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Taccia's Ebi (Purple-Red) (Shrimp)


Check out this interesting ink from a brand that has just started selling ink. The ink is labeled Nakabayashi, but I don't think they actually make it. I don't know who does, but I like this ink. Check it out below (alongside all sorts of other inks).

Written Review!

Close Ups!

The shading on this ink is pretty great. It's there, but the ink is saturated enough to be readable and unsaturated enough to be interesting. 

And the price is very nice. At a time when Sailor is shrinking their bottles to 20ml and raising their prices to $15, this is a good deal. 

Copy Paper Test

There's some bleed on this paper, but it performs so well elsewhere that I can totally overlook it.

Inky Fingers (Wheat Paper)

InkJournal Tomoe River

Video Review

Water Test

Cool lookin' smear left over when you put water on this ink, eh? It turns purple, but it's totally readable. I think this might make for some really near art-uses as well. 

 Annnnd that's really neat.

Color Comparisons

Pen Chalet sent this ink out for review, and I do my best to keep that sort of thing from lending bias to my reviews. No money changed hands, and not assurances were given aside from my honest review.

Monteverde Moonstone


Written Review


20lb Staples Copy Paper

Inky Fingers Currently Inked (Wheat Straw Paper)

Tomoe River Inkjournal

Video Review


Water Test Results

Color Comparisons

Monteverde Erinite


Monteverde is one of those ink companies that seems to fly under the radar. I'm not sure why that is. Perhaps it's because the inks are widely available and not all that expensive? Scarcity and a steep price seem to get the attention these days. Anyway, they're generally really good inks.

Contrary to form, one is only okay, and it's not really my cup of tea. It's a nice enough match for the gemstone that it's supposed to emulate, but that gem is fairly light and so the ink ends up being too pale for me. I think that if it were about 1/3 more saturated I'd really like it.

Check it out below and look for it at any of the Monteverde vendors you shop with. It's available in 30ml and 90ml bottles as well as samples. I'd go with a sample on this one but, at $8 for the smaller bottle, it's cheap enough to try out for fun.

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Staples 20lb Copy Paper:

Tomoe River Ink Journal:

Inky Fingers Currently Inked:

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Color Comparisons:

**I picked this ink up at the Pay It Forward table at a pen show. I'll be returning it to the PIF project for someone else to pick up and enjoy.**

Robert Oster Frankly Scarlet

Federalist Pens was the first US vendor for Robert Oster inks, and they marked their first anniversary with an ink called Frankly Blue. This year, for their second anniversary, they marked it with the release of Frankly Scarlet. As you can see in these images, Frankly Scarlet is a very dark red that's really more of a maroon to my eye. It's nicely saturated, and a little bit dry, but it flows just fine in the nibs that I used. I'd go for a wetter nib with this ink, though.

If you dig this ink, you can find it at Federalist Pens (link above) or at most other Robert Oster vendors. 

The Bottle:

Robert Oster's inks always come in these tall 50ml bottles. They're good bottles, with a big enough mouth to fit any fountain pen, though their shape means that you might have a hard time reaching the bottom when the ink gets low enough.

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Staples 20lb Copy Paper:

Tomoe River InkJournal:

Inky Fingers Currently Inked:

Water Test:


Video Review:

Color Comparisons:

This last one is more like what I think of when I think of scarlet.

**This bottle of ink was provided for review by Federalist Pens. No money changed hands, and no promises were given. WYSIWYG, YMMV, etc.**