11/20/14

Stipula Musk Green


So, I've got a lot of inks, and I like lots of them, but I don't have all that many favorites. This one is a favorite. It was also a surprise, which is very cool.

I actually got this one a long while ago. It was at least last spring. Anywho, I ordered a bunch of ink samples, and one of them wasn't available or I accidentally ordered two of the same one, or something like that. Lisa caught it, and offered to send me something else in exchange so I told her to just pick a fun one and throw it in there. I ended up with the (unattractively named) Musk Green. I hadn't tried very many of Stipula's inks (maybe only a couple?), but I went ahead and loaded it up anyway.

This ink isn't a very green ink. It's more like a green-brown with a touch of yellow, I think. It has a perfect flow in my TWSBI 540's fine nib, and there's no feathering or spreading on copy papers and it only barely shows through without bleeding. That's good stuff. It also shades really well on Rhodia (and a little bit on copy paper).

I used this one for a long time, and I only stopped using it because I needed to use that pen for some reviews. Anyone else tried this ink? Am I a little nuts?



CLOSE-UPS!





Chromatography!

 That's some pretty cool chromatography, right? Almost no brown or green in this green-brown ink. 

Copy Paper Test



Ink Comparison


Water Drop Test and Video Review


If you're looking for a funky ink that is also awesome, then check it out at Anderson Pens (that's where I got mine). Bottles run $25.00 for 70ml (2oz), and 3ml samples for $1.25. I'd advise a sample, at least. It's a weird color, it's a little expensive, and it ain't gonna be for everyone. It is great, though. Let me know what you think.

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11/17/14

Anderson Pens' Fox River Blues


Hey folks, it's a new set of inks! I'm always psyched to have a brand new ink to show, and that's what we've got tonight. Anderson Pens has enlisted the Scribal Workshop to remake some inks for them. This boutique-ink company isn't making their lines of fountain pen inks any longer, except for the Anderson's inks. I was a little skeptical when the Andersons told me who was making their exclusive line.

I've been critical of some of these inks in the past. I found them to smell weird or be so dry that they were unusable. Fortunately, the inks have been reformulated to be less dry and draggy. I've used all seven inks in the set, and there's only one that I'm concerned about. This ain't it.

I really like this ink. More than anything else, this is a fantastic color. It's a great medium blue. I love the midnight tones in there. It doesn't bleed, feather, or spread on copy paper. It does show through, but it's not a big deal. I think the one problem with this ink is that it needs a bigger nib than I gave it. It's on the dry side, and it needed a little coaxing to get it flowing if I left the pen on the desk for a couple of days. For some pens, that's going to be a feature (and not a problem). So, put this in a pen with generous flow and let it rip.


Close Ups!

 That color...awesome. 





Copy Paper Test



Ink Comparisons!


Video Review and Water Drop Test




If you've a wet nib that needs a really cool blue, then check it out at Anderson Pens. Bottles are $12.50 for 60ml (2oz), and 3ml samples for $1.25. I'd advise a sample, at least.

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Thanks very much to Brian and Lisa for sending this ink out for me to try! 

**While this ink was a press sample, the review is all mine.**

11/13/14

Kaweco Royal Blue


Jet Pens is back on the blog! I've missed them as they worked through a reorganization, but they were kind enough to send this little bottle of Kaweco ink a couple of weeks ago, and it's a good one.

Kaweco doesn't put the name of their ink on the bottles, so when I wrote the review I just called it blue. A little research tells me that it's called "Royal Blue", but it doesn't really seem like a royal blue to me. It's closer to a periwinkle. The color has a pronounced purple tinge to it. It also shades pretty well, and there's not all that much bleed/feather/spread on copy paper. There is some, though, as this is a pretty thin ink. It runs wet, and this nib is a little wet, so it wasn't a great combo. It would probably be great in a drier nib. I like this bright ink, even though it's purple-ish.


Close ups!



I don't usually photograph the back of the review sheet because most inks don't come through the back of Rhodia's paper. This #14 pad is kinda weak, though. I don't know why, but ink and the water from the water tests seem to come through this paper more than it should. Anyone heard of Rhodia changing their papers, or did I just get a weird one?



