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A Few More Remarks On Noodler’s Australian Roses

07/30/2014

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.

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Rhodia Ice And A Giveaway

07/27/2014

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

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A Few Links To Accompany Your Sunday Tea

07/20/2014

Due to chronic Internet issues, some data got lost including the sources for these links. Sorry, if you didn’t get the attribution you deserve, but at least a few links were salvageable.

Plum Elegant

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Paper, Pen, Ink And My Summer Goal

07/07/2014

On my way to my summer handwriting goal, J. Herbin Rose Cyclamen in the Platinum #3776 music nib filled a page of the lovely Clairefontaine notebook. A television in the background provided some of the material. Other words contain letters that need practice. Exercise using a fantastic fountain pen is such sweet fun.

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Links For A Lazy Sunday

07/06/2014

Pens and other stuff…

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A Little Flex Writing On Clairefontaine Paper

06/28/2014

Visiting a couple of old friends over the weekend, a Canadian Waterman’s 301 Ideal 2A flex nib and Waterman Blue-Black ink, was an excellent reminder that the latest and greatest aren’t necessarily better than my earliest discoveries. My Clairefontaine notebook was impressed with the results as well.

My post on how to take advantage of a Clairefontaine notebook.

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Fountain Pens And The Long, Hot Summer

06/22/2014

My fountain pens have grown annoyed with me. They get filled with colorful inks and then languish in the summer heat for lack of use. Even after winnowing the abused few to only five or six, they get far too little playtime to remain content. In fact since acquiring a laptop, and more recently finding my enthusiasm for writing in a journal on the wane, fountain pens do not get their due.

To shake things up over the summer, I’ve dedicated a lined, Clairefontaine notebook to exercising fountain pens. Nothing special save filling pages with alphabets and nonsense though I intend to explore styles of calligraphy as the days progress. Italics and flexible nibs will get the most time in hand since they need extra practice. First up is a Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Teal. The Waterman pens are sure to follow.

Do you change your routine during summer beyond modifying your ink wardrobe? How do you keep things fresh in the sweltering heat?

Note: The stone is from the River Jordan and quite accustomed to summer heat. In fact it remains cool no matter what goes on around it. Food for thought.

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