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The Yellow True Writer Arrived

09/30/2008

The yellow marble Levenger True Writer arrived this afternoon though the color is quite different from what I expected. Not a yellow but rather an amber tone very similar to J. Herbin Encre Ambre ink. It will look wonderful with yellow-brown ink like Noodler’s Golden Brown or purples like Diamine Violet and Damson. Yellow-green like Stipula Moss Green or black-green like MB Racing Green will work nicely, too.

What is a little less exciting is the width of the nib. There is an inconsistency in True Writer fine nibs that makes them unpredictable. Though labeled “F” for fine, the range is from a true fine to a near medium split about 50-50 in my collection. The nib on the yellow TW is more accurately a medium-fine. So a dry ink will produce a line closer to my preference while a free-flowing ink will not.

That might sound limiting but with few exceptions, pens are a bit finicky. What works well in one may not in the next. Unfortunately the ink colors that would be the most interesting in this TW are not the inks best suited to the nib with the exception of the two greens. Both are good and useful inks so there is that. Or the nib could get customized to make something really special. Either would be fine with me.

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