Ink drops on a handkerchief Chromatography Sample text in an Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2) Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) Sample letters in a Rhodia notebook No 16 (90 g / m2) Samp
  5. akszugor

    Robert Oster Signature Viola

    Manufacturer: Robert Oster Signature Series, colour: Viola Pen: Waterman Hemisphere „F” Paper: Image Volume (gramatura 80 g / m2) Specifications: Flow rate: very good Lubrication: good Bleed through: unnoticeable Shading: noticeable Feathering: unnoticeable Saturation: very good A drop of ink smeared with a nib The ink smudged with a cotton pad Lines Water resistance Ink drying time Ink drops on a handkerchief Chromatography Sample text in an Image Volume (80 g / m2) Sample text in an Oxford notebook A5 (90 g / m2) Sample letters in
  6. visvamitra

    Cross Violet Ink

    A.T. Cross Company was founded in 1846 by Richard Cross in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Cross is the oldest manufacturer of quality writing tools in America. Personally I ws never interested in their pens and inks. However yesterday during Pen Hub in Poland I had a chance to fill a pen with their new blue/black ink. As I had only one solid fill it won't be review, more my impressions after using 1 ml of ink. New inks come in 2oz (62.5ml) elegant glass body with a custom cap embossed with the new Cross lion logo. The new squared-off corners of the cap makes for easier gripping when opening and
  7. A new calligraphy ink by Manuscript with extreme shimmer. Definitely not something to use in the office but it looked interesting to write some cards with in the upcoming holiday season. This ink is clearly not meant for long notes or letters. A very dark violet or purple with heavy gold shimmer. I find it a hard to use ink. OK to use in a fountain pen like the TWSBI ECO with a stub nib, but a dip pen made the ink feather and spread, even on Clairefontaine or Crown Mill Vellum paper. On Lalo Vergé it was much better. The ink is very wet, causing considerable show-through and even some bleed-
  8. smruthib

    Penhouse.in Inks

    Hello all. This is my review for the penhouse.in inks. Attached below are the swatches of violet (above), and turquoise (below). The paper I have used is the Thought Slot dotted inserts which are readily available on amazon.in. The pen I have used is the Camlin KOKUYO Trinity, which I also got from penhouse.in. The turquoise ones show some amount of feathering on the paper, while the violet does not have the issue. The ink takes about 3 seconds to dry. It is not waterproof. This isn't available in cartridges, but the ink comes in plastic bottles, and costs about Rs. 30, or ~$0.5. The tu
  9. lgsoltek

    Sailor Kobe Le Monet Violet

    This is a limited edition ink from Nagasawa Kobe, Monet Violet, to celebrate a Zurich Museum exhibition in Japan. One of the painting exhibited is a Monet's Water Lily Pond. Obviously the ink is violet, to replicate the colour of water lilies. PACKAGING This ink comes in a gorgeous box. http://s1.homezz.com/201503/5915/50375_z.jpg I unfolded the box and scanned it (and joined the two parts with software): http://s2.homezz.com/201503/5915/50369_o.jpg As you can see it's the box that attracts me and motivated my purchase. And the bottle, very pretty as well: http://s1.homezz.com/20
  10. Dip n Scratch

    Raduga 2 Ink Question

    I have been mixing my own violet/purple inks & I have read about the Raduga Ink & it's use in Soviet educational establishments. It looks like you shouldn't keep it in a pen for any length of time and also it lacks preservative elements, so it 'goes bad'. I like the violet colour. Just wondering if it was more trouble than it was worth as it looks like there are close equivalents by Diamine & others.
  11. Akkerman #14: Parkpop Purper Akkerman inks are made by P.W. Akkerman in The Hague. Akkerman inks have unique bottles that make filling pens very easy. This review is based off a sample that I purchased several months ago and I am just now getting around to trying. My overall impression is very favorable. The ink is not lubricated, but flows nicely and behaves well overall. But what really sets this ink apart is the sheen! I had seen some sheen when I wrote in my journal (MD Midori) and really saw sheen when I wrote a letter today. But I was hugely surprised to see so much sh
  12. thacky

