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Links From Trinkets To Birdfeeders To Handwriting

11/02/2014

Fountain Pen Day is November 7. Are your pens ready?

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Noodler’s Konrad Dixie #10 Methuselah Ebonite Fountain Pen

11/01/2014

When it comes to bang-for-the-buck fountain pens, Noodler’s has a lot to offer. My new Konrad Ebonite Dixie #10 is no exception.

It is a piston filler made of ebonite and biodegradable plastics. The pen is medium sized, but does not need posting for comfortable balance. That’s a big plus for me since it keeps the weight down and the number of hours I can use it up.

The stainless steel fine-medium nib writes smoothly and with good flow. It has a little give but isn’t flexible or even soft though it is a very comfortable writer. I did rinse it well with lukewarm water prior to its first fill to remove any remnants from the manufacturing process. Note that the pen needed not one bit of tweaking to perform perfectly. That might not hold true for every Noodler’s pen, but none of the half dozen I own has worked any less well.

With little effort the nib can be swapped for another Noodler’s like one from the Art Nib Pack. Some modern nibs will fit and even a variety of vintage nibs. There are extensive instructions included both for nib swapping and long term maintenance.

Unlike some pens the inkvue window is large enough to see easily when it is time for a refill. For a quirky twist, my pen is filled with Noodler’s General of the Armies, the green ink that turns blue. The window shows one color while the nib puts down another. It’s good to have a bit of fun while writing.

Some users have objected to the odor of Noodler’s pens. It isn’t present with all models and the pen I received has no scent. Yea!

The style of the Dixie #10 Methuselah reminds me of a wood paneled library so it’s a bit retro and a good contrast to my mostly black arsenal. This is one Noodler’s pen that is going to get a lot of use.

Thank you, Carol and Luxury Brands USA, for sending the Noodler’s pen, nibs and ink. The sturdy pen and all-purpose ink have become my travel companions as well as fixtures on my desk. They haven’t bumped aside the Platinums, but it is the pen that goes with me everywhere while the Plats live the soft life at home. Variety is so sweet or is it spicy? Not that it matters since either way is fine with me.

More: Review of Noodler’s General of the Armies.

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Links For Your Perusal

10/26/2014

Sunday should never be boring…

 

 

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Assorted Links For A Breezy Sunday

10/19/2014

Need a break from raking those leaves? Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and read on…

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Noodler’s General Of The Armies Ink

10/18/2014

Noodler’s Ink has a new release with a split personality. General of the Armies is dark green when wet, but blue when dry. If your pen has an inkvue window or it is a demonstrator, this ink will confuse your senses. For an audience, it looks like a magic trick so make the most of it. Thank the ink wizard, Nathan Tardif, for the admiration you will receive.

As for other inky qualities, it is well-behaved on a variety of papers. No shading with the Noodler’s Dixie #10 Methuselah Ebonite on absorbent paper, but it did shade nicely on Rhodia.  No feathering, show-through or bleed-through on any paper except to a mild degree on Moleskine. The color is green-blue when dry and not highly saturated. Like many inks from Noodler’s, it does not budge when smeared with water. Frankly, what more could you ask from an ink?

Thank you, Carol, for the ink and pen. Luxury Brands U.S.A. has been a good and supportive friend to this blog. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Official! A New Noodler’s Ink!

10/13/2014

The new Noodler’s Ink is called General of the Armies and it has a unique twist on color. It changes over time!

First seen at the Dallas Pen Show 2014 and now available in wide release, this ink starts out green but changes to blue. I received a written sample that is green-blue along the lines of Waterman Blue Black and Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo or perhaps a faded version of Noodler’s Navy or The Big Blue Bear. This may only be a transitional color, but it certainly is pretty today.

Luxury Brands released this image today noting, “The color of the third swatch still has a touch of green as it is drying. Also don’t be surprised by the color in the bottle as you can see. Very green until it changes to cavalry blue.”

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Like most of Noodler’s Inks, there is a backstory. In this case it has to do with Army uniform colors, but that tale can wait for another day. Retailers just got word of the new ink so don’t expect to find it on the shelf just yet, though it might not hurt to encourage your favorite source to stock up. I mean they should want to enable you, right?

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Sunday Links And A Cupcake

10/12/2014

Books, doodles, pens and other good stuff…

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