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Signature Ink And A Color Wheel

08/24/2016

Color is the first hook for any ink. From jewel tones to muted whispers, color gets us where it matters. We buy what appeals to us and then share it with friends and associates via the written word. But what does that color communicate?

The August 2016 issue of Pen World magazine has an article I wrote called Signature Ink. Nicky Pessaroff, the new editor, was kind enough to send the PDF for Inkophile readers, but here is one of the graphics to get you started.

Start at the top and work counter-clockwise to match inks with their names. Which color best represents you?

If you aren’t a Pen World subscriber, there is nothing quite like having a beautifully photographed, well-written magazine in your hands. The colors are true unlike what passes for accuracy on an electronic display. You should see the Staedtler ad on the back cover of the August issue. It is absolutely stunning. And that’s just an ad! You’ll have to subscribe to find out what’s on the inside.

 

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Pentel Touch Pen Meets A Midori Traveler’s Notebook

08/20/2016

The Pentel Touch Sign Pen (SES 15C) with a flexible nib is amazingly smooth on Tomoe River paper. That means the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (013) is a good mate. Note there is ghosting as happens with most pens on such thin paper. Bleed-through only occurs when I overwrite to darken the color. Otherwise, there is none.

My review from a few weeks ago was on Moleskine, but I wanted to show how well the Touch Pen and Tomoe get along.

The full set of pens is still on my list, but for now, the black, sky blue and yellow ochre make a nice trio. At least one of them will work on every paper in my stationery collection. That makes my three pens practical as well as a lot of fun.

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Pen Deal: Kaweco AL-Sport

08/18/2016

Kaweco fountain pens are loved by newbies and old hands alike. They are well-constructed, have interchangeable nibs and many of the plastic models can be had for under $25. It’s a workhorse pen and highly recommended in the community. I reviewed a Kaweco years ago if you want my take on the Sport model.

Today I discovered a Massdrop deal on the AL Sport that is 25% less than the price at most retailers. The deal includes a range of nib sizes and colors. For a few extra dollars, a clip and converter can be added.

If you have wanted an AL-Sport, this could be the deal for you.

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Are You An Ink Miser?

08/16/2016

Do you hoard ink and use as little as possible? Miser or not, most of us want to get best value from the precious fluid. To facilitate that goal, Ink Miser has developed two products: the ink-shot inkwell and the intra-bottle inkwell. They debuted several months ago and have been mentioned a few times on Inkophile. If you aren’t familiar with them, let me introduce you.

The ink-shot inkwell makes it easy to fill a pen from a very small amount of ink. That makes even the most poorly designed ink bottle irrelevant. In addition, it is a useful container to hold pen cleaning fluid. My old-timers, er, vintage pens, are pleased to have a tiny spa with supporting sides for their delicate bones. Pampering does not necessarily mean spoiled and I am hoping to reap goodwill from such special care.

The intra-bottle inkwell raises the ink level closer to the bottle opening. For Noodler’s fans, it might rank as an essential tool since it makes filling from a partially full bottle easy.

Originally introduced in black, they are now available in a transparent version. Both Ink Miser inkwells are useful devices for an Inkophile though be prepared. They are a bit like chips. One will never be enough.

Luxury Brands has the details here.

Office Supply Geek weighs in on the Ink Miser.

 

 

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Winner Of The Noodler’s Berning Red Giveaway

08/14/2016

Drum roll, please. The winner of the Noodler’s Berning Red Giveaway is Angela Watson! Please contact me at inkophile@gmail.com to arrange shipment.

Have you read the entries? Some of them cracked me up. Others got me thinking about what we write with fountain pens. You guys add so much to An Inkophile’s Blog. Thank you so much for participating. And thank you to Luxury Brands USA for sponsoring this giveaway.

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Sunday Reads From Cognac To Moleskine

08/14/2016

For your Sunday distraction…

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Giveaway: Noodler’s Berning Red

08/13/2016

Could you use a hit of red in your ink collection? Luxury Brands USA sent a bottle of Noodler’s Berning Red to offer in a giveaway and it could be yours.

It’s simple to enter. Just leave a comment below saying how you would use this rich, red ink. This offer is open to residents of the U.S. only. One entry per person with the winner to be selected, 8/14/2016, at 7 pm PDT. The winner will have until 8/16/2016, 7 pm, PDT to claim the prize. If not, a replacement winner will be selected.

Thank you, Luxury Brands, for making this giveaway possible and allowing Inkophile to host it.

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