There Is A Storm On The Way From J. Herbin


Email announcement:

Sunny Huang from Exaclair, Inc. will be attending the D.C. Fountain Pen Supershow this year showing off new products including an exclusive look at the new “1670” fountain pen ink, “Stormy Grey”.

The show is August 8th – 10th at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner for you lucky folks who live in the D.C area. That’s on the other side of the country, so I will wait impatiently for what could be a tasteful match for my Rhodia Ice pad.
How about you? Are you ready for a new “1670” ink?

A Few More Remarks On Noodler’s Australian Roses


There is one characteristic of Noodler’s Black Swan In Australian Roses (new version) that bears mentioning. Though it is very pleasant to use on Clairefontaine paper, it takes FOREVER to dry. Writing with a 1.1 mm calligraphy nib brought new meaning to the concept of patience – on the order of “you could go gray in the interim” kind of patience. On a cheap envelope, drying time was fast. On Staples 5 x 8″ writing pad with paper from Egypt, it took 15 – 20 seconds to dry with a few faint dots of color taking longer. Paper really matters with this ink.

A fine or extra-fine nib or a pen with less than average flow might be more manageable. As a chunky nib user, BSAR will get limited time in my italic nibs even if it does look amazing in a thick, luscious line.

Adding a small amount of water to the BSAR might improve drying time. Experiment by adding a drop or two of distilled water to the filler and then sucking up ink from the bottle or top-off a fill with a little water. Gently agitate the bottle to insure there is adequate pigment in the fill. The color should remain true with a 10% – 20% dilution. Shading might be more evident, but performance should not be noticeably affected. Noodler’s Inks are particularly good with such treatment. Limiting experiments to just one fill at a time will be a good test of the results without risking much ink. It isn’t very different from leaving water in the feed between changes of ink.

All things considered, strongly saturated inks are at risk for being slow to dry whether from Noodler’s or any other maker. But when you are smitten by the color, it’s worth the effort to match ink, pen, and paper for best results.


Rhodia Ice And A Giveaway


Score another winner for Rhodia with the recently introduced “Ice” tablets honoring the company’s 80th anniversary. Pure white paper with gray lines and a white cover with silver lettering embellished with snow covered pine trees. Brrr! It’s chilly out there.

Exaclair, U.S. distributor of G. Lalo products, is offering a giveaway to four Inkophile readers who want to try Rhodia Ice No. 16 pads in the grid style. To enter just post a comment and a sentence or two about how you would use an icy pad. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with four random winners to be selected on 8/03/2014 at 6pm PDT. Each winner will have until 8/13/2014 to respond. If not, a replacement winner will be selected. Fulfillment will be handled by Exaclair.

Thanks, Karen, for sponsoring the giveaway. The white paper and gray lines show off all colors of ink well. One of these days I’ll get my hands on a lined No. 16 and use it for casual stationery. I think it will be perfect!

A Penchant for Paper: Rhodia Ice

Gourmet Pens: Review – Rhodia Ice No 16 Notepad


Links – All Sorts


For your Sunday distraction…

This tree produces 40 different types of fruit each year!


More Sailor Ink Sources


More Sailor ink sources from @LokYouTan on Twitter:



Noodler’s Australian Roses Samples


Interested in more images of the new version of Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses? Online swatches are iffy prospects at best, so take these as approximations – not absolute color representations. The dot is more accurate than the written page, but that’s only on my monitor.



For The Adventurous – Sailor Ink In The Wild


If you are willing to make an ink purchase through a source other than your favorite stockist, there are a few options for those lamenting the loss of the retired Sailor colors.

  • Bungbox sells Sailor in tall bottles that I’ve seen used for limited edition releases in the past. The descriptions are not necessarily descriptive of the ink color, but in some instances, at least entertaining. Contact info@bung-box.com to place your order.
  • A few Bungbox inks are available through Amazon, but the shipping cost is significant.
  • Cool-Japan has the Sailor Kobe line, but rumor has it he can be sweet-talked into offering Bungbox ink as well. His shipping cost is lower than Bungbox though his per bottle price is higher. The net effect can be a significant savings. Cool-Japan has a good reputation if you have any concerns about ordering via eBay.

If you’ve got to have an exotic Sailor ink rather than the standard fare from U.S. retailers, grab a bottle or two while you can. It’s not like you have too many inks already, is it?


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