Chromatography

This chromatography shows some potential for water-resistance, but lots of the blue and purple tones fled to the right-hand side of the strip.


Copy Paper Test



Compare!


Here are some other blues to compare it to. The Fox River Blues an Blue Bonnet are both darker blues, but this comparison really brings out the purple in the Kaweco ink. 


The Bottle!

I don't usually get bottles of ink, but this one was a Jet Pens gift, They're nice little bottles, but they are little. The short, wide form factor is going to require you to fill with a syringe pretty soon. It'll fit your big nibs better than a J. Herbin bottle (it's got a bigger opening), but it's not very deep. It's a fun bottle, though, and the styling is cool. I do wish the ink's name were on the bottle, though.





Video Review and Water Drop Test






If you're into this purple-y blue ink, then check it out at Jet Pens. Bottles are $17.50 for 30ml, but you can get 6 cartridges for $2.30. I would go for a pack of cartridges or a sample of this ink if you're not sure about the color or the performance.

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Thanks very much to Jet Pens for sending this ink out for me to try!

11/10/14

Sheaffer Turquoise


I mentioned that I'd been using a bunch of turquoise inks. Well, here's another one. I think the color is just a little bit off, but not a whole lot. It's a little more green in real life, but it's still slightly on the blue side of turquoise.

I've used this ink in a couple of different pens, now, and I really don't regret getting it. I probably wouldn't have, but the Sheaffer converters are pretty expensive (for converters) and these cartridges are really good for refilling. They don't have a neck that can split (like most of the standard international carts), so you can use them indefinitely. That's a good feature.

This ink is a very smooth one, and it runs a bit wet. There aren't any hard starts from this ink. Excellent stuff. My hand writing is way worse with this nib, but that's only because I didn't have any idea how to use it when I wrote the review. Architect grinds are a little tricky.


Close ups!

 There's some shading on this paper, but you don't really see that on regular papers.

Ink Comparisons

 These are the closest to the right color, I think. They're still a smidge too blue, but very close. You'll like the color.
Here it is next to some other Turquoise inks. It's very close to the Caran d'Ache. 

Copy Paper Test



Chromatography


Review Video and Water Drop Test



If you're into this blue ink, and there's no real reason you shouldn't be, then check it out at  Anderson Pens. Get a sample or some cartridges or a bottle and test it out for yourself.

If you like what you see here, then please head on over to Patreon to see how you can help support Inkdependence.

11/5/14

J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche


I didn't have a whole lot to say about this ink. It's a fine turquoise, but it's also a really average turquoise. I only had one cartridge of this ink, and it was in that Kaweco for so long that I don't really remember where I got it. I kinda think it was something that Elaine from JetPens threw into a package for me, but I can't find that little baggie, so I don't know for sure. Let's go ahead and give them credit for sending it, anyway.

Bleu Pervenche tends to change a little bit in the light, and it came out looking much more blue in these pictures than it usually appears. As you'll see below, in the comparison, it is pretty much the same color as Sheaffer Turquoise and Caran d'Ache's Hypnotic Turquoise. All of those are a bit lighter than the Montblanc Balzac. Of the 4, I really liked the Montblanc best. It might have been some turquoise-burnout, but I had a hard time getting excited about this ink. It's a fine ink. A little bit of bleed on the copy paper, but nothing egregius.

I just realized that I have been misspelling the name of this ink the whole time. I don't have the cartridge any longer, though, so I can't re-do the review, and you're going to have to forgive me that mistake.


Close-Ups!





 Comparison


 Here's a cut-out of those turquoise inks. They're all pretty similar.


Copy Paper Test



Chromatography




Ink Review Video and Water Drop Test




If you're into this blue ink, and there's no real reason you shouldn't be, then check it out at Jet Pens and Anderson Pens. Get a sample or some cartridges (those little cans are very cool) and test it out for yourself.


If you like what you see here, then please head on over to Patreon to see how you can help support Inkdependence.