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Blackstone's Lemur Lime


Hi Folks! This bottle of ink was given to me for review by John over at Lemur Ink, and I was nervous about accepting it. These light greens are not usually my jam, and I didn't want to have to say that I didn't like an ink that a friend of mine had a hand in designing. It reminded me of Robert Oster Sublime and Iroshizuku Chiku-Rin, and I haven't actually reviewed either of those because I just haven't been motivated to use them enough to review them. They're too light for me, and they don't show up on the page all that well.

Fortunately (for all of us), Lemur Lime isn't what I anticipated. It's a bright green ink that absolutely pops off of the page. It goes down a little light, but it quickly darkens into the form you see here. Really cool. Very usable. It's great in this fine (or medium?) nib, and I'm sure it'll be even better in a wider nib.

Written Review

Close Ups!

Check out the color in that swatch! Really great.

Below, you can see the shading you get from this ink. It goes from a yellow to a dark green.

Water Test:
 So, I forgot to take the "before" pictures. I know. 3/4 professional at best. As you can see below, there's no water resistance. At all. Keep water away from this one.

Staples 20lb 30% Recycled Copy Paper

 On Wheat Straw Paper

On Tomoe River Paper

Color Comparisons!

The Chromatography

The Bottle

The Video!

**This ink was given to me by Lemur Ink for review, but no promises were made and this doesn't change my review in anyway I can see. What you see is what I got. **

Diamine Inkvent!

Okay, I made it through the entire Inkvent with videos made every day from December 1-25. Whew!

So, what do I think of the Diamine Inkvent calendar? I think it was really fun. It's not cheap, but you're getting 24 7ml bottles of ink and one 30ml bottle on Christmas Day. The inks were said to be unique to the Inkvent calendar, and it appears that they might add some of them to the regular line up if people ask for them.

Did I ask for some?


I didn't take pictures of all of them for the blog. It was too much work, frankly. I barely kept up with the daily videos as it was!

Here's the first one:

Here's a link to the playlist of all 25 Inkvent videos. Check them out!

Birmingham Pen Co. Albert Einstein Relative Cadmium


So, this is a review that I put together a long while back, and I haven't posted until today. It actually put me off of posting for a while. The images that I uploaded didn't match the original file that I had on my computer. It was a different shade between the two programs, and I was really frustrated. I think they're better now, but be aware that this might change, and it's something weird in the Google software that's doing that. Maybe it's a compression thing when they're uploaded? I don't know.

Any-who, I've been a big fan of the Birmingham inks that I've tried. This one is sort of an exception, though. It should be right up my alley, but I don't care for it all that much. It has a really weird flow to it such that it barely writes in my Sailor, and it gushes from my Faber-Castell. And the swatch bled on Rhodia? Weird. Weird. Weird.

Written Review

Close Ups!

It's so variable. Too variable, some might say.

The Bottle

The bottles are really nice. Glass bottles with a label that tells the story of the ink's name and they now come in a little white box to keep the light out. Approved!

The Pens

These two were just screaming for this ink, right? Oddly, the color on the page matches the opposite pen. The Sailor was light and the FC was dark.

Staples 20lb Copy Paper

Unsatisfying color with good bad-paper performance or a nice color with bad performance on bad-paper. Make your choice!

InkJournal Tomoe River

All good, here.

Inky Fingers Currently Inked

All good here, too. The Ondoro really liked this paper.

Water Test

Video Review

 Color Comparisons!

KWZ Warsaw Dreaming


Written Review

Thanks go to Dromgoole's for providing this ink for review. I'd probably have overlooked it if y'all hadn't said I should check it out.

Pens Used

The VP at the top wasn't the ideal pen for this ink. It gave me some hard-starts and hesitation, but once the ink started flowing it was just fine. Probably because the ink is a bit thicker than average and the VP's design makes it  The JoWo nib on the MCM pen at the bottom was great with this ink, though. 

The Bottle

60ml and $15 at Dromgoole's. 

Close Ups

See? It's a dark blue. I didn't know that until I was writing this review. It's so dark it's basically black. I think you'd probably need a folded nib or something to see the blue. 

Staples Copy Paper

Some spread on the terrible paper, and a little bit of bleed through. Not a lot, but the paper isn't good. 

Ink Journal: Tomoe River

This paper is good, and the ink is great here. 

Inky Fingers: Wheat Straw Paper

This paper is also good. 

Water Test

A little bit of a mess, but it's still sorta readable.

Video Review

Color Comparisons

**This ink was given to me by Dromgoole's for review. That doesn't change my review in any way that I'm aware of. What you see is what I got. Your mileage may very. Etc. **