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Sunday Reads From Ink To Tech Products

11/06/2016

Cool tech products always get my interest, but that Robert Oster ink is more likely to get my money…

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My Fountain Pen Day Was Colored By Noodler’s

11/04/2016

Today was Fountain Pen Day and I opted for Noodler’s with a Neponset and Civilization’s Blue, a limited edition ink. You might not have heard of Civ Blue, but it is a terrific ink that shades, sheens and works beautifully on any grade of paper. Like a lot of saturated inks, it can dry slowly on paper like Clairefontaine but it’s worth the wait. Here is what Carol at Luxury Brands wrote about the ink when she offered me a bottle.

John and I are donating 100% of the proceeds to the ATO, (Assist the Officer Foundation). The foundation gives the money to injured law enforcement or to the families of officers killed in the line of duty. This is a very special ink. The brilliant coloration is representative of the thin blue line across the black ribbon that fellow officers wear after they have lost one of their own. The “thin blue line” is symbolic of the line between a civilized society with law enforcement or total anarchy without them. I wanted you to have a bottle. It will not be made again and it is almost gone. The ink is fraud proof, bulletproof, and eternal. I just noticed the other symbolic terms in reference to the ink properties and the law enforcement. Not intended but ironic.

As of a few days ago, Carol had a handful of bottles left. So if you want one, contact her directly at carol@luxurybrandsusa.com.

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Portable Painter Debut

11/04/2016

Sketching with a fountain pen has a long tradition. Pens are easy to carry and, along with a suitable journal, provide a convenient way to put down a scene. But some of us want to add color for a more complete rendering or create a painting down to the last detail. Lugging around a full kit on the chance an amazing opportunity will find us is overkill especially for an urban sketcher. Better would be a watercolor set that works in varied conditions, fits in a pocket or purse, and provides all that is needed to do the job. Enter the Portable Painter.

This new watercolor palette got its debut on Indiegogo a few days ago and has all the attributes a journal or watercolor fan could want in a carry-anywhere painting kit. Well, except the paint since you get to fill the included pans with your preferred tube colors. Outfitted with a generous thirteen mixing wells, two water containers and a double brush, all you do is add paint and paper. Oh, and a little water. Then hit the trail. Sidewalk or dirt path, the Portable Painter will be a welcome companion.

More at Portable Painter and the Indiegogo campaign page.

 

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Pen World And Artisan Penmaker Tim Cullen

10/30/2016

The pen community is fortunate to have a gorgeous magazine like Pen World with its in-depth articles and sumptuous pen porn. Even the ads are amazing. Follow on Facebook and Instagram to see some of those photos. Admittedly, they are a hook for me.

Recently, Pen World provided a PDF of an article about Tim Cullen, artisan penmaker, to share with my friends. Who wouldn’t want one of his eclectic creations!

Pen World Tim Cullen Article PDF

cullens-hooligan-pens

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Sunday Reads From Pens To Ink To Paper

10/30/2016

Three videos in one post. YouTube sucked up far too much time this week, but it was also inspirational. Anything that encourages using a fountain pen is okay with me.

Platinum #3776 music nib with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrün on Stillman & Birn paper

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That Platinum Music Nib Gets Noodled

10/27/2016

Sometimes I wonder why we use any pen and ink save the ones that make us the most happy. This duo is not only a joy to use, but the Platinum #3776 music nib has special memories as a gift from Dick Egolf of Luxury Brands. Noodler’s Kiowa Pecan was a lucky acquisition years earlier when I was looking for a saturated and shading brown ink. Kiowa Pecan ended my search. Years later, the duo remains a favorite at the Inkophile digs…

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Sunday Reads From Paper To Ink To Halloween

10/23/2016

A guide to Noodler’s inks and the return of Sailor’s Four Seasons collection are good news for an Inkophile.

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