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Graf Von Faber Castell Ink

10/10/2014

Recently, Bert Oser of Bertram’s Inkwell sent samples of Graf Von Faber Castell ink. Unlike many lines, this one is almost thematic with its mellow colors.

The tubes containing the ink are too narrow for my pipettes and test pens so swatches made with swabs will have to do. The colors might be a tad too blue. However, any deviation is miniscule.

Garnet Red is somewhere between the discontinued Mont Blanc Bordeaux and Noodler’s Tiananmen. Hazelnut Brown is similar to Diamine Dark Brown and Moss Green resembles Diamine Woodland Green. Stone Grey is a match for the discontinued Sailor Grey and Cobalt Blue is close to Diamine WES Imperial Blue. Carbon Black looks like J. Herbin Perle Noire though slightly more saturated.

Eventually, Stone Grey and Garnet Red will become replacements for Sailor Grey and Mont Blanc Bordeaux in my collection. Nice to tick that off my To Do List.

What makes this ink line different is the harmonious selection. The lack of purple and orange leaves a hole in the range, but the six offered colors comprise a most useful palette. For many fountain pen fans, this group is all that would be needed to make a complete ink wardrobe.

According to Bertram’s, these are the key points about Graf Von Faber Castell inks:

  1. Permanent for documents
  2. Large size 75ml
  3. Not visible on the back of standard paper
  4. Non-correctable; not removable without traces
  5. UV-resistance: Color still readable after exposure to Ultraviolet light
  6. Fast drying on standard paper
  7. Resistant to certain chemicals and solvents
  8. Water resistant; writing lines still visible after exposure to water.
  9. 6 amazing colors
  10. 2 Light Fast colors Garnet Red and Hazelnut Brown

Retail is $30, but the bottle is attractive and substantial. No accidental tipping over for this design.

Consider Graf Von Faber Castell a premium ink with a commensurate price. For the permanence and resistance to chemicals and solvents as well as the color range, this looks like an excellent ink for business and academic use or anything else for that matter.

Thank you, Bert, for giving me the opportunity to play with these inks. Now I know where to go when I’m ready to purchase a bottle or maybe that will be two. I keep glancing at the grey swatch and thinking it would be just the thing for a certain rhodium trimmed demonstrator that is watching me from its box. Kismet?

My water test of Graf Von Faber Castell ink.

 

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A Variety of Links

10/05/2014

No pen, paper or ink, but some intriguing and entertaining bits nonetheless…

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Oopsie!

09/30/2014

Remember the J. Herbin Orange Indien giveaway that ended last week? Well, one of the winners failed to step up and claim his prize, so an alternate has been chosen via Random.org. Congratulations Gini Cooper! You have 48 hours to send your address to inkophile*at*gmail.com to claim your prize.

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Noodler’s, Clairefontaine And A Lamy

09/30/2014

They didn’t walk into a bar together, but they did join forces at my desk. Noodler’s Black, a Clairefontaine notebook and a Lamy AL-Star EF make a delightful trio that is suitable for use anywhere including that bar. Unlike my fancy, schmancy pens, $40 bottles of ink, and leather-bound journals, this set-up could get lost or destroyed and then easily replaced without busting my budget.

What makes these three tools so special? The Lamy may not be the most comfortable pen, but for the smooth nib, a little discomfort can be tolerated. Noodler’s Black makes every fountain pen a winner and gets my unqualified vote of confidence. Clairefontaine paper is good with any ink and available at a wide variety of retailers including Writers Bloc from whence mine came. Put the three together and this is what you get.

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Airmail Stationery Via Amazon

09/29/2014

Do you have a fondness for airmail stationery? That thin, crinkly, onion skin paper has cachet to spare and usually works beautifully with fountain pen ink. A few years ago there was scant supply in the U.S. and I counted myself lucky to have found a tiny quantity that I have hoarded ever since. Today I was delighted to discover several products at Amazon. Are you interested?

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It Was A Blue Sunday

09/28/2014

The images aren’t pretty, but the colors certainly are.

Fountain Pen Inks

 

 

Watercolors

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A Few Words And Choice Links

09/28/2014

So much time spent on reviews that gathering links got neglected, but there were a few worthy of mention. The most amusing bit has been the brouhaha over the ever condescending, fibmeister Neil Degrasse Tyson. Unless you are one of the science-for-the-masses crowd, his downfall won’t be of interest and even so, it probably won’t be of interest. However, Wikipedia has shamed itself over censoring remarks about him and deleting the news source that outed him. If nothing else, this episode is a good reminder to beware what you read on the web. It may or may not be complete or accurate since humans insist on being human. *sigh*

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