Kaweco Sport – White and Gold

I must say, I’ve been wanting a Kaweco Sport for a while now, but I specifically wanted a BB nib. And the specific combo I wanted wasn’t available so I waited.

Kaweco Sport Cap Detail

Now in general anything from a M up just doesn’t do it for me with regards to everyday writing, so why the very abnormal obsession with BB?

Kaweco Sport Capped

Well, my favorite ink of all time is J Herbin Stormy Grey. And yes, it works perfectly fine in a M or B but I really like creating page patterns with this ink. A BB nib will fill it out the coloured areas quickly, and is the only standard sold nib size missing from my current collection. Also I had this idea in my head of the perfect ink, pen, nib and pocket journal combo.

Writing Sample

So I present to you the most perfectly matchy travel combo of all time: The white and gold Kaweco Sport, with a BB nib, filled with JHerbin Stormy Grey used with the TWSBI A6 pocket journal.

Kaweco Sport and TWSBI A6 notebook

But back to the pen. I got my pen at Hobby-X expo in Joburg, my main reason for going was that Write Gear decided to do a pop up stand. This was my chance to drool over all the perddddy, and finally get my hands on that elusive BB nib.

Now I must apologize, the pen packaging got into an altercation with an apparently “empty” cup of coffee… unfortunately the coffee won. So I don’t have a photo available, but the pen comes in a basic black slimline box with white Kaweco prints all over it. The pen is simply wrapped in a protective plastic wrap that has a sticker with a barcode.

The pen itself comes assembled with a single blue cartridge inside. Now my initial plan was to turn this pen into a drop filler, but once I got home I realized my O rings were to big for the actual pen. I just went ahead, used some silicone grease and filled it anyway, but getting a mini converter just seems safer.

The design of the pen is modern an classic at the same time, while the octagonal cap provides an anti-roll function which I find very useful.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

The pen is travel friendly when closed, but posts to a comfortable almost full sized pen. This nib does give me a few hard starts and skips, but as a disclaimer, I did purchase the only BB nib that was available and it happened to be a demo nib at the show. Also the fact that i’m using a shimmer ink probably doesn’t help. Other then that it writes like butter, its amazing.

The other thing I regret not getting is the clip attachment. I honestly thought it would be more in the way then anything else, but walking around, it would be much more convenient if I just clipped it onto my notebook.

Kaweco Sport VS Bic

All in all I’m very happy with this pen, and it will be my official shimmer ink pen going forward. My TWSBI Diamond 580 is still my favorite everyday pen by far, but as an affordable travel pen – this is highly recommended.

Lastly I just want to give a big thank you to Write Gear, I know I defiantly was not their easiest customer, so thank you for being so accommodating. Meeting you guys, was amazing and getting
to see all the stock was defiantly the highlight of the expo.

Write Gear Booth

As always this pen, but not this nib can be found at Write Gear

Word of the day:

Brobdingnagian

 

M.

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Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Wow, just wow…over a year since my last post – that’s a record. Shout-out to the reader who reminded me I actually have inks that need reviewing! Hopefully the annual break won’t be repeated.

Does anyone even read blog post anymore? With youTube so readily available, and Instagram being a mini film mecca, the moving pictures of  Hogwarts seem to have become a reality. Nonetheless, ponderings for a different day > to the ink!

Diamine 1864 Blue Black was part of an anniversary collection released to celebrate Diamines 150th year, the bottle is one of 8 wedge shapes that come together forming a perfect circle.  I did not purchase the bottle, as my love of blue and black inks tends to be very limited. But it defiantly is the most blue-black, blue black ink I have tried.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

The colour reminds me of something James Bond would use to sign a document. Formal enough to be accepted on any legal document, but on closer inspection, not all is as it seems. Although that may not be the best idea, because any water would make the inked document null and void.

Diamine1864 Blue Black

Diamine1864 Blue Black

I would describe the colour as Navy Black, and uniquely enough, the wetter/broader the pen – the more navy the colour appears.

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

This ink did not feather or bleed through in normal writing, but when using the Pilot parallel I did notice feathering. As this is fairly rare on Rhodia Paper, i’m guessing this may not be an ink that fares well on standard pad and copier paper.

Below are a few ink drop comparisons, and I stand by my statement – a lot of blue-black inks that I try immediately get classified as navy blue in my head, this one really does have me asking the question… Is it blue or black?

