Posts Tagged ‘Anderson Pens’

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Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue Ink

06/05/2017

Blackstone delivers beautiful, saturated color with its Barrier Reef Blue ink. My 30 ml bottle came from Anderson Pens and at $8.50 it was a steal.

Blackstone ink hails from Australia and is available in nalgene bottles that are incredibly sturdy. I’ve the same bottles to decant vintage inks preserving them for years. I’m interested in ink, not the packaging, so this is just right for me.

Don’t expect any water resistance. Do expect rich blue that swings from a near purple to a deep, medium blue depending on the paper. The red component can fade as the ink dries which makes it a chameleon of sorts. No feathering on good paper. There were some rough outlines on cheap copy paper, but that was only noticeable under magnification.

The Conklin Duragraph 1.1 mm nib has a juicy flow, but Barrier Reef handled it well. Lubrication is average and should suit most pens. The wide swath of ink took a few seconds to dry, but not unreasonably long. This ink might be a good match for a dry writer, but none of my pens qualify for that test.

After a month of use, I am happy with the results especially in my Quo Vadis Plan & Note. The color even received some nice compliments from family members, something rare for a blue ink and high praise indeed. That glint of red makes Blackstone Barrier Reef Blue intriguing and at the price point, a decidedly cheap thrill.

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Sunday Reads: From Montblanc To India To Bamboo Pens

04/30/2017

Pens, inks and all sorts of other stuff…

Platinum #3776 Music Nib and friends meet a Stillman & Birn Sketchbook:

 

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Inked For A Year

03/17/2017

Anderson Pens padded my purchase of ink samples and I am not sure whether to be thrilled or overwhelmed. There are twenty-seven of the little suckers, more than enough for a year’s worth of reviews. What’s an inkophile to do?

Even my workhorse fountain pens are freaking out at the task ahead. Just think how many baths they will have to take! They have suggested a dip pen might speed the testing process. Does that make them shirkers? You bet, but that doesn’t make them wrong. It may well be the best solution to completing the task in a reasonable amount of time. Any other ideas?

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Sunday Reads: New Products, Ink And Paper

02/26/2017

The ink samples were irresistible so I only ordered ten…

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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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New Ink Samples From Anderson Pens

09/27/2016

Look at some of the loot that came from Anderson Pens yesterday.

Flat toothpicks made the squiggles on Rhodia paper.

The samples are 3 ml and enough to get acquainted with an ink before investing in a full bottle.

This is my first foray into Robert Oster’s Signature line and I’ve already fallen for the Red Orange. That took all of 2 seconds. More later on the brand after we spend some quality time together.

 

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Ink And Pen Links

05/29/2016

The Anderson ink comparison tool is well worth saving for future reference. They carry a good assortment of inks so there is that reason to return as well.

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