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Hello from Finland!

I'm not able to join a US-based ink swap, freight costs are too expensive,  but I’m looking for some advice as I might start one in the Nordic region.  Shipping between countries here might also be prohibitive.  Also, although I’ve used FPs on and off for over 50 years, I’m only just seeing the hobby aspects.

 

I’ve just read through recent comments on vial recommendations and have some questions:

  1. what volume of ink do you usually swap?
  2. as well as sealing to vials well, how else do you package them for the post?
  3. do you use the normal postal service only?

 Thanks in advance,

JohnD

 

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On 2/6/2021 at 9:10 PM, goodpens said:

One extra tip re: sending samples and preventing leaks—

 

Silicon tape/plumbers’ tape, placed around the threads of the vial (aka under the cap) seems to seal these very well. 
 

One roll of the tape lasts almost forever. I bought a new roll today (“PTFE thread seal tape, 1/2” x 260”) at Home Depot, $0.59–well worth it!

Sealing around the caps with blue multi surface tape also works very well but you need to remember to put on the tape and pull it tighter in the same direction as tightening the cap e.g. clockwise. If you do it the other way it can pull the cap slightly loose and let some ink leak out as it relaxes.

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18 hours ago, NgunnawalJack said:
  • what volume of ink do you usually swap?
  • as well as sealing to vials well, how else do you package them for the post?
  • do you use the normal postal service only?

Volume: Varies. Work it out with the person you’re swapping with. Anywhere from  2-5ml/ea. (I prefer the higher end of the range whenever possible.) Often 1 for 1, but not necessarily. 
 

Packaging: Usually place vials in a small zip-lock plastic bag, with a paper towel or napkin included, in case of leaks. Maybe bubble wrap or another bag around that. 
 

Yes, usual postal service. 

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7 hours ago, goodpens said:

Volume: Varies. Work it out with the person you’re swapping with. Anywhere from  2-5ml/ea. (I prefer the higher end of the range whenever possible.) Often 1 for 1, but not necessarily. 
 

Packaging: Usually place vials in a small zip-lock plastic bag, with a paper towel or napkin included, in case of leaks. Maybe bubble wrap or another bag around that. 
 

Yes, usual postal service. 

Thanks for the advice.

 

I‘ll get some 5ml vials. And when they arrive, I’ll get started.

 

but first to check out the postal regulations here.

 

cheerd

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Is this still going? I'm looking to extend beyond my four inks I use and would love to swap some samples. I LOVE shading inks and would really like to find a few that are fun to write with; Blues, Greens, Reds, Browns, Coppers, Oranges, etc. Pretty much any shading inks really haha

 

In sample bottles I have:

Diamine Silver Fox

Diamine Earl Grey

Colorverse Depth (dark blue)

Noodler's Ottoman Rose (only 6-8 drops, pretty much only good for a dip to try it out)

 

In bottles I have:

Diamine Majestic Blue

Mont Blanc Toffee Brown
Noodler's Bad Gator Green

Noodler's Bad Belted Kingsfisher

 

Thanks to anyone that would be willing to swap a few!
 

this year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people.

~ C.S. Lewis

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On 1/21/2021 at 7:21 PM, mail_snail said:

@Percy Oh, nice. That is a good price! And you get free shipping at $85...clearly one should be practical and go on to buy $82 worth of pen stuff (sorry, I don't make the rules). 

😉

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On 8/27/2021 at 11:47 PM, ttiot8 said:

I’m looking for anything I haven’t already tried but I’m also generally interested in exclusive Diamine inks. 

 

Hey, you are new here, welcome aboard.

Do you have any inks you are trading?

Fountain pens are my preferred COLOR DELIVERY SYSTEM (in part because crayons melt in Las Vegas).

Create a Ghostly Avatar and I'll send you a letter. Check out some Ink comparisons: The Great PPS Comparison 

Don't know where to start?  Look at the Inky Topics O'day.  Then, see inks sorted by color: Blue Purple Brown Red Green Dark Green Orange Black Pinks Yellows Blue-Blacks Grey/Gray UVInks Turquoise/Teal MURKY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I would like to give away a few samples.

If you would like to have them please PM me. ( you will have to pay the shipping )

I am located in USA.

 

- Ferris Wheel Press, Misguided Mistletoe (5ml, Ferris Wheel Press official 5ml bottle)

- Robert Oster,  No Fixed Address/ shimmer ( over 3ml not quite 4 ml )

- Vinta Inks, Makopa / sheen ( over 3ml not quite 4 ml )

- Kobe #11 Ikuta Orange ( 2 viles, over 6 ml in total)

Please check out my shop on Etsy - Sleepy Turandot

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14 minutes ago, Chi said:

I would like to give away a few samples.

If you would like to have them please PM me. ( you will have to pay the shipping )

I am located in USA.

 

- Ferris Wheel Press, Misguided Mistletoe (5ml, Ferris Wheel Press official 5ml bottle)

- Robert Oster,  No Fixed Address/ shimmer ( over 3ml not quite 4 ml )

- Vinta Inks, Makopa / sheen ( over 3ml not quite 4 ml )

- Kobe #11 Ikuta Orange ( 2 viles, over 6 ml in total)

Yes, please! This is a very interesting assortment. I will PM you. 

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My giveaway sample list

De Atramentis

  • Amber Yellow - Copper (Pearlescent Heliogen) // shimmer
  • Whisky Brown - Copper (Pearlescent Heliogen) // shimmer

Diamine

  • Woodland Green
  • Blue Flame (Shimmertastic) // shimmer
  • Cobalt Jazz (Shimmertastic) // shimmer

Esterbrook

  • Shimmer - Tangerine // shimmer

Ferris wheel Press

  • Edward Garden // sheen & shimmer

Jacques Herbin

  • 350 Vert Atlantide // shimmer

Organics Studio

  • Alanine // sheen & shimmer
  • Henry David Thoreau // sheen

Platinum

  • Pigmented Rose Red // water-resistant

Private Reserve

  • Tropical Blue

Robert Oster

  • Red Gold (Shake n Shimmy) // shimmer
  • Crystal Marine (Shake n Shimmy) // shimmer
  • River of Fire

 

Bottles I have that can give out sample please see HERE

 

What I am interested in trying

bungunbox

  • Anyone from any series

Kobe

  • Anyone except #11, #16, #18, #23, #25, #44, #68

Kyo-no-oto (kyoto tag)

  • Anyone from any series

Troublemaker

  • Anyone from any series

Colorverse

  • #88 Pillar of creation
  • #89 Mystic mountain

Please check out my shop on Etsy - Sleepy Turandot

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