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

Diamine 1864 Blue Black

As  always, this ink can be purchased at Write Gear

Pens: Lamy Safari, Flex Dip Pen, Pilot Parallel 6mm

Paper: Rhodia Grid Pad

Word Of the Day: Verisimilitude

Shameless Plug: Instagram

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Diamine Pumpkin

I’ve had this colour in my pens for the whole month of October cause you know Halloween and pumpkins, it was a no brainer. Although I don’t care much for Halloween, and have no interest in pumpkin pie – it was a nice colour theme for the whole month.

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This colour is beautiful – super vibrant and summery. Has good smooth flow, water resistance is non-existent – as is expected, and the shading is minimal. This ink doesn’t have a really visible sheen to it, more like a definite shading line.

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I know this ink is called pumpkin, but this colour makes me think of summer days, juicy oranges and melting snow cones. Oh and Orange is the new Black – that series name is so catchy is ridiculous! Every time I hear the word Orange my mind automatically adds “is the new black”.

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The closest colour comparisons I had in my collection were: Diamine Peach Haze, Noodlers Dragons Napalm, Diamine Autumn Oak and Lamy Red. As you can see below none of them are a perfect dupes.

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This ink was bit more work to clean out, but that could simply be because it was in my pen for such a long period of time.

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There was also some bleed through, but none in normal writing, and only when going over the same spot multiple times – and even then it as minimal.

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I also took a few macro shots so below you can see a close up of the ink splat, and the transition in shading.

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As always I purchased my bottle here: Diamine Pumpkin

Now I just need to decide on a colour scheme for Christmas…

M.

TWSBI A6 Notebook

TWSBI A6 Notebook

I enjoy small notebooks mainly due to the fact that i’m not really the journal type – strange I know considering I have a blog, but I digress. So the whole lined with enough space to write an entry has never effected me. That being said I do love doodling, and the smaller size allows me to complete a design in a relatively small amount of time.

TWSBI Notebook Front

TWSBI Notebook Front

It may seem expensive for an A6 notepad, but you get a lot of pages… I’ve used a few notebooks and so far the TWSBI has been my favorite for a few reasons.

1) It has a leatherette type cover, and for me, a person who is incredibly accident prone I spill things. Thanks to the fact that this cover isn’t card stock, I can just wipe it clean an move on.

TWSBI Notebook Finish

TWSBI Notebook Finish

2) It has a back pocket very similar to Moleskine but much sturdier and more expandable then their cashier notebooks. Not sure about their other ones, never used them.

Back Pocket

Back Pocket

3) It has a lot of pages, 240 i think – and every single one of those pages is perforated, this is the most amazing thing about this notebook. Hate something – no problem, just tear it out, without effecting the binding.
4) The paper quality is good, really good. I would say that its perhaps better then the standard Rhodia graph pad – but as you’ll see in the pictures, I really put the ink down and it handles it with minimal bleed-through if any. I’ve also used watercolours, gel pens, nail polish, water brush pen, etc… and it handles them just fine.
5) Comes with an elastic and a bookmark, I find the elastic useful as it keeps the notebook closed – bookmarks are debatable.

TWSBI Notebook Back

TWSBI Notebook Back

6) The paper also has a very smooth feel, but the paper is also quite thin and therefore translucent. So if you like using both sides of the same page, this may not be the best choice for you.

Below are a few pictures that demonstrate how I use the paper. I’ve included both the front of the page, as well as the back.

Below is using the TWSBI 580 filled with Diamine Carnation, easily one of my favorite inks.

Ink to Paper - Diamine Carnation

Ink to Paper – Diamine Carnation

Here is one using nail polish, gelly roll and watercolour.

Mixed Media - nail polish, watercolour and jelly roll.

Mixed Media – nail polish, watercolour and jelly roll.

This one was a complete ink overload, I spilt some J.Herbin Emeralds Of Chivor… so instead of wiping it up, I decided to paint the whole page with it using a paintbrush. Once that was almost dry I then went back in with a diluted solution to get the dripping effect. And once that dried I copied a mermaid in using a Sakura Micron Marker.

Mermaid surrounded by J.Herbin's Emeralds of Chivor

Mermaid surrounded by J.Herbin’s Emeralds of Chivor

Using watercolours in multiple layers

My first attempt at watercolour urban sketching.

