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Sunday Links From Kaweco To Passwords To Deadly Foods

02/22/2015

This week’s collection is a real mishmash…

This is an inherited piece. We’ve come up with several stories for the composition though none quite suits it exactly. What do you think it’s about?

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Sad News

02/21/2015

There is no other way to say this but straight up. Dick Egolf passed away two days ago. He was the founder of Luxury Brands, LLC, distributor of Platinum and Noodler’s products and a good friend to the fountain pen community.

Dick was known for amongst other things enormous generosity. In fact he gave me my first Platinum #3776 Music Nib several years ago which instantly became my favorite. Over time he sent many inks and pens and contributed greatly to keeping Inkophile alive. For that I will be forever grateful.

Dick’s legacy will be carried forward by family members, Carol and John Gillett. They have been running the day-to-day business for the past year though Dick continued to be involved with the nurturing of his dream.

Thank you, Dick, for your contribution to the fountain pen world. You will be missed.

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The Winner Of The Valentine’s Day Giveaway

02/15/2015

Thank you all for participating in the Valentine’s Day Giveaway. The entries were great and I had fun reading them.

Now for the winner. It is Ashley S. Congratulations! I hope you will enjoy your Monologue journals and Platinum Preppy pen. Contact me via email to arrange shipment.

More giveaways in the near future so stay tuned!

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An Inkophile Giveaway For Valentine’s Day

02/14/2015

It’s Valentine’s Day and time to share a little love with my inky friends.

Luxury Brands USA and Monologue have been generous supporters sending multiple items, more than I can use including two small ruled notebooks and a pink Platinum Preppy fountain pen. If you could put these items to use, just add a comment with how you would do so and that will be your entry in the giveaway. This contest is limited to one entry per person and U.S. residents only. The winner will be selected via Random.org at 10 PM PST, February 15, 2015. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or another name will be selected.

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Goodies From Jet Pens

02/14/2015

Received some goodies from Jet Pens this week.

The Midori MD Notebook paper is very promising with no show-through, bleed-through or feathering from nine inks tested so far. There is a small degree of ghosting on the back of the paper, but it’s very acceptable, even attractive. The plain cover begs for decoration and I have washi tape and Decopatch waiting in the wings. The simple grid allows for any use. More on this no frills journal in future. However, of the three grid format journals I’ve tested this year, the Midori MD Notebook is the most fountain pen friendly of the lot.

The Midori stickers are tiny and about twice the height of my handwriting or one to two 5mm grid blocks in the MD Notebook. Cute for putting a little charm to a journal entry. I purchased a small Kuretake Waterbrush to try my hand at some lettering and for small doodles in my daily journal. The Kyoei Orions Shitajiki Writing Board will be used to protect underlying pages when I use any sort of brush in a journal. This is the A5 size which should work in most of my notebooks. For larger formats, it can be turned sideways to cover half a page at a time. I would have preferred a grid style, but was unable to find one in suitable dimensions.

A small order to be sure, but one that hit all the right notes to encourage writing with a fountain pen.

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More Orange In Pen, Ink And Other Forms

02/13/2015

One of these days I’ll get over my love of orange, but not today.

I’m not the only one either. Amazing orange ink swatches.

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Diamine Bilberry Ink

02/11/2015

Recently, Jet Pens sent Diamine Bilberry for review. It’s a very dark purple-blue ink that needs good lighting to show off its highly saturated color. In low light, it looks black. Does that make it a chameleon?

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