Archive for the ‘Musings’ Category

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Four-Letter Words

03/01/2015

You know them. The usual four-letter words that add color to emotional moments. I live with young adults and hear them frequently, so much so that most have lost their impact, though they seem to carry over great distances punctuating sentences in premature locations. Ear buds are my defense unless of course the word is directed at me.

I’d like to nominate two more words to the four-letter category: work and life. They aren’t as colorful, but can be said in much the same way. This past week had many such moments. A two-day weekend has been insufficient to recover. Looking forward to a good week as it is only fair that cosmic scales should restore balance for it is unlikely to come from any other source.

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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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Closing Out 2014

12/31/2014

Now that the year is over, a brief recap is in order. I had hoped to adopt a canine companion, but finding a rescue that wouldn’t trigger allergies proved illusive. However, my collection of tools expanded with some new favorites.

  • Platinum #3776 Century Nice and Nice Pur since they are clearly brilliant.
  • Conklin Duragraph Stub for a well-priced wide nib with character.
  • Noodler’s General of the Armies because I love blue-green ink.
  • Iroshizuku kon-peki for an all-purpose blue.
  • J. Herbin Orange Indien since I’m a sucker for orange.
  • Sailor Tokiwa-Matsu when only evergreen will do.
  • Tomoe River Paper for fountain pens and even a dab of watercolor.
  • Clairefontaine for it’s variety of formats and fountain pen friendly paper.
  • Stillman & Birn for watercolor and art journals.

A big thank you to Exaclair, Stillman & Birn, Luxury Brands USA, Jet Pens, and Paper for Fountain Pens for sending so many wonderful products to enjoy and review. Without your generosity, Inkophile couldn’t exist.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

11/27/2014

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Fountain Pens And The Long, Hot Summer

06/22/2014

My fountain pens have grown annoyed with me. They get filled with colorful inks and then languish in the summer heat for lack of use. Even after winnowing the abused few to only five or six, they get far too little playtime to remain content. In fact since acquiring a laptop, and more recently finding my enthusiasm for writing in a journal on the wane, fountain pens do not get their due.

To shake things up over the summer, I’ve dedicated a lined, Clairefontaine notebook to exercising fountain pens. Nothing special save filling pages with alphabets and nonsense though I intend to explore styles of calligraphy as the days progress. Italics and flexible nibs will get the most time in hand since they need extra practice. First up is a Namiki Falcon SF with Diamine Teal. The Waterman pens are sure to follow.

Do you change your routine during summer beyond modifying your ink wardrobe? How do you keep things fresh in the sweltering heat?

Note: The stone is from the River Jordan and quite accustomed to summer heat. In fact it remains cool no matter what goes on around it. Food for thought.

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Do We Really Need Anything But Black Ink?

05/25/2014

That might be a loaded question, but sometimes I wonder whether we really need anything other than black ink. Don’t get me wrong. I am hooked on color particularly those that have a cheerful lift to them or a particularly aesthetic vibe. All of that is subjective and often it is the combined effect of ink color, paper and pen that brings out the best result.

Even so, more often than not, Noodler’s Black, especially in the Pilot Prera Italic, is the first pen I grab. With black, I am more focused on writing than ink and how it looks on paper. My letter forms must stand on their own without the eye candy. The nib and paper quality become more important though Noodler’s Black writes well on most any paper and with absolutely every pen. Maybe that’s part of its charm.

But that’s a specific ink – not a color. What say you? Could you live without jewel-toned ink?

 

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Links To Enliven A Quiet Day

04/19/2014

Just in case you have some free time today…

 

You write the caption…

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