Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ink Shot Review: Diamine Anniversary Blood Orange @AppelboomLaren

Thanks to Appelboom for sending this set of ink! What a surprise in the mail this was!

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ABOUT

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Color: Red
Bottle: 40 ml
Price: €7.85
Where to buy: Appelboom
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PROS

  • Nice color, very legible. 
  • Pretty bottle!
  • Bottle is easy to fill from.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Shades beautifully.
  • Looks best in the full pie of eight bottles!
  • Shows some water resistance.
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    CONS

    • A lone pie shaped bottle looks sad and funny.

    OVERALL

    Yes. This is a gorgeous color and it really reminds me of the inside of a blood orange! Rich, saturated, beautiful.


    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 29, 2017

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    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Ink Shot Preview: Diamine 150th Anniversary Inks @AppelboomLaren

    Diamine introduces another set of eight special inks for their 150th anniversary celebration! These eight inks join together to make a full pie but bottles are available individually. Thank you to Appelboom for sending this set over for review! There are some really lovely colors in here.
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    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Whiskers & Paws: October 2017 Edition

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    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    Ink Shot Review: Abraxas Königsrot 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: Red
    Bottle: 30 ml
    Price: $29.00 CAD + tax
    Where to buy: Laywines

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    PROS 

    • A decent red that is not super saturated, but it is a red!
    • I didn't have any staining.
    • 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 last of the four Abraxas inks I have to share! The red is not a super saturated red, which makes it a little easier to clean. I did not experience any staining but I'm pretty good about cleaning red inks. I like this red, but not at this price. 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 25, 2017

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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Ink Shot Review: @RobertOsterInk Darkstar Collection @dkstrcollection

    Thanks to Darkstar for sending this ink for me to play with!
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    ABOUT

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    Color: Blue
    Bottle: 50 ml
    Price: £14.99
    Where to buy: Darkstar
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    PROS

    • Nice, safe blue.
    • Shades pretty well.
    • Easy to fill from bottle - accommodates even large nibs.
    • Bottle is eco-friendly. 
    • 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.
    • Not a bad price, especially if you add on to a notebook purchase or something.
    • Very work appropriate.
    • Well-behaved.
    • Easy to clean.
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    CONS

    • Personally, I have a lot of safe blues and would love to see other colors! 
    • Minimal water resistance.

    OVERALL

    The Darkstar Collection x Robert Oster Blue is a solid, decent color. Work appropriate, well behaved, easy to clean, all the good things. I think it looks best in wide, wet nibs - as most inks do - which may not be work-friendly! This kind of blue is not my favorite blue ever - I prefer turquoises or lighter blues, but that's ok. Perhaps it'll be the right one for you?



    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.

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