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TiScribe-HL on Kickstarter now!


And now for something totally different!

This is the first highlighter that I've reviewed on this blog, and it's the first machined highlighter that I've seen or used. I don't know what the market is for this, but it seems to be present because the kickstarter is really funded right now.

Okay, so a little bit about the project!

You might remember the previous project from Kelvin, the TiScribe fountain pen. It was a small pocket pen made from titanium, brass, or copper and it was pretty good. It was a little small for me, and it didn't post, but the work was a good proof of concept, and I hear the larger version was very popular on Kickstarter.

Well, Kelvin has taken the size of the larger version, added options like clips or (really powerful) magnets to the cap, made it post, and made it into a highlighter. It's a cool idea, and the finished product is solid.

In the pictures above and below you can see what this thing looks like. It's got o-rings at top and bottom and a few in-between.  Mine has a neodymium magnet in the cap, and it's got the power to hold the entire pen perpendicular to the metal surface that you've got it stuck to. I didn't think it was going to work with this heavy copper body, but it totally does. I hear that the production version of the pen will actually have an even larger magnet. That'll certainly do the job.

 The threads at the end are not where you're going to put your fingers, so no worries about sharp threads.

 Internals and parts:

 An o-ring keeps the refill snug in the barrel, and keeps the metal parts separated and tight. There are no rattles in this pen.

It posts! Hooray!


Copper pens are always going to be heavy. If you want a lighter one, go for the Ti option. I think that we need to judge a copper highlighter a little differently, though. You're not writing with this for pages. You're highlighting a few words and moving on. Thus, I don't think that weight is much to worry about. 

The Montblanc highlighter refill is bright and it seems to work really well on printed things. The catch is that performance is going to depend on the printer you have, the ink, and the paper you're using. Expect the same issues you'd have with any other highlighter. This one is replaceable, though, so that's cool. 

Okay, so if you like what you're seeing, you can go check it out at Kickstarter for the next couple of weeks. 

Let me know in the comments if there's room for a machined highlighter in your daily carry or desk usage. This thing is tough as nails, and very well designed, so it could be filling that void for you.

Here's the Video Review:

Cross Violet

Ink sample provided by Anderson Pens.

 Check out this purple!

As soon as I swatched this one, I knew it was going to be the stand-out of the bunch.  (The Cross Blue-Black is really cool, though. Check it out.) This is a color that is hard to capture in words, as there are so many different variants of purple. This one is a dark violet. Not as dark as Dark Lilac, but perhaps neighbors. I really like this color.

Take a look at the pics below, and give the video a watch. Let me know what you think.

Written Review

Close Ups!

Weird that the swatch bled through the Rhodia a little bit. It doesn't bleed through copy paper, but this was kind of a lot of ink. Also, it dried really quickly. I usually film the swatching at regular speed, stop it, and start a new video as a time-lapse to catch the drying phase for Instagram. This ink actually dried so fast that I didn't have time to catch that second video. Pretty awesome drying time on Rhodia!

Copy Paper Test


Color Comparisons

Video Review and Water Drop Test

**This ink sample was provided by Anderson Pens in exchange for my honest review. The review is mine alone, and all YMMV. **

New Sailor Inks on the Horizon!

So many awesome new inks!

I got these samples from Brian and Lisa this weekend, and I couldn't be more excited. We lost a bunch of cool inks when Sailor released the last set, but these are just an addition to the line. Hooray! Check out the images below, and let me know which ones are on your must-have list.

Conklin's 2016 DC Pen Show Ink


 So, this is going to be a short review because you probably can't get ahold of this ink very easily. It was the ink that was given away in the swag bag at the DC Show this last August, and it doesn't seem to have a name. That's irritating, and it means that I don't know if you can get this anywhere else because I don't know what it is.

What I can tell you is that it works just fine. It's an okay blue that runs a little thin, and it certainly looks better from a wetter nib. It is only okay from the medium nib on my Vanishing Point, but it's actually really nice from the 1.1 stub on my Conklin. I think the issue is that the ink is a little on the thin side, so it just needs a wet nib to bring out the character. In thinner, drier nibs it's just kinda lackluster.

Written Review

Close -Ups!

Copy Paper Test

It works pretty well on the copy paper. There's just a little spotting on from the 1.1 nib, but that's not bad at all.


In a PenHabit Currently Inked Book:

Water Test and Video Review

So, I'm kinda "meh" on this ink. It was worth every penny, but it's getting washed out of my vanishing point real soon. If you're going to make a blue ink, you've got to make an interesting blue ink. It's a crowded field, and this one doesn't quite cut the mustard. It does look really nice in my Conklin's stub though...

I'm not sure where you can find this ink, but if you find it let me know in a comment.

Diamine Magical Forest (Nibs & Nails!)

Ink sample provided by Anderson Pens.

Yep, Nibs & Nails are back! It's been a little while since we've done one of these combo posts, but we're back with another ink and nail polish combo. Hooray!

Magical Forest is a bright green that makes me think of golf-course grass or pine needles or AstroTurf. I really like the color, and it makes me realize how blue my (current) favorite green really is. This one is more of a pure green, far warmer than the Emerald 357.

And, of course, it's a Shimmertastic ink. This one might have the best behavior of them all. The silver shimmer in this ink doesn't seem to cause the stoppages that other Shimmertastic inks did. I've had it in the same pen since July, and I haven't had any issues with it in that time. The nib on this pen is slightly wet, and the feeds that Franklin-Christoph uses with their #6 nibs are really good so that helps. Either way, this ink didn't cause any issues.

Check it out below, and check out the nail polish version of this ink over at Audrey's blog:

Written Review

Emerald of Chivor looks really blue in this shot, but I think it's because I just dipped that nib for this sample, and I think it came out a little weird. Emerald of Chivor doesn't usually look like this. Oh well. At least it's not an Emerald of Chivor review.


This last one is taken in some direct sunlight. The little dots are the shadows of rain drops on the window. It as a rainy day in the Magical Forest. Also, that's a hair from Mr. Nose. He's a silly cat and his hairs are inescapable. He also tried to jump on my lap while I was recording the video. I think you can hear me yelp from the claws. He loves, though.

That shimmer.


As I said above, the Emerald of Chivor is really heavy in this image. I dipped that nib and it is way darker and more blue than it ought to be. The Emerald 357 looks a little washed out, too, now that I look at it. The Aquamarine and Magical Forest look dead on, though.


Copy Paper Test

Ink Journal (Tomoe River)

Currently Inked Notebook (from Pen Habit)

Water Test and Video Review

If you're looking for a happy green ink with a nice amount of silver shimmer, then Magical Forest is probably going to be your jam.

**This ink sample was provided for review by Anderson Pens.**