Turquoise on Moleskine06/30/2010
Turquoise is this summer’s hottest color but not on Moleskine. As usual feathering and bleed-through mar the paper’s performance to a degree that will be intolerable to many users of fountain pens.
Most of the feathering is the usual sort that one encounters with a Mole. The ink travels along fibers in a spidery fashion. It is rather odd to watch. Write a word then wait a few seconds and watch the ink seek out the perfect fibers to color. Presto! Tiny lines in every direction.
The bleed-through is significant enough to spoil the back of every page. However, all three inks dried quickly so that is to the good.
Though there isn’t a huge difference between the inks, Diamine Mediterranean Blue performed the worst while Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku was marginally the best. J. Herbin Bleu Pervenche is the nicest turquoise for the creamy Moleskine paper but the feathering was almost as significant as with the Diamine ink.
So there you have it. Turquoise on Moleskine ought to be fantastic but not with fountain pen ink. Hrumph.