Schneider Fountain Pen Review

Hi all ūüôā

Today i’m going to review possibly the cheapest fountain pen available in SA. I think the model name is the Schneider Voice – but since this pen is sold off a stand without a box i’m not 100% sure.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The colour and pattern of the pen change based on the shipment, but the nib, grip section and structure remain unchanged. The cap has a gold coloured section with ‘Germany’ engraved into it, while the barrel has a printed gold and silver paisley pattern with ‘Schneider’ and ‘Made In Germany’ printed in black.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grip section rounded triangular grip similar to the Lamy Safari, but it is rubberized instead of plastic. Again Рbecause the barrel is not round it may prove uncomfortable for people who tend to hold their pens differently then most.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The grade of plastic seem to be the cheaper kind, but I have had it for around three months and there are no cracks or chips. Although there are a few micro scratches in the cap, the printed finish is still perfect. This pen takes standard international cartridges and comes with a blue cartridge in the barrel when you buy it.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

The nib looks much less impressive then the Lamy Safari, Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM Рbut writes surprisingly smooth. My particular pen writes smoother then the Pilot Metropolitan or the Sheaffer VFM and is a touch wetter then the Lamy Safari.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

This pen really impressed me, i’m not sure if I just got lucky – or if all the pens write this smoothly,¬†but for the R 52.95 that I paid for it I was pleasantly surprised. This pen is comfortable to use, the rubberized grip provides a soft grip for extended use. ¬†This pen is also light and¬†the cap can be posted securely for extra length if required.

Schneider Fountain Pen

Schneider Fountain Pen

Writing Sample.

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

Schneider Fountain Pen Writing Sample

This pen can be found at either showbiz in Cresta or Herbit Evans:

Showbiz Cresta Mall: http://www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za/shop.htm?shopMGID=9355

Herbert Evans: http://herbertevans.co.za/index.php?id=2

M.

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Pelikan Edelstein Ruby Ink Review

Edelstein is German for gemstone, and on the box you will find the caption ‘extra soft ink’. To me this is a contradiction. When I think of gemstones, in particular the ruby which this ink is named after – I think this translucent, vibrant, rich deep red and sparkly.¬†When I think of ‘extra soft ink’ the words that come to mind are muted, easy on the eyes, non-staining.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

This ink bottle is a stunner, the thick glass bordering really makes the ink stand out. It just looks and feels expensive. The cap is made from high grade plastic, and the silver pelican logo really pops.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

This bottle feels like it¬†should be placed on on of those solid hardwood desks next to a mont blanc…

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

That being said, this ink is also one of the most expensive… Its only a 30ml bottle and I paid R 220-00 about a year ago. To my knowledge the price has now increased to R 280-00 for the same size bottle.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

I bought this ink fully expecting the colour to reflect the same saturation and hue as when in the bottle. I wanted a rich red, like well rubies. What I ended up getting was a ruby colour but softened, it was lighter and more muted and much less saturated. This colour irritated me and sat unused in a drawer for a good few moths before I gave it another go.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby

I’m so glad I did, once I got over the fact that is was a different colour then initially expected I managed to see all the little things this ink offers. The shading in this ink is amazing, even in a fine nib. When you have a juicy nib like the Jinhao X750 or Pilot Parallel you can see a stunning green gold sheen appear as the ink pools, this ink also darkens slightly when properly dry.

Gold Green Sheen

Gold Green Sheen

Additionally writing or reading a whole page of this ink does not tire my¬†eyes out. Weirdly enough, this colour is almost an exact match to the inside of a ripe tomato lol. Not the seed part, but the fleshy part between the seeds and skin. – That’s my story and i’m sticking to it.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

I ended up really enjoying this ink once I got over my initial disappointment. If you looking for a deep, dark, saturated red like I was, then this is not going to be the best choice. But if what you looking for is a muted medium red with excellent shading  and easy on the eyes, then this to me is spot on.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Some basic calligraphy.

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Pelikan Edelsein Ruby Writing Sample

Chromatography showing colour components.

Chromatography

Chromatography

Pelikan Edelstein Inks: http://www.pelikanpens.co.za/Outlets

M.

Lamy Turquoise Ink Review

Lamy Turquoise, I must say I hate spelling the word turquoise, it confudles me – that and beautiful. There is just something about those two words that makes me write two versions down before I’m sure it’s correct. They should develop rhymes for them, like I used to learn at school for the word: ‘because’ (Betty Eats Cake And Uncle Sells Eggs) works every time.

Oh well, I guess with spell check, who needs to know how to spell? ūüôā I think I’ll stop rambling about random words now and move on to the review…

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

The ink comes in a grey silver box with a picture of the ink on the bottle, as-well as a colour dot to indicate which ink the box holds. The Lamy logo can be seen on the top, along with a 50ml label. Oddly enough, the name of the actual ink appears nowhere.

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Once you open the top flap, the two side flaps contain some basic instructions.

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy Turquoise Ink Box

Lamy inks have a super functional and unique bottle. The bottle has a black plastic base, that has a type of mini paper roller similar to kitchen towel. The bottle opening is also big enough for the fattest pens, and although not visible without taking the plastic section off,¬†there is a ‘Vial Shaped’ indent at the bottom.

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

The roller paper allows you to immediately wipe the pen off after filling, meaning no inky fingers – or having to make sure you have tissue paper available before filling the pen. The roller paper is even perforated so it gives you the perfect strip! Additionally the bottle design allows you to make use of all your ink by providing a built in reservoir. Now that’s good old German engineering for you.

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

The colour… I’m not a big fan of blue ink to begin with, and this colour doesn’t change my mind. Its a pure blue, no hints of green or yellow just blue. To me turquoise should invoke images of the Caribbean beaches, or at the very least the gemstone, in my mind this colour is either a shade to dark, or requires a touch of green too accomplish either one. (Essentially I wish the colour matched the dot on the box).

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Ink Bottle

Lamy Turquoise Writing Sample

Lamy Turquoise Writing Sample

That said, if you are looking for a true, medium toned, well behaved blue – then I’m sure this ink wont disappoint. I has no start up issues,¬†no feathering, ghosting only appeared on the large letters meaning the reserve side of the paper was left perfectly usable.

Lamy Turquoise Writing Sample

Lamy Turquoise Writing Sample

Chromatography showing colour components.

Chromatography

Chromatography

This ink can be mixed with water to lighten the colour a bit, I tried that with some basic calligraphy – must say I liked the resulting colour better then the original.

Diluted Ink

Diluted Ink

I purchased this ink from Stationery and Print a year or two back – to my knowledge they still stock it. You can check out the link below.

Stationery and Print: http://www.bedfordcentre.com/index.php/shop/store-directory/item/bedford-stationery-and-print

Alternatively you can also find online here:

Write Gear: http://writegear.co.za/product/lamy-ink-bottle-turquoise/

Rhabdomancy: Divination by means of a rod or wand; spec. the art of discovering ores, springs of water.

M