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Sunday Reads: Ink, Pens And Typewriters

06/18/2017

Wish I still had my blue Smith Corona

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook and Friends

 

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A Wishlist In Two Minutes

06/18/2017

Do you keep a wishlist? Mine took less than two minutes to compile. No pondering the question. Just a brief, whatever comes to mind list. And darned if it isn’t just right.

Try it the next time you have two minutes to spare. The results might surprise you.

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Sunday Reads: Ink, Guides and Games

06/11/2017

Busy week for me. Slow week for links…

Ink Rotation from the Summer of 2010

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Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue Ink

06/05/2017

Blackstone delivers beautiful, saturated color with its Barrier Reef Blue ink. My 30 ml bottle came from Anderson Pens and at $8.50 it was a steal.

Blackstone ink hails from Australia and is available in nalgene bottles that are incredibly sturdy. I’ve the same bottles to decant vintage inks preserving them for years. I’m interested in ink, not the packaging, so this is just right for me.

Don’t expect any water resistance. Do expect rich blue that swings from a near purple to a deep, medium blue depending on the paper. The red component can fade as the ink dries which makes it a chameleon of sorts. No feathering on good paper. There were some rough outlines on cheap copy paper, but that was only noticeable under magnification.

The Conklin Duragraph 1.1 mm nib has a juicy flow, but Barrier Reef handled it well. Lubrication is average and should suit most pens. The wide swath of ink took a few seconds to dry, but not unreasonably long. This ink might be a good match for a dry writer, but none of my pens qualify for that test.

After a month of use, I am happy with the results especially in my Quo Vadis Plan & Note. The color even received some nice compliments from family members, something rare for a blue ink and high praise indeed. That glint of red makes Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue intriguing and at the price point, a decidedly cheap thrill.

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Sunday Reads: Charity Auction, A Pilot Kakuno, Game of Thrones Pens

05/28/2017

Did you know Captain Kirk used to show horses? I saw him once and he was very good. He is a man of many talents and earns high marks for putting together a silent charity auction of entertainment memorabilia. Perhaps an item or two will interest you…

The Pilot Kakuno has a delightful expression, perfect to brighten any day.

 

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Mattias Adolfsson And His Fountain Pens

05/25/2017

Mattias Adolfsson is a Swedish illustrator who uses fountain pens for detailed drawings. I became enchanted with his work via Fountain Pen Network ten years ago when he posted a drawing done with a Namiki Falcon and Diamine Monaco Red. The duo is lovely for drawing and elegant for shading as well as simplicity.

Sometimes I let the nib release a little extra ink and move it around with a swab, toothpick or small brush. Otherwise, the expressive line from the nib is gorgeous on its own. Any ink will do, though J. Herbin Lie de The is an especially good alternative. My Stillman & Birn Sketchbook loves the attention and with Mattias for inspiration, it’s a win-win activity.

 

Tools mentioned are available at Amazon: Pilot Namiki Falcon SF, Stillman & Birn Sketchbook, Diamine Monaco Red, and J. Herbin Lie de The.

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Sunday Reads: Pen People And Pen Stuff

05/14/2017

Pelikan M200 Binder Stub

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