My first attempt at watercolour urban sketching.

Done using only Diamine Chocolate Brown. The main doodle was done with a Lamy Safari(M) and then faded out using a water brush pen.

Diamine Chocolate Brown

Diamine Chocolate Brown Bubbles

Lastly I figured I should include a page that contains actual words, written with a fountain pen…after all, that’s what this book is marketed for. So I decided to write out a lyric from Of Monsters and Men with Noodlers X-Feather.

Of Monsters And Men - Lyric.

Of Monsters And Men lyric in Noodlers X-Feather.

And a poem by Thomas L Peacock called “Beyond The Sea”. The ink used in the poem was Diamine Majestic Blue, and the watermark background was done using Diamine Beau Blue.

Poem by Thomas L Peacock - using Diamine Majestic Blue and Diamine Beau Blue

Poem by Thomas L Peacock – using Diamine Majestic Blue and Diamine Beau Blue.

As you can see in the above pictures, the paper stands up exceptionally well to the abuse – but there are a few caveats:

1) If you plan on wetting the entire page excessively you need to put a paper towel beneath the page. All the pages are perforated and the liquid will seep through the perforation. Additionally if you wet right over edges, the colour will start to seep under the edge of the paper.

2) Leaving a large amount of water on the page will cause it to start going through the paper. ie: damp paper is perfectly acceptable but leaving wet pools will cause it to bleed.

3) Please don’t do what I did and push a large amount of liquid ink/paint right up into the binding, it’s liquid – it is going to get into the crevices of the binding.

Brusho crystals.

Brusho background with some traced crystals.

4) This is NOT watercolour paper, so it will bend and buckle when wet. To its credit though it does flatten out.

And just because i’m me, i managed to make all the above mistakes in one go. (I got really excited about some Brusho that and didn’t follow any of my own advice.)

But could have been worse though right?

M.

Lamy Dark Lilac

This pen is so unique! I must say the for the last three years the Special Edition Safari’s have been on fire!! Loved the neons they did, and now they’ve completely switched it up with a matte, black trimmed, vampy purple.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I’m never sure if i’m going to buy the Special Edition every year, there are a few reasons for this. Firstly the design is always the same, the colour simply changes. Secondly the colours that were released before the neons, to me, weren’t all that unique. And before the these pens where available on Write Gear, the only nib size available was a medium – which meant the writing experience would be identical. So I was never quite convinced of its “Specialness”, but seriously – the last three years have been on point. At least in my opinion.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

This pen must be one of the most talked about Safari’s Lamy has every released. It’s purple, which to my knowledge has never been done but has constantly been asked for… So i’m pretty sure most people would have been very happy with a purple in the standard glossy finish and stainless steel trim. And if that had been the case, the chances of me buying it would have immediately halved. Thankfully Lamy had different ideas, and the results are incredible.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The pen comes in the standard faded black cardboard box, with the Lamy logo neatly printed dead centre in silver, and the multiple cut-outs providing a sneak peak of the pen. It also has the standard cardboard insert which the pen clips onto but that’s about it for the packaging. Bold, functional and minimalistic.

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Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

The finish on this pen is matte, and as a result of that it has a very fine textured feel to it. This actually means that the pen is even more comfortable then the glossy Safari’s. It comes with a standard blue cartridge, and the traditional cardboard ring to prevent the cartridge from accidentally piercing.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

I bough mine from Write Gear, so I also received a dark lilac cartridge and was able to choose my nib size(seriously one of the best features ever). I finally decided to give the bold nib a try, and as you can see the black trim goes perfectly with the purple of this pen, giving it a slightly stealthy vibe.

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Special Edition: Dark Lilac

You can also purchase a Lamy Z24 converter for the Safari so you aren’t limited to the proprietary cartridges Lamy sells. This converter has a plastic dots on the sides, that fit perfectly into the notches on the pen.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Which is really cool, as it acts as an additional measure to keep your converter snugly in place.

Lamy Z24 Converter

Lamy Z24 Converter

Some days I feel like matching the ink to my pen, but today was not one of those days. Instead inked it up with Diamine Soft Mint, and no surprise it wrote smoothly right off the bat.

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

And then I just started taking a lot of photo’s…..