    The Right Blurple Ink

    I have been endlessly searching for the perfect blurple ink.I want an ink that when dry looks blue but is also purplish. I live in an area where there are sadly no pen stores that sell fountain pen ink. I have tried relying on samples shown online but when I receive an ink it is either too blue or too purple. The closest to what I want is Private Reserve Tanzanite. Tanzanite is a shade or two too purple. Does anyone have any suggestions of an ink that is slightly more blue, barely more blue, than Tanzanite? Inks that I am looking at online are: J. Herbin Eclat de Saphir(seems too blue in s
  13. I am finding myself warming to this ink from the new 'Chromatics' series. I am not a big user of violet, but there is some versatility here that I find useful and a depth to the colour that does not show up on the scan. Suggested usage DAILY WRITER: Very possible. BUSINESS: Hmmm, I normally have a strict 'no violet at work' policy, at least for men, but I am actually considering this one: from a wet pen it is very dark and would not be completely out of place for business communication and from a dry pen (perhaps slightly diluted) it might be pressed into service for marking edits. NOT
  14. L'Artisan Pastellier Callifolio - Violet L'Artisan Pastellier is a small company in southern France that specialises in natural pigments, and offers customers authentic and reliable products in beautiful colours based on mineral or vegetable pigments. In a collaboration with Loic Rainouard from Styloplume.net, the chemist Didier Boinnard from L'Artisan Pastellier created the line of Callifolio fountain pen inks. These pastel-coloured inks are traditionally crafted, and can be freely mixed and matched. Overall these inks are only moderately saturated, and have low water-resistance. The ink
  15. csgebhart

    Shading Violet Ink ?

    My current favorite ink is Robert Oster Fire & Ice because I love how it shades, and turquoise is one of my favorite colors. Another of my favorite colors is violet, but I haven't found a violet ink that shades nicely yet. I've sampled a lot of inks that are lovely colors, but rather flat. I would prefer an ink that isn't too far into the red range; more true violet or leaning towards the blue range. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
  16. Penbbs No.152 Mix Set Violet Penbbs is a Chinese online fountain pen community similar to FPN. They not only talk about inks but also produce their own inks every year. Each series consists of ten to fifteen inks and 2017 marks the release of Penbbs’ fifteenth ink series. Due to Chinese postal restrictions, these inks are virtually impossible to obtain outside of China. Within China they are extremely affordable (21 RMB or about US$3 per 60ml bottle) and can easily be purchased through the Chinese online shopping giant Taobao. This ink up for review is from Penbbs’ twelfth series. It is o
  17. Sailor Hougado Pen Gallery Nodaiko Violet For a long time I had my eye on the Hougado Pen Gallery inks, a shop located in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan on the island of Shikoku. Their original series of bespoke Sailor inks were kinds of blacks, and don’t seem to be reviewed here on FPN, except one by Lgsoltek, which has references to writing samples by saskia_madding, who didn’t like them. The shop has another series of inks based on the well known Japanese book Botchan. This book may be as famous in Japan as Huckleberry Finn is in America. The inks are colors representing some of the
  18. richofthetower

    Ink Like A Purple Yam?

