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"Where've you been, Mike?!"

I just realized that it's been a few weeks since I posted to this part of the blog. If you're a person who only experiences Inkdependence in this medium, then it probably seems that I've just dropped off of the radar. For that, I apologize. I haven't quit pens and ink, or anything. I'm still here!

So, where've I been? Well, I've been on YouTube, mostly. The last couple of weeks have been full of unboxing videos and quick-looks at some things that I've bought, or been sent, for review. I'll link them into this post just in case you don't subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Also! I do a live hang-out on Fridays at 4pm Eastern Time.

My posting schedule will be a little bit erratic right now. It's the end of the semester, and this college lecturer has a bunch of stuff that has to be done now. I haven't even gotten my Christmas lights up yet! Sheesh.

See ya soon!

Here are the links to what I've been doing lately:

Kyo-Iro Soft Snow of Ohara


I think this is the first Kyo-Iro ink I've reviewed, and I hope all of them are as cool as Soft Snow of Ohara. This is a pretty new line of inks being carried by Anderson Pens, and they provided the sample for this review. I've got a couple more of these inks in the pipeline, and they're a cool new brand to have around. These inks are all made for the TAG stationary store in Kyoto, Japan. I think I have samples of all of the inks in the Kyo-Iro and Kyo-no-oto line, so let me know which ones you'd like to see reviewed.

Written Review


Copy Paper Test

There's a little bit of bleed on this paper, but it's not too bad. Also a little bit of feathering from the Cleo Skribent pen, for some reason. The FC's broad stub puts down more ink, but it behaved a little better.

Ink Journal Tomoe River

Inky Fingers Journal (Wheat straw paper)

Color Comparisons!

I didn't have anything in a pen that was all that close to Soft Snow, so I've got a bunch of cards to compare.

I thought it was going to be pretty close to the Purple Rock from Robert Oster, but it's not really all that close. Oh well.

Water Test and Video Review

Bonus Shot!

Robert Oster's Frankly Blue

Ink provided for review by Federalist Pens! Thanks!

 This is the ink that Robert Oster made to celebrate the first anniversary of Robert Oster inks in the USA. Federalist Pens was their first distributor, and that shop is owned by a really nice guy named Frank. What else would Robert Oster make to mark this occasion, but a dusky blue ink with some sheen! I tell ya, he's really got the market cornered on that sort of ink.

Check out this neat ink in the pictures below, the differences in the look of this ink from different nibs, and a whole raft of color comparisons! And, not for nothing, the video for this ink has a pretty good blooper at the end. Just sayin'.

Written Review

Close Ups:

Copy Paper Test

 A little bit of bleed from the Sailor Music Stub, but that's to be expected.

Other Papers!

Inky Fingers wheat paper:

 Ink Journal's Tomoe River

 Inky Fingers wheat paper:

Color Comparisons!

 Looking for a more expensive way to get this ink? Mix your own with Sailor's Storia inks!


Water Test and Video Review

***This ink was provided free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are mine, and all of the pictures are mine. Your mileage may vary. No guarantees were given, no money changed hands, and none of these are affiliate links.***

Platinum Classic Cassis Black

Thanks for the ink sample, Anderson Pens!

 Another iron gal ink!? Yep!

This interesting maroonish ink is named after the cassis liqueur that's made from black currents. The color of this ink does remind me of a berry juice stain, now that I know what I'm looking at. Really, this ink is a little on the light side for me. It darkens from a slightly pinker color to the sort of burgundy that you see in the pictures. It's not a very dramatic change, but it's there.

On the positive side, this ink's behavior on cheap copy paper is perfect. No bleeding, no feathering, and no spreading. It's also got some water resistance. It dries quickly, and it doesn't feel quite as dry on the nib as the other iron galls in this set. It's a perfectly good ink if you're into this color. If only it were a little more saturated...

Written Review

Close Ups

Tomoe River InkJournal

Inky Fingers Currently Inked Journal

Staples 20lb Copy Paper

 See? Perfect. In fact, I really like the way that it looks on this paper as opposed to the fancier ones.

Color Comparisons


Water Test and Video Review

**This ink sample was provided, free of charge, for review by Anderson Pens. No money has changed hands, and nothing was promised. As always, what you see is what I got.**