Posts Tagged ‘Clairefontaine’

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Links To Enliven A Quiet Day

04/19/2014

Just in case you have some free time today…

 

You write the caption…

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Clairefontaine 1951 Notebook And A Giveaway

03/09/2014

Clairefontaine paper is always fountain pen-friendly and the 1951 notebook is no exception. Exaclair sent the red, cloth-bound version for review, but what do you say when something is perfect?

The Back to Basics 1951 reintroduces Clairefontaine’s original notebook covers plus
  • 90 g pH neutral, acid-free paper
  • Smooth satin finish, white paper
  • Grained paper cover with front label
  • Vintage look and feel
  • Clothbound comes with 96 sheets, lined, in one size (A5)
  • Clothbound cover colors include black, violet, red, green, blue, turquoise
  • Also available in staple and wirebound versions

The Pilot Preras look and work especially well with the red cover and white paper. The images tell the tale.

My nibs and handwriting are large so the 0.8mm line spacing works fine though it might be a bit generous for some writers. When I wrote with extra-fine nibs and much smaller handwriting, I could write two lines in that space. Needless to say I got my money’s worth out of a notebook back then. I’m more of a paper snob these days and Clairefontaine’s smooth finish is just right for my stub and sharp italic nibs.

Easily one of the best notebooks on the market for FP nuts, the 1951 won’t disappoint. Want to give it a try? Clairefontaine’s U.S. distributor Exaclair is sponsoring a giveaway through An Inkophile’s Blog. Cool, eh? To enter simply post a comment below about how you would use a 1951 notebook and which color strikes your fancy. Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. The winner will be selected via Random.org. The contest closes at 6 pm PDT on March 17, 2014. The winner will be announced thereafter and will have until March 24, 2014 to claim the prize.

Comments are moderated to eliminate spam, so allow time for that step. Only one entry per person and duplicate postings will be removed.

My thanks to Karen at Exaclair for sending the 1951 to review and for sponsoring a giveaway. Let the contest begin!

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From Tea to Ink In Just Ten Links

12/15/2011

Need a break from the holiday stress? Here ya go!

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Platinum Mix Free, The Perfect Custom Ink

07/12/2011

Finding the perfect ink just got a whole lot easier with the release of Platinum’s Mix Free set. Make a simple blend of two colors or go all mad scientist and whip up a complex brew with this chemistry set for inkophiles.

Knowing my penchant for ink, samples arrived two days ago, a gift from The Pear Tree Pen Company. Nine colors, reducer fluid, empty vials, syringe, plus an empty ink bottle to house my signature ink is a lot to review so this product’s tale will get told in stages.

One major caveat before you view my images. The color reproduction is not as accurate as it should be. The ink’s real colors are clear and lively if not vivid. Gentian’s images show that well. Even the image from Platinum in which the bottles are pictured is more true for the base colors than mine. On my monitor the Platinum color chart is less accurate but you would be mixing those colors to your specifications anyway.

Bowing to Gentian for color representation, what remains is how well these inks stand up to use. While each ink is slightly different in performance, none should disappoint unless you have a pen with special needs. Flow and lubrication are average so a very dry writer may not be a great match. In this respect I found Mix Free to be similar to other Platinum inks.

There was no bleed-through or show-through on either Rhodia or Clairefontaine paper. However, there was feathering on Moleskine and to a lesser degree on cheap paper and envelopes. Coverage is good with some degree of shading but no outlining. The images tell the tale.

Except for the samples written with a True Writer, all other writing was done with a dip pen. The Brause has become a particular favorite and will most likely find its way into future reviews.

Can’t wait to create new colors? Check out the Platinum Mix Free Ink Recipes at FPN. AltecGreen jumped right in with a huge selection. There are even some images of what the reducer/dilution fluid can do. Just the right stuff for an inkophile.

Platinum Mix Free Ink Samples

Platinum Mix Free Ink Samples

Platinum Mix Free Ink Written Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Written Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aurora Blue Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aurora Blue Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aqua Blue Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aqua Blue Sample

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aurora Blue Water Test

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aurora Blue Water Test

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aqua Blue/Silky Purple Fusion

Platinum Mix Free Ink Aqua Blue/Silky Purple Fusion

Platinum Mix Free Ink Color Circle

Platinum Mix Free Ink Color Circle

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Can You Link Tea To Haiku To Moleskine?

06/11/2011

This list of links is a real potpourri from food to haiku to Moleskine art. The last link is to a poll about cursive so do make your vote count.

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Links to Artists Who Put Pens to Good Use

05/18/2011

Need a mid-week boost? Mostly pen use related links this time but a few other tidbits as well.

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Links to Brighten a Winter Weekend

01/09/2011

There is a mishmash here but definitely themed for the coffee drinking writer…

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