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

M.

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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

M.

Rhodia Paper

Rhodia has become available in South Africa! Whoop:) Whoop:) (don’t judge my happiness). If you’ve ever found yourself on the the FPN you know about Rhodia paper, there is no way around it. Rhodia, Clairefontaine and Tomoe River are constantly discussed, and I have yet to come across a single post, that I was reading – where the paper quality doesn’t come up. Yes i’m sure that there are posts that may not mention paper at all, I just haven’t come across one yet. But I digress.

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

The Rhodia pad i have follows a standard pad format, but the front and back is covered by a cover that is thicker offering slightly better protection and feels like a plastic/paper hybrid. The front also has three scored lines that give you the option of preserving some header space should you so desire. Although it could just be there for decoration… It has the Rhodia logo on the front, while the back gives you information about the paper, and an overview of their other paper sizes, colours and formats available.

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

So in this case its: 80gsm paper, 80 sheets of paper, graph format, N16/A5/14.8cm x 21cm, white paper, black cover and lastly made in France.

Rhodia Grid Close-up

Rhodia Grid Close-up

The paper is divided into 5mm blocks without any margin lines, and perforated at the top. No margins is going to be subjective preference but I like it. I sometimes find margins to be a waste of space, and this allows me to customize my margin size. The colour of the graph is lilac, instead of the traditional blue that we see here, but the intensity is about the same.

The paper is easily one of the best I have tried. Its just so smooth – it writes kind of how Moleskine feels to the touch, if that makes any sense? My understanding is that its coated, so the dry time is a touch longer then normal. The way I decided to demonstrate this paper was to write in both cursive and print using different inks and nibs, I though that this would test the paper quality best.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample

From top to bottom I used:

TWSBI EF Nib and Sailor – this ink still showed sheen and slight colour change, pretty awesome considering the thinness of the nib!
Pilot Parellel 1.5mm and Noodlers X-Feather
Lamy F Nib and Diamine Bilberry – Also had some gunmetal coloured sheen.
Lamy M Nib and Diamine Silver Fox
Noodlers Konrad Broad/Flex and Diamine Magical Forest
Rhorer and Klingner Glass Pen and Diamine Damson
Pilot Parellel 6mm and Diamine Blue Pearl – The sheen, the shading, the shimmer its all just so pretty.

Back of page.

Back of page.

And this is the other side of the page, not a drop of bleed-through, no show-through and only very light ghosting. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting the other side of this paper to be completely usable.

If you would like to give this paper a try, it can be purchased here: Rhodia

M

Hoard Update

Okay – I have to put it out there… People who manage to keep a consistent blog going week after week are legends. Unfortunately I’m obviously not one of them, every time I try get back into it life goes hahahahahahahaha if only you knew. :p

For those of you that don’t know TWSBI has just made an appearance on SA! Cannot wait to save enough to get my hands on the clear demonstrator. http://writegear.co.za/product/twsbi-mini-clear/

J.Herbin has just released a new 1970 ink called Emerald of Chivor and I am in love!!! I need this ink – yes that’s right NEED. I have two from the collection Rouge Hematite and Stormy Grey and I absolutely adore them.

You can check the new colour out here:

http://blog.gouletpens.com/2015/06/jherbin-emerald-of-chivor-ink-available.html

Additionally if Write Gear still has samples of Stormy Grey available it is a sunning ink, get it now… This ink is still in one of my pens at all times and I have had it for a few months now. Nothing and I mean nothing beats these inks for doodle wow factor.

The wow factor

The wow factor

http://writegear.co.za/product/j-herbin-stormy-grey-ink-sample/

Without further ado I present you with… THE HOARD:

Inky goodness - Diamine

Inky goodness – Diamine

Diamine: Prussian Blue, Hope Pink, Red Dragon, Majestic Blue, Sherwood Green, Grey, Kelly Green, Imperial Purple, Eclipse, Oxblood

Inky goodness - Noodlers

Inky goodness – Noodlers

Noodlers: Navy, X-Feather, Dragons Napalm, Apache Sunset, Cactus Fruit Eel, Rome Burning, #41 Brown, Polar Green, Qin Shi Huang, Air-Corp Blue Black, Black Swan In Australian Roses (OF)

Inky goodness - Dip

Inky goodness – Dip

Penguin: Green, Violet
China Ink: Black
FW Pearlesceint: Galactic Blue, Bell Bronze, Black, Silver Pearl, Genesis Green
Winsor & Newton: Canary Yellow, Emerald, Deep Red, White

Inky goodness - Various

Inky goodness – Various

Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Green
Lamy: Turquoise
J.Herbin: Rouge Hematite, Stormy Grey
Pelikan: Edelstein Ruby
Parker: Quink Black

