Iroshizuku Yama-Budo

Oh wow! Can you believe its already August? I know right, seems the older I get the faster time seems to go by.  People who say their 30’s are amazing need to tell me how its done, because i’d jump back to basic arithmetic and three month holidays in a heartbeat. Enough about my old age, lets jump to the ink at hand.

Ink Box

Iroshizuku Ink Box

The Iroshizuku line is a premium fountain pen ink created by Pilot, and in my opinion they’ve done an excellent job. According to Pilot they chose the name Iroshizuku because its a combination of the Japanese words “iro” (colouring) expressing high standards and variation of colours, and “shizuku” (droplet), which embodies the very image of dripping water. Each ink name derives from the expressions of beautiful Japanese natural landscapes and plants, all of which contribute to the depth of each individual hue. In this case the name Yama-Budo is translated to Crimson Glory Vine.

Yama Budo Bottle

Yama Budo Bottle

The box it comes in feels expensive and the bottle is pure simplistic elegance, the only other thing in the box is a simple pamphlet.

Yama Budo Open

Yama Budo Open

The bottle is beautiful and has a large opening as well as a handy functional dip, that should allow you to get the very last drop out.

Full Page Writing

Full Page Writing

Now this was an exceptionally difficult colour for me to try and capture, it has a chameleon quality depending on the lighting. My definition of this colour would be a darkened magenta. Its neither pink, red nor purple but more like a mixture of all the above. The colour is reminiscent of red wine, when is spilled on a white carpet.

This ink handles and flows like a charm, and with standard fountain pens this ink performs flawlessly. I really think pilot did a great job with this line. I did get some bleedthrough, and feathering but only when using an exceptionally fine calligraphy nib. Once I switched to a smoother larger one – the problem was no more.

Extra Fine Calligraphy Nib

Extra Fine Calligraphy Nib

Normal Sized Copperplate Nib

Normal Sized Copperplate Nib

The pilot parallel gave me no problems whatsoever, and demonstrated the range of shading this ink can accomplish. The water resistance in this ink is pretty good, with cleaning still remaining relatively easy.

6mm Nib

6mm Nib

The closest colour comparison would be Rhorer and Klingner Magenta, closely followed by Noodlers Cactus Fruit Eel which is the same range, but a brighter slightly more pink tone.

Colour Compare

Colour Compare

From the two Iroshizuku inks I own,  and from the inks that I own, only Sailors ink formula beats it for me. The inks write smooth without hard starts, clean out easily and

As always this ink can be found online at Write Gear  and for those of you lucky enough to live in the mother city, why not stop at the physical store and see the perrrrdy for yourselves?

M

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Lamy Crystal Ink – Peridot

Uhhhh ya > person who invented ink samples was a bonafide genius.

I don’t know how to start his blog post because I haven’t disliked an ink so much since my Noodlers hoard a good few years back. (Polar Green specifically, although that one has very specific properties which made it understandable)

Lamy Peridot

With that very conclusive review done, let me explain. The way I viewed this launch, was Lamy trying to enter the “high end ink market”, (is that a thing?) that said, I was expecting it to be a dream to use even if I didn’t find the colour to my taste.

Lamy Peridot Review

According to the marketing iv’e seen about this ink it reads as follows:

“LAMY has complemented its portfolio with Crystal ink – a series of extremely attractive color inks. Ten brilliant tints expand the fascinating art of writing with the fountain pen into a whole new dimension. The carefully composed ink colors highlight the individual character of every piece of writing. At the same time, they invite one to be creative with the medium of color and set design accents in a completely new form. Of course, all of LAMY’s Crystal inks are “Made in Germany”. They are nuanced advancements of the standard colors yet also independent and unique, each with a subtly appealing range. LAMY Crystal inks deliver exceptional color intensity and product quality.”

According to my experience it goes as follows:

This is a flat forest green with no shading in finer nibs, and average shading in broad nibs. The colour reminds me of the forests in Europe. The water resistance is actually quite good, and when using  it as a watercolour wash it bleeds out beautifully.

Lamy Peridot Review Close Up – Enlarge me I dare you. :/

BUT… this ink bleeds, and feathers like crazy. EF = bleeds, F = bleeds, M = bleeds, you get the idea. Lamy inks are normally very well behaved, which made this even more surprising, so surprising  that I actually tried three different Rhodia pads just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy.

Lamy Peridot Review Back

Maybe I got a bad batch, or its just this specific colour in the range ,but I would 100% go for a sample first to see how it performs for you.

As always if you want to give this ink a try you can find it at Write Gear.

M

J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey

I absolutely adore this ink. Normally blue and black inks only make an appearance when required in a meeting setting or some formal document … That being said, this ink has been in my pen non-stop since I bought it. I have a bunch of new inks to try, but every time I need to refill – I reach for this ink.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

It’s somehow addictive, it writes like a dream, keeps up with my flex writing and the sparkle, oh the sparkle – golden shimmery goodness in a pool of light black ink. It reminds me of the ocean at night, when a cruise ship lights dance on the swells. And the water resistance is surprisingly good!

J Herbin Stormy Grey Shimmer Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Shimmer Sample

If you had to make me choose one ink, that I had to use for the rest of my life, this would win in a heartbeat. Although I also have all the other J.Herbin 1960 currently available, Stormy Grey, in my opinion, is absolute perfection.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

Okay, now for some more objective points: The bottle – although stunning, is not very practical – the opening is very narrow. You will defiantly have to decant or syringe the ink out once you reach half way – if you lucky. Also, the wax on my bottle cap is already cracking even though I tried to be super careful when opening and closing it.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

J Herbin Stormy Grey Bottle and Box

I mainly use my Noodlers Konrad or Kaweco Sport BB Nib with this ink, so cleaning is out is a breeze for me – I just take the whole pen apart. But if you use a pen that’s not so easy to dissemble then it could take a while because of all the shimmer in the ink. Lastly the gold particles settle(don’t store the pen nib down), so to keep an even distribution of shimmer you need to keep moving the pen around and shake it up a bit if you have left it sitting in one position for to long.

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

J Herbin Stormy Grey Writing Sample

Diamine Sparkling Shadows is a very similar ink – near identical, and a bit cheaper. Personally though, I prefer Stormy Grey. It just seemed to flow marginally better and the shimmer seems to be a touch finer. But perhaps i’m biased because of the name and packaging – it’s just so darn pretty!

J Herbin Stormy Grey vs Diamine Sparkling Shadows

J Herbin Stormy Grey vs Diamine Sparkling Shadows

I wouldn’t put this ink in an extra fine or fine nib for any extended period of time because I feel it block the feed. But my Lamy (M) seems to cope perfectly fine, although the wetter the nib the more magical the ink appears.

As always, this ink can be found on Write Gear, the paper is Rhodia and the pens are Lamy Safari F, Lamy Safari M, Lamy Safari B, Noodlers Konrad Flex and the Pilot Parallel 6mm.

Does anyone else find this ink addictive or is it just me?

M.

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

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M.

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.

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.

AU Close-Up

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

M