4/20/15

Toucan Primrose


I've hardly reviewed any yellow inks (actually, this might be the first), and that's because they're not that great to write with. This is an ink that is going to be a hit with sketchers, but probably not for those of us who just write with our inks. I'm also thinking that it could be a decent highlighter ink, but it's not a fluorescent ink.

Please note, though, that this ink looks differently in different lights. I've white-corrected these images in my camera, so the ink stands out a bit more than average. There's a camera phone photo below that will show the ink in brighter light, and the contrast is far lower.


Written Review:


Close-ups!


It's really bright, and it flows really well. I didn't have any problems with this ink while I was using it. At least, I didn't have any problems aside from it being too light/bright to read easily. 


The lighting on this ink really does matter, though. Here's a picture that I took with my camera phone right now. It's brighter in my office right now, and the camera doesn't white-correct nearly as well. It's much more difficult to discern the writing in that photo. Also, there's a streak on there that is a highlighter that I tried out in the video to see if it would be a decent highlighter. I think it could be.



Ink Comparisons

I didn't have any yellow inks to compare it to, but I think you can get an idea of the hue from this picture.


 Chromatography

This is one of those monochromatic inks. It doesn't have much hope of being water-resistant, though.


Copy Paper Test


There's no bleed that I can see, here, but it's a pretty light ink, so it would probably be difficult to tell anyway.



Water-Drop Test and Video Review



Toucan Primrose is a very bright ink, and it's not going to be for everyone. It'll work best for those who want to mix inks or do some sketching or highlighting.

You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. They're out of the full size at press time, but check out a sample, at least.


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The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.

4/14/15

Toucan Gold


Toucan's Gold is an interesting ink. It's the sort of ink that I'm on the fence about. It's a cool color, but it's just barely dark enough to use in most cases. I think it gets darker as it dries, but it still pretty light. If it were only a bit darker it would be in contention for one of the great oranges. Maybe darken it up a bit by mixing it with one of the other Toucan inks? 


Written Review


Close-Ups



Color Comparisons

Yeah, I don't have any other gold inks to compare this one to. At least not now. It's lighter than Apache Sunset and Habanero, and I think it's just a little darker than


Copy Paper Test



Chromatography



Water Drop Test and Video Review



Toucan Gold is an interesting ink. I'd love to know what you would use it for.

You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. They're out of the full size at press time, but check out a sample, at least.


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


The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.

4/10/15

Toucan Scarlet


Shoot, I totally thought that I'd posted this on Monday. It's been a heck of a week, Dear Readers. I'm so glad that it's Friday. So glad.

Here we have Toucan's Scarlet, another in the set of inks that was graciously sent out to me by Brian & Lisa at Anderson Pens. This is, I think, the best red in the set. It's not really what I think of when I think of a scarlet ink, but I do really like it. It's not a blood red at all, and that's kinda nice. Lots of people want a bloody red in their collection, but this less-morbid red is nice to have.

Check out the review below.

Written Review


Close-Ups!





Ink Comparisons


I think this ink darkens a little as it dries, but you can see in the close-up below that it is more orange than the Noodler's inks below it. It actually starts out lighter than it ends up, and it is more orange-y at the start, too.


 Chromatography

A more complicated ink than most of the others in this collection, Scarlet definitely has hints of orange and pink as well as the dominant red hue.



Copy Paper Test


You can see just a little bit of bleed through this copy paper, but keep in mind that this is a macro shot, and these little bleeds aren't going to interfere with your normal writing, I wouldn't think.


Water Drop Test and Video Review



Toucan's Scarlet is a pretty solid red ink. It's well behaved, and it's going to work well for folks who don't want a blood-red. The water-resistance of this ink leaves a lot to be desired, but the mix-ability and behavior makes up for that for me.  You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. They're out of the full size at press time, but check out a sample, at least.


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The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.

4/1/15

Check out the new Franklin-Christoph pen: The Model 20 Marietta



Some folks are bored by pure black pens, but this one is extra-sharp lookin' to me. It's going to be a hit with the folks (like my wife) who really want to have a slip cap on their pens.

Head over to Franklin-Christoph's site to check it out. (The price is $145 right now, but that's going up to $165 in May, so get 'em while they're hot.)

3/27/15

Toucan Bright Blue


 This is the best blue of the group, and one of my favorites, overall. Bright Blue is just that: a bright blue. It's on the light side of the blue spectrum, but not a turquoise. The flow on this ink is great, even after quite a while in the pen. This ink has been in this pen for a long time, and I sometimes don't use it for several days at a time, but it didn't give me any hard starts that I can think of. Smooth sailing, really.

Check it out below.

Written Review


Close-ups!





 This isn't the most formal sort of blue, but it's a very readable sort of blue for notes or missives or whatever.


There's some shading in this ink even from the fairly fine nib of this Lancelot.  I imagine it would do even more of that in a broad nib. I've used up the vast majority of this ink, though, so I can't really test that.


Copy Paper Test

 No problems here. Good behavior on all counts.

Chromatography





Ink Comparisons 

This ink is bright, but it's not like a turquoise (as you can see below). It's not really formal enough for most people's work, but it's a great ink for general writing.



 Ink Review Video and Water Drop Test

I took this video with our new camera, and the video came out really well (full HD), but it took an age to upload to YouTube. I don't know if I'll do that again. Anyway, check it out in HD.





The Final Words:

Toucan's Bright Blue is a really good blue ink. It's well behaved, and it's going to work well for folks who don't need a super-formal blue. You can (only) find bags and samples over at Anderson Pens. A 60ml bag goes for $10. They're out of the full size at press time, but check out a sample, at least.


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The ink for this review was provided free of charge by Anderson Pens. The review was all mine, however.

3/23/15

OMAS Red


So, when I reviewed OMAS Blue, I mentioned that I had not been impressed with the last OMAS ink that I'd tried. Well, it turns out that I hadn't actually posted the aforementioned review. HERE IT IS!

OMAS Red is a fine ink. It's just not all that read. It's a sort of pale not-pink. I think it's about as weak as a red ink can be without becoming pink. There's nothing wrong with it, exactly, but it's just not making the statement that I think a red ink should. (I've got a couple of really serious reds in pens right now, and they're much more saturated.)

The flow (which I forgot to actually address on the written review) was a bit anemic. Maybe it would be better in a really wet pen, but even the ink swatch is a very light color, so I'm guessing that it wouldn't change all that much. 


Written Review

Close Ups!





Chromatography

There's a whole lot of pink in this one. 


Copy Paper Test

The ink works really well on all sorts of papers, and the below was written with a dipped pen (because I lost the original sample) so it will be a little heavier than a regularly-inked fountain pen.  Still, though, it didn't bleed through.



Ink Comparisons

There are actually another couple of reds that I added to the list when I was doing the review video. 


Water Drop Test and Video Review



If you'd like to get a bottle of this ink, then check it out here for $15.50 roughly 2oz. It's also available in samples for $1.25, and I'd really recommend a sample for this one. It's not an ink that I'll be going back to, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't check it out. I'm sure it will have fans out there.

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