Inky goodness - Vials

Inky goodness – Vials

Noodlers: Baystate Blue, Baystate Cape Cod Cranberry, Seqiouna Green, Mata Hari’s Cordial, 54th Massachusetts, Violet, Antietam, Ottoman Azure
Sheaffer: Kings Gold, Blue-Black, Red, Green, Brown, Turquoise
Diamine: Grape, Sargasso Sea, Ancient Copper, Autumn Oak, Chocolate Brown, Pumpkin, Oxblood
Lamy: Red, Blue-Black
J.Herbin: Café de Iles, Vert Olive, Poussiere de Lune, Stormy Grey
Montegrappa: Turquoise, Bordeaux
Mont Blanc: Oyster Grey, Irish Green, Toffee Brown
Pilot: Fuyu-syogun, Yama-budo
Rohrer & Klingner: Scabiosa, Alt-Goldgrun
Pelikan: 4001 Brilliant Black

Inky goodness - Cartridges

Inky goodness – Cartridges

Lamy: Blue, Green, Black, Neon Coral, Violet
Pelikan: Blue, Green, Black, Red
Platinum: Pink, Black
Pilot: Parallel mixables pack
Kaweco: Paradise Blue, Ruby Red, Summer Purple, Caramel Brown

Pens pens, so many pens...

Pens pens, so many pens…

Platinum Preppy: Pink (F), 1 Black Std (F), 1 Black converted to Eyedropper (F)
Lamy Safari: Neon Coral (M)
Lamy Vista: Clear (1.9mm)
Pilot: Metropolitan (M), Parallel (1.5mm, 2.4mm, 3.8mm, 6mm)
Artline Calligraphy Pen: Silver (2.5mm), Gold (2.5mm), Black (1mm, 2mm, 3mm)
Pentel: Color Brush Pen Brown
Sheaffer: VNM (M)
Noodlers: Ahab (Flex), Konrad(Flex), Nib Creaper (Flex), Free Eyedropper (F/M)
Jinhao: X750 (M/B)
Online: No idea what model, but metal model. Have both (F) and (1.4mm) nib units
Dip Pen: Copperplate nib – not offset, Speedball C-0, Speedball C-1, Speedball C-4, Speedball C-3, Speedball C-2, Leonardt -Round- 2
Edison: Edison Nouveau Premiere 2014 Fall Edition

If there is any specific ink you would like reviewed from this hoard – leave me
a comment below. I’ll start with the first request and work my way down.

M

 

Happy Fountain Pen Day!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy fountain pen day, its time to give your fountain pens a bit of extra love.

My way of celebrating is creating a molskine cashier book with a different doodle in a different colour on each page. 🙂 Not the best paper for fountain pens I know – but was the best available size for my goal at the time.

Unfortunately the original almost completed book kinda fell in a pond lol… so I had to start over. Because of this the book is only half done – but hey maybe i’ll be super productive and finish the whole book today….

And now…. prepare for fountain ink image overload!!! I call it my colour reference book. Ps: This is cream paper, so keep in mind the colour doesn’t pop as much as on white paper.

Lamy Neon Coral

Lamy Neon Coral

Noodlers Air Corps

Noodlers Air Corps

Pelikan Royal Blue

Pelikan Royal Blue

Sheaffer Blue Black

Sheaffer Blue Black

Noodlers Black Swan In Australian Roses (Original Formula)

Noodlers Black Swan In Australian Roses (Original Formula)

Sheaffer Brown

Sheaffer Brown

Sheaffer Kings Gold

Sheaffer Kings Gold

Noodlers X-Feather

Noodlers X-Feather

Sheaffer Green

Sheaffer Green

Pelikan Red

Pelikan Red

Pelikan Black

Pelikan Black

Lamy Blue Black

Lamy Blue Black

Lamy Turquoise

Lamy Turquoise

Noodlers Antietam

Noodlers Antietam – This one looks more brown in real life, somehow the camera seems to capture more red.

Lamy Violet

Lamy Violet

Sheaffer Turquoise

Sheaffer Turquoise

Which ones do you hate/love the most?

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? 🙂 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

Fountain Pen Ink Stash

Hi All,

Just a quick post with an overview of my current fountain pen ink stash.

I plan on reviewing them one by one – which one would you guys like me to review first?

Fountain pen ink stash.

Fountain pen ink stash.

Parker Quink – Black,  Noodlers – Black Swan In Australian Roses(old formula),  Pelikan Edelstein – Ruby,  Lamy Turquoise, Noodlers X-Feather, Pelikan 4001 Black, Sheaffer Skrip – Kings Gold, Noodlers – Air Corp, Generic Cartridge’s Blue, Monteverde – Florescent Orange  Cartridge’s, Pelikan Cartridge’s – Black, Pelikan Cartridge’s – Blue/Black, Pelikan Cartridge’s Green, Pelikan Cartridge’s Turquoise, Pelikan Cartridge’s Red, Pelikan Cartridge’s Blue, Pilot Parallel Mixable colour cartridge’s assorted 12, Lamy Cartridge’s Black, Lamy Cartridge’s Violet, Lamy Cartridge’s Green, Lmay Cartridge Blue and finally Lamy Cartridge’s Neon Coral.

 

Previous weekly word definition:

schadenfreude: Is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

Weekly Word: rhabdomancy

Any guesses bright sparks?

M.