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac Bold Nib

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

Lamy Safari Special Addition: Dark Lilac

If you interested in getting one for yourself, you can find it here: Lamy Limited Edition: Dark Lilac

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Rohrer and Klingner Smaragdgrün

This is another one of those inks that I personally find addictive. I ink up a pen, and end up constantly using it,until i can convince myself to stop re-inking in the same colour and start rotating inks again.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

The name Smaragdgrün means emerald and as you can see in the images it’s a pretty accurate description of the colour. Colombian emeralds to be even more specific, and somehow they’ve also managed to add some of the same glowy depth. Then again I really love this colour so take this review with a pinch or two of salt.

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You’ll also see that I spelt Smaragdgrün wrong:( I left out the d. What can I say – spelling has never been my strong suit. I’m pretty sure auto-correct was invented because of people like me.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Like all Rohrer and Klingner inks, this one is beautifully behaved. No feathering, bleed-through, dries relatively quickly and the shading in my 6mm Pilot Parallel is just so prettttty, and the sheen – look at that red black sheen… K i’ll stop now.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Sheen

And I don’t know why this happens, but its the second ink I’ve tried where that the shading line looks very different to the shading in the calligraphy. Any ideas?

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

 

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Water resistance is non-existent but this also meant that cleanup was super easy. Decided to do some colour chromatography with this one –  and was immediately reminded of a Nebula.

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Calligraphy

It comes in the standard Rohrer and Klingner 50ml bottle, you can read more about the bottle in this review: Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

Rohrer & Klingner Smaragdrun Bottle

And as always it can be purchased here: Write Gear

M.

Diamine Shimmertastic – Golden Sands

Golden Sands is one of ten colours that form part of the Diamine Shimmertastic collection. Initially I had no intention of actually buying a full bottle of this colour. I mean after all, it’s yellow – and I already had two yellowish colours that have seen very little real world use. But then I got a sample…

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

This colour is the exact colour of a gold glitter gel pen. Not the metallic gel pens, the glitter ones. Granted, this is most probably not what most people envision their writing or formal documents to look like, but that’s what birthdays are for. 🙂

Diamine Golden Sands

Diamine Golden Sands

Even though I positively enjoy using this colour,  and I find the label and box pretty I am not fan of the bottle at all.

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

Diamine Golden Sands Box

In fact I may even be willing to say I dislike it. The J.Herbin bottles are downright stunning though not very practical but this bottle is simply medicinal looking, with the addition of being impractical. (I know this is strange since I like to Rhorer & Klingner bottles just fine – and you could argue the look and feel of those isn’t all that different.)

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle

Its a 50ml bottle and in my personal opinion I find the normal Diamine 80ml bottles much more appealing, and at least the Diamine 150 Anniversary bottle is interesting. The only thing I like about the bottle is that the cap matches the shimmer colour in the ink.

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Diamine Golden Sands Bottle Opening

Then again, how important is the bottle, when the ink is pure gold right?

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

Diamine Golden Sands Shimmer

When looking at the page straight on, the shimmer isn’t that pronounced – the colour is more of a medium to dark yellow with highlights.

Writing Sample Full Page

Writing Sample Full Page

The minute you tilt the page it turns into over the top shimmery goodness.

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

Diamine Golden Sands Close Up

As with all shimmer containing inks:

  • You always need to shake the bottle before filling.
  • While writing you need to routinely rotate the pen, and turn it upside down a few times to prevent the shimmer from settling.
  • Extra Fine and Fine nibs tend to give hard starts – stopped the flow completely in my EF nib. This type of ink is defiantly best used in M nibs and up.
  • Clean up requires a bit more dedication then normal. If you are hell bent on removing every single trace of shimmer then it requires commitment and a pen you can easily disassemble.
Writing Sample Top Close-Up

Writing Sample Top Close-Up

For me, none of the above is a deal breaker – and personally I like the bit of shimmer residue that finds its way onto the page from a new ink fill.

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Writing Sample Bottom Close-Up

Water resistance is non-existent as expected, and the shading seems to show itself much better in the calligraphy letters, then in the actual shade swatch.

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AU Close-Up

Golden Sands Shading

Golden Sands Shading

It’s just so sparkly. 🙂

Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

This ink provides loads of entertainment if you start experimenting by mixing it with the normal Diamine ink range. You can really get some interesting and unique colours – just mix in small amounts and don’t cross contaminate your inks…

As always, this ink can be found here: Diamine Golden Sands

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