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Franklin-Christoph's New Ink: Bronze Age!



New inks! Those are always the best kinds of inks, if you ask me. I also like inks in this odd sort of brownish tone. It's a color that I was tempted to file under the "swamp vibes" category, but I'm not sure it really fits. It does match the slightly tarnished look of one of my bronze pens. Not a full tarnish, and not a shiny bronze, but like a slightly used bronze pen color. It's neat. 

Check it out at Franklin-Christoph's webpage.

The Review Page

Cool color, good flow, an excellent chromatography, and a really attractive price point. What's not to love in a brown ink?

Some Close-Ups

Copy Paper Test

Both of these nibs are on the wider side (even though one is marked "fine"), and so the performance on this bottom-tier paper is pretty average, I'd say. 

Other Papers

This first one is a wheat straw paper, which is fairly normal, but really good for fountain pen ink. Something like sugarcane paper. 

These two are on Tomoe River paper. The original recipe. 

Color Comparisons

That Birmingham Pen Co. ink is fairly close, but a bit more yellow than Bronze Age. I'm not sure if they make that ink anymore, either. 

So, for $9.25? I think it's totally worth it. 

Video Review

** This ink was sent out for review by Franklin-Christoph. I try not to let that sway my reviews, but what you see is what you get. **

Chicago Pen Show 2024: Papier Plume's Faceless Lady

It's Chicago Pen Show time, and that means that it's time for a new exclusive ink from Papier Plume! This one is based on he statue of Ceres (the Roman Goddess of Agriculture) of that graces the top of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. According to the PBS article on this statue, there weren't any buildings that were tall enough for anyone to see the statue from at the time it was built, and so the artist (John H. Storrs) didn't bother to cast a face that he thought no one would ever see anyway. 

Now, of course, there  are plenty of tall buildings around it, and so we see this very cool statue. 

The ink inspired by the Faceless Lady is a really nice green color with a hit of silvery shimmer. The flow has been great in this TWSBI Eco, and I really like the way it looks on the page. It's got this excellent verdigris look to it that really makes it look similar to the weathered aluminum of the statue. 

Let's get some images in here!

The Review Page

Some Close Ups

Copy Paper Test!

Some Other Papers

These are my two go-to papers for my "Currently Inked" notebooks. The first one is original recipe Tomoe River, and the second is wheat straw paper. 

Color Comparisons

I have lots of greens, and lots of greens that are in this color-area, but I don't have anything that is super close to Faceless Lady's sort of lichen-tarnish color. 

So there you have it! The Faceless Lady is pretty great, and you should pick it up if you're at the Chicago Pen Show this weekend. If you're not there (like I'm not there), then perhaps they'll put the remainder of it online after the show. Or maybe make more? This is very cool, and would make a good addition to their lineup. 

Video Review

** This ink was sent out for review by Papier Plume. I try not to let that sway my reviews, but what you see is what you get. There may be affiliate links in this post. They help support my blogging and YouTube-ing, so it's cool if you choose to use them. Also cool if you don't. **