Friday, October 20, 2017

Serious Nibbage Porsche TecFlex

Thank you to De Roos for lending us this Porsche TecFlex fountain pen to review! Reviews, writing samples, and previous Serious Nibbage episodes can be found on the Fountain Pen Reviews page and Serious Nibbage page!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ink Shot Review: @RobertOsterInk Ryde Green @MilligramStore

Did you know Notemaker has changed their name to Milligram Store? Same great stuff, new name! Milligram sent over six Robert Oster inks for me to review and share with you here, so let's start with one of my favorites - Ryde Green! I'm a sucker for a shading, vibrant green any day.
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ABOUT

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Color: Green
Bottle: 50 ml
Price: $15.62 USD
Where to buy: Milligram
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PROS

  • Easy to fill from bottle.
  • A fun, legible green, even in finer nibs.
  • Easy to clean.
  • A gorgeous, vibrant green with great shading.
  • Looks so good in a clear pen!
  • The label on top of the cap of the bottle has the name of the ink printed on it, as well as a tiny ink swab so it's easy to spot in your ink drawer/cabinet.
  • Easy to store bottles.
  • Robert Oster is a really nice guy, so I feel happy to support his creations.


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    CONS

    • Um... basically nothing.

    OVERALL

    Ryde Green is a gorgeous, vibrant green. I think it's absolutely beautiful and shows great shading. This is my favorite kind of green - rich and real, nicely saturated, well-behaved. Just beautiful. I love it.



    I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Wordless Wednesday

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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    Ink Shot Review: Diamine Music Wagner @AppelboomLaren

    Thanks to Appelboom for sending this ink for review! This might be my favorite one of the Music bunch!
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    ABOUT

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    Color: Green (olive? yellow?)
    Bottle: 30 ml
    Price: $54.01 USD for the set (without tax) for the full set!
    Where to buy: Appelboom
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    PROS 

    • A unique color! I love colors like this!
    • Excellent shading.
    • Looks really cool in wet, wide nibs and in flex nibs.
    • Nice sheen.
    • Adorable little bottle.
    • Bottle is easy to fill from when it's full.
    • Comes in a cute set with a storage box.
    • Well behaved.
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    CONS

    • When your bottle gets low on ink, it's hard to fill from. 
    • Shows a little bleed through, but it's not so bad for the most part.

    OVERALL

    This ink is one of my favorites of the set, because it's unique and has great shading! I like olive/green/yellow-ish inks for calligraphy (attempts at calligraphy) and for use in flex nibs. I think the ink really stands out.


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    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Sunday Reads: October 15. 2017

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    Thursday, October 12, 2017

    Ink Shot Review: Abraxas Orange of Switzerland @laywines

    Laywine's is carrying a new ink line from Switzerland - Abraxas Inks! They come in cute little bottles with corks and wax seals. The four inks I have tested are all scented, and there are many more colours in the lineup. You can contact Laywine's for more details or to purchase your own. They're premium inks with a hefty price tag of $29.00 CAD + applicable taxes.

    Abraxas Inks describe these inks as the Classic Line, available in many colors - some are safe for fountain pens and others are not. These ones are! Thanks to Laywines for sending this for review!
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    ABOUT

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    Color: Orange
    Bottle: 30 ml
    Price: $29.00 CAD + tax
    Where to buy: Laywines

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    PROS 

    • Beautiful and classic orange color.
    • I have not experienced nib creep so far.
    • Well behaved.
    • Shades well.
    • Light scent is a treat - it's not gross and it doesn't stick in your pens long after cleaning. 
    • Very elegant presentation! Classy as heck.
    • What a gorgeous gift this would be, both for a friend and for yourself!
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    CONS

    • Pretty expensive for such a small bottle.
    • Cork is a pain to replace once you have uncorked it.
    • Bottle mouth is not very wide so it can be difficult to fill larger pens from. 

    OVERALL

    The trend here with these inks is they are pretty classic, standard colors - at least the four I have - so they're quite nice, pretty, gorgeous presentation, but they have not yet given me the WOW! These inks are premium, spoil-yourself inks, with their classy presentation, light scents, and hefty price tag. The bottles themselves are not ideal for filling from, especially if you have larger pens. It's sort of a silly ink in terms of price and practicality, but it's always fun to try new inks. I think this would be an excellent gift or treat, but not a daily use ink based on the price and bottle size.











    I received this item/these items free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Wordless Wednesday

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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Ink Shot Review: Diamine Music Vivaldi @AppelboomLaren

    Thanks to Appelboom for sending this ink for review!
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    ABOUT

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    Color: Purple
    Bottle: 30 ml
    Price: $54.01 USD for the set (without tax) for the full set!
    Where to buy: Appelboom
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    PROS 

    • A dusky sort of grey-purple.
    • Work appropriate.
    • Adorable little bottle.
    • Bottle is easy to fill from when it's full.
    • Comes in a cute set with a storage box.
    • Decent shading.
    • Well behaved.
    • Shows some water resistance.
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    CONS

    • When your bottle gets low on ink, it's hard to fill from. 

    OVERALL

    This is an interesting color... not quite a bright purple, and not quite a dull grey. Somewhere in between, which makes it work appropriate and still interesting. It may be hard to identify the color with finer nibs because it doesn't stand out much. It's not my favorite in the set, but I don't dislike it either. 


    I received this item/these items free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Sunday Reads: October 8. 2017

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