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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. **

3 Oysters Cool Gray


This is a really nice grey ink. See below!

Written Review

Close Ups

Paper Test: 20 lb Copy Paper

Paper Test: Ink Journal Tomoe River Paper

Paper Test: Inky Fingers Currently Inked Wheat Straw Paper


Water Test

Video Review

Color Comparisons