Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ink Shot Review: @RobertOsterInk Peach @SakuraFPGallery

This Peachy ink was picked up at Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery to accompany a very special pen... but this is about the ink, not the pen!
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ABOUT

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Color: Orange
Bottle: 50 ml
Price: €16,50
Where to buy: Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery
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Not quite as intense as Apricot, but not ugly either!
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PROS

  • Pretty color! 
  • Shades well.
  • Large-pen-friendly bottle.
  • Easy to clean.
  • 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

  • May be too light to read in finer nibs.

OVERALL

I seem to be drawn to colors like this - yellowy orange inks that shade well. It's hard to resist this, and with a cat named Peaches, I just couldn't leave without it! Well behaved, easy to clean, so pretty! It's just the kind of ink that makes my eyes happy when I use it, and I can't argue with that.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

February 22. 2017 - Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ink Shot Review: Kyo-no-oto Imayou-iro @AppelboomLaren

Thank you to Appelboom for sending this ink for review!
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ABOUT


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Color: Pink
Bottle: 40 ml
Price: €24,95 (outside the EU): €20,62
Where to buy: Appelboom
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Discount Code for Appelboom: friend
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PROS


  • Shades beautifully.
  • A bright, cheery pink. I love it!
  • Pretty easy to clean for a saturated pink.
  • Easy to fill large fountain pens from this bottle.
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CONS


  • Not for daily use at work, I imagine.
  • Expensive.
  • Box was so tight, it was hard to open! Seriously.

OVERALL


Stellar, beautiful ink! I love this pink - it's bright and happy and cheery. The bottle is also beautiful, so that the whole theme is just an experience. However, it's very expensive...

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Reads: February 19. 2017

Sunday Reads


Stuff I Looked At Elsewhere
Stuff I Apparently Did This Week
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Field Trip: @_WonderPens in Toronto, Canada

On a trip home to Canada, I visited Wonder Pens in Toronto! This is a long overdue post - it's been nearly a year already (oh my god, where does the time go?!), but I wanted to share these pictures with you anyway. I'll be back there soon so I can share some updated ones, but in the meantime, check out a bit of Wonder Pens!

Wonder Pens has a variety of brands including Lamy, Platinum, Edison, Pilot, Palomino, and more! Perfect especially if you're looking for Japanese stationery like Superior Labor, Midori, and Life Stationery.

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At the time I visited, there was a typewriter show - with actual restored typewriters you could try out. It was so cool. Even my brother, who has little interest in pens and stationery, thought it was a really interesting place!
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I left with two Superior Labor leather pen rolls! I couldn't pick which color I liked more... so I got both.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Aurora Nibs - Fine, Medium, Broad, Italic, Stub @Iguana_Sell

Iguana Sell, one of my kind sponsors, recently lent me a set of their Aurora nib testers. These are the pens Iguana Sell has in store - when you visit their boutique, you can try out these Aurora nibs before deciding which one you like.
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The Aurora nibs are coupled with ebonite feeds, and were on these really pretty pen bodies! The nibs themselves are not labeled, but the underside of the feeds are. The nibs are very pretty - in this case, all are solid 14kt gold nibs, rhodium-plated. Top to bottom: fine, medium, broad, italic, and stub. More details below!

FINE

The fine nib was a solid, reliable performer, just like all the other nibs tested here. To my eyes, it wrote a little finer than the average Western fine nib (ie. a German Pelikan fine nib) would. It was not too wet, drying times were on the faster side, and it offered a little bit of line variation with some pressure. However, it was a firm nib overall, so don't expect much in the way of bounce of a yielding, cushioned feeling. It offered a fair amount of feedback but did not feel scratchy or unpleasant to me.
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MEDIUM

The medium nib was also a solid, reliable performer. It also looked a little finer than the average Western medium nib. It seemed a bit more wet than the fine, but that's not surprising. Drying times were average, and it offered a little bit of line variation with some pressure. However, it was a firm nib overall, so don't expect much in the way of bounce of a yielding, cushioned feeling. It offered a fair amount of feedback but did not feel scratchy or unpleasant to me.
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BROAD

The broad nib looked like it wrote a medium. This is the second broad Aurora nib I have used that felt fine and dry. It wrote well, it was just not the kind of broad I like, which is juicy, wet, and soft. It felt dry, drying times were fast, and it was also a firm nib with just a touch of line variation. Not my favorite of the bunch so far. It offered a fair amount of feedback as well. 
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ITALIC

As I said in my Aurora Optima + Italic nib review - the italic nib is a wet writer and it's no different here. Definitely on the juicy side with longer than average drying times as a result. There is some feedback, but it does not feel scratchy, it's just that Aurora feedback. It's not a super smooth writer, but it's properly aligned and tuned, so it writes well. No skips, no hard starts. Without any pressure, the nib writes with the weight of the pen. Adding a small amount of pressure adds a little more line variation to the wide down strokes, and offers a touch more shading of your ink, however, it won't last too long. Believe it or not, this italic works quite well for reverse writing, although it's still wide! It is quite smooth with the same line variation as with regular writing, but it's a little less wet. The italic nib produces wide downstrokes and clean, crisp cross strokes without feeling sharp. This italic is forgiving in that it doesn't cut into the paper as I write, but line variation is precise and crisp enough to give you a fun and functional nib.Aurora Nibs - Fine, Medium, Broad, Italic, Stub @Iguana_Sell 4
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STUB

I am torn between the italic and stub nib. I don't know which is my favorite! The stub was a little more dry than the italic and could not be used for reverse writing, but it's a little wider and is surprisingly smooth. So far, my experience with Aurora stub nibs has been very pleasant and this one is quite enjoyable. With no pressure, it was on the firm side, and it offered a little line variation with pressure. It performed well - no skipping or hard starting, but if the nib is misaligned, it can skip. It's a lovely writer with some very nice line variation. 
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COMPARISONS

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Fine, Medium
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Broad
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Stub
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Stub, Italic

I love the stub for writing, and I love the italic for calligraphy practice as it is not too wide, it's juicy enough to offer some ink shading, and it is forgiving enough to not cut into the paper as I learn. 

Which one would you pick?

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