    Hey all you ink lovers, My wife is a big, big fan of purple. Even our wedding had lots of purple accents in it. But, personally, I've never thought too much about the color. Until, I got into fountain pens. And furthermore, until I recently chowed down on an ube. Allow me to explain: the Filipino ube (Dioscorea Alata, local pron. "OOH-beh") is a yam with a sweet-ish purple/indigo flesh indigenous to Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, it is prized as the essential ingredient of various sweets, and that is how I, being of Filipino extraction, am most familiar with it. However, it is also ve
  19. This is an incredibly hard ink to photograph. Artificial light does not bring out the real color, and sunlight makes it something else really, but maybe because I was trying to take pics at 3:00 Pm and not early morning. Then you have the problem of ink appearing too pink when there isn't any pink in it. Nevertheless, I really like it. I was considering old burgundy again, but I don't regret inking this one up. http://i.imgur.com/EshlLRQ.jpg http://i.imgur.com/aevU5dx.jpg I'd suggest zooming in to see the real color of the ink. Another thing with this ink is, that it is extremely free flow
  20. white_lotus

    Kwzi Violet #2

    Perhaps everyone knows by now, but in case some do not, that there are wonderful inks coming out of Poland under the brand name KWZ Inks. They are really very well made, have good characteristics, and are well worth your consideration. Not many stores stock these inks, but Vanness does in the US and I think there is a store in Belgium perhaps. I think one can even order direct from KWZ online, but that may only be necessary if an existing supplier is out of stock. The prices are very reasonable, $12/60 ml bottle in the US. I purchased this ink, the Violet #2, as part of the 3rd North America
  21. white_lotus

    Kwzi Violet #7

    As some of you may know, there are some inks being made by an industrious fellow named Konrad in Poland. There's been a few North American "group buys" in the past, and most inks in the line are carried by Vanness Pens and can be ordered online. I picked up a few of the inks in the last group buy in early 2015. I have a much longer list of inks I want to acquire. The ink here is one of the water-resistant inks, Violet #7. Unfortunately, I don't see this ink at Vanness as I like this color range, but it may well be available directly from KWZI through the website kwzink.com. The papers were
  22. white_lotus

    Akkerman #15 Voorhout Violet

    Akkerman is the line of inks from The Hague, Netherlands, said to be made by Diamine for them. They have the coolest ink bottles. And the ink inside those bottles is very good. The inks are available in the US from Vanness Pen and Anderson Pens. Google's ability to translate Dutch is stymied by the word "voorhout". The ink is a soft, muted violet, very pleasing on the eyes, more neutral and bluer than the KWZI Violet #7. And the ink handles very well. Not water resistance at all. The usual papers: MvL=Mohawk via Linen, Hij=Hammermill 28 lb inkjet, TR=Tomoe River. The MvL and Hij pics s
  23. white_lotus

    Anderson Wood Violet

    Recently I learned that the inks made for Anderson Pens were being discontinued. Their original marker, Scribal Workshop, wasn't going to make them any longer, and Anderson couldn't find a replacement producer to their satisfaction. So with the encouragement of another FPN member I picked up a bottle of the remaining inks (except the black). This is a review of the Wood Violet, a nice violet/purple color. The color in reality if not quite as dark as shown in the images; it's definitely more soft. These inks had gotten a reputation for being "dry", and even on the web site it says "Some peopl
  24. white_lotus

    Noodler's The Violet Vote (2016)

    Noodler's has released a limited edition 2016 edition of their ink "The Violet Vote" which was originally a Pendamonium exclusive that was discontinued when one or more ingredients became unavailable. I never had the original ink, so I cannot compare this ink to it. So it will be evaluated on it's own merits. To me the color seems very unique. The ink is eternal, so it is totally waterproof, and proof against many other methods of erasure/alteration. I have a number of Noodler's inks and have never had problems with them. I must say, it is the exception rather than the rule. This ink however
  25. yogalarva

    Pelikan Violet

    Like the Pelikan Brown that I reviewed long ago, this ink was a solid performer. Good flow, no troubles with bleeding, skipping, or feathering. Not too saturated so that we can see some decent shading, but not so unsaturated that it becomes pale and hard to read. However, I am not a fan of this ink. For me it’s a purely personal thing in regards to the color - this shade has too much red for my liking. I like blue-violets vs. pure violets. Like the Pelikan Brown, there was not enough water resistance that I would trust important writing to this ink. Though I didn’t expect much s

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