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Monteverde Sweet Life Mango Mousse

2/21/20

I don't love this one. It's a little bit on the dry side, and it's way too light/bright for me. It's just not all that readable on good papers. When you write on crap paper, though, it's better. I've also heard that it's good with brushes and other methods that put lots of ink on paper. In a fountain pen, though, I'm not a fan.

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It's actually pretty good on this bad paper. Very little bleed, and the color is readable.


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The Bottle:

Perfectly cromulent little bottle.


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Dismal waterproofness, but that's to be expected from a yellow, really.



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**I bought this ink. Thanks for the help, Patrons!**

Blackstone Blue Cashmere SuSeMai Ink

2/17/20

This blurple ink was given to me by John from Lemur Ink at the Philly pen show this year, and I had to tell him that I wasn't sure I wanted to take it on. I'm a noted purple-hater. Anyway, it turned out totally fine.

Blue Cashmere is a limited run ink from Blackstone in the SuSeiMai series (Super Secret Ink Maker). A little Googling tells me that this ink was one of the original inks available in powdered form, and that idea didn't work out because it was easier to ship from Australia but more of a pain than people wanted to deal with. I like ink, but I'm not at the "make my ink at home" stage.

Apparently I am at the "use a blurple ink in my orange and teal pen" stage, though, because I really like this one. It's just enough of a purple to not look black or blue, but not enough to spring my "ew, purple" reflex. The flow is moderate, and there's a little bit of shading on coated papers. Not a whole lot on the uncoated stuff, though.

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This one is only okay on the 20lb paper, but it performs as well as a roller ball would, so that's good enough for me. It's just better on better paper.


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**I got this ink for free. It was implied that I'd review it, but mostly it was just to try out and see if it was any good. That doesn't change my reviews, though, and what you see is what I got. YMMV.**

Blackstone's Lemur Lime

2/11/20

(So this is a repost. I accidentally deleted the previous version of this post. I really don't know how I did that. )

This is "John from Lemur Inks convinces Mike to try inks he doesn't think he'll like" week on the blog. I'm all for it.

Lemur Lime is a store exclusive made in Australia and sold at Lemur Ink. In the bottle, it looks like an ink that I'd be disappointed in. It's sort of pale and yellow and it reminds me of past disappointments like Robert Oster Sublime or Iroshizuku Chiku Rin.

On the page, though, it really pops. It's a great green, and it's a rare thing to pull off this shade in a way that's so bright and readable. Check it out below!

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**I got this bottle for free for review purposes, but that doesn't change my reviews in any way I know of. What you see is what I got. YMMV.**

Diamine Inkvent!

1/14/20
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?

Yep.

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!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-cEkx4tiIG0nVUDuXzY0rTzP7jQxn7F