Pen, Paper and Ink Finds for 20092009/12/29
It only takes a brief glance around my office to see that I have tons of great products to enjoy. Many were new to me this year though a few sat around far too long before getting a chance to play. All of this turned out well in the long run, as I am enjoying them immensely now.
So here is a list of some of the best things that became Inkophile favorites in 2009.
- Pentel Pocket Brush Pen – Whether used with pigment ink or J. Herbin Lie de Thé, this pen is great fun.
- Pilot Elite Pocket Pen with a soft fine nib – For everyday writing with a little variation, this is my ideal pen.
- Waterman Deluxe Carene Stub – A sturdy, well-balanced pen that lends an italic flair to my writing.
- De Atramentis Sepiabraun – In my Namiki Falcon it produces both shading and outlining.
- De Atramentis Stihlblau – A bright medium blue with a little green in it. It’s a happy color.
- Diamine Vermillion – A watercolor-like orange-red that isn’t shy.
- Iroshizuku Tsuki-Yo – An almost dark blue ink with a hint of green and great flow.
- J. Herbin Perle Noire – I am not a fan of black ink but this one won me over.
- Montblanc Racing Green – Every time I use this ink it looks made for me. My new signature color.
- Noodler’s Red-Black – Defies description but does resemble aged brick, sort of.
- Private Reserve Orange Crush – Deep red-orange that can produce writing that is orange at the top of each letter but red at the bottom.
- Sailor/Pen Gallery Uranari Green – This is a limited edition that is easily my favorite green ink for 2009.
- Clairefontaine French-Ruled Notebook – My favorite paper for flexible nibs.
- Exacompta Basics Sketchbook – The perfect match for my Pentel Pocket Brush Pens.
- Exacompta Index Cards – Work very well with fountain pen ink.
- Exacompta Journal 21 – Love the paper but want it in an undated journal. It’s super smooth.
- G. Lalo Verge de France Rose Stationery – Works will all my pens and inks.
Even with all this expansion to my collection, there remain two holes that I hope to fill in 2010: a light-weight stub nib and a full flex nib, preferably 14k with converter fillers and long enough to use without posting. The maker matters less than the quality of the nib. There may come an ink or paper that catches my eye as new product is released during the year but the pens are what I would use most.
So those are my new favorites and my wish list for next year. How about you? Any standout favorites from 2009? What will you look for in 2010?
(Note that more than a few items on my list were gifts from Karen Doherty at Exaclair, Inc., U. S. distributor of J. Herbin, Exacompta, G. Lalo, and Clairefontaine. De Atramentis Stihlblau was a gift from Ryan Roossinck of The Pear Tree Pen Company. Several inks were gifts from friends who had no connection to any retailer or product line at the time the gift was sent. A very big thank you to all of my generous friends. You have introduced me to products that will be favorites forever.)